Beloved by many, TLC has transcended pop culture and music. The group has poured out there heart and soul with many number one hits, including “No Scrub”, “Creep”, “Waterfalls” and “Unpretty”. The group has been scarred with so much tragedy. With the sudden death of Lisa “Lefteye” Lopez, bankruptcy, and questionable management. However, Tionne Watkins, the T in TLC, has unlocked what it’s like for her living with Sickle Cell Disease as well as what it has been like for her as a member of TLC. She takes us on a roller coaster ride of ups, downs, twists, and turns like never before in her memoir, “A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage”.
Watkins is real and uncensored as she shows us her true feelings. Never before have I laughed and cried at the same time. She is so open and honest about her struggles and flaws, thus the creation of the TLC hit “Unpretty”. The book details fights with groupies, bouts with the pain from needles and her coming to term with her veins giving out. Watkins has endured so much. Reading the untold stories of her pain, strength and survival solidifies her wonder woman clout.
One of the most important valuable things that I appreciated about this book was the real and authentic cantor on sickle cell disease. Tionne addressed what sickle cell disease is (because a lot of people don’t know about this) disease, the effect it has on a person’s body and the person’s family and how to cope. It has been one of the most informative book I’ve learned that didn’t make me feel like I wasted time. To read some of the behind the scene stories and get the first person view of T-Boz life is beyond priceless. Also, if you are wondering if Lefteye and Chilli are mentioned, they are, but only as pertaining to the group. I think it was imperative to Watkins to speak about her personal story and not give us a “tell-all” on TLC. So, if you are looking for an amazing read that will leave you more informed and laughing then give TBOZ a try.
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