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If you’ve been wondering what LaTavia Roberson has been up to since her Destiny’s Child days, you’ll be able to find out once her upcoming tell-all is released. We first discussed LaTavia’s new memoir back in March of this year. So far, a title has yet to be unveiled, but the new mom recently opened up to Sister 2 Sister about what fans can expect when it’s finally released.
“My book is basically my love letter to everybody who has wondered where I’ve been and what I’ve been going through,” said the former Destiny’s Child singer.
She adds that she hopes the memoir will help to clear up a lot of false information that has been floating around since she left the group.
“I’ve heard things about me and I’ve heard rumors about myself,” she said.
“I do not mind being someone who will open up my life to any fans that I have about where I’ve really been. I’d rather they get it from the horse’s mouth,”she continued.
As for whether or not she’ll discuss the drama surrounding her departure from Destiny’s Child, LaTavia says absolutely.
“I’ll definitely talk about my experiences in Destiny’s Child and everything that happened in my life thereafter. I’ve been through some serious things. It’s a testimony.”
Read LaTavia’s full interview in the December issue of Sister 2 Sister. Are you interested in reading her book?
From Hello Beautiful
Long before Beyonce was the superstar we know today, she was the lead singer of Destiny’s Child and the opening act for one of the best-selling female groups of all time, TLC.
T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili invited the Houston-based girl group to perform on their 1999 world tour, and Beyonce said that was one of the best moments of her life.
In an interview with The Grio to promote their new VH1 biopic, the ladies of TLC recalled the day Beyonce personally thanked them for, what she described as, a life-changing experience.
“We were backstage [before a 2011 performance on “American Idol”} and she walked up to us and was thanking us, and we had never heard that from her before and it was really nice,” Chilli said.
“Her exact words were: ‘Thank you so much, those were some of the best times of my life,” T-Boz added. “Thank you for letting us open up for y’all because that was the best time… one of the best times of my life.’”
“That was so sweet,” Chili said before T-Boz chimed back in: “That was amazing!”
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Although they may have started out as a cohesive group, fame, fortune and/or conflict drove a wedge within these musical acts and they were forced to carry on the torch after losing a member.
Boys II Men
Four young men in matching sweater vests and striped ties from the city of brotherly love emerged on the music scene bringing back that old Motown sound of acapella harmonies and emotional ballads in the ’90s. Co-signed by New Edition’s Michael Bivins, Boyz II Men dominated the R&B airwaves with their hits “I’ll make Love To You,” “Water Runs Dry” and “End of The Road,” which stayed at the number one spot on the Billboard charts for 13 straight weeks, breaking the record previously held by Elvis Presley. Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockton, Wanya Morris and Michael McCary would record six albums together until McCary left the group in 2003 due to his battle with scoliosis. After a brief hiatus, the three remaining members re-emerged on an independent label and continued to release more music but never reached their previous height of success. McCary tried to rejoin the group in 2011 for their 20th anniversary but negotiations broke down. Boyz II Men went on the road with boy bands New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees as part of The Package Tour in 2013.
‘I Don’t Want It To Turn Into A Train Wreck:’ Michelle Williams Talks Expectations For New Reality Show
Back in February we told you that former Destiny’s Child singer, Michelle Williams, was preparing to star in her very own reality show, which was said to revolve around she and her sisters. The 33-year-old Illinois native recently chatted it up with The Jasmine Brand regarding the new series.
As to be expected, Michelle revealed that she doesn’t want her show to feature a lot of conflict and drama just for the sake of drumming up ratings.
“I just want it to be right with me and my sisters. I don’t want it to – of course we have to show conflict for ratings and drama but I don’t want it to turn into a train-wreck. Because at the end of the day, I still have a life and career to have after this and I just want it to be right. I know that it will but it’s just about the right network at the right time.”
She went on to say that the initial announcements regarding the series were a bit premature.
“It was almost like an accident and I’m really trying to – I think the announcement was a little premature, actually. “
The “Fire” singer also expressed why she believes her show will be different from other docuseries.
“The thing about the show was that I wanted to let people get to kind of know me a little bit because I know people don’t know. They’re like, ‘We know Michelle Williams, she has long hair – Oh she’s funny?! Oh! I didn’t even know she’s funny! Oh, cool!’ So just to even see them interact with people in my hometown and my family because when I got into the group ‘Destiny’s Child’, it was a moving train. So we didn’t have time to say, ‘Okay, everybody this is who she is.’ It was kind of like, ‘I’m a team player, let’s go!’”
Michelle added that she missed out on a lot of important family moments while out chasing her dreams.
“Just to show myself, interact with my family and another thing about that is that I’ve missed thirteen years of my sister’s life. I’ve missed births, I’ve missed birthday parties and they said something to me that really made me want to do it when they said, ‘T’ – my first name’s Tenitra so they called me ‘T’. They like, ‘T, we miss you.’ And that hurt my heart that people don’t realize when you get into the business like this, you sacrifice family and all those. I can cry now thinking about like, ‘They miss me. They’ve got my back.’ but they don’t get to see me all the time.”
Could you see yourself tuning in for a reality series starring Michelle?
Back in March we told you the ex-Destiny’s Child member, LaTavia Roberson, was gearing up to star in her very own reality show. The 31-year-old Houston native recently opened up chatted with Sister 2 Sister about the storyline of her new series and why it’s so different from TV One’s R&B Divas.
“I’m in preproduction for my own reality show that I’m a producer for as well,” the new mom revealed.
“The premise is me and a couple of my friends that have been in girl groups before. We’re all on a show together and it’s about our lives and us making our climb back to where we need to be in our lives.”
She went on to reveal why she believes her show is a lot different from R&B Divas.
“I wouldn’t compare it to ‘R&B Divas’ because we all have known each other for years. We didn’t just meet on our show, but I’m definitely excited about the direction that the show has taken.”
The soon-to-be reality star also gushed about her baby girl, Lyric.
“It’s been very rewarding to me. It’s been a wonderful experience. The whole thing has just been great for me.”
“[Bonding] hasn’t been an issue for me at all. There was a point in time that I was threatening a miscarriage. Once I first saw and heard her heartbeat, which was the deciding factor of whether I was going to be able to have my baby, I was instantly in love.”
Awwww, isn’t she precious!? And she’s already a diva in the making!
This little cutie with a future so bright she has to wear shades is the daughter of the member of one of our favorite girl groups from back in the day. Her mom was a model for “Just For Me” relaxer as kid, and as a young woman, sang along with two of the biggest female vocalists on the planet. Born in Houston, she now lives in Atlanta with her partner, producer Rodney “Don Vito” Richard, who is the father of this beauty. The two have a love for music, so they named their little girl Lyric. These days, Lyric’s mom is trying to get on reality TV, and is hoping to write a book on her time as a member in the world’s biggest girl group. So whose baby is this?
Singer, songwriter and music producer Solange Knowles recently chatted with Hot 97′s Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg about her musical beginnings, upcoming music and her sister Beyoncé’s aggressive fans. Check out some interview highlights below.
On holding a performance at a laundromat:
“It was actually how to make boring, brilliant. Shout out to ‘Fader’ for being über creative. Mine was definitely like the weirdest. It was also kinda awesome for people not to have the context.”
On getting suspended over her love for Nas:
“I actually got suspended from school over Nas. The story is that I went to a Christian school. I had the ‘Vibe’ cover of him with the ‘God Son’ tattoo on his stomach. I had like a whole homage to him in my locker. Obviously, the Christian dean thought that was blasphemous for him to have a tattoo saying ‘God’s son,’ but my argument was that there was a girl who had a Justin Timberlake poster in her locker with the cross on his chest. I didn’t really see what the difference was. So I refused to take it down and I actually spoke with my parents and they actually gave me the freedom and choice to stand by that. And so the dean told me if I didn’t take it down by Friday, I think it was a Wednesday, that I would get suspended. I took the suspension.”
On receiving backlash for being a DJ and how she got started:
“Lots of people [were mad at me for DJ'ing]. I got it. I got it. I have to say I actually called Q-TIP, who is my favorite DJ. I’ve always been a music lover. The iPod hog at all of the parties… super annoying. And so it was actually right after the earthquakes in Haiti and I wanted to help out and contribute in some way. I had an event and I was like someone has to DJ. I asked TIP to do it, he wasn’t available. I asked Amir. I asked Questlove, I asked all my favorite DJs. I was like, You know what, I’m just gonna like play some music.’ And actually, my sister and Jay, it was my birthday and they bought me turntables they were like, ‘We’re tired of you being an iPod DJ; actually learn how to DJ’. So I actually called TIP. He literally, for five hours, made me go back and forth until I could beat match. It’s like I wasn’t going to do it if I couldn’t actually beat match and do it.”
On meeting Jay Z before he and Bey started dating:
“Jay and I have our own sister brotherly relationship. We talk about music a lot, about art a lot and that’s my dude and that’s my brother. We’ve discussed it. I was actually like 13 or so when I met him and my first introduction to meeting him was that I sat next to him on the plane. This was pre my sister and him dating, That was during the time when you have the big leather booklet with the CD covers and you took a lot of pride in laying that out and I had a whole Nas section. His nickname for me was ‘private school thug,’”
On seeing Beyoncé snatched off stage:
“It’s really, really scary to me. I know. Well, she has the whole BeyHive stage so those are like select fans that have followed her. It’s really scary but you know what? At the same time. I have to give her the hugest props for putting herself and being that accessible but it is scary, especially as a family member seeing that. She let them go. She said It’s okay.”
Sometimes a musician will strike gold with a song but more often than not, the song will fall quickly out of the minds of fans and radio stations. These singers thought they were releasing a hit but then the track failed to keep them in the spotlight. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent musical flops
We told you yesterday about Michelle Williams saying that she wouldn’t mind meeting up with Keyshia Cole to sit down and discuss why Cole took to Twitter at the beginning of the year to say the Destiny’s Child member was always “f**kin’ the groove up” during Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show. Williams seemed very upbeat and positive about the whole thing all these months later, telling Philly’s Hot 107.9, “I can’t wait to see [Keyshia Cole] in person so we can talk and say ‘Hey, what happened?’”
Word got out to Cole, and one individual even tweeted to the singer saying, “Michelle Williams had nothing but good things to say about @KeyshiaCole. How classy.” Cole even responded saying, “Thats nice. its all G.” And while she claimed it was “all G,” minutes later she somewhat changed her tone when she Tweeted about folks acting holier than though:
What the singer is referring to as far as “people say things” is her past claims that Michelle Williams tweeted something negative about Cole’s performance at the Soul Train Awards when she honored Ronald Isley in 2010. Cole, after receiving major criticism for her comments about Williams, and having the Destiny’s Child member say she didn’t care what Cole thought about her performance, brought up the shade Williams allegedly threw to justify her statement:
“Gonna say this again! Michell spoke on me first. So it was open season to state my feelings on her. I always felt that about her. Just never said it. Until she spoke on me.”
“Sounds about right! Cause I didn’t give a shyt what she thought about my soul train performance when she spoke her shyt RT @UrbanBelleMag: Michelle Williams says she doesn’t care what Keyshia Cole thinks about her SB performance: “
Time has passed, and seeing that Williams is looking to squash whatever issues they might have, it would be nice if they could actually do it. But you never know with Keysh…
In 2003, Beyoncé Knowles stepped away from her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams and released a solo album.
Knowles was 21 at the time, and her debut solo album “Dangerously in Love” is now accepted as the beginning of one of the biggest careers in pop music history. While the album received some mixed reviews, reactions were largely positive, earning Knowles five Grammy awards, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and going four times platinum.
Upon the album’s release, however, the New York Times was less than impressed. The newspaper of record compared Knowles to a female competitor at the time, R&B singer Ashanti. ”The Solo Beyoncé: She’s No Ashanti,” The New York Times wrote when reviewing “Dangerously in Love” in comparison to Ashanti’s Murder Inc. release “Chapter II.”
The review named Ashanti as Beyoncé’s “mirror-image rival,” noting that while Ashanti’s album exceeded expectations, Beyonce’s album could not live up to the hype.
Read more at BlackVoices.com