WE-TV, which already has reality shows featuring Mary Mary and the Braxtons, is now introducing “SWV Reunited” (@SWV_Reunited) (@THEREALSWV), which airs Thursday night at 10 p.m. EST. You will recall SWV was a hot 1990s R&B trio, known for songs such as “Weak” and “Right Here/Human Nature.” The group is made up of Leanne “Lelee” Lyons (@LeleeLyons), Tamara ‘Taj’ Johnson-George (@TajGeorge) and Cheryl ‘Coko’ Clemons (@Only1Coko). Is “SWV Reunited” a “R&B Divas” knockoff? Time will tell.
“SWV Reunited” features the women working on their first full-fledged nationwide tour in 15 years. The group broke up in the late 1990s. Leanne “Lelee” Lyons moved back to Atlanta and was soon broke and living out of her car. She was brought back to sanity by her family after briefly being suicidal. She eventually got back on her feet, first getting her GED and landing an accounts receivable job at an accounting firm in Atlanta.
Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George is married to former Tennessee Titan running back Eddie George. Tamara had her own drama. In April 2012, the home Tamara Johnson-George owned in Nashville was served with a foreclosure notice. “On March 7, 2012, Tamara Johnson’s husband was present in the vehicle of then 21-year old professional golfer Rachel Conner when she was arrested for a DUI at 2 a.m. after a charity golf event held in Florida. To address media speculation about her marriage, Johnson gave an expletive laden interview May of 2012, where she expressed her son was afraid his father was going to prison over the affair, and that her house had been on the market for several months prior to the scandal. After a bank negotiated settlement, the auction of Tamara Johnson’s house was halted and she was allowed to remain in her home.”
Cheryl ‘Coko’ Clemons, the lead singer of the group, went on to a solo career after the group disbanded. She made her gospel debut in 2006. Coko reportedly joined an all-black touring cast performing in The Vagina Monologues, along with Sherri Shepherd, Vanessa L. Williams, Star Jones, and others. She seems to have been the member with the least drama.
SWV reunited in 2005 and were able to make peace. They did a radio show, then a tour in Japan, and have been working together ever since.
Here’s a sneak-peak at “SWV Reunited:”