Tionne Watkins
American singer
Tionne Watkins
Tionne Tenese Watkins, better known by her stage name T-Boz, is a singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, author, and executive producer who rose to fame as one-third of the R&B/hip-hop girl group TLC.
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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&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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Lights Off, Lights On? Left Eye May Join TLC's Reunion Tour With Hologram Help
Color Lines - almost 5 years
Sometimes, it's like the '90s never left us. And now with the help of technology, they never have to. TLC is planning a reunion tour for later this year that may include Lisa "Left Eye" Loopes, the much-beloved rapper who died ten years ago this week. TMZ reports that the remaining members of the trio, Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas, better known as T-Boz and Chili, are in talks to make sure Left Eye is included in the tour, perhaps by projecting her image and including her vocals on tracks, a la Tupac's turn at this year's Coachella festival. So far the tour's booked in five cities, with hope for more. Will you be there?
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Losing Left Eye - Lisa Lopes
Clash - almost 5 years
Ten years ago this month the music industry lost one of it’s brightest stars: Lisa Lopes. Daring, candid, vibrant and unapologetic; Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes was the ‘Crazy’ to Chilli’s ‘Sexy’ and T-Boz’s ‘Cool’ in the Atlantic R&B girl-group that would go on to conquer the music charts and change the way women were seen in a male dominated industry. As the world was still mourning the loss of R&B superstar Aaliyah in the summer of 2001, initial reactions to the news of the tragic death of ‘Left-Eye’ in Honduras, Central America, was that of disbelief. Although Lisa’s passing was felt the world over by the millions of fans she had gathered over the ten years she had spent in the group TLC, for Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozanda ‘Chilli’ Thomas the loss was inconceivable. When speaking to the remaining members of the group last year, they described how initially they believed the news of her death was just another of Lisa’s many ‘practical jokes’. “Not that long b ...
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TLC Shoot Fashion Spread For August Issue Of <I>Essence</I> - RTT News
Google News - over 5 years
The surviving band members (T-Boz, real name Tionne Watkins and Chilli, real name Rozonda Thomas) appear next to a supermodel, wearing a long black skirt and leather cropped top (Chilli) and black skinny pants and a black jacket (T-Boz)
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Celebvocate: T-Boz recruits bone-marrow donors - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Wednesday&#39;s visitor: Tionne Watkins, better known as T-Boz. Bona fides: Lead vocalist for &#39;90s mega-girl group TLC; chronic sickle-cell and arthritis sufferer (though not currently in need of a transplant). Backup: Del. Donna Christensen (DV
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TLC Sing On <I>American Idol</I> Finale - RTT News
Google News - almost 6 years
Group members T-Boz (real name: Tionne Watkins) and Chilli (real name: Rozonda Thomas) were introduced by Lil Jon. They took to the stage to perform a medley of their hits &quot;No Scrubs&quot; and &quot;Waterfalls,&quot; with backup dancers onstage
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WHAT'S ON TODAY
NYTimes - almost 8 years
8 P.M. (Style) RUNNING IN HEELS In this foray behind the scenes at Marie Claire, a New York fashion magazine, three interns -- Ashley Gosik, Samantha Dezur (above left) and Talita Silva -- balance gofer jobs for their superiors, including Joanna Coles, the editor in chief, with their social lives (and, even in this first episode, some internecine
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DIRECTIONS; To the Runner-Up Goes the Sitcom
NYTimes - over 11 years
It worked for Clay Aiken on ''American Idol'' and Trista Rehn Sutter on ''The Bachelor.'' Now Kara Saun (above, left), the last aspiring fashion designer eliminated on Bravo's hit ''Project Runway,'' is learning that finishing second in a reality competition can still make you a winner: Ms. Saun has been selected as head costume designer for the
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POP REVIEW; A Girl Group That Takes No Prisoners In Love
NYTimes - about 17 years
Pop's ideal woman, vintage 2000, is a bundle of contradictions. She's a wild party girl and a levelheaded career woman. She's independent but she gets lonely. She's streetwise but upwardly mobile, materialistic but not for sale, tough yet insecure, lusty but choosy. It's too much for one woman, so TLC splits the duties three ways. As the group
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FILM REVIEW; For Young Blacks, Decency vs. Crime
NYTimes - over 18 years
A mountain of style buries a molehill of wishful thinking in the Hype Williams film ''Belly.'' On the eve of a new millennium, it ponders the fate of young black men drawn to drugs, violence, easy money and sexual license and weakly invokes the spirits of everyone from Marcus Garvey to Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X to preach the virtues of
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TLC Settles Suit, Setting Aside a Troubling Use of Bankruptcy
NYTimes - over 20 years
Members of the rhythm-and-blues group TLC and lawyers for LaFace Records and Pebbitone Inc., which brought the group to public attention in the early 1990's, signed a settlement this weekend, ending a yearlong battle over how the fruits of TLC's success should be divided. The settlement includes a confidentiality clause barring comment on the
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THE MEDIA BUSINESS;Bankruptcy Filings Upheld For Members of TLC Trio
NYTimes - almost 21 years
A Federal bankruptcy judge today upheld the bankruptcy filings of three members of TLC, one of the most popular rhythm-and-blues groups in the record industry, whose chart-topping albums have generated more than $100 million in sales for Arista's LaFace record label. The ruling, the first of two expected in the TLC case this week, represented an
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Going Broke and Cutting Loose;Bankruptcy Has New Appeal for Music Groups Chafing at Their Contracts
NYTimes - about 21 years
Success, as abrupt and electric as a summer thunderstorm, enveloped the music group TLC five years ago and shows no sign of ending. The three-woman group based in Atlanta -- its music is a blend of rhythm and blues and hip-hop -- has two "multi-platinum" albums and half a dozen top singles. So the music industry was somewhat taken aback last year
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tionne Watkins
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In June 2016, she announced at a Crescent Moon Gala in Florida, that she had adopted a 10-month old son named Chance.
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  • 2015
    Age 44
    On September 26, 2015, TMZ leaked a legal deposition on Watkins stating that she was adopting a second child.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 35
    In March 2006, she was diagnosed as having a strawberry-sized acoustic neuroma on her vestibular nerve that affected her balance, hearing, sight, and facial movement.
    More Details Hide Details Many physicians refused to remove the tumor due to her sickle-cell-related complications, leaving her alternatives grim. Ultimately, she underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. One of Watkins' uncles married the mother of Lisa Lopes, thus making her and Lopes step-cousins.
  • 2004
    Age 33
    In June 2004, she filed for divorce and requested a restraining order against Mack 10.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Watkins moved with Chase from Atlanta to Los Angeles, California in order for Chase to be closer to her father. In October 2009, Watkins revealed on CBS' The Early Show and in People magazine that she had secretly battled a potentially fatal brain tumor for three years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 29
    On August 19, 2000, Watkins married rapper Mack 10.
    More Details Hide Details The couple's daughter, Chase Anela Rolison, was prematurely born a few months later on October 20, 2000.
  • 1999
    Age 28
    Watkins published a book of semi-autobiographical poetry called Thoughts on November 3, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Watkins and stylist Tara Brivic (who would later appear regularly on Totally T-Boz) opened a children's boutique called Chase's Closet (named after her daughter). It was shut down years later. Watkins' reality TV show Totally T-Boz, premiered January 1, 2013 on the TLC network. The show chronicled Watkins' quest to create a solo album, reunite with bandmember, Chilli, and her life with her daughter Chase. During 2013, alongside group-mate Chilli they executive produced the VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story which aired on October 21, 2013, actress Drew Sidora portrayed Watkins. Her daughter Chase portrayed a younger Tionne in the film. They also released a soundtrack album 20 marking both the band's 20-plus year legacy in entertainment business and the release of their biopic, this album included a new track written by singer Ne-Yo, “Meant to Be.” They also had guest vocals on J. Cole's track "Crooked Smile". TLC celebrated their return with a series of highly publicized performances which included 2 dates: VH1's Mixtape Festival in Hershey, PA on July 27, 2013 and Drake's OVO Fest in Toronto on August 5, 2013. They are expected to release a new studio album in early 2017.
    Watkins has worked as an actress, appearing in Hype Williams' 1999 film Belly.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in an episode of Living Single, the first time guest-starring along with her bandmates and another time without them. Watkins also served as one of the executive producers for the 2006 movie ATL featuring the rapper, T.I.. She was also featured in the music video for "It's Good" with YoungBloodZ, and appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta as a friend of Kandi Burruss. T-Boz was a contestant in The Celebrity Apprentice, where she was fired for volunteering to come back into the boardroom. After referencing a previous contestant who was fired from the show for the same action, Donald Trump told her, "Never volunteer for an execution."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Tionne Watkins was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 26, 1970, to James and Gayle Watkins.
    More Details Hide Details She is of African American, Native American and Irish descent. As a child, Watkins was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia. Since the age of seven, she has been in and out of hospital due to her condition. Watkins' family moved from Des Moines to Atlanta, Georgia, when she was nine years old. Crystal Jones held auditions for a singing group and chose Watkins, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The group eventually attracted the attention of Perri "Pebbles" Reid and her husband, Antonio "L.A." Reid, head of LaFace Records. Jones was replaced with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and the group was signed in 1991 as TLC. They went on to become one of the most successful girl groups in history with over 65 million records sold worldwide.T-Boz is the official lead singer of TLC, leading them with a signature contralto. T-Boz has won five Grammy Awards for her work with TLC.
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