Is the town of Salem ready for the return of it’s most loved former-felon?
Soap fans as well as TLC fans can breathe a sigh of relief, after having a hint of hope that Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins will be reprising her role as Sheila Watkins in the hit soap, ‘Days Of Our Lives’.
The great news was broke via a brief report on the soap website SheKnows on Nov 1. T-Boz last graced our television screens as Sheila back in May, when she voluntarily quit her role as Mayor Abe Carver‘s (James Reynolds) secretary to save his political campaign, following the kiss they shared together!
Although there are no concrete dates yet announced for her return, it is expected that she will be back on the show approximately in March.
As fans of the show know, ‘Days Of Our Lives’ is filmed 6 months in advance to the air date. With T-Boz expected to return in March 2020 means she will have began filming scenes for the show in September 2019.
Sheila has come a long way since her arrival on the show back in 2016, when she first appeared as a bad girl prisoner who gave Hope (Kristian Alfonso) hell when they were in jail together. Sheila wasn’t keen on having a cop as a roomie and gave Hope a couple of beat downs!
The loving family of the late, great Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes have decided to give the superstar and the ‘L’ of TLC some extra love, in the form of a complete renovation of her original headstone at her resting place at the Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Stonecrest, Georgia.
Tim Morris aka Cemetery Tim has been commissioned to do the honors of creating a brand new headstone to replace the first headstone, which was laid down in 2002 with the lyrics to Lisa’s rap verse in TLC’s most iconic hit to date, “Waterfalls“.
Tim has created new headstones for other music stars in the past. He has previously worked on a new tombstone for the hip-hop legend Eric “Eazy-E” Wright of N.W.A, the 8-time Latin Grammy-award winning Tejano musician Jimmy González (front man of the group Mazz), and most recently the King of laid back, catchy hooks, Nate Dogg.
Tim initially announced his involvement in the production of a new Left Eye headstone back in May via his Facebook, after having a nice phone call with her family. He promised that his beautiful design for her headstone will truly represent the star.
“I’m going to start designing her beautiful new headstone, and you can guarantee that it will truly represent her”, Tim said. “I am a big fan of her music and I truly feel blessed to be the one designing her final tribute. Stay tuned!!!”
Tim was also present at the 8th annual Left Eye Birthday Fundraiser held by her family on May 21 at Revel in Atlanta. Tim bagged himself an authentic Left Eye portrait during a charity auction held at the event.
The new one-of-a-kind Left Eye headstone will be unveiled exclusively by Tim on November 9 at Perham Hall in Zillah, Washington between 4-6 PM. Left Eye’s family, mother Wanda and siblings Reigndrop and Ron, will also be in attendance at the free event.
DJ Garin Moore will supply the music for the night and deserts will be provided by Shorty’s Sweet Treats N Cake. Alcoholic beverages will also be available.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see her beautiful tribute before it’s shipped to her gravesite in Atlanta.
TLC‘s biggest-selling album to date continues to achieve record-breaking sales, almost 25 years since it’s initial release in 1994!
‘CrazySexyCool‘ has officially earned itself a 12x platinum status, after becoming certified by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 11, 2019.
The album was last certified two decades ago on July 2nd, 1999, where the diamond-certified album had sold a whopping 11 million copies in the United States alone since it’s release on November 15, 1994.
It enjoyed an increase in sales in 2013, largely thanks to the VH1 biopic ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story‘, which aired on October 21, 2013 and broke viewing records for a cable television movie. T-Boz and Chilli served as executive producers.
The album rose in sales continuously during that period, resulting in it’s steady pace of re-entries on the Billboard 200 album chart in 2013. It reached it’s peak position of #3 back on July 29, 1995.
‘CrazySexyCool’ now ties with the Dixie Chicks’ ‘Wide Open Spaces‘ album as the highest RIAA certified album by a female band (they are both currently 12x).
We’re just patiently awaiting the official updated sales for their 1999 follow-up, ‘FanMail‘, which the girls recently stated is also very close to achieving diamond status! With the recent exclusive re-release of the album, it shouldn’t be too long until this happens.
Following that phenomenal video Chilliwent viral with last month, dancing to her son, Tron Austin‘s latest single, “Captions“, the mother and son made an appearance on Good Day Atlanta to talk about everything from Tron’s expectations as a new artist to Chilli’s life on tour with TLC!
Music comes as second nature to Tron, with his dad being the super producer Dallas Austin, and of course his mom being a member of the super group TLC. Tron has been itching to get his creativity out in the world, and now that he has graduated from college, it’s the perfect time to make it happen.
“Ever since I got out of college it’s been so surreal for me”, Tron exclaims. “I need to get to that next level — I need to make a name for myself now, too. So, after I had my records done and I was able to bring it to my mom, and she even volunteered and said she wants to dance to my song, it makes me feel good because it feels like I’m really doing it”.
Tron feels that having a mom that is a member of the biggest-selling girl group of all time has it’s advantages and disadvantages, as the stakes are super high now. “Some people would say it’s more pressure added because of that reason”, Tron admits. “I think all that stuff is true, but it’s all in good terms. It’s good pressure in the advantages. She can help guide me, and make sure my path is clear, too”.
Chilli co-signs Tron, announcing how proud she is of her son and although she didn’t want him to be in the music industry, as she knows how hard it can be, but he is passionate about his craft so she is fully supportive of him. “He has what it takes, and he’s very humble! We don’t play those games!”, Chilli laughs.
Tron opens up about how close he his to his mom, and gives Chilli props for being able to perfectly balance being a parent and a friend at the same time. “Obviously the respect is always there, it’s not like she was just my friend”, Tron says. “But at the same time I think my mom has managed a good balance between being a great parent and know how to be a good friend to your child from a young age and now that I’m an adult, it’s still the same type of way”.
Tron explains that he would like his music to reflect his originality and his love for all of the genres that he grew up with. “My sound is more like pop, mixed with hip-hop and R&B, because I sing too”, Tron says. “I try and do as much as possible and fuse things together, because the more you fuse things together, the more ears that you can please”.
Chilli gushes about the recent TLC ‘Whole Lotta Hits‘ tour that wrapped last month across North America with rappers Nelly and Flo Rida. “We did the tour with Live Nation. It was amazing. We’ve always been on tour, but some tours are a lot more fun than others, and this was one of them, for sure”, Chilli admits.
Chilli remains humble and gives all of the praises of her success to God, after 27 years in the business and still loving what she does. “We’re always so thankful and we’re still hungry for it”, Chilli says. “I’m 48 and I can’t tell the difference, energy-wise, from when I was 21!”.
Tron reveals that his favorite TLC song is actually a song that doesn’t feature his mom on the lead vocals. “She’s gonna give me heat for it, but “Creep” is my favorite”, Tron laughs. “It’s the melody — I started out as a drummer and a producer too, and a lot of the sounds and the instruments that are incorporated kinda resonated, so it’s always been — and “NoScrubs“, obviously”, Tron adds with a smile.
Tron Austin’s smash hit single, “Captions“, is available on all digital formats right now!