Announcement, Charity

Get a Personalized Video Shout Out From T-Boz!

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Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is giving back to her fans in the most special way — she’s offering fans, for a limited time, the opportunity to receive a personal shout out video from the lady herself!

For a small fee, you can request T-Boz to record a personalized shout out! Celebrate everyday moments with a personalized video greeting from T-Boz. Birthdays, encouragement, graduations… you pick.

Or you can request an event announcement! Have T-Boz invite everyone over for your book club, the big game, fundraiser, bachelor/ette party, reunion… any event.

If you want to get more of a one-on-one feel, you can video yourself asking T-Boz a question. When she responds, they’ll stitch the two videos together so you get a great Q&A interaction!

 

What is Starsona?

Starsona is an app where you can buy personalized video shoutouts for special occasions and everyday moments from your favorite stars.

Other stars you can get personalized videos from include Dawn Robinson (ex-En Vogue), Da Brat, radio presenter Ryan Cameron, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, Left Eye’s former boyfriend NFL star Andre Rison and more!

To get your T-Boz video greeting, click HERE to download the app and make some magic happen with this priceless opportunity!

All proceeds go to T-Boz’s chosen charity: The Sickle Cell Support Group of Atlanta.

Available worldwide!

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Announcement, Charity, Competition, Concert

Meet TLC in LA & Get the Red Light Special On Stage!

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TLC always love to give back to their fans for their endless support. It’s their way of saying ‘thank you’ for the loyalty, respect and love for over 25 years!

In support of the annual T-Boz Unplugged charity event for the Sickle Cell Support Group of Atlanta, the girls are offering fans the chance to bid on the opportunity to meet them both in LA at their show on January 19, 2019 at the Microsoft Theater!

In addition to the meet and greet, the winning bidder will also get the incredible ‘Red Light Special‘ treatment on stage!

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As if that wasn’t enough, the winning bidder will also receive a stage worn outfit from T-Boz herself! Now that is priceless!

This also provides the winner with 2 tickets to the show, so you won’t need to be alone attending the show!

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Additional Lot Details

  • Valid for 2 people.
  • Length of meet and greet: 10 minutes.
  • The winner may take a photo.
  • The winner can take something small to be signed.

To take part in this auction, click HERE to register and then place your bid. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

This auction ends Oct.30, 03:07 pm EDT.

Good luck!

 

Announcement, Lifestyle, Television

Chilli Gets Yung Joc Eating Healthy With New Show ‘Fix My Plate’

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With Chilli being such a health conscious person, who not only works out regularly but eats the right food, it was only a matter of time for her passion to come full circle, work-wise!

Chilli announced that she is working on a brand new cooking show she is calling Fix My Plate which will feature her helping some of her industry friends change some of their unhealthy cooking habits and find an alternative and healthier way to cook.

This week, Chilli was caught filming an episode for the show with rapper Yung Joc, as they took time out to talk to TMZ Live to explain what to expect on the show.

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Chilli with guest Yung Joc

I’m doing this because a lot of people want to eat healthy, but they don’t know what to do, or they don’t want to stop eating all the bad stuff“, Chilli told TMZ. “What I do is find out what they like, and then find the healthier version of that.”

Nearly 40 percent of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods, according to a Nielsen Homescan survey.

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Production for @fixmyplatetv this am! Stay tuned…..

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A meat-free product Chilli swears by, that she introduced to Yung Joc, is the Beyond Meat range. “What I’m gonna do [to get him off his regular consumption of fried chicken] is make him a Beyond burger“, Chilli says.

It’s loaded with protein and it’s plant based, the texture is amazing, it’s so good!

Beyond Meat has sold 25 million of its “Beyond Burgers” since 2016, according to the company.

Restaurants, including TGI Friday’s, sell it on its menu. White Castle sells the Impossible Burger, which Eater magazine called “one of the country’s best fast-food burgers, period” in April.

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Chilli with actor Blue Kimble

Chilli is very clear on the importance of making small changes when it comes to changing one’s eating habits.

I think you have to take baby steps, you can’t just jump into it, because when you do it like that, you won’t stick to it, you’ll fall apart.

The show is still currently in production and will be with us in 2019.

For further updates you can subscribe to the website fixmyplate.tv and you can follow on Instagram at @fixmyplatetv.

Director: French Spencer.

Executive producers: French Spencer, Chilli, Christal Jordan of Enchanted PR.

On a sidenote, peep Chilli in the kitchen with Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart cooking up some chili!
Music, Tribute

Charli XCX Pays Homage to TLC in New Video “1999”

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Fresh from her performance at the Radio City Music Hall this week, British singer Charli XCX released the 90s nostalgia filled music video to her new single, “1999” today.

Judging from the title you can be sure to expect a flick full of memories of 1999, but Charli XCX went one step further and included some iconic visuals to remind us of the whole decade of the 90s!

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Along with her guest feature Troye Sivan, the pair recreate famous movie scenes from Titanic, American Beauty and The Matrix, as well as nods to the popular computer game The Sims and usage of the classic Nokia 3310 phone.

But the biggest highlight comes when they recreate some iconic music videos from Eminem, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Nsync and the greatest part being a recreation of the TLCWaterfalls” video, with Charli XCX dressed as Left Eye next to the water-figured special effects used in the original video.

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Check the full video out and check the single out on Spotify and iTunes now!

Review, Television

Sheila Injects Some Classic TLC References on DAYS!

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Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins aka Sheila Watkins returned to our screens this week in her reoccurring role on the hit NBC daytime TV soap, Days of Our Lives.

Wherever Sheila goes there is always a guaranteed scent of drama in the air, and this week confirmed that sentiment, as she came head to head with Abe Carver once again!

Abe (James Reynolds), still holding a grudge over the alleged attempted theft of his credit card, lays into Sheila for the second time when she parks her car in his parking spot whilst she visits her friend, Eli Grant (Lamon Archey).

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Sheila keeps the mood light hearted despite being seriously annoyed with Abe, by throwing in some subtle TLC references within her dialogue!

Someone parked in my spot!“, Abe cries. “A beat up ’91 Chevette, licence plate T-L-C-4-E-V-A“. Sheila springs up and immediately blasts the mayor! “That would be TLC 4eva and, uh, yeah, that would be me!“.

Abe has Sheila’s car towed away, leaving her with a $250 fine that she cannot afford. Luckily, Eli bails her out but she insists she will get a job and pay him back.

When Sheila realizes Abe is the person she needs to contact for a job vacancy, she disapproves and calls him a jackass, which his daughter Lani Price (Sal Stowers) overhears and this causes an argument between the two!

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Sheila wastes no time in telling Lani a few home truths when Lani makes some snide remarks about Sheila’s crooked past. “I don’t care what you call yourself“, Sheila exclaims. “You’re still the skank that broke Eli’s heart!“.

Continuing those epic TLC nuggets, Sheila, who has not yet realized that Abe is Lani’s father says, “I’m telling you, this guy is a first class creep, and a no good scrub!“.

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They argue, and Sheila can’t believe how badly Lani treated a good man like Eli. Lani tells her to mind her own business and rushes off.

Sheila then apologizes to Eli, who asks her to stay out of his personal business and focus on her own and get a job!

She decides to see if there are any other jobs in town and thanks Eli for helping her get her car back so she has a place to sleep. He refuses to let her live in her car and offers to have her stay with him.

Lani watches the two friends hug and walk off together, as she scowls at them with jealousy.

Does Lani have anything to worry about? Can you see Sheila and Eli becoming more than good friends?

Music, Review

21 of TLC’s Best Album Tracks!

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We all know that TLC conquered the music industry throughout the 1990s, going on to earn the title of being the biggest selling US girl group of all time. A title they still own today.

Although T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli dominated the charts worldwide with smash hits such as “Waterfalls”, “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty”, it is easy to forget that this iconic trio produced some of the most hard-hitting songs that didn’t become singles, but are present on all 5 of their amazing studio albums.

Whilst we sit and hope this spurs the ladies to do a tour of their album tracks for their die-hard fans, here’s a rundown of 21 of their best non-single tracks, with some reviews by The BoomBox. In no specific order:

1. “Switch”, CrazySexyCool (1994)

“Switch” is the ultimate proof that there ain’t no party like a TLC party. With Jean Wright’s “Mr. Big Stuff” guitar riff sample leading the way, feminist heroes T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli let it be known that girls just wanna have fun and not every single gal strives to be in a committed relationship. “Switch” was produced by Jermaine Dupri, the guy who suggested T-Boz should sing in her iconic lower register!

 

2. “This Is How It Works”, Waiting To Exhale (1995)

Recorded exclusively for Whitney Houston’s Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, “This Is How It Works” is essentially sex education for grown ups, complete with a specific step-by-step tutorial! Written and produced by their label boss Babyface and Left Eye, who adds a seductive rap which serves as icing on the cake!

 

3. “Sumthin Wicked This Way Comes” (feat André 3000), CrazySexyCool (1994)

TLC’s CrazySexyCool remains the best-selling album by a girl group, achieving a diamond-selling status in the US. The albums closer contains Left Eye’s most poignant verse after “Waterfalls” and a verse by Outkast‘s Andre 3000. The Organized Noize-produced track critiques the then-current state of the world, but the lyrics still ring true today. “I just don’t understand / The ways of the world today / Sometimes I feel / Like there’s nothing to live for / So I’m longing for the days of yesterday“.

 

4. “My Life”, Fanmail (1999)

Part of what made TLC unstoppable in their heyday was their audacity to live by their own rules. “My Life,” which reunites them with producer Jermaine Dupri, is TLC’s legacy in a nutshell, and Left Eye’s rap takes it to new heights as she spits an epic verse that gives listeners a glimpse into her upbringing. To this day, superfans can’t seem to wrap their heads around why this track was never released as a single.

 

5. “His Story”, Ooooooohhh… on the TLC tip (1992)

TLC has never been afraid of touching on sensitive topics in thier music. As explained by Left Eye in the intro, this song is partly inspired by Tawana Brawley, an African-American teenager who alleged in 1987 that four white men had raped her. “His Story” is a tale about toxic masculinity and the women whose sexual assault and harassment allegations are too easily dismissed by society.

 

6. “Kick Your Game”, CrazySexyCool (1994)

TLC’s chemistry is undeniable on “Kick Your Game,” and it’s one of the few instances where Jermaine Dupri and the trio join forces to create a funky groove for the ages. Left Eye creatively raps as her love interest conversing with herself, whilst T-Boz and Chilli ooze their effortless sex appeal on the verses. This was almost made a single after “Diggin On You”. The music video would have been amazing.

 

7. “American Gold”, TLC (2017)

“American Gold” may appear a proclamation of traditional patriotism, but in reality, there are several subtle commentaries on the country imbued within the lyrics. In reality, it’s an anthem for the marginalized, a rallying cry to take back the country that may have abandoned them. T-Boz’s brother Kayo takes on the role of producer on this single-worthy anthem. “I cry for the ones I lost/ I pray for the ones that don’t/ I’m bleeding on American soil/ I’m bleeding this American Gold“.

 

8. “So So Dumb”, 3D (2002)

TLC teams up with the talented singer, songwriter and producer Raphael Saadiq (of the group Tony! Toni! Tone! and Lucy Pearl) on this mellow tale of an unfaithful man that the girls are warning off, threatening to expose him to his wife! Saadiq actually worked with Left Eye on other tracks that didn’t make the album, but fans are hoping to hear them one day.

 

9. “Case Of The Fake People”, CrazySexyCool (1994)

Taking influences from the O’Jays’ 1972 smash hit “Back Stabbers,” TLC’s “Case of the Fake People” is a classy send-off to all the opportunists out there, and it comes with a certain level of wisdom that’s expected on a sophomore project.

 

10. “Im Good At Being Bad”, Fanmail (1999)

Built around a sample of War’s “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” the track opens with soft strings and lovey-dovey lines about sunny days, birds chirping and long, romantic walks on the beach.  Then, without warning, a ferocious beat drops and the ladies of TLC reveal their raunchy fantasies, taking a page straight out of Lil’ Kim’s book. For nearly five explicit minutes, T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli spell out exactly what they expect in the bedroom. Legendary producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis laced the track, which would be why fans noticed the similarities between this song and Janet Jackson‘s “What About”. Initial pressings feature an interpolation of Donna Summer‘s 1975 disco hit, “Love to Love You Baby”, which she had removed after hearing the song’s lyrical content. Whoops.

 

11. “Joy Ride”, TLC (2017)

T-Boz and Chilli get sentimental on the closing number of their final album. “Thank you for stayin’ by my side / Hope you all enjoy the ride,” sing the two surviving TLC members on the chorus of “Joyride,” which serves as a bittersweet ending to the group’s remarkable comeback album after 15 years.

 

12. “Automatic”, Fanmail (1999)

A handful of the tracks on FanMail predicted the future in the most uncanny way with dial-up sounds and a recurring android character named Vic-E. On the futuristic “Automatic,” the girls sing about getting revenge on someone who did them wrong in a relationship. This track was later used as the opening theme to their hit VH1 biopic ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story‘ in 2013.

 

13. “Depend On Myself”, Ooooooohhh… on the TLC tip (1992)

On the set’s penultimate track, the threesome boast about being independent and in control of their own lives after some trifling dude tries desperately to win them over by promising to take care of them financially.

 

14. “Let’s Do It Again”, CrazySexyCool (1994)

You sexy thang you / Whatever it is you want from me you know I’ll satisfy/ Just keep the love at home,” T-Boz purrs in the first verse of this slow jam, produced by JonJohn Robinson. The tension rises during the bridge, with T-Boz and Chilli alternating their lines sensually, easily the highlight of the track.

 

15. “Silly Ho”, Fanmail (1999)

Initially released as a promo late in 1998 to drum up attention to the forthcoming album and it’s official lead single, “No Scrubs”, “Silly Ho” is a sharp and catchy club anthem, led by T-Boz setting the record straight and making it clear she will not “be no chickenhead/ to wake up in your bed/ let the other girls want you“. Produced by Dallas Austin under the alias of Cyptron, it features a rap by virtual Vic-E in the absence of Left Eye, who wasn’t co-operating with a lot of the album’s recording at the time.

 

16. “Das Da Way We Like ‘Em”, Ooooooohhh… on the TLC tip (1992)

This is the first and last time we get to witness T-Boz and Chilli join Left Eye’s lane by displaying their rapping skills on a track. They did pretty good, and with many artists rapping and singing lately we think the girls should have tried rapping more often. They all have a verse each to rap about the type of man they are looking for, before ending the song with a ton of high energy shout outs to their friends and mothers. And that is… ooooooohhh on the TLC tip!

 

17. “Fanmail”, Fanmail (1999)

The opening track named after the album acts as a love letter to the fans. Vic-E opens the song by thanking fans for their support over the years, before TLC get personal with their listeners, reassuring them that “just like you, I get lonely too“. Years later the impact of this song is still felt, with Drake recording a cover in 2010, simply titled “I Get Lonely Too”.

 

18. “Aye Muthafucka”, TLC (2017)

TLC are reunited with “Waterfalls” hitmaker Marqueze Ethridge on this track from their self-titled album. The girls set a scrub straight who no longer deserves their affection or attention. “I just tell you things I want you to know/
I cannot with you, I done done this before“. The catchy lyrics and slick production will have listeners keeping the track on repeat, even if the title is too bold to say out loud. If a clean edit is released, this could and should be a big radio hit.

 

19. “Can You Hear Me?” (feat Missy Elliott), Under Construction (2003)

TLC rarely collaborated with other artists, especially outside of the LaFace umbrella, but joining Missy Elliott on this poignant track was absolutely necessary. Missy was still grieving over the loss of Aaliyah in August 2001 when Left Eye tragically passed 6 months later. Being as they knew how it felt to lose someone close to them in the music industry, Missy Elliott and TLC wrote direct letters in song form to Aaliyah and Left Eye. In TLC’s verse they sing, “Aaliyah if you see Left Eye / Tell her me and Boz miss her too / No one’s gonna fill her space / T, C, L not replaced / If you and Left Eye come to chat / Tell her me and Tionne know she’s much safer“. A perfect tribute.

 

20. “If I Was Your Girlfriend”, CrazySexyCool (1994)

TLC weren’t the type of group to release endless covers of other hits, so when they did record a cover it had to make sense. And this was no exception. Prince made no secret that TLC was his favorite girl group and asked them to record a cover of “Get It Up” by his group The Time,  which was a hit single for the movie Poetic Justice in 1993, starring Janet Jackson and 2pac. He quickly gave his blessings for the girls to record a cover of his classic “Girlfriend” too, knowing they would — and did, do it justice. T-Boz sang in a higher register than we’re used to and sounded like the female Prince! 10/10

 

21. “Start A Fire”, TLC (2017)

This definitive listeners guide would not be complete without this intimate gem from the latest self-titled TLC album. Another production by Ayo ‘Kayo’ Watkins, T-Boz and Chilli sing together seductively and effortlessly over the minimal instrumentation of an acoustic guitar, blended perfectly with singer/songwriter Candace Wakefield on background vocals. Just as the angelic vocals begin to take you to another world, the drum beat kicks in before the song climaxes, making you yearn for more. This can’t be the end.. and it isn’t, completely. Despite the girls declaring that this is the final album, they insist that they may still release singles for soundtracks and other projects in the future.

Interview, Lifestyle

Chilli Reveals Acupuncture and Red Light Therapy Keeps Her Healthy

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There isn’t a more perfect example of the phrase “black don’t crack” than Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. One third of the 1990’s R&B group, TLC, Chilli hasn’t appeared to age since the day the group entered the music scene over 25 years ago.
After dominating the charts with TLC’s four multi-platinum albums, Chilli is showing no lines of slowing down — professionally or physically.
Despite many years of touring, performing, and life on the road, Chilli has maintained her physique and youthful glow thanks to being disciplined and figuring out a regimen that works best for her. And it’s clearly working.

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Mainly, because the 47-year-old mom takes her health very seriously.
“You have to take care of the temple like God wants us to,” Chilli told ESSENCE exclusively. “Your older self will tell what the younger self did. The earlier you start, the better.”
Besides God laying his hands on her, what exactly does Chilli do to maintain her youthful glow?
“I do acupuncture,” she revealed. “I do a lot of different things to make sure inflammation is not in my body. Most people have inflammation, they don’t even know it because they don’t feel it at the time.”
She continued, “A good chiropractor is also essential because your hips and stuff are not balanced. You don’t know it until you lay on that table and you see one leg is longer.”

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And with so many new fads on the market promising to reverse aging, remove fine lines and get rid of that stubborn fat, it’s often hard to determine what’s going to have health benefits for the long run. For Chilli, she undergoes cryotherapy, or cold therapy, regularly.
“I also do red light therapy. That’s also good for inflammation,” she said. “It’s an LED light and it doesn’t burn your skin, but it helps with arthritis. Even if your skin has acne and stuff like that, you can find red light therapy. I suggest doing the whole body. That’s what I do on a consistent basis. I don’t ever feel like I have any injuries.”

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Finally, she said that the real key to looking as amazing as she does it eating right — a lot. “That helps and you can enjoy life a lot longer,” she said.
Welp, there you have it. If you’ve ever wanted to know how Chilli does it — now you know.

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By Kimberley Wilson for Essence