|Birth name||Tionne Tenese Watkins|
|Also known as||T-Boz, Cool, T|
April 26, 1970 |
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, hip hop|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, author, executive producer|
|Associated acts||TLC, Lisa Lopes,
Rozonda Thomas, Keith Sweat, Da Brat, Little Mix
Tionne Tenese Watkins (born April 26, 1970), better known by her stage name T-Boz, is a singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, author, and executive producer who rose to fame as one-third of the R&B/hip-hop group TLC.
Early life 
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins was born in Des Moines, Iowa to James & Gayle Watkins. She is of African American and Native American descent. As a child, Watkins was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia. Since the age of seven, Watkins has been in and out of hospitals due to her condition. Watkins' family moved from Des Moines to Atlanta, Georgia, when she was nine years old. Because of her disease, Watkins was not expected to have children or live past her 30s.
Career history 
An Atlanta local named Crystal Jones held auditions for a singing group and chose Watkins, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and eventually attracted the attention of Perri "Pebbles" Reid and her husband, LaFace Records chief Antonio "L.A." Reid. L.A. Reid replaced Jones with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and the group was signed in 1991 as TLC. They went on to become one of the most successful girl groups in history with over 65 million records sold worldwide. T-Boz has won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC.
Solo Work 
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. Watkins has appeared on a song by her TLC bandmate Rozonda Thomas, entitled "Gameproof".
Watkins has been steadily working on a solo album since 2009 to eventually be released in 2013, or later.
Television and film 
Watkins has worked as an actress, appearing in Hype Williams' 1998 film Belly. Along with her TLC bandmates, she also appeared in an episode of Living Single. Watkins also served as one of the executive producers for the 2006 movie ATL featuring the rapper, T.I.. She was also featured in the music video for "It's Good" with YoungBloodZ, and appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta as a friend of Kandi Burruss. T-Boz was a contestant in The Celebrity Apprentice, where she was fired for volunteering to come back into the boardroom. After referencing a previous contestant who was fired from the show for the same action, Donald Trump told her, "Never volunteer for an execution."
Other work 
Watkins published a book of semi-autobiographical poetry called Thoughts on November 3, 1999. In 2005, Watkins and stylist Tara Brivic Rowntree (who would later appear regularly on Totally T-Boz opened a children's boutique called Chase's Closet (named after her daughter).
Current events 
On October 1, 2012, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Watkins will have her own reality TV show Totally T-Boz on the TLC network.  Totally T-Boz premiered January 1, 2013. The show chronicled Watkins' quest to create a solo album, possibly reunite with bandmember, Chilli and take care of herself and daughter Chase.
Watkins is currently in the process of planning the celebration of her group, TLC's 20th anniversary with group-mate Chilli and their manager Bill Diggins. These plans include a VH1 biopic to premiere in late 2013, a tour, and a new album.
Personal life 
Initially withholding details of her ailment from others, Watkins went public with the disease in 1996 and later became one of the spokespeople 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 has stated that her faith in God and her optimism has helped her stay free from the more serious effects of sickle cell disease.
In August 2000, Watkins married rapper Mack 10. The couple's daughter, Chase Anela Rolison, was born on October 20, 2000. In June 2004, she filed for divorce and requested a restraining order against Mack 10. Following the split, Watkins entered a three-year relationship with Takeo Spikes of the San Diego Chargers.
In October 2009, Watkins revealed on CBS' The Early Show and in People magazine that she had secretly battled a potentially fatal brain tumor for three years. In March 2006, she was diagnosed as having a strawberry-size acoustic neuroma on her vestibular nerve, which affected her balance, 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.
Solo singles 
|UK Singles Chart||NZ|
|1996||"Touch Myself"||40||23||36||33||Fled soundtrack|
|2000||"My Getaway"||-||14||44||-||Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Soundtrack|
Featured songs 
|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)||18||16||-||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)||-||-||7||Sound Tracks 2|
|2012||"Red Planet" (Little Mix featuring T-Boz)||-||-||-||DNA (Little Mix album)|
- MSN (2008). "Tionne Watkins on MSN". MSN. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- Thoughts accessed 2008-08-29, Author Tionne Watkins, Published 1999, Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
- The reliable source (2011). "Celebvocate: T-Boz recruits bone-marrow donors". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
- Tameka L. Hicks (2008). "T-Boz: Fighting against the odds". USA WEEKEND. Retrieved 2008-02-15.[dead link]
- Hollywood Reporter (2012). "TLC's T-Boz Gets Her Own Reality Series". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
- "Grammy.com". Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- VH1 (2011). "VH1 Announces Plans To Produce A New TLC Movie". VH1. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
- MSN (2008). "ATL:Overview". MSN. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
- Tionne Watkins (2008). "Thoughts". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- Elysa Gardner (November 15, 1999, 2008). "Poetic 'thoughts' and observations". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- "For The Record: Quick News On Ray Charles, 50 Cent, Fantasia Barrino, T-Boz, Incubus & More". MTV.com. June 15, 2004.
- CBS This Morning. "The Early Show Video - T-Boz's Brain Tumor Battle". CBS.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
- Herndon, Jessica. "Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins Fighting to Stay Alive". People.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
- Atlanta Entertainment News. "Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of TLC Discusses Brain Tumor & Sickle Cell". StraightFromTheA.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 545. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.