“Freak Like Me” singer Adina Howard nearly broke the internet in July when she posted a photo of her 42-year-old self literally looking better than ever!
Brandy gave us so many amazing hits in the 90s—from “Baby” to “I Wanna Be Down.” Now a mom and actress, Brandy has released six albums since her 1994 debut. She recently wrapped up three seasons on The Game and is preparing to star in BET’s Zoe Ever After with Kelly Rowland.
Brownstone’s Monica “Mimi” Doby, Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell, and Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert gave us so many happy Black girl feels back in 1995 when they came on the scene. “If You Love Me” was the anthem! Doby eventually left the group. Three new singers, including Teisha Brown (right), would eventually join the group over the years. Twenty years after forming, the group faced tragedy when Maxwell died after an accidental fall on a wine glass. Gilbert has gone on to produce reality shows, including R&B Divas, and From the Bottom Up with Queen Latifah.
Eighteen years after her debut, Badu’s queendom continues to reign supreme.
Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson, Terry Ellis, and Cindy Herron had us all wanting to “Hold On” when they burst onto the scene in 1990. Five albums and 25 years later, the group has been through its share of drama. Original members—Robinson and Herron—left, and a new member joined in. Rhona Bennet (right) joined the group in 2003. The Lifetime film An En Vogue Christmas aired in December 2014.
In 1994, Cassandra Lucas and Charisse Rose had us singing “Stroke You Up” and “Foolin’ Around” loud and proud. The group went silent in the early aughts, but released a single in 2013.
Though she’s been making music since the 70s as part of the group The Sequence, Angie Stone is a bonafide 90s R&B diva getting ready to release her seventh studio album.
Evans is also celebrating 20 years in the industry this year and continues to make music. She released her seventh studio album, Incomparable, in 2014.
Twenty-three years in the industry and MJB is still the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. Now and actress and businesswoman, Blige recently released her 12th album, The London Sessions.
Its hard to believe 20 years have passed since Monica broke onto the scene with “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days).” She’s getting ready to release her 7th album in 2016.
SWV had us “Weak” in the 90s with a string of jams like “I’m So Into You” and “You’re the One.” Their 1992 debut album, It’s About Time, went triple platinum. Despite the group’s long-standing success, the trio decided to go their separate ways in 1998. They reunited in 2005. And it feels so good to us!
Tragedy and triumph is the TLC story. Twenty-five years after their debut, the group’s remaining members, T-Boz and Chill, continue to ride the wave of success.
Twenty-two years after her debut, Toni Braxton is still riding high. Her 2014 album with Babyface won a Grammy for “Best R&B Album,” and a new biopic on her life is in the works at Lifetime.
Kima, Pam and Keisha were instantly our homegirls (in our heads) when they released the song “Can’t You See” in 1995. Their first album went platinum, but they would only go on to release two albums. These days, Keisha is a mom of two and married to actor Omar Epps. Kima and Pam continue to make music together.
Xscape had a long line of successful hits, including “Just Kickin’ It” and “Understanding.” Discovered by Jermaine Dupri in 1991, the group released their debut album, Hummin Comin’ at ‘Cha which topped the Billboard 200 at number seventeen and the R&B Albums chart at number three. More than two decades later, three of the group’s members found new fame on reality shows. Kandi Burruss is on Real Housewives of Atlanta, Latocha Scott was on R&B Divas and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle on T.I. and Tiny’s Family Hustle.
“Hey Mr. D.J.” was thee jam in 1993. Renée Neufville and Jean Norris (now Baylor) only came out with two albums, but their legacy lives on. Baylor currently sings with her husband for The Baylor Project.