We’ve been anticipating the premiere of VH1’s “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” biopic ever since we found out Lil Mama was cast as the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Seriously, we couldn’t think of a better person to play Left Eye or a better role for Mama to reestablish herself as a respectable artist. Mama certainly embodied the rambunctious personality, petite frame and fiery punch of Left Eye and brought it to the TLC TV film so much that T-Boz and Chilli were freaked out by how accurate her depiction of their fallen friend was.
Mama, real name Niatia Jessica Kirkland, drew inspiration from every facet of Left Eye’s life. “It was really fun to embody a lot of Left Eye’s character as far as her animation goes because she’s a really fun person. We have a lot in common when it comes to that and it was very challenging. Her not being here was sad because when you really look up to somebody, especially when you’re playing them, I mean, I would’ve missed her no matter what, but being on set playing her, you miss her more,” she told us.
Left Eye died in a fatal car crash in Honduras while on a spiritual retreat. “You want her to show up and say, “this is how you gonna do this part, you wanna be like…” You know what I’m sayin’? You want her to break certain things down, but I still had that energy just for the love of picking up the characteristics that I watched.”
So how exactly did the “Lip Gloss” rapper get into character? “Reading, watching video, talking to family, and talking to friends, both Chili and Tionne,” she said.
RIP Left Eye!
Let us know, in the comments section, how you think Lil Mama did in her debut role…
Like HelloBeautiful on Facebook to stay on top of your favorite black celebrities:
1. Drew Sidora, KeKe Palmer, Lil Mama Channel TLC
TLC is the biggest selling girl group of all time, but that didn't come without trials and tribulations. VH1 aired the "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" biopic and put some of those controversies on full blast. Some things were exaggerated, but some things were completely accurate!
2. TRUTH: Was Pebbles Really That Horrible? Yes
Chilli and T-Boz have openly expressed their disdain for the way Pebbles treated them while they were signed to her label Pebbitone. In the VH1 TLC biopic, Pebbles was portrayed as an unfair boss who robbed the girls blind at by having them sign unfavorable contracts at their young age. Pebbles claimed the film depicted her in a negative light. T-Boz had something to say about it: "It’s not exaggerated. [When we didn't sign our contracts] she cried and she did the whole, ‘You don’t trust me.’ That was true. But she had a tear. Remember the tear? We called it a Demi Moore tear. The thing that is true though, she did do some good for us. She put us together. She taught us some things. But then there’s always times when you work with people, there’s always things that you’re never going to agree with and you don’t like their ways. And people part ways, and I don’t think that she ever got over that." Pebbles threatened to sue VH1 for slander.
3. FALSE: Pebbles Owns TLC's Name
Well, this one is partially "false." Pebbles did in fact own TLC's name. She charged them $1 million per letter to buy the rights to the famous initials.
4. TRUTH: T-Boz Dated Jodeci Member Dalvin Degrate
Before Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins eventually settled down and had a baby, married rapper Mack 10, she dated Dalvin Degrate from group Jodeci in her hay day. Their relationship didn't last when Dalvin cheated on T-Boz.
5. TRUTH: Chilli Had An Abortion
When Chilli was 20-years-old she began dating prouder Dallas Austin while he worked on TLC's debut album "Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip." Chilli became pregnant, but decided to have an abortion because her career had just begun taking off. "It messed me up. It broke my spirit. I feel like I became not my strong self anymore," she told VH1. "I feel like I gave in and broke to what someone else wanted. I would break down and just cry because I wasn’t a mommy. I cried almost every day for almost 9 years."
6. FALSE: "No one makes money until the second album"
Pebbles allegedly told TLC that "No one makes money until the second album," this is false. Artists have definitely profited from their first albums' sales. Pebbles took a greedy portion from TLC as well as charged them for everything from music video shoots to their first cars.
7. TRUTH: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Burned Down The House
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was such a firecracker, when she she claimed her boyfriend beat her the night before. To retaliate, she threw his belongings into the bathtub with a match. She didn't realize that the tub was made of extremely flammable fiberglass material. Rison lost all his possessions and Lopes was sentenced to five years probation and therapy at a halfway house. She said she suffered from mental and physical abuse.
8. TRUTH: T-Boz Suffers From Sickle-Cell Disease
T- Boz was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia at a young age. She was not expected to lie past the age of 30. In 1996, T-Boz could hide her ailment no more and soon became a spokespeople for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Despite belief that she would never get pregnant, T-Boz gave birth to a baby girl in 2000. In 2006, she admitted to having a having a strawberry-size acoustic neuroma on her vestibular nerve, which affected her balance, hearing, sight, and facial movement. T-Boz revealed, in a 2009 interview, that she suffered from a brain tumor for three years.