In honour of Hip Hop Star T-Boz 50th Birthday which was yesterday 27th of April, we will be taking you through her journey over the years as a Pioneer in the Entertainment Industry.
T-boz needs no introduction, you might know her from the days of TLC .
Given the name Tionne Tenese Watkins but is better known by the stage name, T-Boz, is an American actress, author, singer, songwriter, and an excellent executive producer.
She was born in Des Moines, Iowa and rose to popularity in the 1990s when she was a member of girl group by the name TLC.
The controversial R&B group TLC has scored numerous Grammys, won multiple music video awards, and was the first all girl band to have an album certified diamond.
It was originally formed in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
For most of their career, the group consisted of singers Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chili” Thomas, and rapper/songwriter Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes.
The group disbanded in 2003, following Lopes’ death the previous year, but reunited as a duo in 2008.
The group has released four studio albums – “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip” (1992),
“CrazySexyCool” (1994), “FanMail” (1999), and “3D” (2002) – and are the second-best selling all-female group of all time (only the Spice Girls have sold more albums).
With block buster hit songs like No Scrub, Waterfalls, Creep, Unpretty, Red Light Special and etc.
In addition to her work with TLC, T-Boz recorded solo singles, including: “Touch Myself” (For the soundtrack of the 1996 film Fled) and “My Getaway” (for the soundtrack to the 2000 film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie).
She has been a featured vocalist on such songs as: “Ghetto Love” with Da Brat, “Changes” with Society of Soul, “He Say She Say” with Keith Sweat, “Different Times” with Raphael Saadiq and “Be Somebody” with Paula Cole.
On January 22, 2013, Watkins released her first solo single in over 15 years titled “Champion”.
The song was released digitally, and proceeds went to help raise awareness for people suffering from blood conditions such as Sickle Cell.
September 6, 2017, T-Boz released her latest single digitally from her audiobook “A Sick Life” titled “Dreams.”
As a child, T-Boz was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia.
Since the age of seven, she has been in and out of the hospital due to the painful condition.
T-Boz opened up to the public about the disease in 1996, she later became one of the spokespersons for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
In 2002, she was hospitalized for four months due to a flare-up of sickle-cell anemia.
She is a national co-chair of the progressive organization Health Care Voter.
On August 19, 2000, T-Boz married rapper Mack 10.
The couple’s daughter, Chase Anela Rolison, was “prematurely” born a few months later on October 20, 2000.
In June 2004, she filed for divorce, and requested a restraining order against Mack 10.
In 2012, T-Boz moved with Chase from Atlanta to Los Angeles, California, in order for Chase to be closer to her father.
T-Boz has gone ahead to win four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC!