ESSENCE Black Women in Music

Where Are They Now? Black Female Performers From The '00s


Jim Spellman
Veronica Hilbring
Jul, 21, 2017 9:09 PM UTC

The early 2000s was a great time for R&B. The smooth grooves of the ’90s sailed into the 2000s with chart-topping hits. We had smash albums from solidified artists like Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Aaliyah but we also had amazing moments from several songstresses that created the soundtracks of our lives. Here’s a look back at some of our favorite Black singers from the early 2000s.

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Before she was G-Unit’s go-to-girl for hooks, Olivia released her biggest hit on J Records in 2001. She later turned up on the first three seasons of ‘Love & Hip Hop’ and wrote a book called ‘Release Me.’ As of 2017 she’s in BET and Netflix’s ‘The Man in

Jim Spellman
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