- - Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cat-fights among women on “Love & Hip Hop,” “Basketball Wives” and “The Real Housewives” franchises are not unusual. In fact, fans of the shows expect harsh language and the knock-down, drag-out fights that are featured.

But “R&B Divas,” TV One’s newest reality series, looks to change that dynamic.

The show follows the lives of singers Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt as they join forces to record “R&B Divas,” an album from Miss Evans that features all the ladies and also pays homage to inspirations such as Whitney Houston.

“We all know that life has drama,” said Miss Evans, who is also the widow of rap legend Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. “But what we wanted to showcase was that the drama doesn’t always have to be resolved in violence or fighting, that there can be some inspiring [going on] as well through reaching resolutions.”

Miss Gilbert-Daniels, whose voice was among those in the 1990s trio Brownstone, said she approached Miss Evans about pitching a reality television project and the two devised the show’s concept after lamenting the state of programming that constantly “glamorizes the buffoonery.”

“I’ve never jumped across a table to get my point across,” Miss Gilbert-Daniels said, referencing the altercations that are regularly seen on other popular reality shows. “There was definitely a void in programming and in a real representation of women we know.”

Miss Evans and Miss Gilbert-Daniels are executive producers of “R&B Divas,” which airs Mondays at 10 p.m. EDT.

Man kills himself on live TV after police chase in Phoenix

A man fatally shot himself in the head Friday on live national television at the end of a high-speed carjacking chase that began in Phoenix and ended about 90 minutes later within 80 miles of the California border.

Fox News was covering the chase that began about midday using a live helicopter shot from Phoenix affiliate KSAZ-TV. The man driving a copper-colored four-door sedan stopped, ran into the desert, placed a handgun to his head and fired.

The man was declared dead at the scene and hasn’t yet been identified, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith told viewers that the video was supposed to be on a 10-second delay so it could be cut off from airing if something went awry.

“We really messed up, and we’re all very sorry,” Mr. Smith said.

Fox apologized for showing the violence on air.

“We took every precaution to avoid any such live incident by putting the helicopter pictures on a five-second delay,” said Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news editorial. “Unfortunately, this mistake was the result of a severe human error and we apologize for what viewers ultimately saw on the screen.”

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