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Femi Emiola was born in Iowa City, Iowa, but raised in the Phillipines and Nigeria. When she was a teenager she returned to the US and attended Iowa State University where she studied theatre arts. She has also studied acting in New York City and is best known for her role on “Wicked Wicked Games.”
I had the chance to interview Chilli and T Boz for the site a few weeks ago, and not only is Chilli incredibly sweet, but she’s a dedicated and loving mom. I could tell that from the way she talked about her child, and from her bag, which had the picture of her 16-year-old son Tron on it (if you’ve seen her old reality show, you’ve seen one of the bags). And she continues to prove that today, as the TLC singer created a petition against the website MediaTakeOut to push them to stop slandering the children of famous folks, and minors in general. Recent posts on the site have tried to make insinuations about Tron’s sexuality, talked about his choice of attire at events with his mom, and more things that came to the attention of Chilli, and enraged her. Here’s a little bit of what she had to say in the petition, which you can see in full here:
“Recently my son was targeted negatively by popular gossip site MediaTakeOut.com. I can’t describe the anger I felt at my son being ridiculed continuously by MediaTakeOut.com for no other reason than the fact that he’s my son. MediaTakeOut.com has posted numerous false stories about me, and other celebrity friends of mine and while I don’t like it, I realize that is a part of what comes with celebrity. However when my 16-year-old son is being attacked, that is when I take off the celebrity hat and become the protective Mother that I am, and I know many of you are.
Adults have the mental capacity to deal and prioritize. Most importantly my son had no choice in who his mother was just like many other celebrity kids do not. It isn’t fair that our children have to deal with cyber bullying because of the career choice of their parents. Anyone under the age of 18 should not be ridiculed or targeted by MediaTakeOut.com or any other website.”
A rep for Chilli, Christal Jordan, also put out a statement expressing her own disappointment with the way Chilli’s son has been portrayed in the media, and she says that he has indeed noticed:
“Working with Chilli over the last seven years, I have seen Tron grow into an amazing kid that I love very much and it bothered me that I had nothing more to tell him than “ignore it” it will go away. Well the truth is, it hasn’t gone away and while MediaTakeOut.com owner Fred Mwangaguhunga is a father himself, for some reason he finds nothing wrong with making personal attacks on celebrity children. MediaTakeOut.com
constantly posts negative headlines on not just Chilli’s son, but also Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s children, Puffy’s twin daughters and even Jay Z and Beyoncé’s baby Blue Ivy. Yes celebrities are fair game in this entertainment industry, but at some point we must draw the line. No one’s child deserves to be ridiculed by a public domain.”
Since the petition came out, Fred Mwangaguhunga, CEO and founder of the site, has already come out with an apology and promised to deal with the individuals behind such stories about Tron.
It has come to my attention that in an article posted on MediaTakeOut.com on October 28th, some inappropriate comments were made towards Tron Austin, the son to Rozonda “Chili” Tomas.
As many of you are aware, MediaTakeOut.com has a strict policy against criticizing children, whether children of celebrities or otherwise. It’s not clear how an article that clearly violated our stated policy was published, but rest assured that I will get to the bottom of it. I plan to take action against the MTO staffer who wrote the article, and put in place additional safeguards to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
Our sincere apologies go out to Tron, Chili, his family and anyone else that were offended by our comments.
Fred Mwangaguhunga Editor, MediaTakeOut.com
Folks definitely crossed the line, but they’ve been doing these type of stories for a while, so Fred isn’t fooling anybody...What do you think of Mwanagaguhunga’s apology?
It’s been a week since CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story came on and blew everybody’s minds, but it’s also been a week since it put some pretty strong accusations out there about Perri “Pebbles” Reid and even her ex-husband LA Reid. Pebbles has already threatened legal action, and the night after the movie came on, her kids were online going at it with fans of the movie and group, who were calling their mother a thief. Pebbles’ daughter, Ashley, was particularly feisty with folks and is still going back and forth with people on Twitter, telling them to fix their face, their weaves, calling folks fat, and on and on. Here are some of the most interesting things she’s had to say about the movie over the last week. Here’s what she told her mom:
“@pebbles2day I love you so much pretty momma! You’re an inspiration, generous soul, incredibly talented artist, and blessing of a momma!!!”
And here’s what she told the haters:
“@1klexus_ my mom was a thief? All the money my taxes have paid for your welfare, and you got the nerve to point fingers? Sheesh!”
“I love reading opinions from people with less than 200 followers. Did twitter make you feel important finally? Is your hate being heard?”
“When will people realize that a movie is a MOVIE? Not truth. This is not a true story. It’s meant to entertain.”
“I will defend my family, what I love, & what I believe regardless of what anyone has to say. It doesn’t depend on what channel I’m watching”
“Take that same ratchet energy and put it towards healthcare, state laws, or taxes.Do you even go so hard for Jesus? Or is TV your religion?”
There was even a picture from MediaTakeOut that she linked to, where the site called Chilli and T Boz liars because Chilli was seen making nice with Pebbles just two years ago. Ashley commented on it saying, “LMAO exactly” and “holding hands two years ago? Sheesh! How sweet”
But one comment that definitely stood out was this one, that seemed to come off as something of a threat to Chilli:
“@officialchilli I cannot WAIT to see you around honey!”
While Ashley initially tried to say that it wasn’t a threat when confronted by people on Twitter, she went on to own the fact that it was, and she that she wasn’t sorry about it when sharing her thoughts on Instagram:
“Being tactlessly defensive is a choice, and is rarely the most effective approach for anyone. It was my choice. Threatening is not what I represent. In anger, many things are said out of intense emotion. This goes the same for obvious desperation and a need for making someone a fall guy in order to generate publicity. That was TLC’s choice. My voice is my own and is not reflective of my mother’s opinions. Despite all the lies and slander depicted in the movie and over the past 20 years, my mother loves TLC, and always has. In conclusion, defending who I love and what I know is right is something I will never apologize for under any circumstance. Including this one.”
Of course, Chilli didn’t respond, but the ladies (especially T Boz) were very adamant late last week that their story was the truth and that folks who had a problem with it needed to build a bridge and, well, you know: “All these scorned heffas need to get over it. Pray about it and grow. Like, get over it!”
Chilli agreed when speaking to an NBC affiliate in Atlanta, saying that they told nothing but the truth: “I’m very proud of the film. We were very hands on, as executive producers. It was my dream to tell this story…at the end of the day, I know, my group member knows we told the truth. We didn’t lie.”
I’m not surprised that Ashley is defending her mother as hard as she is. Who wouldn’t want to do the same for their parent? But she might want to be careful, especially since only TLC, Pebbles and God (and maybe past lawyers) really know what happened to their money and why their business relationship fell apart…
Well ladies, it looks like the gloves are off. Earlier this week, we told you that the original C from TLC, Crystal Jones, was not too pleased with the way that she was portrayed in the group’s biopic, which debuted on VH1 on Monday. According to Crystal, she wasn’t kicked out of the group because she couldn’t sing, but because she refused to sign the contract without allowing her mother to take a look at it.
“As far as what happened, and I’m sure what everybody wants to know is that, it was based on the contract…We’re going through the paperwork, and it’s lengthy. So I turned to Pebbles and I said, ‘Can I take it home and let my mom take a look at it? Because I really don’t understand what I’m reading.’ And she said, ‘No absolutely not, so I didn’t sign it,” Crystal said during a radio interview.
In a follow-up interview with Big Tigger of V-103, T-Boz and Chilli responded to Crystal’s statement.
“Did everything happen correctly all of the time? No. The way we kicked Crystal out of the group, no it wasn’t right. We’re telling the story of the truth and what really happened. I always tell the truth. I’ve never been a liar. So Crystal, I would be mad if I got kicked out of my own group too and TLC blew up. I would have some harbored feelings so I understand her, so sorry.”
She also accused Crystal of sabotaging the movie.
“She put out our movie, trying to sabotage it with a code and put it on the internet. It’s no need for all that. I’ve apologized for the way things went down. I did bring Pebbles to the table. The way me and Lisa handled it may have not been the best, but I’m not at 43, after saying sorry gonna talk about some mess. All these scorned heffas need to get over it. Pray about it and grow, like get over it!” T-Boz said.
T-Boz went on to comment on Pebbles Reid’s reaction to the movie.
“The one thing you can’t take from her, we’ve always said, she helped us out so much. She did a lot for our career and that you can’t take, but if you’re telling a story and it’s even 20 years ago. You can’t tell someone how they’re perceived situations from their end, how they felt. That doesn’t take away the good that you did…We’re telling a story of what happened…now we’re 19, 20 and that’s exactly what happened. No I didn’t appreciate paying a million dollars per name. There are certain things we don’t have to like. You move on from certain people. I’m not a bitter person. I let things go and I move on,” she continued.
And if you were wondering why Jermaine Dupri wasn’t featured in the movie, they say it wasn’t personal.
“It was just hard to get everybody. We talked about everybody,” Chilli said.
“There’s only so much we can do…we tried our best. And JD, I’ve always said, he’s the one that told me, ‘You should keep that, I’m gonna call you Scruffy.’ We wanted a whole week and 2 hours a night,” T-Boz added.
Watch part of their interview on the next page.
Left Eye’s Sister Says She Couldn’t Walk Red Carpet At TLC Premiere, Should’ve Been Included In Biopic
It’s no secret Left Eye’s sister Reigndrop isn’t too fond of Chilli, T-Boz, or VH1 as a whole right now. The outspoken member of the Lopes family has been rather vocal about not being included in discussions about the TLC Biopic which aired Monday night, but when she came into our office she said the exclusion went even further. Reigndrop definitely feels some type of way about the fact that Lisa’s family was the only family not shown in the biopic and she said some of the creative liberties the producers took with Lisa’s story line — like why she put tape over her mouth in the “Creep” video were just plain inaccurate. When it comes to logistics, Reigndrop said she wasn’t even allowed to walk the red carpet at the movie premiere in New York or invited on set to watch the taping of the film in Atlanta.
Reigndrop also explained the drama over the “Waterfalls” remake — and why most of the information put out is false– whether she speaks to Chilli or T-Boz to this day, and, surprisingly, she shouts out Lil Mama for doing a great job portraying Lisa. Check out everything Left Eye’s sister had to say in the video below. What do you think about her side of the story?
High Ratings & Twitter Trending: ‘CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story’ Used Publicity (And A 90s Vibe) To Become A Hit
On Monday, VH1 gave the world a nostalgic whiff of the 90s — flashy jackets, funky overalls, and of course TLC. CrazyS*xyCool, the biopic on the drama-filled girl group, truly resonated with viewers; the film drew in 4.5 million viewers — the network’s highest rated original movie ever!
Twitter was overrun with talks about the TLC film. Users tweeted about the the performances of Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora, and Lil’ Mama who played Chili, T-Boz, and Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes, respectively. Others gushed about “No Scrubs,” “Waterfalls” and other hits as TLC’s dopplegangers performed the R&B group’s signature dances with precision. Overall, CrazyS*xyCool dominated the Twitter conversation with nearly 2 million tweets — the most talked about broadcast that night.
While everyone is rushing back on YouTube to relive the TLC experience, the current frenzy over the 90s trio came from Bill Diggins, TLC’s longtime manager, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I had to be very frank with them about where they were in the marketplace today.… I just felt the window closing,” Diggins says. “We decided that we would all join forces on it and focus on a big comeback.”
And come back they did. Slong with a record-setting film, TLC is releasing a 20th anniversary album, pushed by L.A. Reid’s Epic Records. The timing is so perfect, everyone’s still buzzing about them (they’re still trending on Twitter). ”Just because only two are still a part of the group, he didn’t want anyone to think they were done yet. They’re talented, they still have a lot of music in them and he wanted to figure out how to bring their story to life,” said Carlene Robinson, VH1′s senior vice president.
As you may have seen, the remaining members of TLC hit the airwaves everywhere to promote the new film, including a stop at MadameNoire. The original members as well as the cast made the rounds on every morning news show, on talk shows, and took a walk down the red carpet for a celebrity premiere. They wasted no time getting the whole nation intrigued by the most anticipated TV film of the year.
“[TLC] wanted the truth to be told, so I would say that you’re not going to get a more accurate depiction of these girls’ lives from anybody. This is the good, the bad and the ugly,” Diggins added.
Many, like DJ Envy from Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club, have wondered why TLC didn’t release this movie in theaters. ”For me, I like this way better because there’s more longevity in TV. They’ll show this movie for the next 30 years like they did with The Temptations and the Jacksons. You know there’s no pressure of the first weekend — and after a month, it’s over and it goes straight to DVD,” said Chilli.
That sounds like it was a wise decision. As a TV movie, the biopic had access to the masses. In theaters, it would have competed with films like Gravity, Carrie, and 12 Years a Slave. It would’ve forced fans to choose where to place their box office dollars… and it could’ve lost in the decision making process. On TV, everyone watched from home, and sang along. This biopic will certainly be replayed on the tube for years and TLC’s story will be passed on even when the 90s are an even more distant memory.
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!”
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
Last night VH1 aired the much anticipated TLC Biopic Crazy S*xy Cool and from the looks of the conversations on Twitter and Facebook, fans were pleased with the final project. Watching the movie, which starred Keke Palmer as Chilli, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and Lil Mama as Left Eye, was at times eerie due to the resemblance the actresses have to the real group members — particularly Lil Mama. But even though the TV project explained many lingering questions about the biggest girl group of the ’90s, like how exactly they went broke, we still have a few lingering questions based on last night’s story.
Before Rihanna was known for singing “ella, ella, a, a” Britney Spears was supposed to sing “Umbrella.” And before Britney Spears became a pop legend when she stepped on the scene with “…Baby One More Time,” T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli were supposed to make that track a hit. The Max Martin and Rami Yacoub written and co-produced song was meant for TLC’s Fan Mail album, because the writers thought it fit the trio’s style. Unfortunately, the ladies turned it down. Why? According to the group, it just didn’t fit their sound. Here’s what T-Boz said when speaking to MTV:
“I was like, I like the song but do I think it’s a hit? Do I think it’s TLC? I’m not saying ‘hit me baby’. No disrespect to Britney. It’s good for her. But was I going to say ‘hit me baby one more time’? Hell no! That’s not even my subject of conversation, so you know, it worked for her, I’m happy for her, I like Britney. Every song isn’t good for each artist, and when you’re a real artist you know what you believe in and what you really want to sing. So, I’m clear that it was a hit, but I’m also clear that it wasn’t for TLC.”
Chilli also agreed that the three women just felt like it wasn’t for them when speaking today on Access Hollywood Live:
“We did as a group. We thought the song was great, but we couldn’t hear our voices on the song. I don’t feel bad about the past because it was a total hit for her.”
Interesting. On Access Hollywood Live, host Billy Bush told the ladies he probably would have liked the song better if they had actually performed it. But could you hear T-Boz’s voice on this track talking about, “My loneliness is killing me…when I’m not with you I lose my mind/give me a sign“? Considering the group’s many other girl anthems and sexually confident tracks (aside from maybe “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”), I can’t see it. But what do you think?
When it comes to the negativity surrounding their upcoming biopic, “Crazy, S*xy, Cool: The TLC Story,” TLC just doesn’t care. How do we know? Because that’s literally the response T-Boz and Chilli gave when they stopped by our office to chat with us a little over a week ago.
We asked the ladies about everything from people criticizing Lil Mama to Left Eye’s sister Reigndrop coming for them after they remade “Waterfalls” with Japanese pop star Namie Amuro and the resounding response to all of the unexpected drama was, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” We also chatted with T-Boz and Chilli about their love lives, how they managed to sell records without selling sex, and why they think girl bands have fallen off the map and they had a ton to say about all of the above. Check out the video up top and tell us what you think. Will you be watching ”Crazy, S*xy, Cool: The TLC Story” tonight?