Appearance, Lifestyle, Review, Television

‘Girls Cruise’ Episode 4 – Mama Chilli To The Rescue On Her Birthday

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Every TLC fan out there knows that Miss Chilli Thomas does not like to celebrate her birthday. But being on the ultimate Girls Cruise on your birthday week isn’t the easiest way to avoid celebrating!

In the 4th episode of this wild and adventurous Caribbean cruise, the ladies continue their soul searching, bonding and pushing themselves to step out of their comfort zones!

“Chilli is queen of the day!”, Rome announces excitedly on the loud speakers to the rest of the crew on the yacht. Chilli takes a call from her son, Tron Austin, who reminds her that this is the first time she has been out of town on her birthday. But he reassures her that they can celebrate together when she returns home.

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Meanwhile, B. Simone gets to know Rakeem aka ‘Dreads’ a little better at the bar with some specially made cocktails from the barman. B. Simone eventually admits to him that she doesn’t know his real name!

Chilli knocks on Mya‘s door for a little girl talk in her bedroom. Chilli opens up to Mya about the reasons why she is so against celebrating her birthday. “I just don’t like the numbers! That’s all it is”, Chilli says.

“Let me take it all the way back”, Chilli adds. “I remember my early 20s, you’re so excited, you think you’re so grown. And then I remember when I hit 25, at that point it was just a countdown for me. I was like, ‘in 5 years I’ll be 30’. So the trip started then. And then when I hit 30, I was like, I’m done. I was like, I’m done with these numbers. I’m not celebrating anymore”.

Mya let’s Chilli know that she understands, although she believes in celebrating her age every year. “I believe in celebrating birthdays”, Mya tells the viewers. “I believe in celebrating life, no matter how old you get. Look, if I get older, and I’m celebrating my birthday, I’m celebrating the Chilli way, because I’m trying to look like that — forever!”

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Chilli reveals details of her special lunch date with Rome to Mya, telling her that he’s a sweet guy but she gave him a friendly push back, as she wasn’t on the trip to look for a date. “I haven’t known Rome long enough to know if he’s even Chilli’s type”, Mya confesses. “It’s not gonna fly if he’s not some black Jesus or something like that!”.

Mya later joins Tiffany on the deck for a catch up. It was the first time the two had some time alone together since the drama of Mya forgetting Tiffany’s name at the concert in Oistins. Mya questions Tiffany about her friendship with Lil’ Kim, and if she felt like she ever has to shrink her presence to let Kim shine.

“I have never had that thought in my head. I have never felt like that”, Tiffany insists, surprised to hear Mya’s views on her. “I’m a little taken back, because people in society pit women against each other. It’s almost like you can’t have a successful friend and have success yourself”, Tiffany says. “Kim and I have based our friendship on support, so I hope that this can be an example of what sisterhood is to Mya”.

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Mya seems unsure about Tiffany’s statement. “But, has she ever been around your circle?”, Mya asks. “Yeah. It’s like, I shine on my own, and I want my sister to shine on her own”, Tiffany replies. “Get your dreams! I call her mini Cleopatra. Break barriers! But sometimes people like to project, because I guess naturally in this business you have to be guarded — be prepared.”

The crew later get ready for Chilli’s birthday dinner. Chilli reveals to everybody that she is thankful for their friendship on the trip, as it has learned her to open up more and be relaxed around situations outside of her comfort zone.

Lil’ Kim then encourages everybody to open up about their insecurities. Mya admits that she has always missed having somebody to call and talk to. “It’s very important for us as women to stick together, because we need each other”, Mya says. “It’s so important that we uplift each other. It’s hard out here, to get through life alone. And we need that support system to uplift each other”.

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Pretty Vee reveals that she has been battling with depression, whilst Char admits that he battles with finding real friends after feeling used. Lil’ Kim talks about being controlled by her ex, the late Notorious B.I.G., and being lost when he passed away in 1997, as she had no direction without him. “I had to go to prison for a year — I grew, I matured, and I said, ‘God, I’m so sorry! I didn’t know I wasn’t listening like this!”.

Due to the stormy weather, Rome announces that the crew will be unable to leave the yacht tonight. So, they decide to get comfortable and spend the remainder of Chilli’s birthday chilling on the boat. However, in an instant, the rocky waters began making everybody feel sea sick!

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“It was like a domino effect — Vee, B, Mya”, Chilli says of the sickness taking over the crew. “We went from a birthday party to Mya and Vee passing out, Romey Rome can’t even stand up!”. Chilli offered her full support to everybody, nursing them with vital salts and some TLC!

“I had a good time celebrating my birthday, but now people are getting sick, and they need me”, Chilli says. “So, of course, I jump right back into Mama Chilli mode!”. “Kim wanted us to bond? This is the real deal!”, Tiffany exclaims.

The following day, the seas are calmer and the crew are recovered from their rough night of sickness. Chilli shares the moment with Tron on the phone. “When I tell you, the boat was like rocking and everybody got sea sick, except for me, Kim and Charles”.

B. Simone, who suffered the most vomiting that night, talks about her experience with Pretty Vee. “It hit me so quick after dinner. It was like eating and then getting on a rollercoaster. After I threw up three times, Chilli kept feeding me salt, bro”. B. Simone admitted that Chilli’s presence gave her some comfort, but she was still feeling queasy.

Lil’ Kim and Pretty Vee later have some time together in the gym and discuss how much they appreciate each other and being open to learning more about themselves through each other.

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B. Simone is greeted by Rakeem, who is checking on her to make sure she is feeling better. Rakeem takes on board her suggestions of wanting someone assertive, and invites her to join him on the jet skis, which she reluctantly agrees to.

After freaking out over the wild skiing with Rakeem, alledging that she can see sharks, B. Simone is saved by the Queen Bee! Lil’ Kim jumps on a jet ski and drives down to catch up with B. Simone. “Here comes captain slay-a-ho, and I’ve come to save a ho!”, Kim jests.

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Chilli then jumps into another jet ski with Pretty Vee and Mya at the wheel, as they head over to Kim and B. Simone, once again enjoying time outside of their comfort zones!

The ladies are now on track for their next destination — the tranquil scenes of Tobago for the world famous carnival season!

Don’t miss the next episode of ‘Girls Cruise’. Catch it every Monday night at 7/8c on VH1!

Episode 4

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Announcement, Music, Review

Drake Releases TLC Cover On Latest Project ‘Care Package’

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“Said I got an email today, kinda thought that you forgot about me”. Emotionally charged lines from TLC‘s classic track “FanMail“. We definitely haven’t forgotten about one of the greatest highlights on their 1999 comeback album of the same name.

Nor have we forgotten that the futuristic, anthemic track was covered by the then up-and-coming Toronto singer/rapper Drake in 2010, in the form of “I Get Lonely“, for his mixtape, ‘It’s Never Enough’. Back then it was strictly only available on Soundcloud and various uploads on YouTube — until now.

Drake has decided to release a 17-song compilation of his previously unofficially released classics, titled ‘Care Package‘, giving an official platform for the songs to be purchased and streamed commercially. “Some of our most important moments together available in one place,” he stated in an Instagram post.

“I’m envious of friends of mine that have great committed relationships,” Drizzy told MTV in 2010, regarding his feelings towards the subject of feeling lonely. “When people call home to check on their girl or they say, ‘I’m not going to go out tonight. I’m just going to spend the night with my girl.’ That hits me, man. I just don’t have that. You could be lonely with a bunch of people around you.”

With everybody releasing ‘unreleased’ tracks on new projects from Drake to Nas (‘The Lost Tapes 2‘), let’s hope TLC can follow suit and drop an album of their greatest unreleased tracks, something fans are craving for, worldwide.

Check out Drake’s ‘Care Package’ below:

Appearance, Lifestyle, Relationships, Television

Watch: ‘Girls Cruise’ Episode 3 – Mya Clashes With Lil’ Kim & Chilli Gets A Date Offer

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In the third instalment of the hit VH1 Caribbean cruise show, ‘Girls Cruise‘, the ladies face more adventures and a little dash of drama!

Following Mya‘s performance in Oistins in the last episode, with her apparently forgetting the name of Lil’ Kim‘s best friend, Tiffany Panhilason, tensions are still high over the situation as they leave Barbados, as they feel it was done deliberately.

Mya takes a call from her manager in her bedroom to discuss how the impromptu performance went. “When I finally got on stage, the power went out!”, she tells him. “And then, when I got to the end of the set, I introduced each person.”

“Because it’s Kim’s trip, I saved Tiffany, her best friend, for last, but it was taken the wrong way, like I had forgetten her name and throwing shade or something like that. So, there was this whole thing that kinda got really weird”.

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Meanwhile, Tiffany and Lil’ Kim have a heart to heart about the situation, where Tiffany admits that she felt singled out when she wasn’t named on the stage by Mya. “It makes you feel like you don’t belong”, Kim says.

In the kitchen, Rome admits to the guys that he feels a strong connection with Chilli, especially their dancing at the Oistins festival in Barbados. He decides to surprise her and brings her breakfast to her room instead of the chef.

Rome tells her he initially had the impression that she was a reserved person, but she opened up and had fun on that night, which impressed him. “I love to dance, the energy was great”, Chilli tells Rome. “There’s a time and a place for everything!”

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Suddenly, Rome steps things up a notch. “I would like you to go to lunch with me, a special lunch”, Rome announces to Chilli. “A special lunch?”, a very surprised Chilli questions. “What is a special lunch?”. “Just the two of us”, he replies. “Nothing out of the ordinary, we’re just going to sit and talk”. “What are we going to talk about”, Chilli laughs. “We’re talking right now!”

Chilli reluctantly agrees to the lunch date. “I see a lot of cute guys, but it has to be something magnetic”, Chilli admits. “I’m not one of those girls that waits for a guy I like to come and talk to me. I am very aggressive”. She concludes by confessing she isn’t sure how she feels about Rome yet.

B. Simone and Char hit the gym, where she talks about her feelings for ‘Dreads‘. Char assures her that he seems like a good guy, after speaking to him earlier in the day. The pair then open up about their past, and realize that they both have something in common, in the absence of their mothers.

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Meanwhile, Lil’ Kim greets the chef Tobias in the kitchen, but notices that he doesn’t seem himself. He reveals that his brother has just been released from prison. Kim tells him that she also spent time in prison so can relate with him. “When I went through that situation, I learned to value me, know my worth”, Kim says.

Chilli talks to her son Tron on the phone, and informs him about Rome offering her to go on a date on a ‘special lunch’. “I think it will be a good idea”, Tron says to his mom. “Maybe”, Chilli replies.

Rome joins Chilli for lunch. “When I first met you, I liked your energy”, Rome tells Chilli. “If I was to have a connection with anyone on this trip, it would be you from the jump”. Chilli’s laughs and tells him that she is a busy woman. “I just have so much going on with my career and just everything, I’m crazy busy” she tells him. “So, how long do I have to wait?”, Rome laughs. Chilli quickly pulls the brakes on the conversation and tells him, “we’re gonna keep hanging out, we’re gonna be friends”.

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Chilli questions if Rome even lived in the United States. “So, let’s just say if we were to date, hypothetically, how on earth would that work?”. Rome laughs just as his delivery of flowers for Chilli arrives.

Mya and Pretty Vee hit the gym and have some girl talk. Mya admits that she has lacked real sisterhood due to her childhood, growing up with brothers and being bullied in high school. “That type of experience made me isolated from females for such a long time”, Mya says.

The ladies meet in the dining room in the evening for a meal. “We’re missing two people, what’s going on?”, Chilli questions, noticing the absence of Kim and Tiffany. Lil’ Kim makes her grand entrance, shortly followed by Tiffany, who is wearing a hat with her name on it, to poke fun at Mya forgetting her name.

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“Really? This reminds me of when I was a kid”, Mya sighs. “I got teased a lot. So, I don’t find this as funny like everybody else does”. Mya explains to the table that she did not forget and that she just wanted Kim to introduce her best friend.

Lil’ Kim wasn’t taking kindly to being included into the situation. “With that being said, she still introduced Charly”, implying that they are both her friends so both should have been announced by Mya. “I just didn’t know how to introduce her”, Mya replies. “You still should have said her name”, Kim insists.

Mya says Lil’ Kim was the star and should have introduced her as the crowd want to hear from her, too. “She likes you a lot, she likes your music, you should have shouted her out, I don’t understand it, and I don’t like that, I hate that”, a frustrated Kim replies, before leaving the table abruptly.

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Tiffany and Char go to check on Kim. Mya later goes in to see if Kim is okay. “I’m not here to single out anybody, I’m not here to play anybody, that’s not in my character”, Mya tells Kim and Tiffany.

The other girls at the dinner table are growing concerned at the absence of Kim, Mya, Char and Tiffany. “They’ve been gone for a long time”, Chilli says. “I’m not going up there, though”.

Lil’ Kim decides to stage a fake fight with Mya to play a prank on the others downstairs. Mya and Kim storm downstairs screaming at each other. “Don’t ever talk to me like that, I’m from D.C.!”, Mya screams at Kim. “I’m from Brooklyn, bitch! What you wanna do?”, Kim screams back at Mya, in front of their shocked guests.

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Mya and Lil’ Kim get in each other’s faces at the table, forcing Chilli to jump in and hold Mya back, while Pretty Vee and B. Simone hold Kim. The two pranksters began laughing hysterically to let them know it was a joke. “That’s what ya’ll get for making all those crazy jokes”, Mya tells everyone.

“Kim was about to get pistols!”, B. Simone joked. “Alright ya’ll, seriously”, Chilli chimes in. “You got me good. You got me to my heart, girls!”. “Was you trying to pull me back to stop me from reaching to that glass?”, Mya asks. “I was about to get in trouble. I was like, no, no, this is not happening”, Chilli replies.

“I’m looking at Mama Chilli’s face, and I was feeling like we’re gonna get a beating after this! One day she’s gonna get us all in a room and scold us over this”, Kim admits. “I’m real happy that this fight was fake”, Chilli says. “Because I would have jumped right in! You see these guns? I pull them when out when I need to!”

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Lil’ Kim states that she is officially closing the book over the petty drama. “I would never let anything this pointless get between me and my girl Mya”, she says. “Trust me when I say, I ain’t letting anybody on this yacht sink”.

Don’t miss the next episode of ‘Girls Cruise’. Catch it every Monday night at 7/8c on VH1!

Concert, Music, Review

TLC Bring The Magic Back Home To Atlanta On Latest Summer Tour

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TLC is not only the biggest-selling female group in the United States, but their tour stats go unmatched, too. 2000’s ‘Fanmail Tour‘ remains as the highest-grossing tour by a girl group in history, ever.

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas are ensuring they remain as one of the world’s greatest live acts. Ever since returning to the concert circuit in 2013 after a lengthy hiatus, they have been touring consistently, doing a mixture of spot dates and major tours, both nationally and overseas.

Their current major tour, sponsored by Live Nation, is their fourth tour in five years, and see’s them on the road with rappers Flo Rida and co-headliner, Nelly. The tour kicked off on July 23 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Their home town Atlanta was the second spot on the summer amphitheater tour on July 24.

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TLC’s return to Atlanta was long overdue. The girls last performed in the city at the tail-end of 2017, to celebrate the New Year at the city’s annual Peach Drop celebration at Woodruff Park .

T-Boz and Chilli had promised fans that this tour would be something fresh and exciting to experience, and they kept their word. Everything has been updated and refreshed, from the choreography and stage production, to updated mixes of their hits and additions to the set list with some fan favorites. Proving that they are listening to the feedback from the fans.

Flo Rida opened the night in true Flo Rida style, cranking through his 50-minute set, performing his ever popular hits, “Whistle”, “Right Round”, “Club Can’t Handle Me”, “Wild One“, new track, “Snack“, and his debut hit, “Low“.

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Flo Rida at the Cellairis Amphitheater

Nelly, who alternates the closing spot with TLC on different nights, took the second spot at the Atlanta gig at Cellairis Amphitheater at Lakewood. Nelly blazed through his energetic 75-minute with his classics, “E.I”, “Country Grammar”, “Ride Wit Me”, “Hot In Herre”, “Just A Dream” and “Dilemma“.

Nelly has a few surprise guests during his set, in the form of some of Atlanta’s greatest rappers of his era. Jermaine Dupri joined Nelly to perform his 2005 smash, “Grillz“. Big Boi also came out to perform “Kryptonite” with him. T.I. even made an appearance, performing his own smashes, “Whatever You Like” and “What You Know“. Nelly’s cousin, J-Kwon, performed his infectious single, “Tipsy“.

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Nelly and T.I. at the Cellairis Amphitheater

TLC, the night’s main attraction, graced the stage at 9:45PM, delivering a solid 75-minute set of nostalgia and some recent bops from their latest release. T-Boz and Chilli, along with Left Eye‘s presence in her original vocal playbacks, kept the majority of the audience on their feet.

The show opened with the classic, “What About Your Friends?“, which featured a new, energetic dance break in the middle. “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” followed shortly after, before taking things down a notch with the smooth, “Diggin’ On You“.

Things got straight back up with the club anthem, “Silly Ho“, and the “Baby-Baby-Baby” remix. After a moment of thanking fans for their loyalty and support, they launch into “FanMail” and “Joy Ride“, both tracks solely dedicated to the fans.

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For the first time in their live shows they sing the hook from “Crooked Smile“, their 2013 collaboration with J. Cole. They have only ever performed the song once before at the iHeart Music Awards that same year. T-Boz gave a few words about her struggles as a young girl before launching into “Unpretty”.

The ladies take a short break, allowing their four talented dancers to do their thing and show the best of their talents.

The medley came next, consisting of a mix of classics and rarely performed tracks that the fans adore, giving each album some appreciation. Starting with “Hat 2 Da Back“, followed by the amazing “Kick Your Game” and “Come Get Some“, concluding with the superb hook to “Girl Talk” from the 3D album.

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The girls kept the momentum flowing with performances of the seductive “Red Light Special“, the uplifting “It’s Sunny“, the summery vibes of “Way Back“, and then T-Boz and Chilli talk about a deadbeat guy who is hanging on the passengers side of a car next to them at the traffic lights, before launching into the worldwide anthem, “No Scrubs“.

As they get halfway through their mega smash, “Waterfalls“, the ladies stop and ask the audience to honor their sister, Left Eye, and put the lights on their phone’s up in the air (dubbed as ‘Lights For Left Eye’), as they played her rap in full and danced the classic choreography while her video played out to the crowd.

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TLC with Sheree Whitfield

A great start to a phenomenal joint tour with 3 top acts, sharing 12 #1 singles amongst them. Stay tuned for more surprises that may pop-up along the way! The tour concludes on August 31 in Irvine, CA.

Photos by Terence Rushin

Tickets are available at LiveNation.com

Set List:

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