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SWV: The Search for Sisterhood

SWV talks break-ups, make-ups and reality television.

It has been more than 15 years since the ladies of our fave ’90s R&B group SWV combusted into a blaze of drama, fighting and health scares— the stuff reality TV is made of. Now, former best friends Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George, Cheryl “Coko” Clemons and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons are bringing their emotional struggles and make-it-or-break-it career comeback— warts, mess, spectacle and all— to the new WE tv series SWV Reunited.

Taj promises that fans won’t have to worry about the ladies coming to blows while mending their longtime relation- ship. “As a grown woman with kids in my house, I’m not going to fight somebody because they were talking about me,” the 42-year-old wife and mother of two ex- plains. “Plus, I think people are looking for something more than just us dressing up all day and jumping on tables.”

Fistfights are out, but viewers will get a front-row seat to the behind-the-scenes drama that still plagues the trio, best known for ushering in a new era of female groups who infused hip-hop beats with harmonized melodies. The native New Yorkers became famous for hits such as “Weak” and “I’m So Into You,” songs that talked about passion and secret lovers. But their success was clipped when beef over everything from paychecks to loyalty ripped them apart in 1998.

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