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A few months ago, I went on a date with my college crush and I was excited to see if we could make it work a second time after our short-lived stint in college. While I was on the train, headed to our date, I excitedly texted my best friends about the anticipation I felt and, at the same time, the train ceiling where I was sitting began to leak. Luckily, I dodged the leak but I couldn’t help but wonder if it was an omen for how the night would be.
Sure enough it was.
The date was drier than parchment paper, but by the time we reached our second stop on the World’s Most Boring Date tour, we began to warm up to each other — mostly because of the alcohol we continued to chase. When we eventually got ready to leave the restaurant, my crush leaned in for a kiss and I decided not to leave him hanging. Boy, was that a mistake!
Let’s just say I didn’t rub or lick my lips for the rest of the night and since then we haven’t spoken to each other.
The closest glimpse into what I experienced can be seen on TLC’s new show Love At First Kiss, where strangers lock lips and swap saliva to see if there’s enough spark for them to have a first date. While some of the participants’ kisses are quite steamy, others will leave you squirming in your seat. (See GIF above).
As each episode unfolds, the cameras reveal if it’s fate the participants felt when they tongue-wrestled one another or just a blip of unrequited love. I learned in my own experience that I was disappointed to like someone for so long only to realize #HeDidntHaveTheJuice. It might be petty, but you know…
The truth is, a first kiss may not be able to predict love but it sure can usher in feelings of dislike. Watch the Love At First Kiss trailers below and tell us what the first kiss tells you about a potential lover.
It’s difficult to put into words just how much of an impact TLC had on the lives of most young women in the 90s and early 00s. Their overall empowering message, incredible talent and groundbreaking musical style made TLC one of the most influential groups of all time (notice: we didn’t say one of the most influential female groups because they are way more than that). These incredible ladies changed music and, on a larger scale, changed what it means to be a sexy, confident, powerful and smart woman. So as singer Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas gets ready to celebrate her 45th birthday tomorrow, we take a look back at the legacy of TLC.
They Were The Originators Of Girl Power
As much as we love Beyonce and hold her up as a symbol of girl power today (and rightfully so), we’d be remiss not to salute the lovely ladies of TLC for their contributions to female empowerment. Starting in the early 90s, TLC embraced a powerful assertiveness, coupled with positive messages in their music that showed women didn’t have to compromise themselves to find approval. They could be sexy, smart and independent without it being “unfeminine.”
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is right around the corner, and if the promos are any indications, the show is probably going to one of the most talked about television events of the summer. The VMAs are where both big moments happen and stars are made. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most epic VMA moments, ever.
The average American girl is a size 16, which seems to be a fact that most bridal companies have not yet heard. It is extremely hard for average and plus-size women to find fabulous gowns to walk down the aisle in. This is where sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris step in.
They are owners of a Columbia, MD-based bridal salon that helps curvy brides find the dress of their dreams. Curvaceous Couture is a unique bridal salon in that it carries gowns from sizes 12 to 44. Yukia and Yuneisia recently shared their story and expertise on TLC’s Curvy Brides, which aired for six weeks from May to June.
Their journey to help curvy brides started when in 2008 when Yukia, 36, was looking for a bridal gown. She searched high and low for beautiful plus-size dresses, but her shopping adventure turned into a nightmare. She couldn’t fit in any sample gowns and she was treated badly nearly everywhere she went.
This prompted the idea for Curvaceous Couture, a bridal salon for full-figured women that she and Yuneisia, 33, started in their parents’ basement. Just a few months later they opened a store. The business became so successful, the two women left their high-paying corporate jobs. Yuneisia was in pharmaceutical sales and Yukia had been in government contracting.
MadameNoire: People have ideas all the time, but what made you go ahead and start Curvaceous Couture?
Yukia: We always wanted to start a business together but it was really my horrible experience in trying to find my own dress that made me realize there was a major need for someone to offer plus-size wedding gowns.
Yuneisia: Seeing how terrible my sister was treated when she was trying to find a wedding dress it made me want to help other women. My sister was literally laughed out of the last bridal boutique we went to. And this was just ridiculous to me because the average woman is a size 16, not a 2 or 4 like the sample sizes. Later, my sister did a ton a research and found there was really no bridal salon that specialized in curvy women, so we put a business plan together.
MN: How did you fund the startup?
Yukia: We used some of our retirement funds and my mother and father also helped us out.
MN: What were some of the challenges you had as a startup?
Yuneisia: We went into a business that was very high fashion and the sizes are like size two and that was really shocking to us. It was hard to find gown samples in the sizes we wanted. But now since we have been in business for seven years we have designers sending us dresses.
Yukia: The biggest thing I think was that we thought we could open shop and just go to the bridal market and purchase some dresses in larger sizes and they would work for our customers. But every style does not work for every woman, so we had to understand how the dresses were made in order to find and have dresses created for our clients.
MN: How did the TLC show, Curvy Brides, come about?
Yukia: For years we were getting contacted by producers saying let us pitch a show featuring you. But I was dealing with health issues [she has dealt with diabetes, hyperthyroidism and other medical issues that she discusses here], had gotten married and was raising kids. It wasn’t a good time and we never really thought about being on reality TV. But when TLC came calling, we already knew about their show Brides By Design and we thought this would be the right opportunity for us. And we knew we could use the show as a platform to help other plus-size brides.
MN: How do you plan to use the show to further your brand?
Yuneisia: At the end of the day women should know there is a place where they can go to find the perfect dress. We are a mom-and-pop business and to be given a national soundboard, that is invaluable. Plus, we get to invite people into our home and our family.
MN: What has been the most surprising thing about being on the show?
Yukia: I don’t think we expected such overwhelming support. I have received so many encouraging emails about my health issues which I discussed on the show, the show, our business. It has been incredible. This support has empowered us to keep on growing our business and message.
MN: What were the challenges of the show?
Yukia: I don’t think we realized how hard of work it would be. I think we knew it would be an added stress on the business but we had to do a good job tweaking our filming hours so it would not affect our business.
Yuneisia: It was not easy being around cameras all the time, but we had a really great production team around us who made it easy.
MN: So what is next for you and your brand?
Yuneisia: We have some things with in the works. We are looking into other areas where we can expand our brand into other cities and help women. Honestly, we really started the business to help other women. My sister and I are both intelligent women, so of course we wanted to have a successful business. But at the core of it all is empowering women. If you could see my sister’s face when she was shopping for what was supposed to be her special day, you would never want anyone to feel that way.
Yukia: We’re in this for the long term. We’re not going back to the cubical life.
TLC had to see this coming. Since it was revealed that Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting admitted to sexually molesting underage girls years ago, four advertisers pulled out of the reality show about a Christian family.
General Mills was the first advertiser to pull its support, followed by retailers Walgreen and Payless ShoeSource as well as hotel chain group Choice Hotels International. Some of the advertisers used Twitter to assure consumers.
“We share your concerns and we have decided to remove our advertising from the show,” said Choice Hotels, which runs Comfort Inn and Econo Lodge chains.
In a tweet Payless said its commercials were “part of a larger buy with TLC,” but that the company is “taking steps to have them removed from future episodes.”
“The network pulled all episodes after In Touch magazine last week published information that Josh Duggar, now 27, had molested several female minors when he was a teen,” reports The New York Daily News. It’s unclear if the show will return to television. TLC is owned by Discovery Communications.
Duggar issued an apology and acknowledged “wrongdoing” 12 years ago. He also quit his job at the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying group. What makes the situation even more scandalous, it seems the abuse involved Duggar’s sisters. It has been reported that “Josh Duggar molested his younger sisters 12 years ago and that his father, Jim Bob, used his connections with local law enforcement to have the matter hushed,” reports Salon. This info will surely not sit well with advertisers.
The Duggars have been on the air since 2008 and ended its most recent season in May. It is among TLC’s most popular shows; the most recent season averaged 3.5 million viewers per episode, though this was down a bit from 3.9 million the previous season, according to Nielsen.
Some of these celebrity kickstarters soared (hello TLC!) while others totally flopped. Click through to see who cashed out!
All images courtesy of WENN, except where noted
Celebrity Kickstarters: 15 Winning and Losing Stars
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!
Good news for TLC fans! The ladies managed to meet their goal of raising $150,000, and did so in just 72 hours. And with 28 days to spare, they will probably surpass $200,000 since they’ve been able to raise $172,319 at the time of this posting.
More than 1,542 people donated their funds to help T-Boz and Chilli raise the money, and while many people who heard about the Kickstarter online tried to clown it, devoted fans (including pop star Katy Perry) were more than happy to help:
“Nothing but love for #demtlcgirls ahhh I’m SO EXCITED! I can barely focus here at work! Love you ladies with all I have! ❤ xoxo #BACKEDbyTLCArmy #TLC2015Takeover #LookWhoRunninThangs #BOOM”
“Awwwwwwwww!!!! I’m SO EXCITED for you!!! I can’t stand it!!! TLC made HISTORY again!!! LOL! Lisa would be jumping up & down acting a fool. She would be happy. This I know. I can’t wait cause I have got to have a vinyl. Xoxoxoxoxo”
“Thank You ladies for letting me be a direct part of this adventure.I have loved you since the beginning.We have been through alot together and I want to tell you both that you are my Superheros.Congratulations, and Keep on Kickin Ass Ladies!”
“I love this!! TLC is forever!!..pledged and done!! woooo!!”
And nobody is more excited than Chilli and T-Boz, who took to Twitter this morning to share the news of their Kickstarter success:
That’s awesome that the ladies were able to do this and will now be able to put out their fifth and final album exactly how they want to. Congrats!
Did you think they would meet their goal?
Remember when we told you yesterday that TLC was doing a Kickstarter to help raise the funds to create their fifth and final album? Remember when everyone thought it was crazy and kind of pathetic coming from a group that is one of the biggest selling girl groups of all time (more than 65 million albums sold worldwide)? Well, folks might have to eat their words, because in less than two days, the group has raised a majority of the $150,000 they need.
According to their Kickstarter page, the group already has 1,134 financial backers who have helped them accumulate $107,399.
So where is all that money going exactly? According to their Kickstarter:
“Every penny we raise during this campaign will go towards MAKING this final album together with you! The initial goal of $150,000 will go towards a writing session in the studio with a producer and engineer. The money beyond that will go to booking music producers, writing sessions, mixing sessions, recording sessions, and SO much more.
We want to work with the best in the business, so the more we raise means access to the best.”
And depending on what folks donate, there are different perks. But for those who were asking yesterday, those who donate at least $15 will get a digital copy of the album when it comes out, on top of an official remix and a list of the group’s favorite TLC tracks. So no, you won’t have to buy the album on top of helping out…but if you donate less than $15, you will still have to buy the album when it’s released.
And according to TMZ, singer Katy Perry doled out a few dollars to help the ladies. She reportedly donated $5,000, which comes with the perk of a slumber party with T-Boz. But Perry won’t be the only one kicking it in her jammies with the singer, because three others (only five are allowed to do the sleepover) dropped $5k.
Nope, TLC “Ain’t Too Proud Beg,” and fans clearly aren’t too stingy to help out.
Apparently, their 2013 biopic was not the final chapter for TLC. The duo recently announced that they are hoping to release a “fifth and final album” and that they are soliciting the help of fans to do so.
By way of a newly rolled out Kickstarter campaign, remaining members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas have asked fans to help them raise $150,000 to finance their final studio album.
“We want to do an album, but we want to do it on our own,” Watkins explained. “Through Kickstarter, with your pledges, we can make that a possibility. There’s no better way than to do this with our fans since they made all of this possible anyway.”
“You guys will be financing our final TLC album,” Thomas added. “How cool is that?”
According to the duo, they’ve already kicked off the creative process for the album and are calling on people who brought them success in the past, such as Kandi Burruss, to assist with pulling the album together.
“While major labels offer artists multimillion dollar recording and marketing budgets, they don’t often give artists complete control of their own music,” the pair explained. “It is ESSENTIAL that we create our final album completely on our own terms, without any restrictions, with YOU.”
As of today, 550 pledgers have already donated $60,732 towards the album. They have 30 days left to gather the rest.
Are you interested in hearing one last album from TLC?
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