Dawn Robinson: Down- But Not Out

Wow! That’s what I thought when I watched this video clip of former En Vogue member, Dawn Robinson. Dawn, as I had heard years ago, has fallen on financial hard times and is apparently sleeping on the floor of a rodent infested apartment- with her husband. Now, we have all heard this story before, singer hits it big, loses it all, blah, blah, blah. However, the fact that Dawn is living this way while married shocks me. Her husband, Dre something-or-the-other, is also an up and coming singer and one that apparently cannot take care of his wife. But I’m getting a little head of myself here. I’ll come back to Dre later. This clip I speak of, which you can see on the next page, is actually from what I was told is a reality show that the couple is shooting about their attempts to break back into the music business.

The show, which is titled Dawn & Dre, actually looks like it could be worth watching. Unlike other reality shows which are nothing but promotional vehicles for celebrities, this one looks more like a PSA- a warning of sorts as to what the music industry is really like behind the glitz and the glamour.

Now on to Dawn’s husband. I am all for love and that mess, but he seems to do a lot of complaining in the clip below about what his wife doesn’t have and what he thinks she should have based on her history with En Vogue. However, he is now her husband and yes he should be taking care of his husbandly duties and you better believe that means keeping roaches and rats from crawling on her face as he says they do in this clip. Yes it is sad what has happened to Dawn but the past is the past. I’m not going to be too hard on the brotha though cause he is seen in the hospital during this clip so maybe there is something wrong with him. Whatever the case, Dawn & Dre aren’t doing too well and the clip below is almost heart breaking.

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  1. It is sad to hear she is still living this way because 10 or so years ago after the Lucy Pearl breakup Vibe magazine went to interview her and spoke of how she was living. The music biz really does eat you up and spit you out. I wonder how the other members are doing and if they know about Dawn’s situation? Remember the girls from SWV said they had no idea LeLe was doing so bad. This is just sad. They were a great group too.

  2. I understand she wants to be a solo artist — but I had to roll my eyes when they went down the laundry list of awards she received.
    If they’re struggling so hard — why not go back on tour with En Vogue? People would love to see all 4 of them together for a few hours. Make some tour money, shore up your funds, and do your solo thing on the side too.
    Does Dawn even speak to the other ladies? I seem to remember there were some disagreements over money or something back in the day and she left.
    Get back together!

  3. Why are they having such a hard time? They have no children and only themselves to support. Heck, screw music and get a regular 9 to 5. Maybe I need to see athe entire show to grasp totally what is going on here but I can’t believe they can’t live better than they living now. I see a flat screen tv over the fireplace but they sleeping on a dirty matress on the floor. Damn.

  4. This whole set up seems shady to me. The reason why Dawm, a beautiful, talented sista, is in this predicament is probably because of her husband. The guy seems like a fraud and he looked like he was acting throughout that clip. He is trying to ride on Dawn’s past success to get him somewhere and she is too in love to see it. I am married and i know that love can be blind but that is just foolish.

    She needs to ditch the loser, go back to her moms house and start from sctartch, she’ll be on top in no time. Most of the young musicians now NEED to be calling her up and getting tips.
    One last thing: how broke are these pl when Dawn has that nice weave ona nd did every one miss the shot of the laptopn and failry big scren TV. sELL THAT AND BUY A DAMN BED. A real man, regardless of how broke, wouldnt find it amusing thata huge roaach was on his wife’s fac whilst she was sleeping.
    Its real sad.

    Come back Dawn, we are dying to buy your album

  5. This sounds like a hustle to me.Is she going through this to be with him.Why is he naming off all of her awards but still living in this way.Girl, don’t let that man take you down through there.Go get a job and let him do his own thing to live out his dream of music.

  6. As I recall, Dawn could never get along with other folk. She left or was asked to leave En Vogue and was replaced in Lucy Pearl. She seems to be her own worst enemy. I will her the best but this is maybe what she needed in order to be more humble and appreciate the fame and money. Own your mistakes Dawn!

  7. You know…..I have mixed feelings about this. First of all, She was the one (in which she was apart of a group) who got all of the awards and as a group they signed a bad contract. Plain and simple…It was her responsiblity to watch her money, not her manager, not her mama…her. Thats like rule#2 in that industry….”Watch your Money”. On top of that she tried it again in that industry, and yet again what happens, bad contract and bad relations. I have no doubt that with her and her husbands “go get it attitutde” they will succeed. Secondly, I have no respect for a man, what-so-ever, who is not working and taking care of home. Maybe its because when my father was once laid off, he worked two jobs to keep our family afloat and to make sure we were comfortable. So, I don’t sympathize one bit. No excuses.

  8. In this day and age they can market themselves. Sell their singles online, if they are hot people will buy. Create your own website and sell your cd’s with paypal. They are not doing too bad with the flatscreen on the mantle. With all the past accolades she has, she can’t get on anybody’s single/video? Dre can sing back-up for somebody if times are that hard. It seems as if they are making it harder than it should be.

  9. Dre is a notorious cheater. He scopes out girls on myspace. He is the lowest of the low. Something is not right here. You were given (Dawn) two incredible chances and blew them. Sing back up, write for other people. Damn, even Eric Benet worked PT for UPS to get money and benefits for his daughter until he blew up and Dre does have childREN, just not with Dawn.

  10. THOSE WHO KNOW, KNOW THAT DAWN HAS ALWAYS HAD DIVA ISSUES. IN En Vogue SHE HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND CINDY GETTING MOST OF THE LEADS. IN Lucy Pearl SHE HAD ISSUES WITH THE DIRECTION THAT RAPPHEAL SADDIQ HAD FOR THE GROUP. SHE IS THE ONE THAT SET HER WHOLE CAREER BACK. WHO IS HER HUSBAND? WHAT HAS HE DONE? WHAT HAS HE ACHIEVED? HE IS RIDING HER COATTAILS ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT IF SHE MAKES A COME BACK HE WILL MAKE IN THE BIZ. WHY IS SHE THE ONLY ONE SUFFERING AND HAVING SUCH HARD TIMES. DON’T ALWAYS BLAME IT ON THE BUSINESS, SOMETIMES LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

  11. I think that Dawn is stupid, leaving Envouge was the biggest mistake of her life…Imagine what they could be right now if they had toughed it out together, Envouge was and still is one of the best female r & b groups of our time…It always takes one a$$ in the group who wants to be solo and have the spotlight to ruin something good….Some artist don’t understand that sometimes you’re better in a group, put those petty differences aside and make that money….I understand her wanting to be independent but she should have at least waited until Envouge had 5 or more albums under their belt before she tried to venture out and go solo, that would have given her something to fall back on…Even if you are in a super power group solo sucess isn’t guaranteed, look at Kelly Rowland.

  12. Oh please, this don’t even look nor sound right. First Dawn left the group because she thought she was the top notch and in her mind she thought that she could do badd by herself. After she did okay with Lucy Pearl until that went downhill then she decided to come back to Envogue. After a disagreement with the group and the contract management she decides to quit the group again. All that cockiness didn’t lead her anywhere. She should of stayed in the group. I know you can’t change the past and I know that times are hard, but for someone that was a part of one of the biggest selling girl-groups in history and sleeping on the floor with a roach crawling on her face? that just insane. With all of those awards plus a flat screen television proves that there is more to this story but it’s real suspect.

    Dre’s a sorry excuse for a husband letting his wife sleep on a floor like that. He needs to get a 9-to-5 JOB and do his singing on the side, better yet go back to school and get an EDUCATION so him and his wife can live better. Everybody is not going to be a famous singer, even famous singers won’t live off that forever.

  13. Word is Dre is on You Tube talking smack about the girls from the group. Terry did date one of the producers and I remember Dawn saying Terry was not as nice as she seemed. Cindy married a baseball player who played for a team in Japan I think. Maxine opened up a hair salon. Terry also had a perfume called Southern Exposure. Why didn’t Dawn make it like the others did? Even Cindy was just seen in Dreamgirls playing in Atlanta.

  14. Dawn is her own worst enemy. I am and was a true EnVogue and Lucy Pearl Fan. I even liked her solo effort. But I must agree with everyone. I remember how sad so many of us was when we heard she was leaving EnVogue. Those beautiful ladies with voices like angles were the essences of the late 80’s and early 90’s. I would love to see all 4 of the orginal members back together. I would go see them on tour and even buy their CD. Dawn ditch the diva attitude, you see what it got you nothing, but a sorry a– man. Bro get a job. Pay some bills. Dawn stop letting this piece of a man make an a– out of you. You were blessed by God with those vocal cords. Use them in the right way. If you have not burned all of your bridges I am sure you can sing back up, or sing on someones song. After all you are not Diana Ross. Your good, but please get yourself together before it is too late. Much Love!!!!

  15. I think EnVogue should get back together. They still look good and I’m sure sound good. But Dawn needs to ditch the attitude. Maybe if she was more cooperative with groups she wouldn’t be sleeping on the floor. And like everyone else said, don’t cry over money when you got a flat screen tv. And don’t get a luxury RV when you can’t even foot the gas.

  16. I just saw an ad in the paper. En Vogue is on the roster for an old school jam in my city along with Guy, 112 and others. I has no idea Dawn has hit hard times.

  17. @ Chocolate Girl, I was told they are shopping it around to different stations. As of yet it has not been picked up by any channel I know of.

    Dre Allen’s Bio

    Born in California’s San Francisco bay area in the mid 70’s, Dre Allen is a man who was physically, sexually & emotionally abused as a child. A guy who was homeless for 8 years straight and survived. Locked up for 3 years of his life in juvenile halls, group homes, foster homes & jails. A guy who was beaten, stabbed, robbed & who’s father was a pimp.

    Conceived slightly before his mother went to prison, developed while his mother did a year armed robbery & abandoned at birth…and after all that…a guy who found his poetic voice enough to get off the streets, start his own record company, record and album single-handedly & spread his energy to everyone who would be inspired by his determination.

    After 10 record deals that yielded no fruit due to the politics of the music industry of late, in 2002 Dre made an unlikely alliance with Pearce ‘Master P’ Miller while toiling through he latest of his 10 records deals with Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds & wife Tracy Edmonds’ ERG label. Having faced scrutiny & branding as a “Black” artist with no foreseeable market due to his multi cultural appearance (half Italian & half black) as well as his more rock leaning urban influenced soul & message oriented sound, Allen decided to begin his education as the businessman.

    After numerous & lengthy sessions, inquiries & discussions with his new found mentor Allen decided to take his act independent. With the money from a production deal secured with Master P, Allen started his label Movermakers Entertainment & from that day dedicated himself to cracking the codes to artistic independence.

    The Dre Allen Project is an album that encompasses a man’s vision of himself while obtaining the skills needed to climb the mountains he foresees himself conquering. A man who drips of survival. An inspirational real life story of someone who refused to give up on himself & become the only thing everyone would have thought he would. A lost soul. Instead Dre Allen became a lost soul who found himself while no one else was looking. With the amazing vocal talents of Dawn Robinson (En Vogue, Lucy Pearl) on his brand new single, Dre introduces himself to Australia and Inspires you to “Fly”.

  18. I’m not impressed at all not one bit. Get a JOB..Then again, this is TV..they pitched this come back to whatever station and we as humans are so, involved in others life. Free promo is what we just viewed, a marketing tatic. See, I tell a friend and then they tell a friend, so forth and so on..then they have a HIT. They got paid for this long time ago and now we are just seeing the takes off the show of different scenes. Studio heads, you gotta love them. That girl is not suffering the way, they are trying to protray this. Not by a long shot. She loves him and I’m sure she does, but she’s no body fool. That’s my take on what I just viewed. The big question is, will I watch the show..that’s the bottom line. Each time we view, there youtube blog..they get pumped up..it’s all a game…and they are playing to win.

  19. Dawn was always the stunningly beautiful member of the group. She is still looking good all these years later. I hope this beautiful lady can make it back as a solo artist.

  20. But I wonder how she spend the money? Well, they say the best art is borne out of poverty.

    If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t she the one that decided to split from EnVogue back in 1996 during a time where the group was still bankable?

  21. I am a bid Dawn fan as well as Lucy Pearl and EnVouge. If Dawm isnt in the group, I aint really feelin’ Envouge. It was nice to see them all in Stevie Wonder’s video “So Whats The Fuss” it was refreshing.

    I dont know what to say about this video really. Why is it, that there is a flat screen on the wall, but no bed? And why isnt this Dre guy working a 9-5 during the week and playing gigs on the weekends? Shoot, thats what my dad does. He has a band, but a 9-5 too, hell all of the band members do. They practice a few times a week after work and have gigs on the weekends.

    If I were Dawn I would re-join Envouge and go on those old school concert tours. There are alot of folks who dig old school more so than whats poppin musivcally right now. Or what about those plays like Tyler Perry Plays or David E. Talbert plays? She has a great voice for those. She could re-build her name back up and get re-exposed. Just a thought.

  22. I don’t understand why everyone is coming down so hard on them. Why can’t we as a “people” stand behind our brothers and sisters NO matter what bad choices they make. HELL..it’s THEIR life not yours. What right do you have to criticize and exploit them? I’ll bet a large percentage of you on here have made bad choices that left you in a bad spot, but no one goes on the Internet and ridicules you about it. I get so sick and tired of people downing them and saying Dre is a dog and he’s using her and riding her coat tails..etc etc. Who gives a damn! Just congratulate them for TRYING to make a comeback and a comeup! That’s why black folks can’t get ahead in this society because our OWN brothers and sisters are the FIRST one’s in line trying to knock down their spirit! Keep all your negativity to yourselves and just wish them the best and move on! God says that we must love and we must forgive one another to make it to his kingdom. Redeem yourselves now and stop posting negative comments about our brother and sister! Let them figure their own way out of the situation they are in and stop being so damn negative! Another thing, why can’t we just celebrate EnVogue and stop picking on Dawn because she is no longer a part of the group? Face the facts! En’Vogue is not a part of her life anymore, so stop bring up what happened damn near 10 years ago and get over it! This world would be a better place if we didn’t have so much contempt in our hearts and if we didn’t live in the past so much. Move forward and simply wish them the best!

    PJElaine

  23. You know this is truly SAD!! However I don’t think her CURRENT living situation is contingent upon the man she’s with..Life takes turns which WE have no control over. Being in a group with any one take MUCH effort!! She left EnVogue for a significant reason:one that is/was her business. Yea, she may not be living the way WE or she think/believes she should. Just pray for her. If there was any REAL chemistry behind closed doors, I’m sure the other members of En Vogue would help!! And to put it flatly EnVogue as a group made it on the lines of being famous, but the group had financial issues, just like New Edition,TLC,and the lists goes on! Dawn is just being scrutinized because of who she is. As far as the diva issues…I’ve MET the all, and consequently SHE was the nicest!! So let’s pray her strength and get over ourselves.

  24. 1sthandexperience:
    I AM VERY HESISTANT TO POST THIS, BECAUSE 1 , I HAVE NO INTEREST IN FEEDING ANY FURTHER ENERGY INTO DAWN, DRE OR ANYTHING THEIR DOING , ALSO, OFTEN TIMES PEOPLE CRITIZE AS A MEANS OF VENTING AND IT COMES OFF IN A WAY THAT IS OFTEN NEGATIVE AND THATS ALL. EVENSTILL I AM GOING TO WRITE THESE TRUTHS FOR THE PUBLIC TO READ. I RECENTLY RESPONDED TO DRE AND DAWN AS THEY EXPRESSED INTEREST IN PUTTING TOGETHER A STREET TEAM. I WAS ONE OF APRROXIMATLY 5 PEOPLE ON BOARD THEIR SO CALLED TOUR BUS. WE LITERALLY “SLAVED” DAY AND NIGHT SELLING RECORDS FOR DAWN AND DRE . THEY USED THE MONEY FOR THINGS LIKE , GAS , BUS PAYMENTS ON THE RV THAT WAS LEASED TO THEM, PAINTING THE BUS , CDS, AND LETS NOT FORGET STRIP CLUBS. THERE WAS VERY LITTLE FOOD MOST TIMES, AND MANY OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED WERE FRUSTRATED BUT LOVED DAWN AND DRE , BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN LED TO BELIEVE THAT WE WERE ALL IN IT TOGETHER AND THEY WERE FIGHTING TOWARD SUCCESS AS A FAMILY. DRE AND DAWN WOULD BARELY GET OFF THE BUS TO SELL ANYTHING WHEN JUST THEIR PRESENCE ALONE CAUSED PEOPLE TO GAIN INTEREST IN BUYING. WITH LITTLE OR NO CONSIDERATION THEY SAT ON THE BUS CRACKING THE WHIP , CHASTIZING ANYONE THAT DID NOT RETURN WITH AT LEAST 100 DOLLARS (SERIOUSLY). IN THE END THEY KICKED PEOPLE OF THE RV WHO THEY FELT DID NOT SELL ENOUGH CDS FOR THEM AND LEFT THEM IN THAT VERY CITY WITH NO MONEY OR TRANSPORTATION TO GET HOME. THE SAME PEOPLE WHO WERE LOYAL TO THEM WERE LEFT STRANDED AND HOMELESS AND TO THIS DAY ARE WORKING TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE DONE TO THEIR LIVES. THEY , (AT THE RISK OF SOUNDING NEGATIVE) TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE DREAMS AND LOYALTY THAT THESE PEOPLE INVESTED INTO THEM. THEY SOLD THEM FALSE PROMISES OF A REALITY SHOW , AND USED THIS CONCEPT TO GET THEM TO SIGN CONTRACTS. EVERYONE THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE MAKING A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY AND MADE NOTHING (LITERALLY). SOME OF THEM WHO MAY HAVE HAD ACCESS TO THEIR OWN FINANCES EVEN WOULD GIVE DRE MONEY SO THAT THEY COULD HAVE BASIC THINGS LIKE FOOD AND SHELTER. MEANWHILE DRE AND DAWN REFUSES TO EVEN GIVE THESE PEOPLE REFERENCE AS THEY NOW STRUGGLE TO RE EMPLOY THEMSELVES ELSEWHERE. WITH THAT SAID, PERSONALLY I THINK “THESE TRUTHS” WOULD MAKE A GREAT REALITY SHOW. THE REST IS A RESULT OF THEIR OWN ARROGANCE AND MISGUIDED BEHAVIOR.ALL IN ALL MY IMPRESSION AT FIRST WAS THAT THEY WERE GOOD PEOPLE WITH A GOOD VISION AND I HONESTLY THINK THAT HAD THAT BEEN THE FOCUS MUCH MORE WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, INSTEAD DRE KICKED DAWN OF THE BUS AND GOT INVOLVED WITH HIS “NEW LOVE” , A WOMAN THAT HE MET WHILE WE WERE ON THE ROAD. SO FOR ALL THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN GOING BACK AND FORTH, FOR THOSE THAT SYMPATHIZE WITH THEM AND FOR THOSE WHO HATE THEM, HERE IS A BIT OFF TRUTH AS TO PROVIDE TO THE PUBLIC A MUCH MORE WELL ROUNDED PERSPECTIVE.

  25. Just to let people know. Dre Allen owns a home in the Hollywood Hills which he showed on his myspace page. I am not sure if Dawn knows that. Also this guy degrades their relationship on his page by wishing he were single and writing poems for females. She is the only from her group who is broke. She has had many opportunities that real struggling artist will never see. Her attitude has been her main problem. She allows her husband to degrade her former bandmates online. Once people started saying she made En Vogue to her she wanted to go solo and her head got big. She went to Lucy Pearl her head got big. She went to Dr Dre her head got big. So no sympathy for her. She trashed her bandmates in Vibe magazine and said she laughed when their CD flooped. She called Rapheal Saddiq gay. Yeah she did not get money in En Vogue, but that was years ago. Between then and now she could have done something different. Like work maybe. Her attitude is stank and that is why she is living stank. Plus her husband is a user and she has no clue.

  26. I am and always was a huge fan of En Vogue. I was added on to Dawn’s myspace page awhile back and I simply left a message on there that I think she should do a reunion with her group and that might help her solo thing. I got a response form her cussing me and she deleted me from her page. I am done with her. She has lost her mind. I was not even being rude. I was speaking as a fan to her. I hope people do not fall for this show it is total BS. She had an opportunity to be on possibly one of the biggest tours of 2005. That would have been the Salt n Pepa En Vogue reunion tour, but she pulled out once again. Had she done the tour she would not be selling her behind on reality TV. It was her choice to leave her group. I feel that they just like TLC could have gotten a better deal once they were out of the EastWest contract and they did, but once again Dawn backed out. Her husband has zero class and is a con artist so even after this show Dawn will still be broke. I saw her former group members at the Black Family reunion in DC. They looked and sounded great and also happy. I doubt they are missing her and her drama.

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