Tionne Watkins

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Tionne Watkins

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Tionne Watkins
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Watkins performing in 2016
Background information
Birth name Tionne Tenese Watkins
Also known as T-Boz
Born (1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 48)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres ]], R&B, hip hop, soul funk
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actress
  • author
  • radio personality
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990–present
Labels Epic
Associated acts TLC

Tionne Tenese Watkins (born April 26, 1970),[1] better known by her stage name T-Boz, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, and executive producer. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Watkins rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of the girl-group TLC. She has won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC.

Early life[edit]

Tionne Watkins was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 26, 1970, to James and Gayle Watkins. She is of African American, Native American and Irish descent.[2][3] Watkins’ family moved from Des Moines to Atlanta, Georgia, when she was nine years old.[4]



Crystal Jones held auditions for a singing group and chose Watkins, and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. The group eventually attracted the attention of Perri “Pebbles” Reid and her husband, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, head of LaFace Records. Jones was replaced with Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and the group was signed in 1991 as TLC. The successful group sold more than 65 million records.[5] T-Boz has won four Grammy Awards as a member of TLC.[6]

In late 2011, VH1 announced plans to produce a biopic on TLC to air in 2013.[7] Watkins and Thomas signed on as producers. The role of Watkins was portrayed by actress/singer Drew Sidora in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. Watkins’ daughter, Chase, portrayed a younger Tionne in the film.

Solo work[edit]

In addition to her work with TLC, Watkins 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). In addition, 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, Watkins released her latest single digitally from her audiobook “A Sick Life” titled “Dreams.”

Television and film[edit]

Watkins has worked as an actress, appearing in Hype Williams‘ 1998 film Belly.[8] She also appeared in an episode of Living Single, the first time guest-starring along with her bandmates and another time without them. Watkins also served as one of the executive producers for the 2006 movie ATL featuring the rapper, T.I..[9] She was also featured in the music video for “It’s Good” with YoungBloodZ,[citation needed] and appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta as a friend of Kandi Burruss.[10] In November 2016, she began a two-month acting stint as Sheila, a hardened prison inmate, on Days of Our Lives.[11] In 2017, she lent her voice to a character in Trolland, also known as Trollz, a direct-to-DVD CGI-animated movie.

Other work[edit]

Watkins published a book of semi-autobiographical poetry called Thoughts on November 3, 1999.[12] In 2005, Watkins and stylist Tara Brivic (who would later appear regularly on Totally T-Boz) opened a children’s boutique called Chase’s Closet (named after her daughter).[13][14] It was shut down years later.[citation needed]

Watkins’ reality TV show Totally T-Boz, premiered January 1, 2013, on the TLC network.[5] The show chronicled Watkins’ quest to create a solo album, reunite with bandmember, Chilli, and her life with her daughter Chase.

During 2013, alongside group-mate Chilli they executive produced the VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story which aired on October 21, 2013, actress Drew Sidora portrayed Watkins.[15] Her daughter Chase portrayed a younger Tionne in the film. They also released a soundtrack album 20 marking both the band’s 20-plus year legacy in entertainment business and the release of their biopic, this album included a new track written by singer Ne-Yo, “Meant to Be”. They also had guest vocals on J. Cole‘s track “Crooked Smile“.[16] TLC celebrated their return with a series of highly publicized performances which included 2 dates: VH1’s Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on July 27, 2013, and Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto on August 5, 2013. They released an album, TLC, on June 30, 2017.[17]

Watkins has made a guest appearance as Pam Grier in one episode of the Adult Swim series Black Dynamite.

Personal life[edit]

As a child, Watkins was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia.[18] Since the age of seven, she has been in and out of hospital due to her condition.[18] T-Boz opened up to the public about the disease in 1996;[19] she later became one of the spokespersons for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.[20][21] In 2002, she was hospitalized for four months due to a flare-up of sickle-cell anemia.[22] She has stated that her faith in God and her optimism have helped her stay free from the more serious effects of sickle-cell disease.[18]

On August 19, 2000, Watkins married rapper Mack 10.[23] The couple’s daughter, Chase Anela Rolison, was prematurely born a few months later on October 20, 2000.[4] In June 2004, she filed for divorce, and requested a restraining order against Mack 10.[24] In 2012, Watkins moved with Chase from Atlanta to Los Angeles, California, in order for Chase to be closer to her father.

In October 2009, Watkins revealed that she had secretly battled a potentially fatal brain tumor for three years.[25][26] In March 2006, she was diagnosed as having a grape-sized acoustic neuroma on her vestibular nerve that affected her balance, weight, hearing, sight, and facial movement. Many physicians refused to remove the tumor due to her sickle-cell-related complications, leaving her alternatives grim. Ultimately, she underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.[27]

Watkins filed for bankruptcy in February 2011 and again in October 2011.[28] According to entertainment reporter Viviana Vigil, a commentator in an episode of the Reelz TV series Broke & Famous, Watkins spent $9,000 a month and owed $770,000 on her home despite a reported income of $11,000 a month.[28] Entertainment reporter Nina Parker, another commentator in said Broke & Famous episode, cited Watkins’s medical bills and brain tumor.[28] A Nicki Swift video cited an ex who owed Watkins $250,000 in child support payments at the time of her Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing in October 2011.[29] Due to failure to complete proper paperwork, Watkins’s bankruptcy claim was rejected in February 2012, enabling creditors and bill collectors to pursue her assets and repossess one of her vehicles.[29]

In June 2016, Watkins announced that she had adopted a 10-month-old son named Chance.[30]


  • Watkins, Tionne (1999). Thoughts. HarperEntertainment. ISBN 978-0-06-105183-8. 
  • Watkins, Tionne (2017). A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage. Rodale Books. ISBN 978-1623368609. 


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Chart positions Album
Hot 100
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs UK Singles Chart
1996 Touch Myself 40 23 48 Fled
2000 My Getaway 44 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music from the Motion Picture

Featured songs[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
Hot 100
UK Singles Chart
1991 “Word to the Badd!!” (Jermaine Jackson featuring T-Boz) 78 88 You Said
1996 “Touch Myself” (Remix) (T-Boz featuring Richie Rich) Seasoned Veteran
Ghetto Love(Da Brat featuring T-Boz) 16 11 Anuthatantrum
1999 “Be Somebody” (Paula Cole featuring T-Boz) Amen
2000 “Tight To Def” (Mack 10 with T-Boz) The Paper Route
2002 “Different Times” (Raphael Saadiq feat. T-Boz of TLC) Instant Vintage
2005 “It’s Good” (YoungBloodZ featuring T-Boz) Ev’rybody Know Me
2009 “Someday” (DJ Deckstream with T-Boz) Sound Tracks 2
2012 “Red Planet” (Little Mix featuring T-Boz) DNA

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1997 “Ghetto Love” (with Da Brat) Gustavo Garzon
Actress (31 credits)
 2016-2017 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)

Episode #1.13201 (2017) … Sheila
Episode #1.13200 (2017) … Sheila
Episode #1.13199 (2017) … Sheila
Episode #1.13198 (2017) … Sheila
Episode #1.13191 (2017) … Sheila
 2017 TLC: Haters (Video short)
 2017 TLC Feat. Snoop Dogg: Way Back (Video short)
 2016 Trollz (Video)
Jarvik (voice)
 2014 Black Dynamite (TV Series)
Pam Grier / Anti-Bionic Girl

Sweet Bill’s Badass Singalong Song or Bill Cosby Ain’t Himself (2014) … Pam Grier / Anti-Bionic Girl (voice)
 2013 TLC: Meant to Be (Video short)
 2003 TLC: Damaged (Video short)
 2003 TLC: Hands Up (Video short)
 2002 TLC: Girl Talk (Video short)
 1999 TLC: Dear Lie (Video short)
 1999 TLC: No Scrubs (Video short)
 1999 TLC: Unpretty (Video short)
 1998 Belly
 1998 One World Music Beat (TV Series)
 1997 Living Single (TV Series)
The Hitchhiker

Three Men and a Buckeye (1997) … The Hitchhiker
 1995 TLC: Diggin’ on You (Video short)
 1995 TLC: Waterfalls (Video short)
 1995 TLC: Red Light Special (Video short)
 1994 TLC: Creep, Version 2 (Video short)
 1994 TLC: Creep (Video short)
 1994 House Party 3
Sex as a Weapon
 1993 TLC: Sleigh Ride (Video short)
 1993 TLC: Get It Up (Video short)
 1993 TLC: Hat 2 Da Back (Video short)
 1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
3rd Rapper

Words Up! (1992) … 3rd Rapper
 1992 TLC: What About Your Friends (Video short)
 1992 TLC: Baby Baby Baby (Video short)
 1992 TLC: Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg (Video short)

Self (57 credits)
 2017 Larry King Now (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

 2013-2017 The Dr. Oz Show (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Guest

T-Boz and Chilli: Their Health Scare Revealed! (2013) … Herself – Guest
 2015-2017 Entertainment Tonight (TV Series)

Episode #37.14 (2017) … Herself
Episode #36.229 (2017) … Herself (as TLC)
Episode dated 20 January 2015 (2015) … Herself (as TLC)
 2013-2017 Home & Family (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Guest

Episode dated 5 February 2013 (2013) … Herself – Guest
 2017 The Dan Le Batard Show (TV Series)

Episode #3.178 (2017) … Herself
 2017 Good Morning America (TV Series)
Herself – Author, A Sick Life

Episode dated 12 September 2017 (2017) … Herself – Author, A Sick Life
 2017 Hollywood Medium (TV Series)

 2017 Hollywood Today Live (TV Series)

Red Carpet Steals #2 (2017) … Herself
 2016 Lip Sync Battle (TV Series)
Herself – TLC

Zoe Saldana vs. Zachary Quinto (2016) … Herself – TLC
 2016 The Haunting Of (TV Series)

 2014 The Daily Helpline (TV Series)
Herself – Guest Host

T-Boz (2014) … Herself – Guest Host
 2013 Big Morning Buzz Live (TV Series)

Rocco DiSpirito/TLC/Gavin DeGraw (2013) … Herself
 2013 Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Crazy Sexy Cool (2013) … Herself – Guest (as T-Boz)
 2013 The Jeff Probst Show (TV Series)

 2013 Totally T-Boz (TV Series)

The Final Countdown (2013) … Herself
Unpretty (2013) … Herself
Back to My Roots (2013) … Herself
Starting Off New Again (2013) … Herself
 2013 Anderson Live (TV Series)
Herself – Co-Host

 2013 Watch What Happens: Live (TV Series)

T-Boz & Tatyana Ali (2013) … Herself
 2010 What Chilli Wants (TV Series)

The Floyd Situation (2010) … Herself
 2009 The Mo’Nique Show (TV Series)

Episode dated 20 October 2009 (2009) … Herself (as T-Boz)
 2009 Rome Is Burning (TV Series)

Episode dated 17 September 2009 (2009) … Herself (as T-Boz)
 2009 The Apprentice (TV Series)
Herself – R&B Star: TLC

The Final Challenge (2009) … Herself – R&B Star: TLC (credit only)
Ad Jingle Challenge (2009) … Herself – R&B Star: TLC (credit only)
Deodorant Ad Challenge (2009) … Herself – R&B Star: TLC (credit only)
Jewelry Auction Challenge (2009) … Herself – R&B Star: TLC (credit only)
Life Lock and Jewelry Challenges (2009) … Herself – R&B Star: TLC (credit only)
 2008 BET Awards 2008 (TV Special)
Herself – Performer
 2007 The Last Days of Left Eye (TV Movie documentary)
 2006 2006 Trumpet Awards (TV Special)
 2005 My Block: Atlanta (TV Movie)
 2005 106 & Park Top 10 Live (TV Series)

Episode dated 27 July 2005 (2005) … Herself (as T-Boz)
 2005 R U the Girl? (TV Series)
Herself – Host
 2005 The Early Show (TV Series)

Episode dated 27 July 2005 (2005) … Herself (as T-Boz)
 2005 The View (TV Series)

Episode dated 26 July 2005 (2005) … Herself
 2005 Tavis Smiley (TV Series)

Episode dated 22 July 2005 (2005) … Herself (as T-Boz)
 2005 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (TV Series)

Episode #1.117 (2005) … Herself (as T-Boz)
 1999-2004 Behind the Music (TV Series documentary)

TLC: The Final Chapter (2004) … Herself
TLC (1999) … Herself
 2003 Born to Diva (TV Series)
Herself (Judge)
 2002 TLC: Life in 3D (TV Movie)
 2002 2002 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Special)
 2002 Hype Williams: The Videos, Vol. 1 (Video)
Herself (segment “No Scrubs”) (as TLC)
 2001 Top Ten (TV Series documentary)

Girl Bands (2001) … Herself
 2000 Sally Jessy Raphael (TV Series)

I’m 13 and Too Ugly to Live! (2000) … Herself
 2000 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (TV Special documentary)
 2000 TLC: Sold Out (TV Movie)
Herself – Singer
 2000 The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special)
Herself – TLC
 1999 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards ’99 (TV Special)
Herself (as TLC)
 1999 Ultra Sound (TV Series documentary)

TLC: You’ve Got Mail (1999) … Herself
 1999 1999 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Special)
Herself (as TLC)
 1996 1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (TV Special documentary)
Herself – Performer
 1995 1995 MTV Movie Awards (TV Special)
Herself – TLC (uncredited)
 1995 1995 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Special)
Herself – Performer / Winner (as TLC)
 1995 Top of the Pops (TV Series)

Episode dated 28 September 1995 (1995) … Herself
Episode dated 10 August 1995 (1995) … Herself
 1995 In a New Light: Sex Unplugged (TV Movie)
Herself (as TLC)
 1994 The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards (TV Special)
Herself – Presenter (as TLC)
 1992-1993 Ebony/Jet Showcase (TV Series)

Episode dated 12 February 1993 (1993) … Herself (as TLC)
Episode dated 11 September 1992 (1992) … Herself (as TLC)
 1992 Showtime at the Apollo (TV Series)

Episode #6.12 (1992) … Herself (as TLC)
 1992 Out All Night (TV Series)

Pilot (1992) … Herself (as TLC)
 1992 The Arsenio Hall Show (TV Series)

Episode dated 9 July 1992 (1992) … Herself (as TLC)
 1992 Soul Train (TV Series)

TLC/Eugene Wilde/Doug E. Fresh (1992) … Herself (as TLC)

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