LaTavia Roberson

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LaTavia Roberson
Birth name LaTavia Marie Roberson
Born (1981-11-01) November 1, 1981 (age 36)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres R&B[1]
Occupation(s)
Years active 1990–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.iamlatavia.com/

LaTavia Marie Roberson (born November 1, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Roberson rose to fame in the late 1990s as an original member of the R&B group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.

Following her departure from the group, Roberson formed Anjel along with former Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett. After their album was shelved, Roberson went on hiatus and returned to Houston. Roberson has starred in various stage plays including Those Jeans, How to Love, and Not My Family.[2] Roberson also became a main cast-member for R&B Divas: Atlanta alongside singers such as Angie Stone, Keke Wyatt and long-time friend Meelah of 702.[3]

Roberson has sold over 25 million records with Destiny's Child. Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including two Grammy Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards.[4]

Early life[edit]

LaTavia Roberson was born on November 1, 1981, she is of African American and Louisiana Creole (African, Native American, and French) descent. In the 1980s, before joining Destiny's Child, LaTavia was a child model, appearing in commercials such as Soft and Beautiful's Just for Me Hair Care relaxer for kids.[5]

Career[edit]

1990–2001: Girl's Tyme and Destiny's Child[edit]

When LaTavia was nine years old, she auditioned for a girl group to become a rapper and dancer, and was one of the many girls who got through. She met Beyoncé Knowles on the same day of the audition for the group and became best friends, singing and dancing with other local girls in which LaTavia and Beyoncé made a video for the song "One Time". She then met Kelly Rowland in elementary school after hearing her sing she told her to try out for the group which she did. Initially LaTavia was a rapper and dancer at the time and did not sing; subsequently she had vocal lessons and, after singing at local events, LaTavia got her break when she entered the singing competition TV show Star Search with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Tamar Davis and LaTavia's cousins Nikki and Nina Taylor. The group, then named Girl's Tyme were heartbroken after losing the competition. Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles began to manage the group, and he changed the line-up as the group was then reduced to a quartet, with best-friend Beyoncé, Rowland, and Beyoncé's elementary school friend LeToya Luckett. The group underwent several name changes: The Dolls, Something Fresh, and Cliché. They were shortly signed to Elektra Records. However the group were dropped by the label. After plenty of training done by the manager to become prepared and ready for the music industry, they were signed by Columbia Records in 1997 by the name of Destiny's Child with Knowles as lead vocalist, Rowland as second-lead vocalist, and Roberson and Luckett as background vocalists. Roberson was the alto, adding the low notes, and Luckett was the soprano, adding the high notes to the group's harmony[6]. Roberson was designated as the group's spokesperson. In 1998, Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album Destiny's Child. The singles were "No, No, No" featuring Wyclef Jean and "With Me".[7] Roberson can be heard rapping in the song "Illusions". Later in 1998, their song "Get on the Bus" featuring Timbaland (which was released as a single in Europe) was featured on the Why Do Fools Fall in Love soundtrack. The song was the lead single for their second album. Destiny's Child toured as an opening act on TLC's FanMail Tour and Christina Aguilera's debut tour.

In 1999, Destiny's Child released their second album The Writing's on the Wall. It became one of the biggest selling albums released by a female group and was certified eight-times platinum in the U.S. The album includes four hit singles, "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Bug a Boo", "Say My Name", and "Jumpin', Jumpin'".[citation needed] LaTavia also gained co-writing contribution more on this album than their first. Roberson performed lead on two songs: "Sweet Sixteen" and "Where'd You Go". Additionally LaTavia sang lead on the song "Can't Help Myself" but this song only was released on the albums Houston Edition. In late 1999, in the midst of the success of The Writing's on the Wall, Roberson and LeToya Luckett attempted to bring in a third-party mediator to work with their manager Mathew Knowles; however, the pair soon found themselves on the outs with Knowles.[8] When the "Say My Name" video debuted in February 2000, the pair learned[9] they'd been replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin, which led to several lawsuits with the outcome of Roberson and Luckett being entitled to royalty checks from the previous albums they had made with the group.

While in Destiny's Child with the other members, LaTavia had appeared in music videos such as Jagged Edge. Roberson also performed with Destiny's Child in live shows and had won awards such as Soul Train Awards. She also starred in TV roles such as Smart Guy and the movie Beverly Hills with the other members of the group.

In 2001, LaTavia and LeToya had achieved two Grammys for their contribution to "Say My Name", after leaving.

2001–2003: Anjel[edit]

After that, they created a group called Anjel with two other girls, Naty Quinones and Tiffany Beaudoin. They recorded a 22-track demo to release their album, Heavenly, with the help of Jagged Edge. Unfortunately, the production company which handled the group fell through and all the girls from Anjel went their separate ways. The label was 581 Entertainment, ran by Jagged Edge, under So So Def while it was still under Columbia. The group never released Heavenly and split up in 2003 before actually recording a full album. The tracks were leaked on the internet.

The band also appeared in Jagged Edge's music video "Where the Party At" Remix.

2004–2011: Personal endeavors and solo career[edit]

In 2005, LaTavia got invited to replace Kandi in the group Xscape, but passed on the opportunity due to her priority to take care of her family at home in Houston.[10]

In July 2006, it was confirmed by LaTavia herself, that she was secretly recording her debut album on and off since March 2006. She collaborated with producers such as Scott Storch and hoped to work with Houston rappers Mike Jones and Slim Thug in the future, but was quick to point out it was in no way an attempt to recreate the success of former bandmate LeToya Luckett. Her album would appear sometime in 2009, called 'Black Summer's Night', a mix of hip-hop meets jazz and soul, with help from Swizz Beatz, Polow da Don, and André 3000 of OutKast.[11] Unfortunately, she never managed to complete this album, so it was never released.

In 2007, LaTavia along with other Destiny's Child past members LeToya Luckett and Farrah Franklin appeared in the TV series Boulevard of Broken Dreams telling their side of the story about what happened during their time with Destiny's Child.[12]

In 2008, LaTavia was in a stage play titled Those Jeans. It was described as "a truly well written love story, about a fashion designer and a high fashion photographer, looking for love in all the wrong places". It ran from April 18, 2008 to July 12, 2008.

In 2009, LaTavia featured in the song "Swagga Check" by Young Sween on his album The Goodie Room, released by Fleet Street Records; the song was mistakenly named "Holdin on to You" on iTunes.[13]

In 2010, LaTavia appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta speaking to her then-lawyer Phaedra Parks.[14] During this episode, Roberson talked about how she dealt with alcoholic problems and getting in trouble with the law for a DWI.

2013–2015: R&B Divas, stage plays and motherhood[edit]

In 2013, LaTavia starred in J.F. Bailey's stage plays How to Love and Not My Family.[15] On August 21, 2013, LaTavia welcomed her first child, a girl named Lyric Richard, with record producer Don Vito.[16] In 2014, LaTavia was added to the main cast of R&B Divas: Atlanta season 3, and her main storyline included being afraid to sing on the show, as she felt she wasn't ready to do so, despite the show being called R&B Divas. Season 3 of R&B Divas consisted of eleven episodes starring LaTavia (including the reunion shows).[17] To promote R&B Divas, she appeared on the Wendy Williams Show in May 2014. In 2015, Roberson announced she had gotten into the hair business with Luxury Hair Direct which specializes in hair extensions.[18] She also became involved with the charity 'Saving Our Daughters'.[19]

2016–present: Web-series, upcoming films, return to music[edit]

In 2016, Roberson started an online YouTube-based series called 'The Online Diary of LaTavia Roberson.' [20]

In 2017, it was reported Roberson would make her film debut as actress in the horror movie But Deliver Us from Evil, starring Eric Roberts.[21] She was also reported to appear in two additional movies Dirty South House Arrest[22] and The Hills.[23] In spring of 2017, LaTavia confirmed she is set to release her autobiography, which she described as a memoir to her fans entitled 'I Am LaTavia'.[24] She engaged in a feud with People Magazine after alleging they misquoted and misrepresented her interview online.[25][26][27] Roberson released her first song as a solo artist, which is an EDM track entitled "Best Time of Your Life" on June 23, 2017.[28]

Survivor Lawsuit[edit]

In March 2000, Roberson and Luckett filed a lawsuit against Mathew Knowles and the group. This began a media battle in which the two sides exchanged barbs in magazine and newspaper interviews. Roberson and Luckett agreed to a settlement that required them to drop the part of their lawsuit that targeted their former group members (though they retained the suit against Mathew Knowles) and required both sides to stop disparaging each other in public.[29] Roberson and Luckett later filed another suit against Destiny's Child. They claimed that the first single, "Survivor", from Destiny's Child's 2001 album of the same name violated their previous settlement due to its lyrics which they believed referenced the ugly split with lyrics such as 'thought I couldn't sell without you, sold nine million' . In July 2002, Destiny's Child again settled out of court with Roberson and Luckett.[30]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Roberson revealed that she had suffered with an alcohol problem after Destiny's Child. This led to being arrested with a DWI; however, Roberson went through counselling and is using her experience to help others going through the same thing.[31] In August 2013, Roberson gave birth to daughter Lyric Richard with producer Don Vito.[32] In June 2016, she suffered the late term pregnancy loss of a baby girl.[33]

Discography[edit]

Non-Solo
Solo

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Beverly Hood Girl#4
2017 But Deliver Us from Evil[35] Stacey
2017 Dirty South House Arrest[36] Tamika
2017 The Hills[37] Marie
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Smart Guy Herself "A Date with Destiny"
1999 Beverly Hood Girl #4
2007 Boulevard of Broken Dreams Herself "Episode 2: Destiny's Child/Jonathan Brandis"
2010 Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself 1 episode
2014 R&B Divas: Atlanta Herself Main Cast
2014 The Wendy Williams Show Herself Guest
2017 Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Guest
2017 Great Day Houston Herself Guest

Plays[edit]

  • Those Jeans (2008)
  • How to Love (2013)
  • Not My Family (2013)

Book[edit]

  • I Am LaTavia, My Story. My Destiny. (TBA)

Grammy Awards[edit]

  • 2001, Best R&B Song ("Say My Name")
  • 2001, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals ("Say My Name")

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LaTavia Roberson". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ LaTavia Robertson biograophy on ibtimes.com
  3. ^ http://bossip.com/994114/rb-divas-star-latavia-roberson-says-destinys-child-grammy-wins-proves-shes-a-star-despite-struggley-singing-voice/
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 22, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.  (Group sales coincide because LaTavia and LeToya founded the group , leaving then simultaneously)
  5. ^ http://www.lataviaroberson.com/#!about/c66t
  6. ^ http://www.idolator.com/7503986/why-beyonce-shades-kelly-rowland-destinys-child-interview
  7. ^ http://www.mtv.com/artists/destinys-child/biography/
  8. ^ Destiny's Child's Long Road to Fame (The Song Isn't Called 'Survivor' for Nothing) MTV.com
  9. ^ "original destiny's child member latavia roberson on finding her own sound". I-d. September 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ Latavia Roberson Want To Make A Musical Comeback | Brown Sista Online Magazine
  11. ^ MrTavMarie110181 (2009-01-12), LaTavia's Old Myspace Message, retrieved 2018-07-25 
  12. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0949990/
  13. ^ https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/store/music/album/young-sween/the-goodie-room/8d6kgx6nmn7l
  14. ^ http://hellobeautiful.com/2010/11/09/latavia-talks-about-being-fired-from-destinys-child-on-rhoa-video/
  15. ^ LaTavia Robertson biograophy on ibtimes.com
  16. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on June 9, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  17. ^ http://www.eurweb.com/2014/06/rb-divas-fans-blast-latavia-roberson-for-being-too-chicken-to-sing-video/
  18. ^ http://lhdtraining.com/latavia-roberson-partners-luxury-hair-direct/
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  20. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BFirNh4QCfq/?taken-by=iamlatavia&hl=en[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ But Deliver Us From Evil on imdb.com
  22. ^ Dirty South House Arrest on imdb.com
  23. ^ The Hills on imdb.com
  24. ^ http://people.com/music/latavia-roberson-miscarriage-memoir-i-am-latavia-cover/
  25. ^ http://people.com/music/latavia-roberson-miscarriage-memoir-i-am-latavia-cover/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ "Former Destiny's Child Member LaTavia Roberson Has a Bone to Pick With People Magazine". BET.com. 
  27. ^ "Ousted Destiny's Child Member LaTavia Roberson Is Pretty Pissed About an Interview She Gave". Oxygen. December 29, 2016. 
  28. ^ "LaTavia Roberson turned EDM? Check out her new single". FanSided. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  29. ^ https://www.bing.com/search?q=destiny's+child+survivor+lawsuit&form=EDGNTC&qs=PF&cvid=6779a72b61014ea6abd5704c39d667d2&pq=destiny's%20child%20survivor%20lawsuit
  30. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/1456291/destinys-child-settle-with-ex-members-over-survivor-dis
  31. ^ http://theurbandaily.com/2010/11/11/latavia-roberson-says-she-turned-to-alcohol-after-being-kicked-out-of-destinys-child/
  32. ^ http://cocoafab.com/latavia-roberson-don-vito-welcome-baby-girl[permanent dead link]\
  33. ^ https://www.essence.com/2016/08/29/latavia-roberson-late-term-pregnancy-loss
  34. ^ "LaTavia Roberson turned EDM? Check out her new single". FanSided. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  35. ^ But Deliver Us from Evil on imdb.com
  36. ^ Dirty South House Arrest on imdb.com
  37. ^ The Hills on imdb.com

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