If I had one cassette that couldn’t be snatched from my hands and that always stayed in the tape deck of my mother’s car, it was TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool album.
I loved “Waterfalls.” I knew Lisa Left Eye Lopes’ verse by heart, even if I messed up the words with what I thought I heard as a child.
I thought they were the coolest girl group, better than Destiny’s Child and Spice Girls. Everything about them is nostalgic and ’90’s for me. It takes me back to the time where I could stay up to 10 on Saturdays and watch “Snick” on Nickelodeon. One time the group was a musical guest on “All That.”
I remember being in a Boys and Girls Club talent show with my friends and we performed “No Scrubs.” Although I am a singer, I actually got to play Lopes because I studied her part closely.
When “Unpretty” came out, it helped me with the awkward self image issues of middle school.
I felt I lost a family member when Lopes died. The group had been through so much; bankruptcy, illness and family drama. Lopes’ death was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
I was ecstatic and in disbelief when I found out VH1 was doing TLC’s biopic. It’s like reliving a part of history for me. I just hope the actresses do the girls justice and pay homage to my childhood icons.
Christina Calloway writes for Clovis Media Inc. She hopes there will be a biopic of Aaliyah next.