ESSENCE Black Women in Music

Where Are They Now? Black Female Performers From The '90s

Diana King

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Ni'Kesia Pannell
Jul, 23, 2017 12:12 AM UTC

In the 1990s the music industry was rich with talent and financial bandwidth to support artists in every genre. Legends like Babyface, Puff Daddy, L.A. Reid and even Mona Scott Young were just beginning their careers —helping fresh faces cement their place in pop culture. From Adina Howard to Monie Love, these female performers had major moments in the 1990s.

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If you’re a fan of the movie ‘Bad Boys’, then you’ll remember — and probably know all the words — to Diana King’s “Shy Guy". Receiving charting success in its 1995 release year, the single has been known to be the Jamaican artist’s biggest song to date in the U.S. In 2012, King became known as the first Jamaican artist to publicly come out as LGBTQ and she currently lives in India with her recently adopted a daughter named Omar.

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