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T-BOZ talks TLC, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes & more during ATL ‘Sick Life’ Book Signing [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Grammy-winning singer, actress, reality star and advocate Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins stopped through Atlanta this week as part of the promotional tour of her new book, A Sick Life: TLC and Me – Stories from On and Off the Stage.

The memoire chronicles her meteoric rise to superstardom in the early 90s as a member of one of the best-selling girl groups of all time—TLC. It also gives readers and fans a behind-the-scenes account of her personal struggle with sickle-cell disease and how it has impacted her life and musical career throughout the years.

Watkins participated in a very intimate conversation with former LaFace Records marketing executive and good friend Shanti Das.  She worked very closely with label founders—L.A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds—on developing promotional campaigns for the group as well as Usher, Outkast and Toni Braxton during their formative years. Das even traveled with TLC during their hugely successful “CrazySexyCool Tour” in 1995.  The event took place at the Woodruff Art Center’s Rich Auditorium and was packed with TLC fans and music enthusiasts.

Check out a few highlights below:

On creating dance moves for the songs “Creep” and “Waterfalls”

“It started when Devyne Stephens told me what a real choreographer was. He said it’s not a person that learns a dance and teaches it to others but it’s a person who creates a dance and makes the world follow. So that’s how I came up with dances for ‘Creep,’ ‘What about your Friends’ and ‘Waterfalls.'”

On the impact of her song“Unpretty”

“I happen to be watching Ricki Lake and there was a segment about how women were being disrespected by their men. So I was like, I’m going to create a word and write a poem and it’s gonna be called Unpretty because society has a way of making us all feel like we’re not going enough to fit in.  I felt like we’ve all been through some stuff and we can all relate to that song. I just didn’t realize the impact it would really have and how big the song would really be.”

On having a premonition about Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ death

“I was on my way to a birthday party in my Porsche when I told my security, Dave, that I needed him to take me all the way back home. I felt like I was going to be in an wreck and if I got in a wreck with my Hummer, it wouldn’t kill me but they would smash up this Porsche. So I made him drive an hour and a half back home to switch out my car and that was exactly the moment that she [Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes] had died. Crazy right?

Check out more photos below and click here to get your copy of her book:

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Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Shanti Das 

T-Boz signed books following the conversation

T-Boz greeted fans all the way from London, England

T-Boz signing the book of Ian Burke, who helped discovered the group TLC

TLC fan Shanterrie Martin holding her copy of Sick Life

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T-Boz to Executive Produce Teen Musical ‘What About Your Friends?’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is gearing up to executive produce a new teenage musical based on her group’s classic R&B hit, “What About Your Friends?”

According to S&A, the multi Grammy winning-entertainer is teaming up with media personality and reality show producer Carlton Jordan for a new story about what happens when a talent contest comes to a small Southern town. The film is currently being developed and will be released through Watkins newly formed production company, ATLA.

“WAYF is a film where young black girls can see themselves as more than just a side kick or the best friend but all types of characters on the spectrum, existing in a world together,” Jordan says. “This film is #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlsRock personified… Everyone’s celebrating hip hop nostalgia… but this film is one big homage to R&B and the divas that created a new sound from the late 80’s to the early 2000s.”

This will be Watkins third try at executive producing a film having already served as one on “ATL” and “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.”

Stay tuned…

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New Edition, Babyface, TLC & more rock ‘Funk Fest’ Stage [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had a blast on Saturday afternoon covering the second day of Pepsi’s Funk Fest. The lineup consisted of 90’s heartthrob and Babyface protégé Jon B., award winning-girl groups SWV and TLC, hip-hop maverick Master P, Grammy winning-singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and R&B icons New Edition.

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Jon B. kicked things off around 4 p.m. and took fans down memory lane with such popular ballads as “Someone to Love,” “They Don’t Know” and “Pretty Girl.” He joked with the fans that he was singing “R&B long before Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake made it popular.” He was also really excited to be back in the recording studio and is currently working on a new album titled Mr. Goodnight with Grammy winning-producer, Warren Campbell.

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SWV – Sisters With Voices

Following Jon B. was “Sisters with Voices” better known as SWV. LeLee, Coko and Taj looked amazing and sounded great too as they took to the stage. Their short but powerful set included their new single “Man Crush” as well as their now classic tunes “So Into You,” “Anything,” and crowd favorite, “Weak.”

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Master P

New Orleans rap mogul and entrepreneur Master P performed a medley of his hits and dedicated his show to his incarcerated brother C-Murder and the late Atlanta rapper  Bankroll Fresh, who was murdered outside of a studio in March. The former DWTS contestant thanked the audience and his fans for over 20 years of supporting him and and his “No Limit” family.

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TLC

TLC still holds the record as the best-selling American girl group of all time and the ladies proved it during last night’s show. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas performed all of their hits including “What About Your Friends,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Baby, Baby, Baby,” “Diggin on You,” “Red Light Special,” “Creep,” “Unpretty” and “No Scrubs.” The ladies were accompanied by an amazing group of background dancers and DJ. Their rendition of “Waterfalls” was dedicated to the memory of their third member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in 2002. The song, which tackles this issues of promiscuity, drug use and HIV/AIDS, was said to have been her personal favorite.

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Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds

11-time Grammy winning-singer and songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds electrified the stage during his hour-long set with a medley of hits like “For the Cool in You,” “Everytime I Close My Eyes,” “Soon As I Get Home,” “Never Keeping Secrets,” “Whip Appeal,” and “Two Occassions.”  But it was the later part of his performance that really brought the crowd to their feet.  He sang snippets of at least 15 different songs from artists he had written for including Johnny Gill‘s “My, My, My,” Tevin Campbell‘s “Can We Talk,” and Bobby Brown‘s “Don’t Be Cruel.”  He closed out the show with a rousing performance of BoyzIIMen‘s “End of the Road,” in which he took off his jacket, unbuttoned his shirt, jumped off stage and ran into the audience. It was a move that many of us didn’t see coming but it turned out to be a real crowd pleaser.

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New Edition

The night ended with a power-packed show from R&B legends “New Edition.” Due to time constraints the group turned what would have been a 90-minute set into 40 minutes. Literally, these guys sang and dance to hit after hit after hit including “Popcorn Love,” “Candy Girl,” “Is this the end,” “Mr. Telephone Man,” “My Secret,” “Count Me Out” and “If It Isn’t Love.” They also performed their latest single, “This One’s For Me and You,” which appears on Johnny Gill‘s current album, Game Changer. The group is also be the subject of a new television movie based on their lives and careers for BET titled “New Edition: The Movie.” It airs in 2017 and features R&B heartthrob Luke James and “Empire” star Bryshere Y. Gray.

Take a look at more photos below:

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Jon B. taking photos at the media tent

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Master P with his son on stage

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 Master P dedicated his performance to Bank Roll Fresh 

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Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins 

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Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas

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Actor Daryl “Chill” Mitchell

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Babyface 

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“Married to Medicine” star Lisa Nicole Cloud spotted backstage

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Ralph Tresvant

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Johnny Gill 

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Ricky Bell

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Ronnie DeVoe

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Michael Bivins 

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TLC’S Chilli teams up with Macy’s for #GoYou and more! [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

TLC’s Chilli recently helped fans get in shape by participating in Macy’s #GoYou health and wellness initiative. The event took place at Atlanta’s famed Lenox Square Mall and featured two workout sessions led by the iconic Grammy-winning singer. Participants got a chance to sweat it out to her new dance single, “Body” and her new Beachbody video featuring “Mr. Insanity” Shaun T. For Chilli, a consistent exercise regiment is just one of the ways she maintains her amazing figure.

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“I want people to know that exercising doesn’t always equal work. I think when people think about exercising they think it’s going to be hard work. There’s so many different ways to work out. Like, I am not a jogger. I can’t do it. (LOL) You would think that I can but I am telling you I can’t do it. So you have to find something that speaks to you. For some people it’s spin and for others it’s weight training or dancing. But whatever it is, stick to it,” says Chilli.

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The pint-sized singer also stressed the importance of “clean eating” and the numerous benefits it offers.  “It is all about what you eat. You can work out six or seven days a week but if you’re eating bread and heavy soups with creams then that can be a problem. When you work out and eat like that you won’t see results. So you have to change your diet and switch over to the clean side. You also have to put away certain things and it has to become a way of life.”

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In addition to the new partnership, Chilli has also been working it out in the studio with T-Boz for their upcoming album which she claims is almost done. “We recorded most of the album in L.A. but we can not polish it off without that ATL flavor in there. We’re actually about to start recording with some producers here (ATL) in two weeks and I am beyond excited about that.”

Check out a few more photos of Chilli and the Macy’s #GoYou engagement as well as the audio video for her single, “Body.”

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TLC grace the pages of ‘V’ magazine…

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

In a stunning new photo-shoot, the surviving members of TLC, T-Boz and Chilli, grace the pages of V Magazine.

The ladies were lensed by Christelle De Castro and styled in their signature look courtesy of Haley Wollens.

Enjoy some excerpts of the article penned by Mark Jacobs:

  • TLC, the four-time Grammy-winning, 65-million-albums-selling R&B girl supergroup named for members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, reclaimed the initials with the premiere of the VH1 original movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and an accompanying greatest hits collection, 20, which delivered a new single, “Meant To Be.” Written by Ne-Yo, the song, according to Thomas, “sums up the whole 20 years of the relationship between the three of us and the ongoing relationship between T-Boz and myself.” As any true pop-culture enthusiast knows, this is no small feat.
  • …“Lil Mama wore Lisa’s, because she was that size, but the other two girls are more top heavy, because, you know, we’re the tittiless crew, T-L-C, Titty-Less Crew, so those outfits had to be re-created,” explains Watkins, who admits to being shaken up while watching her life played out on set. “It was really, really weird. Especially with Lil Mama, because her real eyes are hazel and so they put these big, round black contacts in, like Lisa’s eyes. She looked up at me one time and I was like, ‘This is weird.’”BYARu2NCcAEqquX
  • “I don’t think you can ever have enough records about self-esteem and loving yourself and not taking no crap, especially females,” says Thomas. “That girl-power thing is just missing right now. And it’s not like we’re in the studio trying to make songs like this—we’re naturally like that, so it naturally comes. We’re still being who we are. And by saying that, it’s going to help a lot of people. And that’s all we care about. We want jams to make you jam but at the same time make you think.”

To read the article in its entirety, click here!

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Peri ‘Pebbles’ Reid releases a statement regarding ‘Crazy, Sexy,Cool: The TLC Story’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

R&B singer Pebbles (Peri Reid) has finally broken her silence regarding last week’s VH1 biopic, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story. The former music diva turned prophetess, released an official statement on Wednesday via her Facebook page denouncing the film’s negative portrayal of her character.

According to Reid, the movie contains “false and defamatory” statements about her role as founder, manager and mentor of 90’s girl group, TLC. Reid also claims that she has “never cheated or mislead anyone” and is currently seeking legal action to obtain a retraction from VH1.

As previously reported, living TLC members T-Boz and Chilli came under fire last week from Reid and ousted member Crystal Jones,  over what was perceived as negative and untrue portrayals of them throughout the film. Although TLC stands behind the biopic, Pebbles is claiming that it’s just not true and plans to release her version of the story at the “appropriate time.”

Check out her full statement below:

Statement from Perri Reid pka Pebbles Regarding CRAZYSEXYCOOL: THE TLC STORY

First I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and prayers.  I apologize for the delay in responding to the movie, but I wanted to gather my thoughts.  I have always been a private person and this unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family.  I have needed time to spend with my family and for… personal reflection.

The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me.   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.

My silence has empowered individuals looking for a payday at my expense.  I have held my peace for 20 years and it’s time the truth comes out.  I will be sharing my story in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time.  With all my heart I thank you for your faithful support.

I am extremely proud of the success and massive accomplishments of TLC—the group I discovered, managed, and mentored.  I helped push open doors for TLC and other women in this male dominated industry.  My sacrifices ultimately opened the door for not only a new wave of female performers in this industry but also a new generation of female executives.  That backdrop makes the movie extremely personally upsetting to me.

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Lil Mama performs with TLC and joins group for Greatest Hits Album (VIDEO)

T-Boz and Chilli performing during Vh1 Mixtape Festival

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

As if playing the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the upcoming biopic was not enough for Lil Mama, the 23-year-old performed with Chilli and T-Boz during last night’s Vh1 Mixtape Festival. She will also appear on the iconic group’s forthcoming greatest hits album. Apparently, the ladies were very impressed with the rapper’s performance as Left Eye that having her on board for both projects seemed like a natural fit.

“For 10 years we have been mourning the death of our sister Lisa, and although we have discussed the option of bringing in someone to perform with us, it never felt right at the time,” stated Chilli. “Watching Lil Mama on the set of our movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story reminded us of Lisa’s spirit, and, for the first time since her passing, we felt everything come together in an organic way.”

T-Boz later added, “Lil Mama’s authentic style, although very different from Lisa’s, got our creative juices flowing. By bringing her in, we will continue to keep TLC’s music alive for a new generation of fans. We are thrilled to be writing this new chapter in The TLC story.”

Reportedly, the ladies performed a medley of their mega hits including “Fanmail,” “Hat 2 Da Back,” and “Ain’t too Proud To Beg,” before introducing Lil Mama on stage for “No Scrubs.”

Check out the performance below:

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Look for Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story  to premiere on Vh1 in October along with a TLC Greatest Hits album debuting the same month on the 15th.

What are your thoughts about Lil Mama temporarily joining TLC?

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FIRST LOOK: Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

For weeks now we have been teasing you with Instagram photos and updates about the highly-anticipated biopic of 90’s girl group, TLC. Well now, VH1 released its first OFFICIAL PHOTOS today of actresses Drew Sidora, Lil Mama and Keke Palmer as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes and Rozonda ‘Chilli” Thomas.

TLC First look 2As previously reported, the movie will chronicle TLC’s meteoric rise to superstardom and becoming one of the most popular girl groups of all time. Jeff Olde, Executive VP of Original Programming and Production for VH1 said this about the film in February:

“With this cast, we are thrilled with the talent assembled both in front of and behind the cameras. TLC are truly music pioneers and this movie is a fantastic way to expand our scripted push by combining our audience’s passion for music with their love of story. We know our viewers will be eager to go beyond the headlines and into the surprisingly personal, never before told stories of these groundbreaking women.”

Rounding out the all-star cast is Evan Ross as Dallas Austin, Anthony Payne as Antonio L.A. Reid and Rochelle Aytes as Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid.

Tell us what you think of the new photos in our comments section!

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RC Birthdays for the week of April 21-27

Model and two-time Oscar-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou turns 49 on Wednesday, April 24

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This week’s celebrity birthdays includes a comedic diva, a versatile TV and film star, a former CK underwear model, a 90’s music icon and the lead singer of a legendary soul music group. Get plugged into the RC Birthdays for this week: April 21-27, 2013.

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 Apr. 22: comedienne, actress, and television personality Sherri Shepherd, 46

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Apr. 26: film and television star Giancarlo Esposito, 55

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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and member of TLC, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, 43

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Apr. 27: Lead Singer of the “Main Ingredient” Cuba Gooding Sr., 69

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FIRST LOOKS: TLC, 1982 and ALI

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

More pictures are starting to emerge of the cast of VH1’s new TLC biopic. Apparently the real Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins instagramed a photo last week of Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora and Lil Mama all dressed up as TLC. The photo was juxtaposed to a picture of the real group and the comparison is simply amazing. Take a look below:

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As previously reported, Keke Palmer will portray Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Drew Sidora is Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Lil Mama will play the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the made for television film. Rounding out the cast is Evan Ross as Dallas Austin, Anthony Payne as Antonio L.A. Reid and Rochelle Aytes as Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid. When I talked to the real Chilli and T-Boz at the Ludacris Fast 6 Fan Fest & Celebrity Race, they told me they didn’t try to advice the actresses on how to play them but instead shared with the girls the “attitudes and emotions” they were feeling at certain moments in their careers.  Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story  airs this fall!

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The first movie poster for Tommy Oliver’s directorial debut, 1982 has been released. As previously reported, the new indie project is based on a true story about a black father whose wife suffers from crack cocaine addiction and his efforts to protect his 10-year old daughter from having to experience life as the child of a drug addicted mother. The film features an all-star cast including Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Bokeem Woodbine, Lala Anthony, Quinton Aaron, with Wayne Brady and Ruby Dee. According to Indie Wire, principal photography for 1982 took place last summer and the film is co-directed by Hill Harper and Heather Rae.

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The first official poster for the new feature documentary on the life and times of boxing icon Muhammad Ali has been released. “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” is the latest project from Kartemquin Films and will premiere this Friday, April 26 at the Tribeca Film Festival. According to Indie Wire, the film is not your typical boxing flick but will show Ali “as a fighter fueled by defiance, faith and a quest for justice.”

Here is a brief synopsis of the film: … Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing US military service during the Vietnam War. Brash boxer Cassius Clay burst into the American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights movement. His transformation into the spiritually enlightened heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is legendary, but this religious awakening also led to a bitter legal battle with the U.S. government after he refused to serve in the Vietnam War. This film reveals the perfect storm of race, religion and politics that shaped one of the most recognizable figures in sports history.

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Ludacris host ‘Fast 6 Fan Fest & Celebrity Race’

Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris on the rep carpet

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Three-time Grammy-winning hip-hop star Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges hosted a Fast and Furious 6 Fan Fest and Celebrity Race last night at Atlanta’s Andretti’s Indoor and Games. The event was in support of his high-octane film, Fast & Furious 6  which hits theaters May 24.

The event was attended by hundreds of Atlanta youth as well as a number of Luda’s celebrity friends including Grammy-winning producer Jermaine Dupri, Big Boi, TLC’s Chilli and T-Boz,  and Trina Towanda Braxton from WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values.”  Each celebrity served as a team captain for kids that raced around the indoor track. Greg Street of Atlanta’s Big station, V-103  hosted the event and provided sounds plus a live broadcast from the sidelines. Participants also enjoyed unlimited arcade games, free food and drinks.

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“Team Luda” posing with Ludacris Foundation president Roberta Shields

Before the race, Luda sat down with members of the Atlanta press. Because he was not at liberty to discuss the Fast 6  film, he did talk about plans to release his much anticipated album, Ludaversal  and hinted at a possible tour.

“My eighth studio album is called Ludaversal and will be out this year. We had to get all of this movie stuff out of the way and we’re now going full throttle. I say Ludaversal because it’s like welcoming everybody into my world. It’s intimate. It’s a lot of personal stuff in there and you get the Ludacris that everyone loves. It’s the fun music, the women songs and party songs. It’s a little bit of everything. I also plan to tour later on this year as well.”

The rapper, who says he’s been listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar, is also excited about seeing fellow artists Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake on their summer tour. Ludacris also plans to open a Chicken-n-Beer themed-restaurant at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The restaurant is named after his 2003 album and will open on Concourse D by the end of the year. When I asked him about other film projects, he indicated that he would be interested in a biopic but hasn’t found the right person.  However, he did promise that he would have an answer the next time he and I talked. I’m gonna hold him to that.

Check out some photos below from the red carpet and more:

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 V-103 Afternoon host Big Tigger

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WNBA star Jennifer Lacy

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Big Boi and son Bamboo

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Emerging artist Jade Novah

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Chilli and T-Boz of TLC

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recording artist and actor Jacob Latimore

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BFV  stars Trina and Towanda Braxton

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Grammy-winning songwriter Cri$tyle

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DJ Fadelf and wife HGTV  star Egypt Sherrod

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RC attends Mr. Bangladesh Birthday Celebration + PHOTOS

Written by | Ray Cornelius

They came from near and far for the birthday celebration of the King of Beats, Mr. Bangladesh on Wednesday night at Atlanta’s STK.

The Grammy-winning music producer, who has worked with everyone from Beyoncé to Brandy to Lil Wayne to Usher, celebrated in style with ballet dancers, drummers, exotic showgirls and of course a number of ATL reality-stars giving props to the man of hour.

Making the most of the red carpet were former Danity Kane singer D. Woods along with Young Money vocalist Shanel, DJ Drama, R&B Divas  Syleena Johnson and Monifah, Totally T-Boz’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Erica Dixon, Lil Scrappy and Ariane Davis as well as former House of Payne actress Demetria McKinney, who is currently working with Bangladesh  on her debut album.

Take a look at a few pictures below including some with yours truly…

 

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with actress and singer Demetria McKinney

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 Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Erica Dixon

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with Tionne ‘T-Boz” Watkins”

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UPDATE: TLC biopic gets a title and director

Posted by |Ray Cornelius

Indie Wire is reporting that upcoming VH1 biopic about the rise and fall of 90’s girl group TLC has a title and director.  Drum roll please…

Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story is the name of the new film that will star Keke Palmer, Lil Mama and Drew Sidora.  According to the VH1 press release, the project is being directed by Charles Stone III, who also directed Drumline,  Paid in Full  and Mr. 3000.

Kate Lanier of What’s Love Got to Do With It,  Set if Off  and Beauty Shop, will serve as the film’s screenwriter.

As previously reported, Keke Palmer will play Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lil Mama will portray Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Drew Sidora has been cast as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.

“With this cast, we are thrilled with the talent assembled both in front of and behind the cameras,” stated Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President,Original Programming and Production, VH1. ”TLC are truly music pioneers and this movie is a fantastic way to expand our scripted push by combining our audience’s passion for music with their love of story. We know our viewers will be eager to go beyond the headlines and into the surprisingly personal, never before told stories of these groundbreaking women.”

Surviving members, Chilli and T-Boz are on board as consultants and executive producers of the film, which is part of the network’s new series of scripted music-focused features.

RC will keep you posted as this one continues to develop.

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Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora added to ‘TLC Biopic’

Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Indie Wire is reporting that actresses Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora will round out the cast for the highly anticipated VH1 biopic about the Grammy-winning trio TLC.

As previously reported, rapper Lil Mama has already been tapped to play Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. She is now being joined by Palmer as Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas and Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. The movie, which was announced last fall, is scheduled to start shooting next month.

Palmer is best known for roles in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion, Akeelah and The Bee  and most recently True Jackson, VP. Sidora is known for her recurring role on That’s So Raven  and in films like Step Up, White Chicks  and Wild Hogs.

After the announcement was made, fans took to Twitter expressing their disappointment in Palmer being cast as Chilli. The actress responded swiftly to her critics by saying:

“People kill me, I don’t remember Angela Bassett looking ANYTHING like Tina Turner. And she RIPPED that role…People need to realize that movies aren’t casted by people looking like who they’re playing. They’re casted by who can do the role…I don’t know about you, but I would much rather see a movie that is well acted, then a movie with a bunch of look a like’s.”

The “untitled project” chronicles the rise of the hip 90’s musical group who signed to LaFace Records in 1991 and produced four multi-platinum albums. Ranked as “one of the greatest musical trios between 1992 and 2003,” TLC is considered the second best-selling female group of all time and the best-selling female R&B group of all time. The film will also highlight the group’s issues including bankruptcy, illness, group fights and the death of outspoken member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

Chilli and T-Boz will serve as consultants and executive producers of the film. The project is the first of many in a series of scripted music-focused features produced by VH1.

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