TLC Members Turn Attention To AIDS Prevention
Concert touring may not be in TLC's future, but Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are on the road to support a worthy cause: HIV/AIDS education.Concert touring may not be in TLC's future, but Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are on the road to support a worthy cause: HIV/AIDS education. Fresh from what was touted as the act's final live performance at WHTZ (Z100) New York's Zootopia concert last weekend, the pair is launching Dialogues: Education and Treatment for a Well Planned Future.
"We can't talk about it enough," Watkins says of the sobering statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those figures state that 47% of new HIV cases are African-Americans and 30% of new cases overall are women. "We've always been involved in promoting safe sex," Thomas adds.
A decade ago, along with late member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Watkins and Thomas sported condoms on their clothes to encourage women to protect themselves. The trio's 1995 hit "Waterfalls" also addresses the dangers of HIV.
The Dialogues program includes a variety of free tools available through hiv-dialogues.com. As paid spokespersons for the initiative, Watkins and Thomas have already done various TV network interviews and plan to do a public-service announcement next year. "We're working it wherever we are," Thomas says.
The pair is also working on its long-anticipated greatest-hits album, which will be released by Arista. "It will be a lot of fun figuring out the songs, making sure we're putting on Lisa's favorites," Watkins says.