Monifa Carter, who goes by the stage name Monifah, is best known for her association with the late rapper Heavy D, and her music from the mid-1990s including “I Miss You (Come Back Home)”, “You” and “Touch It”, which was released in 1998. Monifah was raised in the East Harlem section of New York City. She also starred on TV One’s reality show R&B Divas: Atlanta.
In 1996, her debut album, Moods…Moments was released. In 1997, she contributed the Heavy D.-produced “I Still Love You” to the soundtrack of the film, Sprung.
Monifah’s second album was Mo’hogany. Released in the last quarter of 1998, it featured “Touch It”. The track peaked at #29 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1998.
Monifah’s third album Home, released in 2000 contained “I Can Tell”, “Brown Eyes” and “Fairytales.”
In 2003, she played a supporting role in Michael Baisden’s Men Cry In the Dark stage play.
In August 2012, Monifah and R&B singers Syleena Johnson, Faith Evans, KeKe Wyatt, LaTocha Scott, Angie Stone, and Nicci Gilbert appeared in a reality show for TV One called R&B Divas. It was later retitled R&B Divas: Atlanta and Monifah has appeared on the subsequent second and third seasons, with LaTavia Roberson and Kameelah Williams joining the cast in season 3 on April 23, 2014.
In 2012, she appeared on Faith Evans’ compilation album R&B Divas on the single “Lovin’ Me” in addition to her solo track “She’s Me”. The album was later nominated for a Grammy. She released a new single “The Other Side” which premiered in June 2014.
On R&B Divas: Atlanta, Monifah publicly revealed she is in a same-gender relationship. In the third season finale of R&B Divas: Atlanta, Monifah married her longtime partner Terez, on April 4, 2014. She revealed during the show that she was addicted to cocaine for 7 years, but is now Monifah has a daughter named Akemi (born in 1993), from a previous heterosexual relationship. Even though Akemi does not like the fact that her mother is bisexual, Monifah respects her daughter’s beliefs.