Jul 31, 2012

What is it about girl groups?  Why can't they get along and make this money?  I realize there are going to be clashing personalities, but why can't people just get outside their egos and make that money?

En Vogue had the potential to become one of the greatest girl groups of all time.  They had the talent, the looks, and the swag.  They were the epitome of what a girl group should be.

Assembled in Oakland, California in July 1989, the group launched with original members Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis.

With songs such as Hold On, Never Gonna Get It, and Free Your Mind, these ladies were bound for legendary status.  But somehow they just could not manage to keep the group together.

Dawn Robinson went on to do her thing with R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl while embarking on a solo career, Terrry Ellis managed to get a top ten hit on her solo debut with her song Wherever You Are, and Cindy Herron went on to star in movies such as Juice.

After recently managing to get all the original members back together, the group has decided to split up again.

Dawn Robinson went on Twitter (yes, Twitter) to announce the break up:

MAXINE & I HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING & NOW WE’RE REHEARSING FOR AN EV TOUR W 2 “NEW” GIRLS. WE WILL BE IN UR CITY SOON SO COME PARTY WITH US!”

Later, she added:

Max & I are thrilled at all the love we are receiving from each of u! This is gonna be FUN. We appreciate being lifted up so high…blessings to each of you,”

In response to what Dawn wrote, Cindy and Terry put out a joint statement:

Dear EnVogue fans,

In regards to the recent twitter and facebook posts alleging that Terry and Cindy have replaced Maxine Jones with Rhona, we would like to respond. Terry and Cindy are not replacing Maxine Jones. We have however asked Rhona to fill in temporarily so that we can continue to bring live shows to our fans. Thus far, Rhona has only done three shows with us since June 2012. The group has always added someone whenever a member has been unable or unwilling to perform or has left the group. Terry and I have not kicked Maxine out of the group. There are always two sides to a story and many internal facts that you the fans aren’t hearing about. In an effort to not air dirty laundry, or appear to point the finger at anyone, we respectfully choose to remain silent on the internal issues. We appreciate you the fans continuing to support EnVogue individually, and as a whole.

Thank you,

Cindy and Terry

In the words of my friend David, "This is just a hot ass mess." 

This definitely has the making of a killer episode on TVOne's UnSung series.  I definitely can't wait to watch.

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