Now I don't want to be seen as a hater (I know, it's too late for that...) but I never saw the appeal in those plays. They're ALWAYS the same - a down-on-her-luck black woman dumps her cheatin' man for a new man, and finds the Lord along the way. It doesn't matter if the play is called "Mama Done Burned Up the Cornbread" or "Hot Grits A Flyin'" the plot is always the same. But those plays continue to draw big crowds so the money is there.
I guess since Monifah isn't doing much these days she decided to get some of that "ghetto play" money. I've seen her advertised in at least one of those plays that make the rounds. I can't remember the name - "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime Piece" or something. Anyway, let's reminisce:
Monifah Carter, a protege of Heavy D, released Moods...Moments back in 1996 and it was pretty darn good. Her first single, "I Miss You (Come Back Home)" is what the industry is missing right now - a nice, heartfelt mid-tempo number that little girls can sing to their make-believe boyfriends. Her second single "You" was also a banger.
After a short hiatus, Monifah returned in 1998 with the platinum-selling Mo'Hogany. I'm sure you remember the jarringly nasty single "Touch It." Here's an odd story about that song - when I moved to Louisville in 2001, the radio stations played it nonstop. The fact that the stations here play three-year-old songs like they're new is why I now hate the radio. I still don't understand why 2Pac's "Dear Mama" gets as much airplay as T-Pain.
In 2000, Monifah dropped Home, but not too many people noticed. The only song I remember from that album was "I Can Tell" and it's "shocking" video. The lyrics of the song hint that Monifah knows that her mate is cheating and in the video, her man is cheating with, gasp, another man!
That's the perfect plot for one of those Tyler Perry plays.
Should she come back? Sadly, I think the curtain has closed on her musical career. But if a playwright needs to cast a sassy choir singer for "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Choir Robe" she's your woman.