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Topic: Former Destinys Child Vocal Coach Spills Tea
Posted By: Abstract Poetic
Subject: Former Destinys Child Vocal Coach Spills Tea
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 6:52pm
....on Latavia.


Berlin, 

Today I am concerned for my former student LaTavia Marie Roberson. LaTavia became my student in 1991 when officials at Sony/Columbia wanted to kick her and her cousins out of what became Destiny’s Child (the label said they wanted a singing group in Destiny’s Child. They were not interested in a six member group where LaTavia rapped and danced, along with her cousins who only danced). There was no way that I was going to take that decision lying down. I had assembled the group, together with the former manager Ann Tillman. It was important that I had deciding rights and Ann agreed. This happened way before Beyoncé’s father forced his way into management. Once Sony/Columbia made their feelings known I requested a six month grace period to find out if I could save at least one of the girls (LaTavia or perhaps one of her cousins. My original vision was a four girl group). LaTavia ended up being the best of the three, so I took her into the group. 

Beyoncé begged me to save her best friends position—that’s right, I said best friend. Beyoncé didn’t have many friends back then. She was afraid of the other children at school, in the neighborhood and just in general. LaTavia became her right arm. Beyoncé could always count on loyalty from LaTavia and—always the truth—until LaTavia couldn’t count on her (2000 breakup). LaTavia never treated Beyoncé like she was a princess. While the other girls were terrified of Beyoncé’s parents, LaTavia wasn’t. She was real with Bey and back in 1989 Bey appreciated such friendship. 

LaTavia was a brilliant student. Out of all the girls she was the best student academically. Always bringing report cards home full of A&B’s, LaTavia seemed to enjoy life and was always interested in learning new things. I called her my little Diva. How appropriate she’d end up on America’s R&B Divas. But, now LaTavia is in trouble—once again, and I am not going to abandon her. She hasn’t been kind to me but I understand why. In fact, none of the girls of Destiny’s Child have been nice to me. I have never heard from them, not even to say I hope your fine, but my God is a forgiving God. I do not hold any grudges. I went on to help guide 15 other platinum selling artists to superstardom, so this is NOT about me. 

I have heard from friends, still living in the US, that people are bashing LaTavia because she won’t sing on R&B Divas. It is not that LaTavia won’t sing, she can’t sing…trauma prevents it. Singing use to bring her such joy but when LaTavia was 13-years-old she confessed to me in her voice lesson that she was being molested (a fact she revealed on R&B Diva's third season, third Episode). She had not told anyone else the horrific details, other than me. She was terrified of telling her mother, that her mother’s husband, LaTavia’s stepfather, Charles Mitchell, a former Houston Police Officer in the Juvenile Division, was indeed her rapist. Unfortunately Charles Mitchell was allowed to retire in 2009 and is living life in Houston to this date, untouched by his behavior. I shudder to think how many other people’s children this horrific pedophile has hurt. Back in 1993/94 I believed LaTavia’s claims and immediately, I sprang into action, calling Charles on the telephone. I initially told him not to bother picking LaTavia up from voice lesson. I wanted to give her extra time to re-work technique. Charles bought my explanation hook line and sinker and hung up the telephone. 

What my “little diva” had been through was as traumatic an experience as anyone could suffer. Her childhood had been taken from her. Her rape lasted 5 years before I was able to help her. I told Charles that if he even looked at LaTavia cockeyed I’d go straight to his superiors. The abuse stopped cold but the trauma of it all lived on. She was forced to live with her pedophile, calling him daddy, until 1997/98. LaTavia’s mother told me that she needed to have proof before reacting. Again—I understood her reaction. It wasn’t the right reaction but I understood it and did not judge. LaTavia became my focus. Once Charles had been exposed LaTavia felt better. That is what we all thought. I knew better. The psychological effects of not being believed by her mother took its toll and she went into recluse after the girls break-up in 2000. Drinking, drugs and a sociopathic boyfriend in Brandon Casey became LaTavia’s way of life. He told her daily that she couldn’t sing. He jeered her for even trying to pursue singing. Needless to say, Brandon and Brian Casey are no friends of mine.

I have known LaTavia all her childhood life and well into adulthood. I hope that her fans will give her the benefit of the doubt. She is terrified of singing. Psychologically, when she sings she will undoubtedly re-live her nightmares…Destiny’s Child included. Beyoncé in a selfish move, decided not to save LaTavia and LeToya when she got them kicked out of Destiny’s Child. Her father and mother did not reward disloyalty and Beyoncé was her mother’s daughter. She wrote a horrible letter to Sony/Columbia that ultimately got the girls kicked out in the end. She is not innocent in LaTavia’s pain. Her friendship with LaTavia, ruined, Beyoncé’s horrific act crushed LaTavia, and me. I couldn’t believe that she had been so callus but then again, I know Beyoncé’s parent’s—well. The apple on the proverbial Knowles family tree eventually fell on Beyoncé. I knew this would happen. Beyoncé thought writing a song titled “Story of Beauty,” and releasing it on the “Survivor” album would suffice as an apology. That story catalogued LaTavia’s situation, in detail. However, LaTavia didn’t need a damn song. She needed her friend, a friend who ultimately abandoned her and bashed her in the press to save her own career.

I cringed as I watched Angie Stone, whom I admire, put LaTavia in the embarrassing situation of asking her to sing at her birthday party on R&B Diva’s. LaTavia’s tears crushed my very resolve. I had to write this open letter. I ask LaTavia’s fans not to judge her but to encourage her. I ask the media to be patient. You don’t know the real story—the full story. Her trauma goes much deeper than she is ready to reveal to the public right now but, She can SING! She will find the way back.

LaTavia I am praying for you. I hope that one day you will find the joy you once had, a joy you shared with me for so many years. It has been a difficult road for you with all that has happened. I remember that you were a little girl who had character. You believed in God and you believed in you. Look up more and know that God will not leave you. 

Be Blessed…”My GROWN UP Diva!!”.

Your Teacher and friend,
David Lee Brewer



Replies:
Posted By: Princess_S
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 6:58pm

How did he spill tea if she spilled it herself?

plus the fact I cant take you serious if you left a pedophile in a child's life. #youaintsh*teither 3goodbye


Posted By: ms_wonderland
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 7:01pm
latavia has been on a tv show for three seasons?  I had no idea.  How many r&b divas shows are there?
It sounds like she has had a rough life.  Didn't beyonce date the other Casey brother?

Beyonce is cold and has no friends, not surprised.  She should be more like rihanna who is always surrounded by friends and family.


Posted By: Princess_S
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 7:08pm
Originally posted by ms_wonderland ms_wonderland wrote:

latavia has been on a tv show for three seasons?  I had no idea.  How many r&b divas shows are there?
It sounds like she has had a rough life.  Didn't beyonce date the other Casey brother?

Beyonce is cold and has no friends, not surprised.  She should be more like rihanna who is always surrounded by friends and family.
no this is her first season.  there are 2 r-n-b divas. atl and la


Posted By: AshBash89
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 7:17pm
That's so sad, I like LaTavia and I always have.


Posted By: mzsophisticated
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 7:26pm
sooo why aint nobody call the policeConfused, what the hell was calling and telling him not to touch her suppose to do


Posted By: thewonderfulwa
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 7:35pm
I never knew Latavia story but she has been through a lot and she shouldn't have been pressured to sing the women on that show are a mess.
I do remember Jagged Edge back in the day but I didn't know they were involved with some of the Destiney Child members.


Posted By: StylingArabella
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 7:45pm
I'm confused as to why Latavia went on the show, they are all about making the women sing and do unsuccessful showcases, and argue with each other. What did she think the show was going to be about?? Maybe they lied to her and told her it would be a platform for her to tell her story? R&B Diva's loves to exploit mental illness and family issues...that's another story for another time.

Anyways, The teacher sound like one of those "backbiting" pretending to kind kinda people. If he was REALLY trying to help Lativia who he "feels sorry for" then why do it in such a public way? You can tell by just looking at Latavia that she is fragile and mentally weak.  All David Lee Brewer did was slam the Knowels (old story), blame Beyonce (I have my own opinion on this), say none of the girls reached out (slick way of slamming Latavia too), blast Latavia's personal tragedy for the world to see, and throw God into the mix.  I read the article twice and still can't find the point of it.


Posted By: AshBash89
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 7:51pm
Wow @ Story of Beauty being about her the lyrics are dead on. It's weird having such a touching song dedicated to your friend that you just kicked out of the group.


Posted By: Lite Brite
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 7:56pm
Quote Her trauma goes much deeper than she is ready to reveal to the public right now



so..... you decided to gone head and do it for her?




Posted By: herwoman
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 8:02pm
You sir are a piece of shyt!


Posted By: _ConcreteRose_
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 8:09pm
Originally posted by Lite Brite Lite Brite wrote:

Quote Her trauma goes much deeper than she is ready to reveal to the public right now



so..... you decided to gone head and do it for her?


right!?


Posted By: Gkisses
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 8:16pm
All the adults in her life failed her. I mean damn..he doesnt report it the mom needed more proof and he really took a pedophile on his word then prayed no other child was harmed.. gtfo


Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 8:20pm
Originally posted by Abstract Poetic Abstract Poetic wrote:




Your Teacher and friend,
David Lee Brewer
Youse a gotdamn lie.


Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 8:44pm
Wow - I knew Beyonce was a selfish, greedy b!tch, but I didn't know both her parents were sh!t too, I thought it was only the dad.


Posted By: maysay1
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 8:46pm
David Lee Brewer needs to seek Jesus.

It's straight evil to retraumatize someone this way. He has no right to tell this story  and should be embarrassed and ashamed for his role in it.

Ugh sick bastard.


Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 8:47pm
I wonder if this guy is just trying to get 15-minutes of fame, after all, he was Beyonce's vocal coach...


Posted By: rell85
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 9:22pm
No one should be telling her story but her they didn't have to go through the pain so they shouldn't speak on things that affected her life.


Posted By: demilee27
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 9:52pm
Since they revealed on the show that she doesn't want to sing, they need to kick her off the show...I don't want to see has been singers who DONT want to sing


Posted By: zolloh
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 9:55pm
Originally posted by AshBash89 AshBash89 wrote:

Wow @ Story of Beauty being about her the lyrics are dead on. It's weird having such a touching song dedicated to your friend that you just kicked out of the group.
i looked it up:

"The Story Of Beauty"

Please dry your eyes, young girl
Don't cry, you're beautiful
It's not your fault, young girl
Don't cry, you're beautiful
You're not the one to blame
Soon it will be okay
One day you'll realize
Your beauty

It was a Saturday
This cold afternoon
Inside this house there lived a frightened young girl
She didn't know what she should do
Cuz she missed her mother so
She was left home all alone with her step father

Please dry your eyes, young girl
Don't cry, you're beautiful
It's not your fault, young girl
Don't cry, you're beautiful
You're not the one to blame
Soon it will be okay
One day you'll realize
Your beauty

He touched her places
That he shouldn't have touched
He did some things to her
That he shouldn't have done
So she ran into her room
Paged her mother 9-1-1
And the tragedy began
For this young girl

She told her mother, her family, and friends
No one believed her cuz before this happened
She was filled with hate and anger
Towards her step father
Cuz he took her mother from her when they married

Please dry your eyes, young girl
Don't cry, you're beautiful
It's not your fault, young girl
Don't cry, you're beautiful
You're not the one to blame
Soon it will be okay
One day you'll realize
Your beauty

She looked for her father
in the men that she saw
Thought that all she had to offer
Was her body
No one to figure out why
This young girl would live her life
In such pain and unhappiness
She was so beautiful

She rebelled and one day the young girl fell in love with another man like her stepdad
He abused her emotionally and made her feel like she was worthless
Hope one day she realize
And see the beauty in her eyes
All she needs is prayer and strength
She's beautiful

Please dry your eyes, young girl
Don't cry, you're beautiful
It's not your fault, young girl
Don't cry, you're beautiful
You're not the one to blame
Soon it will be okay
One day you'll realize
Your beauty

Don't cry, you're beautiful
It's not your fault, young girl
Don't cry, you're beautiful
You're not the one to blame
Soon it will be okay
One day you'll realize
Your beauty

Don't hold your head down low
You've got so much, so much, so much, so much, so much to be proud of
You can still live your life
I promise you you'll survive
Girl I love you
You're beautiful

Writer(s): Ken Fambro, Beyonce Knowles
Copyright: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, Beyonce Publishing, Music Of Windswept


Posted By: Ladycoils
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 10:10pm
I get that she has had some traumatic events in her life- but if she isn't ready to sing then she needs to get off the show and get some more therapy.


Posted By: creole booty
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 10:46pm
This tea makes me sad. This is not fair to her.


Posted By: TokyoRose
Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 11:41pm
Fukk Beyonce for that song.


Posted By: DiorShowGirl
Date Posted: Jun 13 2014 at 1:51am
*still waiting to hear this answer*

someone on here said that LeftEye had those 2 kicked out of destinychild...Confused


Posted By: Missvw
Date Posted: Jun 13 2014 at 2:53am
Originally posted by TokyoRose TokyoRose wrote:

Fukk Beyonce for that song.


Posted By: Missvw
Date Posted: Jun 13 2014 at 4:34am
Originally posted by Ladycoils Ladycoils wrote:

I get that she has had some traumatic events in her life- but if she isn't ready to sing then she needs to get off the show and get some more therapy.
Agreed


Posted By: MsBMW
Date Posted: Jun 13 2014 at 7:18am
Wow this is sad..


Posted By: JulieGianni
Date Posted: Jun 13 2014 at 12:43pm
Originally posted by TokyoRose TokyoRose wrote:

Fukk Beyonce for that song.


Posted By: bindy
Date Posted: Jun 13 2014 at 1:22pm
This "tea" is "bitter and sour"........and I don't like it......Tea like this should only be spilled by the parties directly involved.



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