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Earlier this summer, former Destiny’s Child member LaTavia Roberson appeared with an adorable baby bump. Shortly after that, several reports claimed that Roberson was in the hospital, “fighting for her life” due to complications with her pregnancy.
After a couple of weeks of speculation, LaTavia took to Instagram to address the reports and thank fans for their thoughts and well wishes.
From the bottom of my heart I want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers and positive energy, I have felt every heartfelt wish more than you know! Although initial reports of me ‘fighting for my life’ weren’t completely accuse, I was, in fact, in critical medical condition. While there is more to this story, I sincerely appreciate you my lovers for your support and most importantly for respecting the privacy of my family & I during this time. God restores, HIS will is done.
From the message, you might have been able to guess what happened in the hospital. And after a few pictures of her, with a noticeably flatter stomach, LaTavia decided to share what happened to her during that tumultuous time.
Hey lovers! I do truly appreciate every prayer and everything positive that was sent my way. I was, in fact, in the hospital. And during that time, unfortunately, I lost my daughter but MY GOD never makes mistakes. Thank you for your ongoing prayers! I know my angel is watching over our family!!! I love you all💜💜💜
We can’t imagine what LaTavia is going through losing a child so late in her pregnancy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.
Cameka Smith and The BOSS Network hosted Michelle Williams and many others on the ‘Ladies That Lead’ tour stop in Newark, NJ. MommyNoire got to sit with Williams and chat about business, life and so much more. There isn’t one person on the planet that doesn’t know Michelle Williams as one-third of Destiny’s Child. Since the group has disbanded, Michelle has gone onto to become an award-winning actress and gospel star. Michelle gushed over her new home decor collection coming to fruition, the changes and successes, as well as the hard work.
MommyNoire: How do you combat being confined to being branded as “Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child” as you try to rebrand?
Michelle Williams: I don’t try to combat it, I don’t fight it, I just do. There are worse labels that one could have and building from the legacy I have been blessed to build is exciting. I am standing on my own now, it’s like a rebirth. I want to encourage people, it’s a fun process, it’s a hard process but you can definitely do it.
What do you find challenging about expanding a brand or rebranding?
Some people want to tell your story [their way]. I don’t mind asking for advice, because I believe in teams, but at the end of the day it is my vision being executed.
What would you tell women struggling with rebranding?
I firmly believe every coach needs a coach, and not making excuses. Have you exhausted every resource? Sometimes it’s not about backing away from something but taking a [reflective] step back, and giving yourself time to perfect what you’re doing. I also believe in being humble, being open and receptive to advice, and suggestions.
Tell me about your home decor collection, Believe at Home.
I am so excited about this line! We are developing an all-inclusive home decor line, I mean everything. We are launching with bedding and expanding from there. My grandmother was a seamstress and she made everything in the home by hand. This is so important to me because growing up we didn’t have name brand clothing all the time, but my mother made sure to keep our bedding nice, and would paint our rooms every few years, I think she believed more so in that then what we wore. (Believe at Home is sold exclusively at e-commerce retailer EVINE Live.)
What’s your signature style in home decor?
PILLOWS! Definitely pillows, I love them. It literally takes about 10 minutes to get in bed, because I have to stack my pillows up on the other side of the bed.
Do you find it a struggle to balance your personal life, and business life?
No, not at all. I don’t have my own family right now, and I hope my husband wouldn’t say I work too much, but I believe you can do it all. It is just a matter of prioritizing, scheduling and writing things down.
Is there any personal challenge you sometimes face when it comes to working?
The thing is pleasing people. Right now, I’m literally going through some restructuring. That means some people’s roles may change and shift …that’s not that I’m keep you out of anything, but just that my vision for you, and where I think you fit best with what I’m doing has changed. Hurting feelings, while it may not be your intent, is part of being a boss.
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I don’t have to tell y’all that Michelle Williams is always the butt of someone’s joke. Usually, it’s some internet comments, a Tumblr page, or the occasional troll. But recently, a whole network, MTV specifically, by way of artist Saint Hoax, came through with a little jokey joke.
Usually I find the Poor Michelle jokes unnecessarily cruel.
But this one, gave me a chuckle.
So, how did the real Michelle…Williams take it?
Though she is no stranger to the clapback, she had to laugh at this one.
She reposted the picture on her Instagram and wrote:
“You guys play waaaaaaaay too much! I see the pettiness crept into 2016!!! Only because it’s the one and only @michelleobama will I even entertain this!!! This is a good one that I must laugh at!!!”
She’s since deleted the image and made her page private but we’re happy she was able to laugh at this one. If you’re going to be compared to another Michelle, Mrs. Obama is thee one.
As much as a Destiny’s Child reunion album and tour would make my entire life, I had a fairly good idea that Mathew Knowles was a bit deluded when he spoke with multiple news outlets last month and implied that fans could expect a DC-3 reunion sometime in the near future.
“There will be another Destiny’s Child album and a reunion. I got a wonderful email from Michelle [Williams, from the band] two nights ago. She said, ‘Shouldn’t be a problem with you and I. I’m clear on who does what and that’s all that matters. I’ve been clear on my role for 15 years and have no issues.’ We set goals high and only had one – to be the number-one female artists of all time,” Knowles told Heat Magazine.
While the women of DC-3 have been spending a substantial amount of time together—both privately and publicly—founding member Kelly Rowland says that a reunion has not been mentioned among the trio.
“It hasn’t been something that we’ve talked about at all,” the singer told Us Weekly. “We’ve just been enjoying each other, whether it’s been about our music, whether it’s been about motherhood or our personal lives. That’s what it’s really been about. That’s been the most beautiful part.”
So yeah, that would be a no for the reunion, but Rowland went on to confirm what most DC fans already knew: they remain close, and that will likely never change.
“We absolutely are [family],” Rowland said. “We love each other.”
For old times’ sake:
When Beyoncé fired Mathew Knowles as her manager, most assumed that she would never consider rekindling her business relationship with him. However, it seems that Mr. Knowles it still holding out hope of working with his über famous daughter and DC-3 again. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Knowles explained that he believes the trio will reunite for an album and tour at some point in the future.
“I am extremely hopeful that the ladies will come back with an album and a tour. I’m working on a few Destiny’s Child projects right now,” he said.
In addition to a reunion tour and album, Knowles—who still manages projects related to the group—also revealed his plans for a Destiny’s Child biography and a potential television series.
“My second book will be the autobiography of Destiny’s Child. I’m talking to the film and TV community right now, regarding a Destiny’s Child movie or TV series of some sort. But I still manage the ladies — Destiny’s Child — and I’m hopeful that within the next two to three years we’ll see something major come from it.”
Of course, Knowles isn’t the only one cooking up potential projects based on the Destiny’s Child story. As we reported in January, a former manager of the group also has a Destiny’s Child biopic in the works.
Currently, the Music World Entertainment label head is gearing up for the release of his new book, The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals. In addition to offering business advice, Knowles says that he will provide tips for parents on assisting their children in reaching their goals.
“For parents the first thing has to be the dream and passion of the child. There’s a difference between determination and passion, and sometimes people get that confused,” he explained.
“The parents’ role is to give those tools to give their support to whatever that dream is that a child has,” he said. “So this book is to inspire and motivate folks to really dig deep to see if they’re really living their passion every day.”
Destiny’s Child fans around the world received the gift of a lifetime. The legendary singing group reunited onstage at the Stellar Awards. According to Rolling Stone,
Destiny’s Child staged a surprise reunion at the 30th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Saturday night as Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams appeared together at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena to perform Williams’ “Say Yes.” Beyoncé and Rowland previously collaborated on the studio version of Williams’ single, an EDM-inspired reimagining of the Nigerian gospel song “When Jesus Says Yes.” “Say Yes” was nominated for three awards at the Stellar ceremony: Urban/Inspiration Single of the Year, Music Video of the Year and Song of the Year, with Williams picking up an extra nod in the Female Vocalist of the Year category for her gospel album Journey to Freedom.
This is the first time fans have seen the trio perform together since the 2013 Superbowl. The next time we will see the duo together is in the “Say Yes” music video. In the meantime, here are some clips from last night.
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It’s always amusing to hear stories about artists who passed on (or almost passed on) hit songs. For example, Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was turned down by Brittany Spears; B.O.B’s “Nothin’ on You” was turned down by Lupe Fiasco and Brittany Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” was turned down by TLC. It’s difficult to imagine that Destiny’s Child’s popular track, “Bug a Boo,” may have become the hit of another ‘90s group, but according to Kandi Burruss, who helped pen the track, that’s exactly what almost happened.
“When we first played the track ‘Bug A Boo’ to Destiny’s Child, I remember, they were kinda looking like, ‘Eh, I don’t know about this,’” Burruss told Yahoo Music.
Burruss went on to say that the girls weren’t really crazy about the tempo of the track.
“If you can remember what the track is like, it was like really fast. At the time people weren’t really singing over those types of tracks. You’d look at it as something they’d rap over,” she said.
Of course, queen Bey quickly called a group huddle and tried to get the ladies to be open with their feelings about the song.
“I remember Beyoncé was telling the rest of the girls, ‘Y’all, if we really don’t like this, maybe we should let him know.’ Because [the producer] She’sphere had stepped out the room,” The RHoA star recalled.
Thinking quickly, Kandi made a suggestion that ultimately won the teens over.
“I was like, ‘Well, if you don’t mind I could kinda like sing you the idea I was thinking, before you [decide],’” Kandi reflected. “They were like, ‘OK.’ At the time I think I only had like a verse and the hook kinda together. It wasn’t all the way together. It was just like a little bit of where I thought it could go. And they were like, ‘OK.’ And then we finished it together.”
The track wound up making the Top 40 list and Burruss credits her ability to speak up.
“So, it’s funny because had I not spoken up and said, ‘Hey,’ then that song would never exist,” she said.
Well, we’re definitely glad that she decided to interject when she did.
For old times’ sake…
Girl groups are coming back with a vengeance (minus that whole Danity Kane fiasco last year). But Fifth Harmony is holding it down for girl groups in the US. Their highly-anticipated debut album, Reflection, dropped recently. And with more girl power coming in 2015, we reminisced about some of the best girl group pop albums of the last 25 years. Girl power still rules!
Brother Of Deceased Destiny’s Child Founder Speaks: “It Took A Couple Of Deaths To Bring About This Group”
Last week, we broke news about the two forthcoming Destiny’s Child biopics, which are being put together by former Destiny’s Child manager Brian K. Moore. Both films will be based on Moore’s 2014 book, The Making of a Child of Destiny: The Andretta Tillman Story, which is about DC founder Andretta Tillman and her quest to create the ultimate girl group. We were able to catch up with Tillman’s brother, Lornonda Brown, who discussed his feelings about the films, his personal dealings with Mathew Knowles and the pain and heartache that Destiny’s Child was birthed from.
MN: Have you read Brian Moore’s book about your sister, Andretta Tillman?
No, I haven’t. Not entirely, no I haven’t.
MN: He’s working on two movies based on the book and the early days of Destiny’s Child. Were you aware of that?
Yes, he spoke to me briefly about it.
MN: And what were your thoughts?
I think it’s a great idea. I think that it’s been a long time coming. I think it’s a great story of how a person can go from rags to riches and all of the avenues that it took for them to get there. My sister was one of the avenues and quite a few people she actually touched. They were diamonds in the rough and I guess they’re where they want to be at this point. They are up there with the stars.
MN: I noticed that when we first reported on Brian’s movie projects and book, many people were negative about it and said that he was trying to ride Beyoncé’s coattails. It was as if they felt Andretta’s story being told was somehow going to take away from the legacy of Destiny’s Child.
What I’d say is that is if it is a truth, then it is what it is. As long as nothing is fabricated, there are no lies and you can back up what you say with the facts, that’s not riding anything. That’s just making a statement. Even when we had the lawsuit against Music World/Sony, we weren’t out to discourage, tear up or blemish the name. Beyoncé is a person who put in work and God bless her. That’s great. All we’re doing is telling a story of how it happened and the pain that was endured in its happening. Not to receive nothing from her or take anything from her, but if it’s a true story to be told, it shouldn’t hurt anybody by it being told—unless you got something to hide.
MN: Tell me about the lawsuit with Sony.
When my sister died, we owned half of Music World Management. In the state of Texas, if you set up any kind of business as a partnership and you license the name at a courthouse, if one person dies, the next heir in the family comes up front. Your partner’s name doesn’t just die in the partnership and that’s what happened.
MN: What were your personal experiences like with Mathew Knowles?
Mathew Knowles and I, we were fine. We were good. It’s just a matter of business that had to be taken care of. His morals are a little bit out there, but we all come short, as far as morals go. That’s just being human. But when it comes to business and the law and you break a law in this great ole’ USA, you got to stand and account for it; and it was a law he broke. I still say God bless him. I hope he’s doing well. I can drink tea or coffee with him and it’s not going bother me any. I’ve got no hard feelings. Really, I can’t put him in heaven or hell; but he’ll stand and account for everything he’s done, just like I’ll have to. I hope everything keeps going well for him and Beyoncé as well.
MN: Publicly, do you feel that Andretta has been given proper credit for the role that she played in the creation and development of Destiny’s Child?
Well, no not really. I’ll say it like this, when you do an interview, just tell the truth. Don’t turn it into something that it’s not and that’s what happened in the start with all of these interviews and documentaries. Only recently, her name has been brought up. Now, when you look back at it and you see that someone put up $300,000 plus on you, you kind of need to just acknowledge it and say what happened. Nobody is going to get no big credit, but when you sit up and just act like it didn’t exist–when you had her sons suffering and you’re sitting back watching the lights and stuff get cut off every now and then. When you’re behind on car notes and little stuff like that. $300,000 plus put somebody where they needed to be and you just forget all about them when you get out there on your documentaries? Sure, they said something on the first album or so, but then on the documentaries, when you’re in front of the camera, and you don’t acknowledge that this person was even there, that’s just not good.
I want to tell you where Andretta got the money from. Andretta’s husband, her two sons and her daughter were in a car and they were in Tyler for the weekend. A driver was speeding and as they were pulling out, the driver struck the car, killing her husband instantly. He lost his life instantly and her daughter lost her life in that car wreck. Her daughter died in my other sister’s arms. They took all of them to the hospital and they released everyone. The police did not check the driver to see if he had alcohol in his system, but the hospital checked it. After everyone was released, the hospital told my sister that the driver had alcohol in his system. She pressed charges and she sued the City of Tyler for not pressing charges on the guy that killed her husband and her daughter. She won the lawsuit and the insurance money from her daughter—her husband’s name was Dwight Tillman and her daughter’s name was Shauna Tillman—and she came up with the name DwiShaun Management. Those are the monies that were used to start off the careers of the girls. It took a couple of deaths to bring about this group. There was a lot of pain that went into this deal. It wasn’t just someone going to the bank pulling money.
MN: This was birthed from her pain.
Yes, and she did it all the way until her last breath. She was doing business from her hospital bed.
MN: That adds so much more to the story.
Yes, it does. So right now her son is setting up the Andretta Tillman Lupus Fund. She died of Lupus. In her last days, all of her main organs failed and she simply couldn’t stay with us any longer.
I wish everyone the best. Mathew, Kelly, Beyoncé. I just wish the best for them. My sister is in another place right now, but whatever place she’s in, she’s still pushing the business from where she is, through us. In the decisions that we make in the businesses that we are in, in music and entertainment, we think about the decisions that she made and what she would say because true enough, quite a few of them that she touched, they’re out there on the top. Those are the things we can actually learn from.
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Mathew Knowles is frequently credited with founding Destiny’s Child. However, as the true story goes, a woman by the name of Andretta Tillman actually played a major role in the foundation and success of the group. As we’ve learned over the years, back then they went by the name Girls Tyme. We were recently afforded the opportunity to speak with Brian K. Moore, who co-managed the group alongside Knowles and Tillman until she passed away. Moore, who authored a book setting the record straight about Destiny’s Child’s early days titled, The Making of a Child of Destiny: The Andretta Tillman Story, revealed that he is in the middle of producing two biopics about the supergroup, apart from the biopic Knowles has expressed interest in producing. Apparently, there’s so much that has yet to be told. Check out our chat with Moore below.
MN: What was the nature of your relationship with Andretta Tillman?
“I was Andretta’s [business] partner. We were co-managers of Destiny’s Child along with Mathew Knowles.”
MN: I realize that you’re not working on just one Destiny’s Child biopic, but two. How come?
“Well, after I was approached by several producers who read my book [The Making of a Child of Destiny: The Andretta Tillman Story] and they wanted to take an approach of doing one more focusing on the lives of Destiny’s Child as kids and then another that focused more on Andretta and the management as well as the adult version of the story. So we decided to split it up into two.”
MN: Have you spoken to any of the ladies of Destiny’s Child since the release of your book?
“I’ve spoken with Latavia. I’ve also spoke with Nikki and Nina, two of the other girls who were in the original group, Girls Tyme. I haven’t spoken with any [current] members of Destiny’s Child after the release of the book, no I haven’t.”
MN: How do you believe that your movie will be received by past and present members of Destiny’s Child?
“I think it will be greatly received. It’s the true story of what really happened and how it all came to be. It’s a story that only myself or one of the girls in the group could tell.”
MN: What can you tell us about the late Andretta Tillman?
“Andretta was an incredible woman, very strong willed. There were some incidents that happened in her life that brought the onset of lupus. She battled that. She was on a mission with her husband to create a group. Going to the grave, she accomplished that. Following the loss of her husband and through her will, she was able to create Destiny’s Child. I was able to be there and bear witness to her greatness and the creation of that group.”
MN: What do you desire for viewers to walk away with after seeing your films?
“Well, I hope viewers walk away realizing the sacrifices that were made to put Destiny’s Child together. There were so many sacrifices from all of the families—the parents, as well as the sacrifices that the girls made. It’s such an incredible story of determination, will and a woman’s drive in her dying breath to achieve something. I think viewers will walk away with the reality that Beyoncé didn’t just ‘wake up like this.’ That was a journey. That was a struggle.”
MN: Do you have an estimated timeline of how soon it will be before these projects come to fruition?
“Well on the timeline, we’ve been speaking with several movie companies. I’ve partnered with Brooklyn Media Group, which is led by James A. Pearson. James has done work with Oprah Winfrey and huge entertainment entities. He’s a mainstay in the movie and entertainment business. We got with him to kind of expedite the review process and of course, selling the rights to the book and things of that nature. We’re in the middle of those negotiations now. We were at CBS about two weeks ago and we met with several studios and film companies. We’re just finalizing the two different screenplays. By the end of the year, hopefully we’ll have something done and start filming one of the movies.”
MN: I read in an article that Mathew wanted to manage Girls Tyme and in order to do so, he presented Andretta with an ultimatum to either make him co-manager or he would take Beyoncé out of the group. Is that true?
“Yeah, that’s a true statement. When we were managing the group, success started to come. Andretta did an incredible job as far as getting the girls to ‘Star Search’ and where we needed to be in front of the movers and shakers of the industry and all of these wonderful things started to happen. Mathew did work his way into the management team by playing the card of removing Beyoncé.”
MN: Would you say that Mathew took advantage of Mrs. Tillman at all?
“Well, I don’t want to give the book and movie away. I said everything in the book where readers can go and find out. There are a lot of things that happened and I don’t want to badger anybody, but readers can really find out in the book and the movies as well.”