TLC's T-Boz Hosts Charity Concert To Raise Money for Sickle Cell Anemia
TLC's T-Boz and friends perform concert to raise awareness of sickle cell anemia.
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins hosted a charity concert at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles last Sunday to raise money and awareness for the Sickle Cell Foundation Support Group.
The event — organized by the TLC member, who herself is diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, and celebrity charity video app Chideo — also featured performances by Vampire Diaries star and singer Kat Graham, and Grammy winners Raphael Saadiq and Faith Evans.
"I had a dream — I literally saw [Saadiq] standing on the left side of me, and that's where he's standing today, so it's like my dream is really coming true," T-Boz told The Hollywood Reporter of making the concert a reality. "When you have charity events, people feel bad right then, and then go on to the next thing. ... [A charity] concert is something you'd do in your free time anyway, and it's for a good cause. You can't get any better than that. It's win-win."
Graham, whose latest single "1991" samples TLC's 1992 hit "What About Your Friends," was excited to perform with one of her idols. "I've been wanting to do something with her for a really long time," Graham said. "She invited me to perform and I'm still not really believing I'm here."
As the intimate Clive Davis Theater was filled with diehard TLC fans, each artist performed a short set before T-Boz took the stage beside Saadiq and a full band. Fans were treated to stripped-down, yet still very lively, versions of the major hits from her trio's repertoire, including "Unpretty," "Creep" and "Waterfalls," which featured an ensemble onstage as Graham, Evans, and new artists ATLA joined T-Boz for the final chorus.