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Life has certainly been full of peaks and valleys for superstar Tionne ďT-BozĒ Watkins. Not even Dionne Warwick and her psychic friends could have foretold the saga of this Des Moines, Iowa native overcoming adversity to eventually become the lead singer of one of the best selling female groups of all-time. But how could that be? Surely someone suffering from sickle cell anemia couldnít possibly perform and produce at such a frenetic pace without eventually breaking down. That may be a fair assumption for most, but for the ďCoolĒ component of the CrazySexyCool triangle, itís simply another mountain sheís ably scaled on her road to greatness. That isnít to say that her journey has been without setbacks, but one peek into her fan club journal, reveals the true strength, character, and heart of a woman whose best is still yet to come.
One could only imagine what it must be like for T-Boz to sit down at her computer, open her inbox and read her fan mailÖ
Excerpt 1: Dispelling Myths
Iím writing this letter because my best friend just called me and said that you and Chilli were doing a TV show to find a new member to replace Left Eye. I hope that what she said wasnít true because I donít want to imagine TLC with anybody else but the original three members. If you really love your true fans, then donít do this.
Your #1 Fan
Dear #1 Fan,
Chilli and I thank you for your undying support of TLC. From the beginning we have tried to make sure the public knew that we were not trying to replace Lisa. ďRU the GirlĒ was simply a way for us to give one special girl an opportunity to gain national exposure and perform one song with us live to be placed on our Greatest Hits Album. Itís a shame how all of that was blown out of proportion. We remain dedicated to keeping the legacy of TLC alive and well. Thank you for being such a loyal fan, and I pray that you continue to support us in our future endeavors.
Excerpt 2: Lifeís Defining Moments
October 20, 2000, triggered a defining moment in Tionneís life. What doctorís thought was physically impossible due to sickle cell anemia; God saw fit to bless her with a beautiful daughter, Chase. Tionne has repeatedly said that Chase is her greatest accomplishment in life.
Dear Ms. T-Boz,
I was watching you on the UPN show, and I just had to write you. Youíve always come off so down to earth to me, and I love that about you. I know you may not even get this letter, but I figured that I might as well give it a try. This is so embarrassing, but Iíve read about the close relationship that you and your daughter have, and I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on how to better raise my daughter.
Thanks For Your Help,
Dear Desperate Housewife,
First off, let me say that you are probably doing a better job with your daughter than you think. With my daughter Chase, my main goal is to teach her about self-respect. Iím serious about instilling morals. Thatís first and foremost to me. Self-respect and loving yourself are the keys, because if she doesnít do that then why should anybody else? So if you had to teach your daughter anything, I would say instill in her self-respect and common sense. I would rather Chase have common sense over book smarts any day. To me thatís what you need in life to succeed. I want my daughter to always feel good about herself. I want her to always respect herself because thatís going to assist her in becoming a successful businesswoman. Just give her love, and pay attention to her at all times. I look forward to seeing our daughters being the future leaders of America.
Excerpt 3: Broadening Horizons
Tionne became so overwhelmed by her angelic daughter, that she opened a stylish childrenís boutique in suburban Houston and named it after heró Chaseís Closet. This trendy boutique has served as an outlet for Tionne to share with the world her love for her daughter and fashion.
From one businesswoman to another, I just wanted to say that I respect what youíre doing here in the city of Houston by starting your own childrenís boutique. You are providing a great example to women everywhere that anything is possible. My daughter admires all that you stand for, so I thank you, thank you, thank you, for who you are and as well as what you stand for. I was hoping that you could give me some insight as to what prompted you to open the boutique in the first place. I know you started it, and named it after your daughter, but thatís pretty much all I know. Please fill me in on your thinking behind Chaseís Closet, and how much involvement you had in the process. Well, I wish you nothing but future success, as I know the best is yet to come. I hope to hear back from you.
Dear Aspiring Entrepreneur,
I thank you for the kind words in your letter. Opening Chaseís Closet was a challenge but one that was worth every bit of the work. To me a lot of people do a lot of talking about what they are going to accomplish in life. Letís say (knock on wood) that my boutique doesnít blow up. The fact that I got off my butt and even tried it is to me a success within itself. I worked hard to open these doors and accomplish what I said I was going to do. Iíve only been open since the second week of January and was voted the best baby store in Houston after only the first three months of being open. I canít describe to you my feelings regarding Chaseís Closet. Itís almost like the first time that I heard my song on the radio. I personally spent a lot of time and energy making this a reality, adding my own personal touches to the boutique. Chaseís Closet is actually very close to the color scheme thatís in my daughterís bedroom. This is for people that like to shop like me. People who like their kids to look different. Iím not afraid to tell anyone that I have a shopping problem, so this is a way for me to do what I love. The initial problem with Chaseís Closet was I didnít want everyone to look like my child at first. But I got over that, and here we are. I hope that helps describe what went into the thought process of Chaseís Closet. Feel free to write me back to tell me about your business endeavors. Iím sure that you are going to be successful in whatever you have set your heart on. Tell your daughter I said ďhello,Ē and thank you for being a fan.
Excerpt 4: Hope in a Desolate Land
Despite her success personally and professionally, Tionne has never shied away from speaking life into her fans. Encouraging the success of others has been therapeutic and a way to thank God for the many blessings that he has bestowed upon her.
I finally got the courage write you to get a few things off my chest. Iíve always looked up to you, so if there was anyone that I would feel comfortable with sharing this with, itís you. I feel like Iím going nowhere fast. I know that Iím destined for greatness, but my surroundings just donít allow me to whole-heartedly pursue my dreams. I was hoping you could give me some words of encouragement to help me make it through. Just hearing back from you would do so much for my confidence, because Iím real close to just giving up.
Thank You So Much,
Dear Low Self-Esteem,
By the end of this letter, I hope to change your name. I want you to never give up on your dreams. Hopefully you can gain some encouragement from my story. Since entering the entertainment business, I always felt like I had two strikes against me. With the industry being so male-driven and then on top of that Iím black; I wasnít supposed to have a chance. Right off the bat, I had two quick strikes. But I never let that get to me, because when I did succeed and reach my goals, that made it that much more fulfilling, because I really deserved it because I fought for mine. Thatís why Iím so proud of all of my accomplishments. From your words, I can tell that you are just as passionate about reaching your goals, so I say go for it. I believe in you, but you have to first believe in yourself. Continue to write me, so I can help you get through this process. You will succeed. Youíve just got to believe.
I Believe in You,