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(L) Monica; (R) CeCe Peniston

A few years back, singer, Monica, publicly put “Keep On Walking” singer, CeCe Peniston, on blast for crushing her young heart and her spirit back in the day. The only problem was that CeCe didn’t even remember doing it, nor did she know that her fellow R&B colleague actually had been holding a grudge against her for 17 years.

Monica Recalled Hurt From CeCe:

Monica publicly exposed an incident between she and CeCe in a prior interview and this is how she said it all went down:

Monica: “I remember years ago when I was like 10, I went to an expo and my manager-cousin Melinda asked CeCe Peniston, who was huge at that time, if I could sing for her. She did everything she possibly could while I sang and I remember her being so rude. She was so horrible to me that I was devastated and I never forgot that”, [94] said Monica.” [via NecoleBichie.com]

CeCe Peniston Responded:

CeCe Peniston

Soon after that, one of CeCe Peniston’s friends told her what Monica said about her in that interview, and CeCe immediately went into action. Nope, she didn’t come for Monica and try to retaliate, nor did she try to discredit Monica’s words and feelings. Instead, CeCe did what any real woman would do- she owned up to any pain/disrespect she showed Monica; and publicly apologized to her in an open letter. Here’s what CeCe wrote:

Hello, Monica. I don’t even know where to begin. A good friend of mine called me yesterday and told me about the interview you did for “Necole Bichie”. I actually read it myself and my heart just dropped.

I wanted to apologize from the bottom of my heart for anything that I may have said or done to make you feel that way. I honestly don’t remember this, so for that reason I can’t deny it. I absolutely LOVE children, that’s why I’ve been wrecking my brain to remember this. I’ve always encouraged and supported children in their dreams and aspirations, especially when they’ve wanted to demonstrate a talent to me.

You said in the interview that I did everything I could do to stay busy while you were singing. The only thing I can assume is that maybe at that time I had a lot of people pulling me in a hundred different directions and I should have told them to wait while you were singing. At that time I was young and still pretty new to the industry myself, and so I hadn’t learned how to balance everything just yet.

It really hurts me that I made you feel like that. I’ve always prided myself on staying grounded, being real to people and loving my fans. But after reading the interview it showed me that I wasn’t always on top of my game and I am very sorry for that. As an artist you know that you’re always expected to be at 100%, but we both know that we just can’t deliver that all the time.

I want you to know that I’m very proud of the woman you’ve become and everything you’ve accomplished both professionally and personally. I hate that at such a young age that’s the memory you have of me. Stay blessed in everything you do and I wish you all the best with your new album. Sincerely, CeCe.

That was really cool of CeCe to do that, because she could have simply been offended by Monica’s interview and taken this thing in a whole ‘nother direction.

Monica Humbly Thanked CeCe Peniston:

After Monica saw CeCe’s response, she released this public message to her:

“CeCe, with all my heart I believe what you are saying. I was only 11 years old and it had an affect on me in a positive way, especially as an artist. It was great for me because to fans I don’t say no to things that are fair or within my reach.

But only a REAL woman would care about the story after all the years have passed. I never told the story with the intent of hurting you. I’m nothing like some of these messy chicks that recklessly speak and then back down, but I did it to make a point to the many new artists that I meet who clearly feel they owe fans nothing and clearly, CeCe, you don’t feel that way to have even addressed it after 17 years.

So thank you, CeCe, at 28 years old (Monica’s 39 now) it still meant a lot to me that you addressed ME directly, and at this point I feel that story should never be told again because the second greatest point this ENTIRE story makes is that artist is still human. Thank you very much for even caring about my feelings. All my love, Monica and my entire family (who were all there that day) say we thank you and love you.”

Maybe CeCe was a “Just One of Them Days” moments when she allegedly threw shade at Monica (hint, hint). Or maybe CeCe really did want Monica to “Keep On Walking” during their encounter back in the day. But whatever the case, it’s a beautiful thing to see these two ladies call it a truce, and there you have it ILOSM family! Alls well, that ends well. Monica and CeCe Peniston are proof that not all disputes between young African American women have to be solved by throwing hands on reality TV. Good for them.

R&B Superstar Monica has had a long career that’s been marked equally with triumph and tragedy. She entered the music business as a precocious teenager but has blossomed into a successful entertainer and proud mother to three children. She and former NBA player Shannon Brown have been married since 2010 but recently announced their impending divorce in March of this year. Though she has remained silent about what lead to the divorce she’s finally let her guard down and revealed the hurt she’s been holding onto for quite some time.

After The Storm

Jarvis Weems/Monica via abc.com

Monica has had her fair share of tragedy when it comes to love, beginning in 2000 when she witnessed her fiance Jarvis Weems commit suicide right in front of her face. Her next relationship with Atlanta based rapper Rocko began shortly after Weems’ suicide resulted in the birth of her first two children.

Rocko/Monica via Vibe

Their rocky relationship lasted until early 2010 and shortly afterwards Monica met Shannon Brown while searching for a love interest to appear in her video for the song “Love All Over Me”.

Monica and Shannon soon married in November of 2010 in a secret ceremony followed by a second ceremony for their family and friends in July of 2011. The couple welcomed a daughter in 2013 and have been living a fairly quiet life up until recently when divorce rumors began swirling. Those rumors become confirmed earlier this year. Although Monica has remained successful with not referencing her marriage issues on this current season of T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle she has now broken her silence on the emotions shes going through.

Next Page: Monica’s Still Standing

Singer, Monica Brown, has just revealed that she had to undergo a very extensive surgery the other day, one that took eight hours to complete. She took to Instagram on Saturday (June 18, 2017) to reveal to her fans that two weeks prior to her recent surgery, she discovered that she had endometriosis.


Endometriosis, as described by MayoCliniic, ‘is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs.’

Monica’s Explanation Of Her Extensive Surgery Procedure

After Monica found out she has the condition, she quickly scheduled her surgery and thankfully had a successful one. Here is what she posted on Instagram:

monicabrown: In life we have to count it all joy and know the unplanned may be in his plan💓May 30th I had an almost 8 hour surgery to remove my endometriosis (which I didn’t know I had until two weeks prior) , 2 cysts, fibroids & a hernia that all were making me very sick…I’ve known something was wrong but I also knew victory & better health would be near again!! Thank you Dr. Ceana Nezhat & Northside Hospital Staff #RoadToRecovery #CountItAllJoy #ALLSMILESALLTHEWAY


We wish her a speedy recovery. One thing’s for sure, if you follow Monica on Instagram, then you know she’s all about her family- her husband/NBA’er, Shannon Brown, and her three kids- Laiyah Brown, and her two sons from a previous relationship, Romelo Hill and Rodney Hill. So she’s clearly surrounded by a lotta love to keep her morale all way up as she heals.

Here, at ILoveOldSchoolMusic, we’ve been diggin’ Monica ever since ’95, when “Just One Of Dem Days” was blasting through the speakers of every car ‘riding by with the boomin’ system’ (like L.L. said back in the day). And today, Monica just made us dig her even more, this time it has nothing to do with her any of her R&B hits, but has everything to do with her heart…
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Monica Brown just took to Instagram to surprise one of her unsuspecting die-hard fans, matter of fact you can see just how die-hard much of a fan she is based on this photo she snapped with Monica in 2015…
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Monica’s fan, whose name we don’t know, so we’ll just refer to her as Ms. Fan, recently posted a comment online about regretfully not being able to attend Monica’s upcoming concert because her Mommy priorities outweighed her personal fun time priorities, and therefore she didn’t have extracurricular money to go, which is understandable…


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The last thing Ms. Fan probably expected though, is for Monica to actually read her comment, but lo and behold, Monica did and then she took it a step further by reposting it on her IG page with the caption:

@monicabrown ‘Someone pls tell @2bme_miya that two tickets will be at will call for her for tonight’s show … I pray your time permits … As a mother I feel you whole heartedly !! Be my guest if you can pls… @itsrojay @monicasoul will take care of you dm him your info❤God Bless’



Some of Monica’s fans have been sending messages to Ms. Fan to let her know Monica is trying to reach her. However, as of right now it doesn’t look like she’s received the message, but we’re pretty sure she’ll get it soon and when she does, it will probably make her day.

Much love to Monica for understanding Ms. Fan, not simply as her fan, as a fellow Mother in the unspoken sisterhood of motherhood.

Remember how back in the day when a neighborhood bully was picking on another kid on the block and then the kid’s Momma went outside and told her child “You better stand up for yourself or else I’mma beat your a$$.” Well that’s kinda like what’s happening here with Brandy, Monica, and Sonja Norwood…sort of. See why things just got REAL below…


Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 8.58.10 AM Brandy caught wind of the fan coming after her Moms and that's when she got REAL. She stated she's been being 'bullied' by Monica (we're assuming) and that she's tired of 'being a punk about it... Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 8.47.36 AM BUT MORE FANS TOOK SHOTS AT HER MOM & HER MOMMA HAD A LOT MORE TO SAY TO THEM>>>

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Singer, Monica, has not only heard about the cheating allegations from the woman who claimed to have been involved with her husband/NBA baller, Shannon Brown, and posted about it on social media, Monica’s addressed those claims about her man head on. Now Monica has taken it a step further to let the world know exactly what time it is and in doing so, she also revealed something that happened to her husband that the world never knew…


While a woman was spreading claims about Monica's husband all across the internet, Monica and Shannon were just thankful that he was still alive. The last thing they needed, nor had time for were cheating rumors. It's good that they're doing just fine and we wish them many more years of marital bliss. Shannon also posted a very straightforward message of his own about all of the cheating claims...

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Singer, Monica Brown, has had many trials, tribulations, and triumphs throughout her 35 years of life. One of the trials and tribulations she’ll never forget is sadly, the very sudden death of her then boyfriend, Jarvis Weems, whom Monica revealed shot and killed himself right in front of her in the year, 2000.

We found out that in 2003, three years after Jarvis’ death, his mother, Tyra Weems, spoke to the media to let the world know that she believes Monica has been lying the whole time about the death of her son and that she thinks Monica is withholding information. Hopefully Monica and Jarvis’ family are in a much better space now, but take a look at what was reported on Jarvis’ mother below and let us know your thoughts on this family.


Monica says her then 24 year old boyfriend called her distraught and exhausted with life and asked her to meet him at the cemetery where his brother was buried. Then he locked himself in the car and shot himself in the head... Jarvis Weems' Mother had a totally different opinion about Monica's side of the story>>>

Thoughts ILOSM family?

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