TLC is one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, second only to the Spice Girls. They have sold 65 million albums, clocked 10 top-ten Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B singles (bested in girl-group zone only by Destiny's Child), and changed so many of their fans' lives they had to drop an entire album essentially responding to the buckets of inspirational letters they were receiving about it. (Fanmail, you know—"I get lonely tooooo.") Their personal style and spiritual estiílo totally altered the culture; they popularized Cross Colours clothing to a mainstream audience, condoms as accessory (and, by extension, sexual empowerment and maturity), and fused rap and R&B when the twain [...]
The Virgin Diaries is a British reality show that "follows young adults between the ages of 16 and 18 as they contemplate sex, sexuality, and their own virginity," and it's coming to America at 9 p.m. EST on December 4. The show arrives care of TLC, which seems to be handling the topic with its signature restraint.
VH1's TLC biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, now has a teaser, and my god, the resemblances are uncanny. That's rapper Lil Mama as Left Eye, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and KeKe Palmer (who was in the womb when Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip was released in 1992) as Chilli. Lil Mama's haircut is especially convincing, though it's hard to compete with a hologram.
I'm hoping the final product delivers more than by-the-book music video reproductions, pretty as they are, but I'm also quite content to hear the opening bars to "Creep" at any time ever, and to see those outfits brought back to life. Remember Left Eye's [...]
In case you missed it, two years ago, Mishka commissioned the best mix of lovey, mid-90s R&B prom jams — including Janet, Mariah, SWV, and TLC to name a few — called "Mishka is for Lovers" from Skeet Skeet and it still exists for free. If you prefer less sweet songs about love, download Brother Ali's brand new 7-track EP, The Bite Marked Heart, for zero dollars. He's a supremely listenable rapper from Minneapolis who often raps nice things about his family. And, if none of the above words made any sense to you, may I suggest one of these two hour-long mixes from DJ Klooney?: a bunch of [...]
Amanda has a Toilet Paper Room in her house (to be fair it looks more like several toilet paper towers in a storage room, but whatever), where she keeps 40 years worth of toilet paper. (That's 3,000 rolls, which, if you do the math, comes out to 75 rolls a year, or 6 1/4 a month. Is that your pace, too?) Her buddy Nathan is loving it.
This is from the TLC show Extreme Couponing, which is like Hoarders' tidy but equally neurotic and terrifying cousin. And then also the prudish older sister of that show with the woman who eats toilet paper. Remember how our brains [...]
Alana, we need you to solve the mystery: What is a door nut? I understand ooing on yourself, feeling smexy, looking beautemous, and even how to redneckognize.
But the door nut—the phrase you say when you’re on a roll, talking in the camera confessional—is beyond my knowledge. Teach us. Teach us your language, Honey Boo Boo Child.
•••As we approach the second season of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, I set myself a challenge: Watch three episodes while blocking off the subtitles and see how much I understood.
I come to this challenge with some baggage. Southern baggage. From the start, I considered it ridiculous that anyone really needed extensive subtitles, [...]
"Mostly, I just thought the show sucked." —Kayak just issued a press release explaining why they pulled ads from All American Muslim and it's pretty much the best reason.
My Strange Addiction, a new show on the always-classy TLC, chronicles people who, among other things, sleep with their blow dryers and are obsessed with eating laundry detergent. It premieres December 29. (Additional footage of the blow dryer and toilet paper enthusiasts can be found here.) What did you love when you were 34?