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No matter what folks thought of T-Boz and Chilli teaming up with Lil Mama to do a tribute to Left Eye at the American Music Awards, all three of the ladies came back together to perform “No Scrubs” on Dancing With The Stars last night. Note: For all the people who are assuming she’s the new L in TLC, DWTS did say “TLC featuring Lil Mama,” and the women have made clear in the past that they don’t plan to replace Left Eye, so there you have it. For right now, she’s just helping them bring the energy on stage, as the tiny rapper didn’t even sing with the ladies or rap Left Eye’s verse (maybe to avoid criticism), she just helped them execute the classic dance moves. Unfortunately, there was a bit of lip-synching going on, but at least they had good energy and looked pretty good. TLC is of course working hard to promote their greatest hits album 20 and plan to release a new album in 2014 with longtime collaborator Dallas Austin.
When speaking on Sunday night’s performance at the AMAs, Lil Mama had this to say to Billboard:
“It’s a phenomenal experience. The girls tried to help me and prep me to preserve my energy and I ran out of breath. I was like, ‘I hope this doesn’t come across on TV crazy. Their late member, Left Eye, left a legacy and passionate energy that they created through out the years… To be apart of what they’re doing at this time, being that it’s an important time for them, and they asked me to come on board is breathtaking.”
Check out the full performance below (which starts at 4:50 and ends at 7:50) and let us know if you think their second time around performing was “breathtaking,” or at least better than their display at the AMAs.
PETA has added another influential face to its celebrity campaign arsenal by way of TLC’s Chilli. We just received a news release with the photo above which, admittedly, we thought was a joke at first, but after doing more research we found out miss Rozanda Thomas has lent her beautiful face and frame to PETA’s latest “Boycott the Circus” campaign.
In a video on PETA’s website, Chilli explained her motivation for getting involved with the cause:
“There’s so much cruelty behind the scenes, which is something that a lot of people don’t get to see. They’re being mean to [tigers] to make them do this trick .… And I think that everybody needs to be aware of what’s really going on.”
Chilli went on to say, ”If you can raise awareness [for] something that’s important, such as this, then you should, because I know for a fact that I would never want to be in a cage.” We actually do see Chilli in a cage in this ad though, donning nothing but striped body paint. And while the finished product looks a bit odd, the behind-the-scenes video showed a great deal of promise. Plus you can’t be mad at someone using their celebrity for a great cause. In a news release for the campaign, it’s noted:
Circuses deprive tigers of everything that is natural and important to them, including interacting with their families, foraging and hunting for food, and roaming for miles. Tigers used by circuses are locked in small cages and warehoused in traveling boxcars, where they are exposed to extreme heat and freezing-cold weather. These unnatural and stressful conditions lead tigers and other big cats to become ill, despondent, and increasingly agitated, endangering other animals, circus workers, and attendees.
Certainly makes you think twice about buying tickets the next Ringling Brothers or the UniverSoul Circus is in town, huh? Check out a clip of Chilli’s campaign in the video below. What do you think?
One of the last few performances of the night (out of way too many), Chilli and T-Boz took the stage in LA to show the world that they still “got it,” and invited CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story star Lil Mama back on stage with them to perform their classic, “Waterfalls.” The performance was reportedly a tribute to Left Eye (and you could see an image of her displayed in the background at the end of the performance), but it definitely gave Lil Mama the chance to shine on the main stage again, something she hasn’t been able to do for a long time. All in all, I enjoyed it, and always appreciate another opportunity to rap Left Eye’s verse word-for-word like it’s 1995 all over again. Check it out for yourself and I’m sure you’ll do the same (and the slow bankhead bounce too!).
Last week former TLC manager Perri “Pebbles” Reid made an appearance on the Wendy Show, where she accused Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of participating in an affair with now-ex-husband, Antonio L.A. Reid. While we weren’t there and can’t say for sure what really went down, we can say that both Pebbles and L.A. seem to agree that TLC contributed to their marriage’s demise.
“TLC wanted Pebbitone out of their lives and the only way they could get out was to file bankruptcy,” L.A. expressed during a past interview with New York Magazine.
He went on to refer to his wife’s drama with TLC as “one of the breaking points in my marriage.” Apparently his ex-wife shares in those sentiments because she, too, blames issues surrounding TLC for ruining her family. When asked by radio host Frank Ski whether or not she regretted bringing TLC to LaFace Records, Pebbles responded:
“I would not sign them to LaFace because what happened there, in my opinion, was horrific because you tore my family up with this. This tore my family up. Now my G-code kept me quiet, but it was a whole bunch of dirtiness.”
And of course, she continued to defend herself against allegations that she robbed TLC
“How do you take somebody’s money? Even if you think I’m a crook, I don’t have the money bag. Do you really think out of BMG, Arista, CLive Davis…Pebbles has the money bag? We’re at the bottom. Money flows from the top,”she said.
The plot thickens…
Do you think it’s wrong for L.A. and Pebbles to blame TLC for their failed marriage?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Last month TLC experienced a major victory. Their highly anticipated biopic, CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story, performed extremely well, even exceeding expectations in the 18-49 demographic. However, the consequences that seem to linger as a result of the story told in the film has many fans wondering if it was all even worth it. Earlier this week we told you that Sister 2 Sister publisher, Dr. Jamie Foster Brown, hinted that there was a lot more to the TLC story that remaining members T-Boz and Chilli didn’t necessarily want to be told. On top of that, the group’s former manager, Perri “Pebbles” Reid has made it clear that she intends to take legal action against VH1 because she believes that she was falsely portrayed in the film. Now, to make matters worse, word on the street is that the ladies have been dropped from their label at Epic Records.
The rumors begin to circulate after fans noticed that the group was no longer listed on the Epic Records website.
It appears that there are some issues that have arisen between the group and LaFace Records, as another TLC fan account confronted the label’s fan account, which has since been removed, and tweeted a quote from Chilli regarding the rumors.
Fan site Cyber TLC also attempted to explain the rumors.
“After the T-Boz interview we did on CyberTLC World, a vortex opened up in cyberspace and rumors, truths, and confusion began to grow. Was TLC dropped? What will happen to the new album? What label were they even on?” site administrator Chris began.
“From what I understand, TLC was signed to Epic Records for the ‘TLC: 20′ release ONLY. From there, LaFace Records signed them as their FIRST act under the back-from-the-dead record label venture with LA Reid. This is where it gets murky. In talking with multiple people in the TLC camp, there was some sort of conflict of interests with LA Reid, Pebbles, and TLC (probably with the possible lawsuit situation, Ashley Reid’s threat of violence, etc.) According to what I’ve been told, this led to LA Reid not wanting his name associated with the TLC project. They weren’t necessarily ‘dropped,’ but it sounds to me like they’re looking at another record label. Motown by chance? We’ll see,” he continued.
At this point TLC being let go from Epic and LaFace is all pure speculation. But you know what they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Something is definitely up. As with anything else, we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
‘It’s Not Gonna Be The Sweetest Thing For Tionne And Them:’ Jamie Foster Brown Hints That TLC Is About To Be Exposed
Publisher of popular women’s magazine Sister 2 Sister, Dr. Jamie Foster Brown, knows where the bodies are buried. The entrepreneur and media maven has been in the industry for years, which means naturally, she has seen and heard a lot. So it isn’t exactly shocking when she says that there’s a lot more to the TLC story than what was shown in the controversial biopic. The University of Stockholm graduate recently appeared on Sirius XM radio show, Sway in the Morning, where she spilled some tea on Pebbles Reid and the TLC exposé that will appear in the upcoming issue of Sister 2 Sister.
“Pebbles has been quiet for years. She and I have talked for so long and she’s held so much in. In fact, when this biopic just came out, she called me and she was livid. [She was like], ‘Nobody really knows, I’ve kept this quiet for twenty years and I’ve been the bad guy for twenty years.’ But it was her daughter, Ashley, who called and said, ‘Well, you know mom only had a production deal.’ So when they have a production deal, they only get like sixteen cents off the dollar. Then, you gotta split that four ways with the artist. The record company is that one that gets all of the money. That was of course, L.A. Reid and Clive Davis. So the bulk of the money went to them, ” Dr. Foster Brown explained.
The media maven went on to say that she’s not sure why Pebbles never defended herself against TLC’s accusations.
“I don’t know understand why Pebbles has really allowed people to dog her down like that for all of these years,” she continued.
Jamie added that Pebbles will be telling the whole story in an upcoming issue of Sister 2 Sister.
“In the next issue she talks about it. She talks about it, Left Eye’s uncle talks about it. I mean, we got everybody in there talking about what happened during that time—in the issue that I’m putting out next.”
As for whether or not all of the drama will tarnish TLC’s legacy, Jamie hinted that some of the things that are about to be exposed about the girls will be pretty troubling.
“Not really, when you listen to the music. When I was watching the show I was like, ‘Oh my God, I forgot they had that hit and that hit!’ I think the music will live forever. It’s not gonna be the sweetest thing for Tionne and them because there’s other stuff that’s coming out on those girls. It’s just a lot that happened during that time, especially Left Eye’s family. They’re very upset about how she was portrayed in that film,” Jamie said.
Though she didn’t go into detail about everything that is about to be exposed, she did seem to imply that T-Boz and Chilli mistreated Left Eye.
“Left Eye called me, I remember, I was in France. It was 1 o’clock in the morning. I was in Paris and the phone rings. It’s my staff and they say, ‘Left Eye is on the phone. She doesn’t care where you are. She needs to talk to you right now because she’s really upset about what the girls are saying about her and what she’s doing and she needs to talk to you now!’ I had to take a lot of time with Left Eye and when she passed, everybody was telling the mother, ‘Oh my God, we’ll take care of you. Don’t worry.’ She didn’t hear from anybody.”
“The mother was so devastated. I was with Tom Joyner as that time, so I booked a cruise for her and her husband. You know, she’s married to T-Boz’s uncle. Then, after the documentary came out, I had to book them on another cruise. She was devastated. She put Left Eye’s assistant Stephanie with me when Left Eye died and said, ‘I need for Stephanie to be with you to help you.’ So I knew a lot that was going on.”
It looks like the TLC controversy won’t be dying down anytime soon.
Turn the page to watch Jamie’s interview. Thoughts?
There’s no defending when artists are cheated because they didn’t know better and signed a terrible deal but according to Kandi Burruss, that’s just the way things were in those days (and more often than not, the way it is today).
In speaking with HipHollywood, Kandi discussed whether or not she and the other members of Xscape received a bad deal when they first entered the music industry. Kandi responded with, “Our deal sucked. I think we had the same amount of points. For a lot of people, that was the same.
She continued by saying, “In my mind, no one is gonna just spend all this money and you haven’t proven yourself.”
Many people would actually agree with Kandi’s points. While we don’t know exactly what happened between Pebbles and TLC (though they’ve been telling the same story for 20 years and Pebbles is just start to deny that she did anything wrong), Kandi believes that the biggest problem was renegotiation:
“…It was all about being able to renegotiate on your second time around or third time around. I think that’s probably where the problem was with them because their situation, they weren’t able to renegotiate.”
Kandi Burruss says that in the end it worked out for them because TLC is making millions now and it all started from their issues with Pebbles.
That’s definitely an interesting point of view. Kandi is really well-versed on the inner workings of the music industry so even though this particular situation with TLC has nothing to do with her, she might have a more balanced perception.
I’m sure we’ll hear more artists speaking out if the situation between TLC and Pebbles isn’t rectified soon.
So basically, the drama will never end. You heard Pebbles say in her interview with Wendy Williams yesterday that she has plans to write a book, and most likely, will sue VH1 for CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story. And if that wasn’t enough, she basically tried to affirm rumors that Chilli had an affair with her then-husband, LA Reid. It was all kinds of messy, and you know T-Boz and Chilli weren’t going to let all that slide. But instead of calling anyone for an interview or getting into a back and forth with Pebbles’ always reckless and ready daughter Ashley, the women took to Twitter to call Pebbles out. If you’ll recall, she is a Christian minister these days, and even released a gospel album in 2008. But I guess to the ladies of TLC, all that shade throwing and talk of affairs and catching cases back in the day was anything but holy, holy, holy. Both women shared this same message on their Twitter accounts after the interview yesterday:
The ladies also put out a statement saying the following:
“No member of TLC ever slept with or had sexual contact with LA Reid as Perri falsely accused Chilli of on “The Wendy Williams Show.” In fact, Perri had falsely alleged the same thing happened with Tionne.”
Tionne also went on to say in the statement, “I would like to confirm that Perri Reid was the only person who ever suggested that Chilli leave TLC. Neither Lisa nor I ever wanted or suggested that.”
And there you have it folks. Hopefully this won’t create any more back and forths, because at this point, we get it (and actually got it years ago): Pebbles is a bit on the shady side. TLC can go and make music, and Pebbles can go write her book and make money off them (again), and they can all move on. On a side note, Lil Mama spoke to HipHopHollywood at the Soul Train Awards and said that with the messy feud refueling, she says, “I hope that in this time that the girls and Pebbles can find some type of understanding.” But as below the belt as these insults and threats and hits are getting, I doubt that will happen.
What do you make of their response?
“Jus Cuz I Don’t Say Much Doesn’t Mean I Can’t Take Care Of Myself” Chilli Responds To Pebbles’ Daughter
Earlier this week we told you about the messy, messy interview Pebbles’ daughter, Ashley Reid conducted. During the 30 something minute sit down, in an attempt to defend her mother, she called T-Boz and Chilli liars, said they needed to take responsibility for filing bankruptcy and even claimed, rather crassly, that Chilli had an affair with her father L.A. Reid. Forget whether or not her claims were true or false, the whole thing was deplorable and she literally looked every bit of crazy while doing it.
And though she was messy in her approach, Chilli responds with the class a woman of her age should have at this point in life. She didn’t attempt to mention Ashley on Twitter instead she just responded to fans who inquired about her reaction. See what she had to say in the screenshots below.
Ain’t that the truth. I don’t know what Ashley hoped to accomplish with all of this but something tells me she underestimated the TLC fanbase and just how tactless she was going appear.
Chilli’s response was not the juiciest but it was certainly appropriate. It’s what I would expect from a woman of her age and experience in this industry. She let all parties know that she ain’t no punk but didn’t wallow in the mire. No sense in going back and forth or even Twitter beefing with someone so child-like.
What do you think of Chilli’s response?
Pebbles Refutes Allegations She’s Suing Left Eye’s Estate: ‘I Ask That We Give Her Soul Rest And Peace’
A few days after the debut of VH1′s TLC biopic, an awful rumor began circulating that the group’s former manager, Perri “Pebbles” Reid, is suing late rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes for money that was allegedly owed to her at the time of Lisa’s death. It’s unclear exactly where the rumors started, but Pebbles recently issued a statement denying the rumors via her Twitter page.
— Pebbles (@pebbles2day) November 1, 2013
“In love memory of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes—my heart grieves that she’s been pulled into a situation that she is unable to defend,” the statement begins.
” I ask that we give her soul rest and peace. In regards to this entire situation, I have the deepest respect for her and her family,” she continues.
The former music industry exec., who has been accused multiple times of financially taking advantage of TLC, went on to deny rumors that she’s suing Left Eye.
“The rumors circulating that I am currently suing the estate of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. This is FALSE. The rumors are fictitious and fallacious. I want to express my sincere appreciation to you and solicit your continued prayers,” she finally concludes.
We have to admit, this was a pretty icky rumor.