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Watkins, Tionne.
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Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (approximately 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

I've thought -- Unpretty -- Weight -- Bitter -- The mirror -- Parenthood -- Racism -- Tears -- That's a child -- Move out the way -- A killer -- Why -- Celebrities -- Wishes -- Crime -- Get a job -- Priorities -- Not a punk -- Confused -- Hatred -- Murder -- Late night calls -- Relax/Take a deep breath -- Special -- Cherish -- It's just a problem -- You -- I wanna be free -- A sick life -- What's my name -- The voice -- Groupism/Groupie -- 4 sale -- Give me the reason -- Momma (I love you) -- Tionne's song.
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Audiobook on CD


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PS3573.A8445 T48 1999D Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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When TLC was between albums, I had no way to release my creativity. One night, feeling put-out by my boyfriend and wondering about how much women had to go through to make a relationship work, I sat down and started writing poems. "Unpretty" was the first. Up until then, I hadn't realized how badly I needed to release what I was feeling inside. They were my thoughts from the heart, and my art.

The poems cover a whole range of topics: Love, relationships, heartbreak, body image, family, society, abortion, and many other things. They each mean alot to me, and I hope they inspire you, give you a different perspective on what's going on around you, or just help you relax. You'll find a little bit of me in these words, and maybe you'll find a little bit of yourself or someone you know.

I reached out to my friends, including my fans, while I was putting Thoughts . together and they realty inspired me and helped me figure out which stories to tell. Stories about the important people in my life, like my mom who's always been there for me, my family, my TLC partners Lisa and Rozonda, and those who have all helped me along the way. I've had to deal with some tough stuff, like my relationship with my dad, who left when I was three, my never-ending battle with sickle cell, the bad high school years, my self-image problems, and my fight to survive in this crazy music business.

Sharing these stories and poems has helped me face big issues in my life. Maybe they'll help you, too. Or maybe they'll give you a better understanding of who I am as a person. I can only express myself so much through my songs. On my own, though, I can let you into my heart and mind.

Thank you for allowing me to share my Thoughts with you.

Love, Tionne

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sure, maybe Jewel did it firstÄa pop star committing her thoughts and poems to audiotape, thus introducing the medium to legions of demographically desirable young fans. But this original tape by "T-Boz" ("T" of the Grammy winning R&B/hip hop vocal group TLC) has the potential to break through to young African-American consumers, demonstrating anew the potential for musicians to embrace spoken audio as a natural, ready-and-waiting creative outlet. Watkins produced and recorded this tape on her own and handed it in as finished product. That air of assurance and artistic autonomy comes across strong in the poems and accompanying music. The Iowa-born singer addresses issues that affect many teens: racism, health, weight, workingÄall components of self-image. Her message is one of self-reliance, born out in plainspoken rhyme and culminating in a musical number entitled "Tionne's Song." This makes for an appealing program that speaks directly to fans. Simultaneous release with the Harper Entertainment hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

YA-"T-Boz," the T in TLC, a Grammy Award-winning girl singing group, has written a short book of poems and essays, and the lyrical text and photographs will hit home with a lot of teens. The author covers a whole range of topics such as love, relationships, heartbreak, body image, family, friends, and society. Fans get a rare glimpse of T-Boz's life not as a celebrity but as a caring, courageous, and persevering female who has made it to the top of her profession in spite of many obstacles placed in her path. This book is inspirational, soul-searching, and downright funny at times. It should fly right off the shelves and into the hands of many eager readers. Pair it with Tupac Amaru Shakur's The Rose That Grew from Concrete (MTV, 2000). Rarely will readers meet another celebrity so open, encouraging, and sensitive as Watkins. And, just maybe, teens will be inspired to put their own thoughts on paper.-ayo dayo, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.