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Tionne Watkins's Biography

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Tionne Tenese Watkins was born on 26 April 1970 in Des Moines in Iowa.

Tionne Watkins also known as T-Boz, together with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, formed the best-selling female group of all time, TLC.

TLC made their debut in 1992, however Lisa Lopes died in a car crash in 2002. The Guardian's obituary described the band: "When TLC released their breakthrough CD, CrazySexyCool, in 1994, there was never much doubt that Lopes would be dubbed the "crazy" one; Thomas was "sexy", and Watkins was "cool". Despite, or possibly because of, the differences between the trio, who formed in Atlanta in the early 1990s, they were an immediate success. The format - Lopes rapped, squeakily; the other two sang - was a change from the girl-trio norm, as was their attitude."

TLC were making a fourth album at the time of Lopes's death, which T-Boz and Thomas finished. Entitled 3D, it achieved critical acclaim.

3D included Turntable, which was written by T-Boz and is dedicated to Lopes. The Times explained: "Watkins suffers from sickle cell anaemia and admitted recently that the track was about her illness and Lopes's death."

In 2004 Tionne Watkins filed for divorce from her husband, rapper Mack 10, saying he had committed adultery and threatened to kill her.

Tionne Watkins is president of Shee Entertainment. She was the executive producer of the film ATL, and acted in the film Belly.

Other strings to T-Boz's bow include writing the book Thoughts in 1999 and setting up a tween clothing store.

In 2009, in Celebrity Apprentice, Tionne Watkins chose to play for the charity, Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. She was fired from The Apprentice in episode 6.


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