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.

 

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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!

 

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?

Charity, Interview

T-Boz: “Politics Prevented Missy Elliott Feature On Last TLC Album!”

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Last year when TLC were doing the promotional rounds for their new album, they revealed the record had 2 guest features, but the final tracklist only featured one guest, Snoop Dogg (on ‘Way Back’).

This had fans wondering who that missing guest feature could have been. J. Cole? Drake? Lil Mama? Well, it was none of the above!

Finally, T-Boz has put all speculation to rest! She exclusively told Daniel S. Bahrami for Loverboy Magazine that the guest feature was none other than Missy Elliott!

Oh that was Missy Elliott!“, T-Boz exclaimed when asked about the mystery feature. “I love her dearly, but it was just a matter of politics taking too long. We needed to put the album out for the fans. I want to make it clear – it had nothing to do with her! I’m glad we are free from all that industry stuff now. I don’t have the patience.

During the interview, T-Boz answered a lot of questions fans have been wondering.

TLC European Tour 

“Yes, the European fans definitely will get to see more of us. I don’t know why we didn’t go there before. I know some plans were postponed. We’re rescheduling that now.”

LGBTQ Fanbase

“Honestly, I’ve never separated people like that. I love our LGBTQ fans, but I don’t look at it like, ‘We have two different fan groups. Those are my gay fans, and those are my straight fans.’ If I can touch people with my music, then that makes me happy. From the get-go I’ve always told people to be themselves and stand up for themselves. I guess that resonates more with the LGBTQ community and I’m all for that. People need to be cool in their own skin.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race 

“[Appearing on the show] That’s totally up to them. I would definitely come! Helloooo! I would love to be a judge and I personally love RuPaul. We worked with his make-up artist, Mathu Andersen, on the ‘No Scrubs’ video. I specifically asked for someone who knew how to do drag make-up, because I’ve always been so mesmerised by it. I wanted that kind of make-up and Mathu was perfect.”

T-Boz Unplugged 2018

One thing we are working on is a Las Vegas residency. We are also doing ‘T-Boz Unplugged’ on 14th October in L.A. It raises awareness and funds for kids growing up with sickle cell. It’s at Avalon. You can find out more and make donations at www.tbozunplugged.com. It’s awesome because the foundation teaches kids about holistic remedies and acupuncture, not just being on all that medication which keeps us in a weakened state. Also how to build your up body, in an organic way.”

Check out the full interview HERE 

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Left Eye talks TLC friendship, marriage and solo plans with Wendy Williams

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Left Eye and boyfriend Sean Newman stopped by to speak to Wendy Williams on Power 99 FM back in 2000 to promote a party she was holding for the Kyle Young clothing line at Club Egypt in Philadelphia.

Wendy of course asked Lisa questions that everybody wanted to know, and Lisa happily answered honestly!

Left Eye touches on why she didn’t attend T-Boz’s wedding, her relationship with T-Boz and Chilli outside of TLC, which member she wanted to appear on her solo album and much more!