Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 26, 1970. She was among the first members of TLC, an all-female R&B trio that also contained Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and had many hits in the 1990s. After TLC finished with Lopes’ death in 2002, Watkins became known as a television personality and an advocate for sufferers of sickle cell anemia, an illness she’s had since her youth. Watkins was identified as having sickle cell anemia as a kid and was hospitalized several times for her sickness; as a teenager, she was still learning to handle the disorder and its own treatment.
Watkins adopted the stage name of “T Boz.” TLC’s smooth mix of R&B, funk and rap, featuring Watkins’s distinctive raspy vocals, was showcased in four records, beginning with 1992’s Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip. The three girls made a display appearance in the comedy House Party 3 (1994), and Watkins played a much more serious part in the offense drama Belly in 1998.
When Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in an automobile crash in 2002, the group dissolved. TLC’s musical style as well as their body of work, with tunes that addressed serious problems of self esteem and safe sex including partying and flirtation, have affected a number of other performers.
In the 2000s, Watkins changed to other types of amusement in her career. She and Rozonda Thomas teamed on the reality television show R U the Girl? in 2005. She also got experience as a producer, working on the comedy drama movie ATL (2006) and a 2013 TLC biopic called CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. She released a novel of her own poems, titled Thoughts, in 1999. Watkins married rapper Mack 10 (Dedrick D-Mon Rolison) in 2000, as well as the couple had a daughter named Chase Anela the same year. They divorced in 2004.
Watkins was identified as having a brain tumor in 2006; she got surgery to get the tumour removed and experienced several years of physical therapy for total healing. Still living with sickle cell anemia, Watkins chose to reach out to other people impacted by the disorder by being a representative for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America in 1996. The profits from her solo single “Victor,” released in 2013, were given to charities that help sufferers of sickle cell disease and other blood disorders.