Video: J. Cole f/ TLC – ‘Crooked Smile’

J. Cole

J. Cole sends a powerful message against the war on drugs in the short film for “Crooked Smile,” the TLC-assisted single off his sophomore album Born Sinner. A family gathering turns tragic in the cinematic clip, which was inspired by Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a Detroit drug raid in 2010.

Cole plays the young girl’s big brother. His parents and sister come over to celebrate her birthday, but cops end up raiding the house at night, arresting Cole for drugs and shooting the innocent girl.

Meanwhile, one of the police officers is shown in similar scenes with his daughter, who happens to be Cole’s sister’s classmate. Despite their different backgrounds, they’re more similar than they thought.

The National Anthem plays in the background while an emotional Cole looks through the back seat of a cop car as his sister’s body is carried out.

He dedicates the somber clip to Stanley-Jones with a message: “And please reconsider your war on drugs.”

See the stirring visuals below.

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VH1 Debuts New Trailer for ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’

Drew Sidora, Left Eye, and KeKe Palmer

TLC continued their comeback campaign at Sunday’s VMAs. In anticipation of their upcoming album, Chilli and T-Boz walked the red carpet and introduced Drake’s performance.

During the commercials, VH1 aired a new trailer for the upcoming TLC biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. Lil Mama, KeKe Palmer, and Drew Sidora bear an uncanny resemblance to Left Eye, Chilli, and T-Boz in the scripted film, which premieres October 21 at 9 p.m.

In the 30-second spot, the actresses recreate famous moments from the trio’s life and career including their Grammy wins, relationship drama, and even burning down a house (as Left Eye did in 1994).

“This is how a group can sell 10 million albums and be broke,” says Lil Mama, who plays Left Eye.

Watch the promo below and get excited for TLC’s return.

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TLC Pay Tribute to Left Eye, Bring Out Lil Mama at Mixtape Festival

Lil Mama, Chilli, and T-Boz

TLC launched their big comeback with a performance at the Mixtape Festival 2013. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas reunited onstage for their first U.S. performance in years in Hershey, PA on Saturday.

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TLC Readies New Album for October, Taps Lil Mama for Reunion Performance

Lil Mama, Chilli, and T-Boz

TLC is gearing up for an Epic comeback. In addition to their VH1 biopic and reunion performance, the multi-platinum R&B group has announced details surrounding their new album.

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First Look: VH1’s Original Movie ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’


Over 20 years after making their debut with Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, VH1 is bringing the best-selling female R&B group to the screen in the made-for-TV movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.

Lil Mama, KeKe Palmer, and Drew Sidora transform into Left Eye, Chilli, and T-Boz in the scripted film, which chronicles the trio’s rise to fame, their struggles, and the music, which sold 65 million records worldwide.

In the first teaser, the cast recreates the videos for TLC’s hits “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs,” and their resemblance to the original members is uncanny.

Surviving members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas serve as executive producers of the biopic, which will air on October 21.

Get a first look at the girls as TLC below.

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TLC Reunites with L.A. Reid, Teases Surprise Announcement

T-Boz and Chilli

Over 20 years after making their debut, TLC is plotting a comeback. The best-selling R&B group is planning to make a big announcement next week that includes a new album and a surprise.

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TLC Receives Legend Award, Performs Medley at MTV Video Music Awards Japan


MTV celebrated the legacy of TLC at their international Video Music Awards in Japan over the weekend. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas were on hand to accept the “Legend Award,” which has only been given to Michael Jackson in the past.

“We’d just like to thank all of our fans and anybody who’s had a hand in our career,” said T-Boz. “We’ve had 20 years and we’re still going and we’re so blessed to be here and get this award.”

She also thanked her daughter Chase, Chilli’s son Tron, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. “Three girls, three dreams, and we did it,” she said.

Left Eye’s mother and sister were in attendance. “Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes is our sister. She lives on forever in this group, TLC,” said Chilli. “I want to give a shout-out to her family that came here to support us. I know she’s smiling right now. I know she has a hand in us continuing on and she’s missed, but she’s never forgotten.”

The duo performed an energetic dance medley of their greatest hits including “Silly Ho,” “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” “What About Your Friends,” “Baby-Baby-Baby,” “Diggin’ on You,” “Unpretty,” “No Scrubs,” and “Waterfalls.”

TLC will make its U.S. return at the Mixtape Festival on July 27 in Hershey, PA. They are also working on a new album and the made-for-TV movie “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” set to air on VH1 in November.

Reminisce on their history of hits with the performance below.

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