Lil Mama
American rapper
Lil Mama
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Men Guess What Beauty Blenders Are, And It's Comedy Gold
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Merry Christmas! Chance the Rapper and Jeremih drop surprise holiday mixtape
LATimes - 2 months
Just like Santa, Chance the Rapper arrived in the middle of the night with a Christmas gift. The rapper and multiple Grammy nominee teamed with fellow Chicago native and R&B singer Jeremih for a holiday-themed mixtape released in the dead of night. “Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama” features nine holiday...
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Donations Pour In For Father Of 6 Killed In San Bernardino Shooting
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Michael Raymond Wetzel was such a great dad that his best friend often joked that he was “jealous” of Wetzel’s natural parenting skills. After he was killed in Wednesday’s San Bernardino mass shooting, those closest to Wetzel, and people whom he never met, banded together to ensure that his six children continue to be taken care of in the best way possible. Wetzel, who worked as a supervising environmental health specialist, was one 14 people killed at the Inland Regional Center on Wednesday when two attackers stormed the nonprofit that services people with disabilities.  When Wetzel’s wife, Renee, learned of the shooting, she immediately alerted a Facebook support group for moms to which she belongs. Celia Behar, co-founder of Lil' Mama’s, quickly sprung into action, reached out to Renee and prepared for the worst. When Behar found out that Wetzel had died, she set up a fundraiser through YouCaring, which was up and running by 8 a.m. on Thursday, Behar told The Huffingto ...
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Donations Pour In For Father Of 6 Killed In San Bernardino Shooting
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Michael Raymond Wetzel was such a great dad that his best friend often joked that he was “jealous” of Wetzel’s natural parenting skills. After he was killed in Wednesday’s San Bernardino mass shooting, those closest to Wetzel, and people whom he never met, banded together to ensure that his six children continue to be taken care of in the best way possible. Wetzel, who worked as a supervising environmental health specialist, was one 14 people killed at the Inland Regional Center on Wednesday when two attackers stormed the nonprofit that services people with disabilities.  When Wetzel’s wife, Renee, learned of the shooting, she immediately alerted a Facebook support group for moms to which she belongs. Celia Behar, co-founder of Lil' Mama’s, quickly sprung into action, reached out to Renee and prepared for the worst. When Behar found out that Wetzel had died, she set up a fundraiser through YouCaring, which was up and running by 8 a.m. on Thursday, Behar told The Huffingto ...
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In Her Words: Lil Mama Recounts Breast Cancer Battle
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Lil Mama As Told to Najja Parker I didn't take it seriously when my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. She didn't look sick. She didn't act sick. She still had her energy and smile and was always loving and sensitive. Despite our financial hardships or how she felt, she made sure my seven siblings and I never missed a trip to the circus or a chance to sing and harmonize with her. My mother remained the same person in and out of her sickness. She always said she would beat it, and she did. Then, the cancer came back, and it spread throughout her body. I watched my mom go through operations on her brain. She was in pain, and she started losing her hair and dropping weight. That's when it became real to me. I never would have imagined it. I didn't see it coming to a person who was so lively. While she stayed in high spirits, I saw the change in her security. She didn't feel like herself. That was very hurtful to witness. While I was on the Up Close ...
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On the 'A' w/ Souleo: <em>Black Girls Rock!</em> and <em>Bold Soul Sisters</em> Sound Off!
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Women's History Month drew to a close -- or should we say a crescendo -- this past week, with two special events where women were celebrated and given a platform to share their thoughts on a host of topics, including the "F" word: feminism. Kathy Sledge at Apollo Bold Soul Sisters Panel/Credit: c. bay milin At the Apollo Theater's panel discussion, Bold Soul Sisters: A Revolution of Sound and Style, moderated by music journalist and essayist Christian John Wikane, four legendary recording artists (Rochelle Fleming of First Choice, Nona Hendryx of Labelle, Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters, and Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge) reflected on the cultural impact of 1970s girl groups that revolutionized the scene with their progressive style, provocative lyrics, and feminist stance. Christian John Wikane and Nona Hendryx at Apollo Bold Soul Sisters Panel Credit: c. bay milin The taping of BET's Black Girls Rock! at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center included several mu ...
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Lil Mama Calls Her Left Eye Gig Better Than Christmas
MTV News - over 3 years
'I was able to wear Left Eye's full costume in 'Scrubs,' ' she says of her gig in the VH1 TLC biopic. By Gil Kaufman, with reporting by James Michael Lacsina
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TLC Reunites for “Waterfalls” Performance at 2013 American Music Awards With Help of Lil Mama
US Magazine - over 3 years
Still groovin! 18 years after TLC’s “Waterfalls” made its debut and catapulted up the charts in 1995, the girl group proved they were still relevant during their surprise performance at the 2013 American Music Awards. PHOTOS: The best girl groups of all time Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas were joined on stage by Lil Mama, who took the place of the late Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes, who died tragically in a Honduran car accident in 2002. As the group took to the stage wearing ethereal white outfits, reminiscent of their days coordinating back in the ‘90s, the audience roared in response as viewers registered that the performers were about to deliver their hit single “Waterfalls.” PHOTOS: The 2013 American Music Awards red carpet In fluid choreographed movement, the singers brought pizzazz back to those who remembered TLC’s height nearly two decades ago. "Waterfalls," which was released in 1995, is best remembered for its music video, which tackled many issues i ...
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Bad Hair Color Happens To Beautiful People In This Week's Best & Worst Beauty (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We may be on the fence about reuniting with hair dye after finding out how damaging it ca be, but the celebs on this week's Worst Beauty list went over the top with hair color. Jada Pinkett Smith continued her rocker mom reign with a bleached undercut 'do, and Lil Mama sported a seafoam green bob. Meanwhile, Anna Faris is still holding on to her unnatural-looking blonde hair. It's time to let go, ladies! Check out these outrageous hair colors (and less extreme shades) below and tell us what you think. BEST: Salma Hayek The 47-year-old actress, director and producer looks as though she hasn't aged since her "Desperado" days. Her caramel highlights and raisin lip gloss enhance her radiant complexion, and the shimmering gold eyeshadow makes her brown eyes pop. BEST: Michelle Trachtenberg We can't call her Harriet the Spy any longer. Trachtenberg is all grown up with sexy, side-swept curls, smoldering eye makeup and a classic nude lip. Well-placed blush draws attention to he ...
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On the "A" w/Souleo: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Hopes New Documentary Series Will Change Education System
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hopes that his latest PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will not only educate the public but also lead to reform in the nation's public school system. "We need one documentary to show the whole sweep of history to make it easy for teachers to incorporate black history into the larger story of American history. It is too much work and too expensive for teachers to do it any other way," he says. The series runs for the next six weeks and aims to cover the full scope of African-American history from 1513, which marks the arrival of Juan Garrido, the first documented black person in the U.S. to the present-day historic election of President Barack Obama. Gates knows that in order for such history to be fully integrated into the nation's school systems he will need the support of politicians. "We need the Congressional Black Caucus and political leaders to press for mandating this full integration in our c ...
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'CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story' Makes Primetime History
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last night’s premiere of TLC’s highly anticipated VH1 biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” netted this year’s highest rated cable original film with approximately 4.5 million viewers tuning in, according to a press release. The prime time premiere also made VH1 history by becoming the network’s most watched original film ever. Starring Keke Palmer (as Chilli), Lil Mama (as Left Eye), and Drew Sidora (T-Boz), the Charles Stone III-directed film focused on the group’s humble beginnings in Atlanta and their meteoric rise to pop culture fame. Last week T-Boz and Chilli made a special appearance on HuffPost Live, where they opened up on preparing the girls for their respective roles in the film. “We spent so much time with the girls. We hung around them. They spent the night, you name it,” Chilli disclosed. “We did everything, because we wanted to really, almost overly prepare them for their role so that they could really deliver and they really did.” Catch a special re-airing of ...
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TLC Biopic 'CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story' Takes A Look At The Women Behind The Band
Huffington Post - over 3 years
ATLANTA -- ATLANTA (AP) — For Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, there were several uncomfortable moments watching actresses portray them in a new TLC biopic. But it was especially strange to watch Lil Mama, who played the role of the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes — the third member of the Grammy-winning R&amp;B group who died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002. "She totally came into character," Chilli said of Lil Mama, who wore contacts to mimic Left Eye's distinctively large, dark pupils. "It was kind of scary. The resemblance was just crazy at times. Naturally, she kind of had some of the similar characteristics like Lisa. It was kind of eerie at times for us." Alongside Lil Mama, Keke Palmer stars as Chilli and Drew Sidora as T-Boz in the film, "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story," which premieres Monday on VH1. The two-hour movie chronicles the trio's rise to fame, their drama-filled love lives — famously including Left Eye burning down the house of lover and former NF ...
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How TLC Felt About Lil Mama's Portrayal Of Left-Eye
Huffington Post - over 3 years
TLC fans have a lot to be thankful for. The legendary group's much anticipated biopic, "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story," is set to premiere on VH1 on Oct. 21, and their fifth album, “20,” was released on Tuesday. So, group members Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins are busy making their rounds to promote the two projects. The pair made a special appearance on HuffPost Live Thursday, where they opened up about preparing Keke Palmer, Lil Mama, and Drew Sidora for their respective roles in the film. “We spent so much time with the girls. We hung around them. They spent the night, you name it,” Chilli disclosed. “We did everything, because we wanted to really, almost overly prepare them for their role so that they could really deliver and they really did.” Check out how Lil Mama's portrayal of Left Eye made the ladies feel in the clip above.
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The Good, The Bad And The Rachet On The BET Hip Hop Awards Red Carpet (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We can always count on The BET Hip Hop Awards to provide us with some wild fashion moments (see: this and that). This year Kevin Hart, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, MC Lyte and Snoop Dogg are just a few of the stars who stepped out in style for the eighth annual event, which will air on October 15. While there were definitely a few winning looks, most of the attendees took the opportunity to be a bit more daring with their outfits. With that said, here's a look at the good, the bad and the, er, rachet from the awards show. The Good Eve managed to outshine everyone on the red carpet. You can't really go wrong in an LBD, especially in a mini beaded number. The Bad Sigh. We really love this BCBG MaxAzria printed suit, but Lil' Mama's hair is just way too distracting (her abs too, for that matter) The Rachet WTF! Bambi, former "Basketball Wives of LA" co-star, thought it would be a good idea to wear this monstrosity of a "dress" to the awards show. One question: why? Check out the r ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lil Mama
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 26
    On March 10, 2016, Lil Mama was arrested while driving 38 mph in a 25 mph speed zone.
    More Details Hide Details The incident took place in Harlem around 4 AM. Officers conducted an investigation and Lil Mama's driver's license was revoked.
  • 2015
    Age 25
    In June 2015, Lil Mama was listed as a featured speaker at an event sponsored by BET and the Hip Hop Sisters Network.
    More Details Hide Details Titled "Women, Wealth and Relationships," the event also featured guest speakers MC Lyte, Shanice and Elise Neal, as well as main speaker and financial advisor specialist Lynn Richardson. The event, held on June 27, 2015, focuses on empowering black women both in their lives and financially, providing answers on such tough issues as men, money and family relationships.
    In May 2015, Lil Mama released the video to her latest song, Sausage.
    More Details Hide Details The video incorporates many themes, including the Sausage movement on Vine, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, voguing, Mary J. Blige, Caribbean love, and community fun. It immediately went viral, with more than 3 million views in its first week, topping the Billboard Music + Twitter charts. It held itself steady in the Top 20 well into June, with numerous dance studio and dance jams featuring choreography and routines on social media danced to the Sausage track. The track was not made available for sale, being absent from both iTunes and Amazon.com. Assumed to be due to all the inspirations referenced and sampled (the track listed on the YouTube video is actually "Mona Lisa" by Slick Rick) the track was only available on the Lil Mama SoundCloud account only. The video also opted out of advertising revenue on YouTube, with no ads appearing before the music video.
  • 2014
    Age 24
    In November 2014, Lil Mama was featured in MC Lyte's first music video in years, "Ball."
    More Details Hide Details The music video also featured artist AV and was released on November 13, 2014. Lil Mama appeared in the video, providing rap verses, along with some of her signature dance moves.
  • 2013
    Age 23
    In October 2013, Lil Mama starred as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in the VH1 TLC biographical film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which aired on October 21, 2013, alongside Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora, who played Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, respectively.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2009
    Age 19
    In October 2009, she also appeared in cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model. with Benny Ninja.
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    At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Lil Mama came onstage while Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed "Empire State of Mind".
    More Details Hide Details While Jay-Z was ending his final verse, Lil Mama left her seat in the audience, got onto the stage, and started bobbing her head to the beat. Jay-Z was surprised but continued to perform. Right before this moment, Beyonce had even tried to hold her from going up. Jay-Z patted Lil Mama on the leg to fall back, jokingly telling her, "you T-Paining now," a reference to a similar incident two months earlier when T-Pain jumped onstage with Jay-Z at Summer Jam during his performance of "D.O.A.". At the end of the performance, Lil Mama came to foreground and posed alongside Jay-Z and Keys. She later clarified that she "would never... try to disrespect Jay-Z or take a moment that someone has created it and try to relive it. I’m too original for that and I respect him too much for that."
    In 2009 she announced the title of her proposed new album as Voice Of The Young People: I Am That, although this has not been released.
    More Details Hide Details On October 7, 2012 RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Lil Mama (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release her future material on the RCA Records brand. Voice Of The Young People: I Am That will have guest appearances including Soulja Boy, Khalil, Angel Haze, LoLa Monroe, Teyana Taylor, Trina, Keke Palmer, Nas, Chris Brown among others.
  • 2008
    Age 18
    She joined the judges's circle in 2008 at the age of nineteen.
    More Details Hide Details Since the release of her first album, Lil Mama has been in the studio working on new music. She released the singles "Dough Boy" featuring Mishon, "On & On & On", and "NYNYLALA" featuring Snoop Dogg. She has since released two singles entitled "Scrawberry" and "Hustler Girl" featuring Clyde McKnight.
    Her first studio album VYP (Voice of the Young People) was released in late April 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The album spawned four singles: "Lip Gloss", "G-Slide (Tour Bus)", "Shawty Get Loose" and "What It Is (Strike a Pose)". The album sold 19,000 copies in the first week, debuting at number 25 on the Billboard 200. Lil Mama served as a judge on the competitive dance contest television series America's Best Dance Crew.
  • 2007
    Age 17
    In 2007, she was featured in Dr. Luke's remix of Avril Lavigne's song, "Girlfriend".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Born
    Lil Mama was born Niatia Jessica Kirkland in Harlem, in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details She was raised in Brooklyn, New York where she attended Edward R. Murrow High School. Kirkland is the third child and eldest daughter of eight kids. Being the eldest daughter of eight, she acquired her nickname "lil mama". Kirkland faced personal and financial struggles at an early age. As one of eight brothers and sisters, she started to express herself artistically through poetry and dance. Her mother Tara, died on December 15, 2007 following a four-year battle with breast cancer. In 2006, Kirkland signed a recording contract with Jive Records.
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