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A Sick Life coming September 5, 2017
“I want to hopefully get stuff off my chest and inspire someone at the same time,” says Watkins, 46. “A lot of things have happened in my life that will come out in this book that a lot of people don’t know about, that I’ve never talked about. There are a lot of major life changes that I’m so, so, so blessed to have experienced.”
In addition to dishing on the superstardom and drama she shared with her fellow girl group members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Watkins will also open up about becoming a mother – and her debilitating struggle with sickle cell anemia.
“My life has changed for the better in so many ways. I’m so happy right now, I can’t even tell you,” she says.
Here, the singer opens up about where she is in life now – and what fans can expect in her book.
Why were you ready to share your story now?
Back in ’97, I did a little teaser book – it was called Thoughts – and I told little stories about my life here and there, and the fans really took to it. Now years have passed, a lot has happened in my life, and I think I need another therapy session: That book was therapeutic. That’s where the songs “Unpretty” and “Dear Lie” came from: my poems. And we converted them into songs from that book.
Back then, I didn’t have the brain tumor, and a lot of things have happened in my life that will come out in this book that a lot of people don’t know about, that I’ve never talked about. I really feel like timing is everything, and I’m more mature, I’m wiser, and I have it together a lot more … I think it’s the perfect time for me to talk, where I don’t feel like I’m going crazy or something.
What can fans expect in the book?
I [just] turned 46, so just knowing my journey, how the doctors said I wouldn’t live past 30 and then the next death rate they told me was 45: I exceeded both of those numbers. They told me I would never have kids; my daughter is 16 this year. They told me I would be disabled; I’ve traveled the world, and I’m still doing it. I’ve survived this crazy brain tumor. I’m living life right now. You’ll see how my life has changed and why it’s changed for the better.
Are you hesitant to share anything?
I’m an open book. I feel like the good and bad made me who I am. I’m one of those people. If I did it, Im’ma cop to it. Because the question for me is: Did I learn from it? Did I grow? Do I know not to be dumb and do it again? Ultimately, it made me the woman I am today, and I’m proud of the person my mom raised, you know what I mean. I’ve done some crazy things so for me to still be standing? I’m happy to tell my story.
What misconceptions are you hoping to clear up?
There’s a lot that people don’t understand about sickle cell anemia. I want to really clear it up and hopefully give everyone a better understanding of my disease and what I really went through.
I haven’t really talked about all the times I could have died, my ICU visits – there are a lot of things I never shared because throughout my career, if I had a bad day onstage, I just let [fans] think that I had a bad day, but I never really shared that I just got of the hospital bed or this or that. I don’t want them to pity me. So I’d just take the hit.
Is it hard looking back on the good old TLC days?
It’s bittersweet because Lisa isn’t here anymore, so with the good comes the bad. But it’s my story. At the end of the day, my story is one and the same because it’s hard for me to tell my sickle cell story without telling TLC because I was really a young girl who had a dream, who wanted to do something they told me I could never have. So my whole struggle my whole life has been trying to do this job without killing myself, which is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. My doctor was like, “Of all the things you would pick, you wanted to be an artist?”
I have to do a lot of things your average artist doesn’t have to do just to stay survive in this industry. People have no idea what I do before I go onstage, just to make it through a tour. This is actually, the New Kids on the Block tour was the first tour I’ve ever made it through without ruining it (laughs) getting sick. So I even got gifts from people, like, “You made it!” I’ll take all the gifts, yes!
The Redbury Hollywood, an exclusive sbe property, has partnered with Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins for the 3rd Annual T-Boz Unplugged Concert in support of Sickle Cell Disease on Sunday January 15th over Martin Luther King (MLK) Weekend. The concert will be held at Avalon Hollywood located at 1735 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028 and is a thriving passion of Watkins, the lead female artist of the former hit musical group TLC. The event will support The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California and The Sickle Cell Support Group of Atlanta.
The concert lineup features legendary Hip-Hop Artist, Actor and personality Snoop Dogg to perform alongside iconic hip hop artists Naughty by Nature and DaBrat, as well as DJ Angie Vee. The event will be hosted by Video Blogger and Personality Jen DeLeon and feature KDAY’s own Cecelia “The Mamacita” Valencia.
“I’m honored to be apart of such an amazing event that helps benefit Sickle Cell Disease,” says Valencia. I applaud T-BOZ for using her platform to bring attention and address a serious condition that affects our communities.”
After the concert, The Library at The Redbury in Hollywood will host an exclusive after party powered by 93.5 KDAY and hosted by T-Boz and Valencia. The party will feature signature cocktails presented by Tanqueray Gin.
“The Redbury Hollywood is thrilled to take part in T-Boz Unplugged while lending a helping hand in raising awareness for Sickle Cell Research. sbe Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Sam Nazarian, has devoted our company to creating extraordinary experiences for our community through the forefront of hospitality, cuisine, design, and entertainment,” says Ian Robert McClendon, General Manager of The Redbury Hollywood. We are looking forward to a great show and hosting the official after party at The Library at The Redbury.”
For updated information on T-Boz Unplugged please visit the official website: http://www.tbozunplugged.com
There will be several celebrities in attendance in support Watkins efforts, among those are NBA Legend Byron Scott, Actresses Dawnn Lewis, Kristian Alfonso, Tamala Jones, Kiki Shepard, Tonya Renee Banks and Uldouz Wallace, Soul Train Royalty Tony Cornelius, Dancer Chery Song, Musical Sensation Shanice, Actors Flex Alexander, Dorien Wilson and Alonzo Bodden, Sports Broadcaster Mike Hill, UFC Superstar Cat Zingano, Boxer Jose Lopez, Model Couples Lamon Archey and Mercedes Cornett, Don Benjamin and Liane V, MLB Star Royce Clayton, Film Casting Director Leah Daniels, and more to be announced.
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ABOUT TIONNE “T-BOZ” WATKINS
Tionne Watkins known as T-Boz, is an American-born singer, songwriter, model, dancer, actress, author, and executive producer. At the age of 7, Watkins was diagnosed with sickle cell disease and continues to receive treatment due to her condition. A true talent and fighter she was the lead singer of the 5-Time Grammy Award Winning R&B/Hip Hop girl-group TLC. The group became a global phenomenon and remain one of the most successful girl groups in history with over 65 million records sold worldwide. Watkins went public with her struggle with sickle cell anemia in 1996 and 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. Watkins’ faith in God and her optimism have helped her stay free from the more serious effects of sickle-cell disease.
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