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POSTED: DECEMBER 12, 2008
T-Boz: "I'm Not Homeless"
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When the ladies of TLC-T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli-adorned themselves in condoms and declared they weren't too "Proud To Beg" for what they wanted, feminism reached a new plateau of liberation. Not only was the female hip-hop-soul trio fiercely bold, but their flirtatious spirits were infectious and ushered in a new generation of independent ladies. As the laid-back one of her posse, T-Boz defined über-coolness with her distinct vocals. ESSENCE.com caught up with the single mom to discuss the love of her life and those "ridiculous" rumors about losing her home.
ESSENCE.COM: We need more T-Boz sightings! The last time we saw you was in Times Square during a taping of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" raising money for a charity. How have you been?
T-BOZ: I'm doing great. I'm healthy and happy. And I love raising awareness and money for kids. The show was interesting and I loved experiencing new things, but I wouldn't do it again.
ESSENCE.COM: And how's motherhood treating you?
T-BOZ: Wonderful. My daughter, Chase Anela, is 8 years old, and she's the sweetest thing and makes me the happiest. She makes me breakfast in bed. She'll make me scrambled eggs or oatmeal in the microwave and serve it to me. She's my world.
ESSENCE.COM: (Laughs.) That is so sweet! Well, there have been reports that a Georgia property of yours is going into foreclosure. Is that true?
T-BOZ: No, I'm not homeless. During my last marriage [to Mack 10], I had a bunch of things that were put in my name. If one of those properties is going into foreclosure then I don't know. Although I've been divorced for five years, there are still a lot of things I'm dealing with on getting straight in that regard. All I know is that the house I live in with my daughter is not. When you pull up my name, my real house doesn't show up because it's not in my real name, because I enjoy my privacy and I'm not trying to have people be able to find me that easily.
ESSENCE.COM: There were also reports of you losing a home in Houston?
T-BOZ: I've never owned a home in Houston. I closed a store in Houston, Chase's Closet, where I sold girls and boys clothing from infants to 12 years. The store is named after my daughter, Chase. For now, I only have the online store (chasescloset.com).
ESSENCE.COM: That explains the locale. Did you see the photos they had of you that were allegedly in front of your Houston home begging for donations?
T-BOZ: It's almost a waste of energy to give an explanation, but I'll just say that the [blogosphere] loves to make up things. I remember that photo and it was on Craiglist.com showing me in front of some house with a sign claiming I was asking for donations. The only thing that irritated me was that they said that the proceeds would be donated to St. Jude's [Children's Research Hospital]. I can take people talking about me all day, but don't use my name to make fun of sick children because that's beyond low and sick. I was a sick kid for a long time, in and out of the hospital most of my life battling my sickle cell, so I don't find anything funny about that kind of joking. Why would anyone target innocent sick children to make fun of? That's not cool at all. I mean someone actually took the time to make up all this stuff and post a picture they had me in front of a house talking about I'd take donations to save my home. They even went so far as to have an address and I thought, I feel sorry for the person who lives there. I was there helping to raise funds for another charity.
ESSENCE.COM: How do you think the rumor began?
T-BOZ: Honestly, I don't know. Ever since the news that TLC went bankrupt back in the day, I suppose everyone wants to believe that we are all struggling, but we're doing fine. And if it were true, does it really matter? All those things are material. I get that negativity and violence sells, so people just stick to that formula. I'm just trying to live life and raise a little a girl that I was told I couldn't have because of my sickle cell disease. I'm trying to do something that matters and make a difference with diseases. When I think about having my organs fail, my heartbeat stop and then begin again, this stuff is so trivial and I'm shocked that people believe everything they read because so much of it is far-fetched. My friends call me a miracle, and I am because there were so many times I almost didn't make it when I was dealing with my sickness, but I'm doing so much better and I can only thank God.
ESSENCE.COM: Wow! So how do you combat the rumors?
T-BOZ: I let people say what they want to say. I really don't care. At the end of the day, none of these people are ever going to pay my bills or help get me out the hospital bed when I'm sick. That stuff is a waste of energy to me. You have to wonder if some of these bloggers lives are so bad that you have to harp on other people's problems and fabricate stories. If some of the things are true about people losing their homes, have some compassion because it could be any one of us one day. It's so ridiculous that you have to ask what is going on and half the battle begins with us as Black folks. If we don't sit together and make change and start to treat each other with more respect, then how are we going to help our President? He can't do this alone, so we have to come together and do better.
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Buzz up!I so agree T-BOZ and I am glad to hear you are doing so much better! you look good! girl! I have always been a fan of you girls group and admired your creativitey continue your focus on doing your most highest good as a child of the king , and as a woman and a mother! let the haters! hate! and lie! because they don't have a life or nothing better to do because if they were taking care of their own bussiness they would'nt be worried about yours! so stay in the peace of the lord and continue to move forward