Announcement, Music, Television

Left Eye Protégé’s Blaque Vow To Release ‘Torch’ Album!

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After years of disappointments, false hopes and petitioning, the ladies of the group Blaque (discovered by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes) have finally delivered fans the news they have all been waiting for — they will be releasing their previously unreleased album Torch!

Torch was recorded back in 2003 as a follow-up to their second album, Blaque Out (which was also heavily delayed due to record label conflicts). Torch was scheduled to be released on Elektra Records in 2004, but the girls were instead released from their record contract, leaving the completed album unreleased.

Fans have been demanding the album to be released for many years. Our friends at Dimension TLC even put together a petition to get the album heard. This got the attention of the remaining Blaque members, Shamari DeVoe and Brandi Williams, and they are listening!

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On October 28, the birthday of the late Natina Reed, Shamari and Brandi decided host the first Remembering Natina annual party to celebrate her life, and announced to the world that they were going to release the Torch album in full, very soon!

Dimension TLC owner James posted the announcement in the Blaque Out! chat group on Facebook. “Our true Blaque fans!“, Brandi said excitedly to the crowd. “Y’all know about that Torch album? Y’all have been asking, y’all have been petitioning, y’all have been dying to know what happened to Torch.”

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Well tonight“, Brandi continued, “on our sisters birthday, we have decided to let everyone know that Torch will be released very soon!”.

“Not just the snippets, but the FULL album!”, Shamari insisted. “Every single song. We just copped the masters for Torch! We are releasing Torch!”.

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Left Eye with Blaque on the set of “I Do”

The Torch album features a fitting tribute to their idol Left Eye on a track titled “Her Name”. The singles “Ugly” (featuring Missy Elliott) and “I’m Good” from the Honey soundtrack are also on the tracklist.

Shamari has been cast in the latest season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. With the show still reeling in record viewing numbers, we’re pretty certain this will attract more fans back to Blaque!

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Are you ready for the return of Blaque?

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‘Torch’ Tracklist
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Anniversary, Movies, Review

T-Boz Celebrates 20 Years of Belly with Nas at ComplexCon

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In 1998, on November 4, a classic hip-hop movie was born. The music video director genius, Hype Williams, decided to make his feature-film debut, and with a little help from his musician friends, Belly became a cult classic, 20 years on.

To assist in telling the story, which follows the catastrophic web of drugs and money that spans from New York City to Jamaica, Hype carefully selected a handful of artists he knew would fulfill the roles, including Method Man & Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan.

DMX (who Hype insisted he play the role of Tommy instead of Jay-Z), Nas and the talented Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, who was able to keep her own government name in the movie.

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Fast forwarding 20 years to present day, the movie has managed to stand the test of time.

ComplexCon invited the on-screen couple T-Boz and Nas, who play the characters Tionne and Sincere in the movie, to join the ComplexCon event to discuss the importance of Belly, two decades later, along with the director, Hype Williams.

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T-Boz informed the panel that Belly had achieved cult status, according to her peers. “It’s a big deal. That’s what I hear on the streets, that’s what everyone says to me. You know, Boyz N The Hood, Menace To Society and Belly is now added to that, so I thought that was pretty awesome“.

“It’s like Tionne said”, Nas co-signs. “It’s like a hood classic thing. That’s really a serious title to have. That’s better than anything we could ask for.”

Nas and T-Boz went on to thank Hype Willams for giving them the opportunity to star in the movie. “I just wanna say about Hype“, Tionne interjects, “it’s awesome  to have people who are visionaries and leaders, not followers.”

Because if he had listened to everybody else and not did what was in his heart and what he wanted to do — he sparked off a lot of things for a lot of us, it takes people like that to make us thrive. He did some major stuff in this industry and he deserves all of his props“.

Nas echoed those sentiments. “Hype took a chance with us. He felt that we were the people that fit inside his vision. He could of got some top actors, everybody was a fan of his work, but he comes from music and he saw us. So, I appreciate him for that!“.

Touching on that undeniable chemistry Nas and T-Boz had on-screen, Nas shared his feelings on working with T! “This is T-Boz of TLC, like, the biggest group in the world!“, Nas exclaims. “Everyone liked TLC, like, each member, so I was lit because I get to have T-Boz as my girl, I was on fire! It was crazy! It was dope.

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Belly didn’t go down well with the critics at the time it was released, but hip-hop fans ensured the movie achieved the success it deserved at the box office and in history.

Tionne received praise for being a Ride Or Die chick for her man, Sincere, when she pulled her gun out on gangsters in her house, sternly telling them to “get the fuck out of my house!“, and for having intellectual conversations with him to help him give up the drug life and enough was enough.

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Complex gave it’s verdict on how the roles were portrayed by the actors, and they gave T-Boz a very healthy grade B:

T-Boz, playing Sincere’s girlfriend and baby’s mother, is kinda good. She makes great concerned faces, like when Kionna is expressing concern about Buns during a heart-to-heart walk or when she visits Kionna in jail (a scene that works especially well because, like most of Belly’s best scenes, there’s no dialogue).

Elsewhere, she doesn’t sound like she’s reading from a teleprompter during her moments with Nas. (This is more than you can say about Nas.) It’s sweet when Sincere asks her if she loves him, and she says that of course she does. She also has great platinum-white hair.

 

Review, Television

Sheila Accepts Job Opportunity With The Mayor!

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Sheila apologizes to Lani

Our very own T-Boz returns to Days of our Lives this week, following Sheila Watkins‘s bust up with Lani Price (Sal Stowers) and her father, Mayor Abe Carver (James Reynolds) last week!

Abe and Sheila run into each other again when she borrows Eli Grant‘s car — and parks it in Abe’s parking spot! Clearly displeased with this, Abe threatens to have the car towed away, adding to Sheila’s financial woes.

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Eli confronts Sheila 

Meanwhile, Eli (Lamon Archey) pays his grandmother, Julie Williams (Susan Seaforth Hayes) a visit to ask her for a favor — to give Sheila a job! The only work she has suitable for Sheila is as a dishwasher at her club!

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Sheila’s nightmare working for Julie

Still enraged in jealously over Sheila’s currrent residency at Eli’s house, Lani pleads with her father to give Sheila a chance to work for him as his executive assistant, after having a heart to heart with her.

After weighing up the alternative options, Sheila finally accepts Abe’s reluctant offer to work for him.

But how long they will tolerate each other remains to be seen! Stay tuned to see how their relationships develop.

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!

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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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!