TLC made their début with the album “Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip” more than three decades ago. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, who formed the group in Atlanta in 1990, went on to become one of the best-selling female groups of all time, selling over 95 million records and influencing an entire generation. And now, TLC is indeed prepared to share its story.
The groundbreaking group behind hits like “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls” is now sharing their story for the first time in their brand-new Lifetime documentary, “TLC Forever.” T-Boz and Chilli discuss breaking down barriers and beating the chances in the two-hour special, featuring commentary from Missy Elliott and Questlove, two of their peers.
The group succeeded, had nine top-10 hits, and amassed over 85 million records sold globally. They also received over 35 significant awards, including the Video of the Year Award for “Waterfalls.” However, despite the success, there was intra-group conflict and challenges like external assaults, financial difficulties, and illness. The duo asks in the trailer, “How are we meant to fight against the world if we’re fighting internally?”
But the tragedy did not spare them on their ascent to the summit. Left Eye passed away in an automobile accident in Honduras in 2002. The surviving team members decided to carry on as a duo.
Chilli told Billboard, “It’s a lot that’s gone on in all those years and still happening, so it’s a lot that people don’t know that we wanna share,” as T-Boz added, “You’ll learn some new things about TLC. It’s a story of trials, tribulation, and at the end, triumph.”
The Matthew Kay-directed documentary also includes Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and rapper Missy Elliot in conversation. For Lifetime and the A&E Network, “TLC Forever” was developed by One Story Up and Lauren Fulton. Roger Ross Williams and Geoff Martz are one of Story Up’s executive producers. Tionne Watkins, Rozonda Thomas, Bill Diggins of Diggit Entertainment Group, and Rick Krim are TLC’s executive producers. Elaine Frontin Bryant and Brad Abramson are A+E Networks’ executive directors. The duo still has yet to slow down after thirty years. Beginning on June 1, they will embark on their “Hot Summer Nights” tour while working on a Broadway show. The debut of “TLC Forever” will air on Lifetime and A&E on Saturday, June 3, at 8 p.m.