I think most will agree that TV One’s hour-long music series, Unsung, has been one of the network’s treasured shows, earning his highest-rated, most successful season ever, this year.
Just don’t tell that to Stephanie Mills, because she doesn’t care for the program, and has absolutely zero interest in being on it, so if you’re one of those who’s been hoping Mills featured in an episode, it’s not happening, despite the fact that her journey is one that’s seen as great fodder for an episode in the serie, as noted by HuffPo notes:
… rubbed shoulders with the likes of Michael Jackson and Pendergrass after acclaimed stints on Broadway in “The Wiz” and “Maggie Flynn,” three failed marriages and is the single mother of a child with special needs…
Producers of the series have apparently been chasing Mills for an episode, but the reclusive, Grammy Award-winning songstress has been all but elusive, stating, in a nutshell, that she’d prefer to keep her personal life (past and present) private.
“I don’t like that show… They have approached me quite a few times, but I [won’t] do that show… I’ve always been very private and at 55 I don’t want to open up my life to that… They’ve done Angela Winbush and they even wanted me to say something about her on that show, and I love Angela, we’re sisters. But I had to tell her, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ … I’m not that girl… I don’t want to get on these shows and open my life up; I don’t think it’s anyone’s business… Let me sing, let me do my concerts, let me do music.”
And speaking directly to the show’s title, Unsung, suggesting careers that weren’t as celebrated and praised as they should have been, Mills added:
“I don’t feel unsung… I feel like I’ve had a wonderful career. I’ve done wonderful things and met some many wonderful different people. So I don’t feel like I’m unsung at all… They even called my agent and tried to offer me some kind of tour if I did the show, and I was like, ‘I can’t do it’… It [goes against] everything that I believe in.”
So there ya go; can’t really argue with that.
As for those acts who will be featured in the upcoming season of Unsung, expect to see episodes on Angela Bofill, Kool Moe Dee, The Marvelletts and the late Gerald Levert.