VH1 has done it once again, recreating a classic female group and making them come to life in the comfort of our very own home. Chicago’s very own Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora, star alongside Lil Mama in the TLC biopic executive produced by the original Chili and T’Boz themselves. Beginning the film with a little background on the three girls and their very different lifestyles growing up, audiences are sure to feel a personal connection with the girls. This biopic touches on each one of the girls’ challenges on being a young talented teen dealing with relationship problems, medical issues, and just finding their true self.
T’Boz’s character (played by Drew Sidora) who mainly wanted to become a dancer, gets an opportunity offered to her by her friend Crystal who says L.A. Reid’s wife Pebbles (played by Rochelle Aytes) is trying to put together a girl group. Seeking a third member , T’Boz (Sidora) grabs her good friend Lisa aka “Left Eye” (played by Lil Mama) who had come up to New York to be noticed for her rap talent. Unfortunately, only T’Boz and Lil Mama make it into the group leaving Crystal ( played by Brooke Montalvo) out and another spot open. Keke Palmer turns on her inner Chili by mixing her singing talents and dance skills creating some of the best sounds we have heard yet, and proving to Pebbles she is the final girl that should be chosen to complete her vision of TLC.
Getting straight to rehearsals and recording sessions, the group is introduced to Dallas Austin (played by Evan Ross) who is actually a good friend of T’Boz but a playa at heart as well. Chili (Palmer) falls for Dallas (Ross) which leads to conflict between Pebbles, her future career as an artist, and leads up to an unexpected pregnancy which leads to an abortion. The girls go through different trials and tribulations dealing with hit songs, unstoppable tours, and even financial problems. While on their first tour , the girls of TLC discover T’Boz and her sickle cell sickness which affects the tour and sets them back. Over time the group gets back on the road, 1 million records have been sold, and the girls are still questioning where the money is. TLC decides to start recording with Pebbles husband L. A. Reid ( played by Carl Anthony Payne II) thinking they will finally start seeing some paychecks. More albums are sold, videos get aired on MTV, and Left Eye (Lil Mama) gets out of hand. Hit songs like “Ain’t To Proud to Beg”, “Scrubs”, and “Waterfalls” come to life as TLC hits some of the toughest times.
Throughout it all the girl group sticks together through every fight, every altercation, every new life challenge and even new producers. This movie touches on the problems of young ladies who still had problems even in the limelight. “This is how a group can sell 10 million albums and be broke.”
By: Vinessa Russell
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