Drew Sidora, Keke Palmer, and Lil Mama form the group TLC in the first official photo from VH1′s “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story.” The young ladies step into the trio’s big shoes in the upcoming TV movie centered around the legendary R&B group.
Sidora plays Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Palmer is Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and Lil Mama channels the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a look inspired by the cover of TLC’s 1992 debut Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip.
The two surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the biopic, which was shot in Atlanta and is set to premiere in November.
As one of the best-selling female groups of all time, TLC has amassed millions of fans including Drake. And it turns out that Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is also an admirer of the Young Money rapper.
“I think Drake is awesome. He’s so talented. He’s one of the special ones,” T-Boz, one third of the iconic R&B trio, told Rap-Up TV.
Drizzy has never been shy about showing his love to T-Boz, Chilli, and Left Eye. He sported a “FanMail” T-shirt during rehearsals for the VMAs and even covered the group’s song “FanMail” on 2010’s “I Get Lonely Too.”
“It’s an honor when someone appreciates your work and they do something, so I don’t trip on stuff like that. I think it’s a compliment actually,” said T-Boz of Drake’s remake.
Drizzy recently bought a TLC T-shirt (“Protection Is the Priority”) off eBay and had T-Boz and Chilli sign it.
Now October’s Very Own is linking up with TLC’s very own. T-Boz plans to hit the studio with Drake and his producer Noah “40″ Shebib in the coming days to record some new music. “I think he would write perfect for my tone because he sings in that register that I sing in,” she said.
T-Boz, who has long battled sickle-cell anemia, recently released her single “Champion” to iTunes. The star of TLC’s “Totally T-Boz” dedicates the empowering track to children with the disease, but it has a broader message.
“It really goes out to anybody who has overcome any challenge in their life, whether it’s sports, cancer, whatever,” she explained.
As her four-part reality show “Totally T-Boz” comes to a close, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins debuts her empowering song “Champion.” The TLC alum provides words of encouragement (“Any war you can win if you stay strong/ Baby, you’re a champion”) as she sings in her raspy voice.
Proceeds from the sale of the single, which is now available on iTunes, will benefit sickle cell and leukemia foundations.
Aside from her solo ventures, T-Boz is planning to release new music with Chilli to celebrate TLC’s 20th anniversary. “We will do two new songs and remix some of the older hits,” she told Anderson Cooper on his daytime show. “Use it as a twenty-year anniversary. Twenty years, two decades.”
In advance of the January 1 premiere of her docu-series “Totally T-Boz,” Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins stopped by KTLA to speak about facing death, battling a brain tumor and sickle-cell anemia, and getting her career back on track.
The 42-year-old TLC member had to undergo a 7-hour surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor, but she wasn’t afraid. “In my life, God has the last say-so,” said T-Boz. “I was the calmest I have ever been in my life that morning. I didn’t feel anything, but that was my prayer.”
Following the surgery, she underwent three years of physical therapy and learned to regain her sight, speech, and balance. “As soon as I got my speech right, I started singing again, straight to the studio.”
The TLC show, which documents her personal and professional life, will be relatable. “It’s just about real life and having fun, that chick you wanna chill with at home, but by the way, this is what’s going on in my life.”