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Babies born in the late 80s, and a few years after, had the the pleasure of being raised in the magical time known as the ’90s. It was the decade that had the most official R&B music, the freshest (or at least most interesting?) gear, the most crucial dance moves, and the most in-your-face technological advances (who wasn’t walking around with a Walkman and thick CD case?). It was the decade that popularized pagers, floppy disks, finger waves, and tape decks. You better recognize. Here are things you knew about if you grew up in the 90s.
The Girl Group At Its Prime
It was the decade when girl groups stopped playing nice, grew up and started to get fed up with lame a** men. They stopped singing their praises and ballads of longing, and they started having frank conversations about sex, relationships and life. These women switched the game up, and girl groups have been venting their frustrations ever since (See: “No Scrubs” and “Waterfall” by TLC; “Bug-a-boo” by Destiny’s Child; “Let’s Talk About Sex” and “None of Your Business” by Salt-n-Pepa ft. Spinderella).
“She’s too young!” critics shouted. “She looks nothing like her!” the Twittersphere yelled. “She ain’t black enough!” others shrieked.
Zendaya, once poised to play the Princess of R&B in a Lifetime biopic, buckled under pressure after a social media blitzkrieg of “You can’t play Aaliyah!”
If there’s ever a time to emerge as a shining star, it’s when everyone underestimates your capabilities — then wham! Hit ‘em with a stand-out performance. Unfortunately for Zendaya Coleman, she missed that chance — the chance pull a Lil Mama (à la Left Eye in the TLC biopic) and knock that Aaliyah performance out the park.
Where did it all go wrong? She was, at one point, elated about the new Lifetime project. “I was really, really psyched to hear the news,” she said on 106 & Park. “I love [Aaliyah] so much. She’s influenced so much of what I’ve done so far.”
The internet, though, didn’t share in her excitement – at all. Twitter disintegrated any bit of confidence Zendaya had to take on the daunting Aaliyah role:
“Zendaya is still an amateur Disney Channel actress. Can’t believe they cast her as Aaliyah,” one said.
“Zendaya is too light to play Aaliyah, tbh,” another tweeted.
“Half Black is just enough. It doesn’t matter what color you are, it’s about how you portray the character,” Zendaya said, responding to the bitter backlash.
Though Zendaya’s statement exhibited moxie, she backed out of the role anyway. Bad move! And I’ll tell you why. Instead of allowing herself to be warped by all the negativity, Zendaya should have used her haters as free promotion. “Thank you for getting my name trending on Twitter,” she should have said. “News about my film is now spreading like wildfire!”
Take Lil Mama for example, one-third of the CrazySexyCool TLC biopic cast. Almost everyone doubted her. “What do you mean the ‘Lipgloss’ rapper chick is gonna play Left Eye?!” But Lil Mama whooped her detractors’ butts with her acting chops. What do her critics have to say about her now? Crickets! And Keke Palmer, who didn’t seem to have enough Chilli-esque baby hairs for people’s liking, also received praise after protest.
“I’ll never forget how I was unmercifully dragged when I was casted to play Chili lmao! Now, that’s all I hear I look like!” Palmer said.
Could you imagine if Lil Mama and Palmer heeded the social media wolf pack and opted out of the TLC biopic? They would have missed an opportunity of a lifetime! Instead, they redirected their frustrated, embittered energy into focus and dedication. They proved to viewers, once and for all, that they can portray a seamless depiction of Left Eye and Chilli. The harshest critics ended up eating their words…
But why couldn’t Zendaya do the same?
What Zendaya fails to realize is that where there is controversy, there is passion. And where there is passion, there is a large audience. Yes, people have scathingly mean opinions, but in turn, all this hullabaloo will materialize into a massive number of viewers (TLC reeled in 4.5 million!).
Let’s be honest. Skeptics and fans alike will flock to watch the Lifetime premiere of Aaliyah: Princess of R&B – not Zendaya’s next Disney Channel original film. And that’s the truth. Ms. Coleman, unfortunately, threw in the towel and missed a pivotal role in her acting career. And this is a lesson not only for Zendaya, but for all us – never let anyone, especially social network nobodies, determine your own aptitude for greatness.
While Zendaya has relieved herself of the encumbrance of the Aaliyah role, she must face a new reality: It’ll be hard to just “dust yourself off and try again.” Promising roles such as an Aaliyah biopic don’t come by very often…
The family had issues with the movie, but she could’ve let Lifetime handle that. In order to progress in your career, you need to challenge yourself. If you never “Rock the Boat,” how can you ever be “At Your Best”?
These days it seems like everyone is coming out with a biopic. Whether a political figure, entertainer or important person, there’s no getting away from actors taking on their character. Take 12 Years a Slave for example. It followed the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man sold into slavery. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o, the film grossed $187.7 million worldwide and won three Academy Awards including Best Picture. It was a successful biopic. Here are 10 other films that resonated with us and ones that were so-so in their delivery. Do you have a favorite?
Last week we told you about the drama between TLC and Rihanna. It seemed that during an Australian interview, TLC made some disparaging comments about Rihanna’s dress. And though we told you that T-Boz denied ever speaking about Rihanna specifically, the ladies wanted to clear the air and let the world know how their words were taken out of context, the reason they took that topless picture and how grown women in the industry and outside of it should be able to hash out their issues in conversation instead of petty name calling on Twitter.
Check out the highlights from their interview with these excerpts and then watch the full thing in the video below.
T-Boz: Someone asked a question. Have we seen Rihanna’s outfit and we said no because we’re over here touring and I didn’t know there was an award show and I didn’t know what she wore.
We never mentioned any artist’s name. And the unfortunate part is we were giving a positive message to little girls. We were saying that it’s cool if you don’t want to wear clothes. You can do what you want we don’t care. We were talking to the little girls who want to be on television or be singers, even like reality shows. You don’t have to feel forced. And they even took my comment, a spade is a spade out of context to get a good story. I was talking about television shows. And this every time we see “you,” you’re naked and then they put her picture up. C’mon man. How can I talk about something I didn’t even see or care about.
Chilli: When we’re talking about people not wearing clothes or being maked or whatever that’s a whole lot of people. And I said this, if that’s their thing and they feel comfortable doing that then whatever, that works for them but you don’t have to go that route if you don’t want to. We don’t want people to think that that’s what you have to do.
T-Boz I’ve worked in the studio with a lot of young girls and they’ll go ‘oh the label is telling me to take off my clothes and I don’t feel comfortable.’ Well if you don’t feel comfortable, don’t do it.
Chilli: What is not cool is if we have a problem with an artist or if an artist has a problem with us, come to us directly. Talk to us. Don’t start a Twitter war and all that kind of stuff. That’s silly.
About that topless picture
T-Boz The one picture in 22 years of our whole career. The one picture and it was for breast cancer awareness. That’s why we did it.
Chilli: For us if we do something like that, there is a reason behind it. It’s not just because we just feel so comfortable and this is what we’re doing and it’s just for nothing or to get attention.
Be a woman about yours
T-Boz: Can I just lastly say this whole conversation had nothing to do with her anyway. It was never about her at all, none whatsoever.The thing that is saddening to me about our youth today, is that when you think you’re riding for an artist and you start threatening lives and threatening our kids man c’mon man, y’all taking it too far. Don’t nobody care. And we never backtracked on what we said, if we said it, we’ll say we said it. I don’t have a problem. Ain’t nobody gone spank us. So how I’m going to get in trouble? What’s going to happen? Nothing? Ok so exactly. So if you have a problem and you’re in this business holler at us. We’re grown women.
Chilli: We’re women and we can conversate like that if you have an issue.
Initially, I was saying that TLC appeared a little hypocritical for posing topless and then throwing daggers at Rihanna but this interview clears it up for me. They made the right statement telling little girls they don’t have to strip to make it in this industry but can if they so choose. It’s sad that the news outlet intentionally chopped and screwed their comments trying to make them appear to be instigators. The most valid point to me though was the fact that Rihanna should have been able to come to them instead of jumping on Twitter with twisted facial expressions and calling people thots etc. Clearly, she was going off of the same information we all received but it was fake and a call to TLC or their rep would have cleared all of that up pretty quickly. But we all know Rih Rih and her Navy are infamously known for taking it too far.
You can watch TLC’s full interview in the video below and tell us what you think.
“Phuck What An Old Thot Got To Say”: Rihanna Responds To TLC’s Criticism of Her Dress, T-Boz Clarifies
People are still talking about Rihanna’s dress from Monday at the CFDA dress. Including TLC. In an interview with Entertainment Wise, T-Boz and Chilli slammed the outfit saying “Every time I see you, you don’t have to be naked. It’s easy to sell sex.”
And T-Boz said that it may seem like they’re jealous because of their age but they say that’s not why they’re pointing it out. “It’s hard for us to say anything because any time we do, they say ‘Oh TLC must be jealous’ but I call a spade a spade.”
But Chilli said they’re happy to have achieved so much success all while keeping their clothes on.
“We became the biggest girl selling group of all time with our clothes on and that says a lot. We could go around too with booby cakes [breasts] out all day long.”
Rihanna took to her Twitter page to respond. And you know she’s quick with the pictures.
And there was more.
What’s better than a musical powerhouse taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans? Two musical powerhouses taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans. It is all too rare an occurrence that singers join forces for an epic concert experience for the fans that adore them. But the union of Mr. and Mrs. Carter “On the Run” together has given us renewed hope that there are years of superstar-duo tours in our future. Here are the musical duets we would love to see.
Over the weekend we told you Perri “Pebbles” Reid filed a $40 million lawsuit against Viacom over TLC biopic, “Crazy, Sexy, Cool,” which aired last October. As you probably recall, the former music industry executive was outraged over her portrayal in the film and argued that many parts of the movie were fabricated.
“The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me,” she said in an October statement. “Please know that I have never cheated or mislead anyone. I will defend my reputation, accomplishments, and character. My attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes about me from VH1.”
While it was said that she had plans to sue the group and Viacom, six months later, we’re only hearing about a lawsuit against Viacom. Group member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas says it’s because she has no reason to sue TLC.
“Pebbles couldn’t sue us because we didn’t lie,” Chilli recently told Bossip. “When people talk about lawsuits and then it kind of dies out, you’re like oh, okay. Either they forget it or you settled or something, or they’re okay with people believing what they say is not true, or they had no case. And in that case, she ain’t had no case.”
The mom and former reality star also discussed what she would’ve done differently if she were presented with the chance to do it all over.
“We probably would’ve had those same contracts in the beginning, but we would have renegotiated sooner and got different lawyers. Then that way, it wouldn’t have taken us to get to the third album before you really start seeing profit and that kind of stuff, you know.”
Watch Chilli’s interview below.
Today we found out Pebbles was serious about suing Viacom over “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story.” Page Six is reporting that the R&B group’s former manager just slapped the mass media company with a $40 million lawsuit over the TLC biopic which aired on VH1 in October, claiming that the movie portrays her “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.”
Mmmm that sounds about right.
In case you don’t remember all the details of TLC’s story, what it basically boiled down to was Chilli, T-Boz, and Left Eye got a bum deal, were rewarded for their hard work and major earnings with Rav 4s, and shared the same lawyers and accountants as their manager Pebbles which means any attempts to check their financials and get the money they deserved were halted — all of which resulted in the ladies filing bankruptcy after selling 11 million copies of “Crazy, Sexy, Cool” alone.
Pebbles, of course, claims none of this is true, saying she never controlled TLC’s lawyers or accountants, never withheld their contract terms from them, and always paid them what they were owed — perhaps what she thought they were owed. Consequently, she says Viacom ““ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice.”
As for Viacom’s response, a spokesperson told Page Six: “It’s our policy not to comment on matters in litigation.”
Do you think Pebbles will see a dime from this lawsuit? Should she?
Today marks the 12 anniversary of a legend’s death that shocked the world of pop culture and fans of iconic girl group, TLC. But as MadameNoire and fans mourn the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, we also celebrate her legacy with her biggest pop culture moments, which made her the heart (and crazy!) of the group. The L is in the middle after all!
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.