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With the weather heating up, the spring and summer will give birth to a fresh batch of musical festivals. Two years ago, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre were joined onstage with a hologram of the late great rapper 2Pac at the Coachella Festival and we realized there are a lot of other deceased artists we’d like to see in Hologram this summer.
His music is just as popular as ever but the younger generation never had the opportunity to see Bob Marley perform live. The reggae legend started out his musical career with the Wailers but he soon went solo and achieved international success. Marley’s songwriting skills resonated with an audience worldwide and he became the voice of the downtrodden and gave hope to the masses. Marley gave his last performance on September 23, 1980 but shortly after that his health quickly deteriorated. When he succumbed to brain cancer the following May, the entire world mourned his loss.
Quite a bit was revealed in the highly controversial TLC biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” but group member Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins says there’s a lot more to the story that has yet to be told. Luckily for curious TLC fans, a book detailing the group’s journey will more than likely be released in the coming months.
“We’re working on a book,” T-Boz recently revealed to Billboard. “The movie was great but it’s hard to cram three stories about three different girls in a 120 minute film. So, expect a full length book to come out in the near future.”
She adds that the group also has a few other projects in the works, including a tour and a couple of clothing lines.
“We’re going back on tour. I can’t give away too much but, we do have some clothing that just came out in Forever 21 and H&M. I’m just blessed to be here 20 years later, still touring and doing what I love. I’m having a ball.”
In the interview, which served as a tribute to TLC’s fallen group member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Chilli and T-Boz also discussed Lisa’s determination to live a full life prior to her passing.
“She did the things that she wanted to do, no matter how anybody felt,” Chilli expressed. “She just did Lisa. She was a fearless woman; I’m not that fearless. I wish she was still here. She would encourage anyone to follow their dreams. She was the type of person who wanted to help everyone.”
Considering how much controversy followed their biopic, one can only imagine what will be revealed in their new book.
Read their full interview here. Do you think you’d be interested in checking out their book when it drops?
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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.”
“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.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: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.”
“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.comSince 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.
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.”
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.comFolks 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?
“@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!”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:“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?”
“@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…
“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 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
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.