Rozonda Ocielian Thomas known professionally as Chilli is an American dancer, singer-songwriter and television personality who rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of group TLC, one of the best-selling girl groups of the 20th century. Thomas was born in Atlanta and graduated from Benjamin Elijah Mays High School in 1989, her father, Abdul Ali, is of Indian descent, her mother, Ava Thomas, is of African American and Native American descent. Thomas, raised by her mother allowed the Sally Jessy Raphael television talk show to air footage of her meeting her father for the first time in 1996. Thomas was first a dancer for Damian Dame. In 1991, she joined TLC, replacing founding member Crystal Jones, was nicknamed "Chilli" by Lisa Lopes so that the group could retain the name TLC; the group went on to sell over 65 million records worldwide and became the best-selling American girl group of all-time. Chilli has won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC. Since the death of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in April 2002, Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins have performed as a duo.
In 2009, Thomas and Watkins performed a series of concerts in Asia. In late 2011, VH1 announced plans to produce a biopic on TLC to air in 2013. Thomas and Watkins have signed on as producers. Actress and singer Keke Palmer portrayed Thomas in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. Thomas began working on her solo album in 2000 after the completion of promotion for TLC's third album, FanMail, she ceased production when work began on the next TLC album, 3D. In 2006, rumors of having signed a four-album deal with singer/rapper Akon's label Kon Live Distribution in 2006, she denied these reports and confirmed that she was entertaining offers from other record labels, it was confirmed that the name of the album would be titled Bi-Polar, but due to scheduling conflicts and constant delays, the album was shelved. The album was once rumored to include work by Missy Elliott as well as tracks produced by T-Pain and Tricky Stewart. Certain tracks that were intended for the album were leaked from 2006 to 2008. A track titled "Gameproof," which featured her TLC bandmate T-Boz, was leaked in spring 2006.
On February 16, 2007, "Straight Jack," a track featuring Missy Elliott and produced by Polow da Don was leaked. The track entered the Deutsche Black Chart in at #35. In early April 2008, Thomas's first official solo single, "Dumb, Dumb" was released. In 2012, Thomas appeared as the leading lady in R&B singer Tyrese's music video for his single "Nothing On You." In January 2016, she released a new solo single, "Body", which served to promote her new fitness workout campaign. Thomas made guest appearances on television shows such as The Parkers, That 70s Show, Living Single and Strong Medicine. In 1992, she made a brief cameo in the video for "Jump" by Kriss Kross. In 2000, she was featured in the made-for-television movies A Diva's Christmas Carol and Love Song, in the film Snow Day. In 2001, she co-starred in the action film Ticker, directed by Albert Pyun and "House Party 3", she played a small role in the 1998 film Hav Plenty. In 2011, Thomas made cameo appearances throughout the first season of VH1's Single Ladies.
She appeared again on the show's second season performing her unreleased track, "Flirt," written by Tiyon "TC" Mack and produced by Soundz. In June 2009, VH1 announced the airing of a reality TV series starring Thomas; the series, What Chilli Wants, which documents Thomas's quest to find love and manage her life with the help of love and relationship expert Tionna Tee Smalls, premiered on April 11, 2010. The second season of What Chilli Wants premiered on January 2, 2011. In 2013, Thomas became a member of "Team Guy" on the second season of Food Network's Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, she appeared naked in a PETA anti-circus ad campaign. Thomas appeared on episode 14 of WWE Countdown where she spoke about The Rock. In 2016, it was announced she had joined the cast of the film Marshall, a biopic on the life of Thurgood Marshall. At age 20, Thomas became pregnant by producer Dallas Austin. On her show, What Chilli Wants, she would reveal having regretted the decision. Thomas and Austin continued their relationship, would have one son, Tron Austin.
In 2001, Thomas began dating Usher. Their relationship lasted for two years: they broke up in December 2003, followed by a media frenzy surrounding the personal nature of Usher's fourth album, Confessions, his fans inferred the reason he and Thomas split is due to infidelity on his part, giving allusions to the lyrics of the songs. In an interview on The Bert Show on the Atlanta radio channel Q100 on February 17, 2004, Thomas claimed that Usher cheated on her: "Usher did the ultimate no-no to me.... I will never be with him again, and, that". Usher defended: "...it just didn't work out. But cheating is not what caused the relationship to crash; that ain't what broke it up". Thomas and the rest of the members of TLC were big proponents of encouraging safe sex. For the music video of the song, "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" Thomas and other band members wore condoms on their clothing. In 2003, Thomas and Watkins teamed up with Agouron Pharmaceuticals to create a national education program about HIV/AIDS; the program supplied people with information including prevention and treatment.
In 2012, Thomas started. The organization is an Atlanta program targeted to help girls between the ages of 13-17 with self-esteem issues, she markets a line of handbags called Bags by Chilli. I
Roberts Wesleyan College
Roberts Wesleyan College is a Christ-centered liberal arts college offering liberal arts and professional programs located in North Chili, New York. The college celebrated 150 years in 2016, it is the first educational institution established for Free Methodists in North America. Roberts is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, is a member of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, the Rochester Area Colleges, the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Northeastern Seminary is a graduate school of theology located on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. Northeastern has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada since 2003, it is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New York State Board of Regents University of the State of New York. Roberts Wesleyan College was established as Chili Seminary by Benjamin Titus Roberts in 1866.
Roberts was a social activist who opposed slavery and oppression of the poor, was a supporter of women's right to vote. He began the school to train young people to become servant leaders with high moral character. In 1885, its name changed to Chesbrough Seminary in response to the $30,000 gift of benefactor A. M. Chesbrough. Having first used a local tavern as a school, in 1869 a three story brick building was erected. There were 56 students total that year. In the fall of 1892 both Cox Hall and Roberts Hall were completed. Cox Hall was used as administration. Students laid a sidewalk between Cox and Roberts Hall in 1929. Carpenter Hall was opened in 1935, it was named for Miss Adella P. Carpenter who had taught at the school from 1877 to 1916. In 1945, it was renamed Roberts Junior College in honor of B. T. Roberts, the founder of both the college and the Free Methodist Church. Four years it was renamed as Roberts Wesleyan College to indicate the transition to a four-year baccalaureate institution and to root itself within the Wesleyan theological tradition.
In 1998, Roberts Wesleyan College established Northeastern Seminary as its graduate school of theology. Roberts Wesleyan College has undergraduate and adult degree-completion programs; the College has a doctoral program in Clinical & School Psychology. The undergraduate programs include: Art, Business and Chemical Sciences, Communication and Computing, Criminal Justice and Physics, Interdisciplinary and Literature, Music and Performing Arts, Pre-Health, Psychology and Philosophy, Social Work, Teacher Education. New programs include: English to Speakers of Other Languages, PsyD, Health Administration, Sports Management & Marketing, Social Work degree completion at TTI, Exercise Science and Media. At Roberts, the student to faculty ratio is 11:1. At Northeastern Seminary, students can complete a Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry degree, several certificate programs. Roberts has 19 NCAA DII teams; the College is a dual member of two national athletics associations: the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Christian College Athletic Association.
The Redhawks are competing as members of the East Coast Conference. Roberts offers the following varsity sports: Basketball, Cross-country, Lacrosse, Tennis, indoor track and field and women’s volleyball and bowling. In July 2011, the college was accepted into the NCAA Division II reclassification process from the NAIA to NCAA. Roberts became a full member of NCAA Division II for the 2014-15 academic year. Roberts Wesleyan College is the first NCAA Division II school in the Greater Rochester Region. Kirk Wagar, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore John Walsh, President of the Conservative Party of Canada Jennifer Suhr, Pole Vaulter, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2013 Women's Pole Vault Champion - USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, holder of the indoor women's pole vault world record, American women's pole vault record, holder of 15 National Titles. Timothy D. Bellavia, Children's Author / Illustrator & Professor, Touro College Richard Goddard, Vancouver Whitecaps Juan Pablo Galavis, Former professional soccer player and contestant on The Bachelor Sharon Sweet, Opera Singer, Metropolitan Opera Company & Vocal Professor, Westminster Choir College.
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The Chili Line known as the Santa Fe Branch, was a 3 ft narrow-gauge branch of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. It ran 125.6 miles from Colorado, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Denver and Rio Grande Railway began construction of the line in 1880 and completed the line from Antonito to Española, New Mexico, but could not build any further because of an agreement with the Atchison and Santa Fe Railroad; the Texas, Santa Fe and Northern Railroad was incorporated to complete the line, the line between Española and Santa Fe opened in 1886 and was transferred to the Denver and Rio Grande shortly thereafter. The D&RGW closed the Chili Line in 1941 because of competition from road transportation, the line was abandoned shortly thereafter; the Chili Line was known as the Santa Fe Branch. Its nickname has been attributed to its freight, which prominently featured New Mexico chile peppers, to the gastronomy of its patrons; the original ambitious plans of Denver and Rio Grande Railway founder William J. Palmer projected a 2,400-mile north-south narrow gauge route from Denver to Mexico City following the course of the Rio Grande for much of the distance.
As early as 1878 it was reasoned that such a route would not be possible, but Palmer did receive a concession in September 1880 from the Mexican government to build a different north-south line, the National Railroad of Mexico. Planning to access the Territory of New Mexico via Raton Pass, a route that the AT&SF had begun grading for the construction of its own east-west transcontinental route, the D&RG had to look for alternative routes to the south as its conflict with the ATSF festered; the conflict resulted in the D&RG shifting its attention to lucrative mining opportunities to the west. Palmer's "dream of a road to Mexico City went glimmering" but the line along the Rio Grande became the exotic southern extent of the D&RGW's famous network in the Rocky Mountains. Prior to the conflict, the D&RG had built tracks over La Veta Pass to Alamosa in the San Luis Valley. By 1880 narrow gauge tracks were in place as far south as Antonito and the construction of a line towards Albuquerque was underway.
The AT&SF reached Santa Fe in February 1880. In March the AT&SF and the D&RG publicly signed a restrictive territorial agreement that prevented the southward expansion of the D&RG beyond Española, where service began on New Year's Eve 1880, for ten years. To fill the 35-mile gap the Texas, Santa Fe and Northern Railroad was formed; the long-term plans of the TSF&N called for the construction of a 1,258-mile railroad spanning from Texas to Utah. The company proposed to first connect Española to the territorial capital and south to coal fields near Madrid, New Mexico. Work on the link to Santa Fe was stalled for several years because of money problems and the line further south was not built. With new management in place construction resumed in earnest in October 1886 and by January 1887 the narrow gauge tracks from Santa Fe to Española were complete. An excursion train between the two cities on January 9, 1887 was attended by 200 people; the TSF&N was absorbed by the Santa Fe Southern Railway in 1889 and by 1895 was a unit of the D&RG as the Rio Grande and Santa Fe Railroad.
Only a few branches were constructed along the Chili Line. During the 1880s and 1890s several short timber spurs were built and a line connecting at a point near Española to the D&RG's San Juan Extension was contemplated. In 1903 the D&RG and the New Mexico Central Railway opened Santa Fe Union Station on a site adjacent to the AT&SF's depot; the new station replaced an older one on the north side of the Santa Fe River next to the D&RG's terminal facilities. The D&RG was interested, along with others, in connecting Taos to its system, however surveys indicated that such a connection was not feasible. Instead the name of a station 20 miles from Taos was restyled Taos Junction in 1915. Road transportation began to outcompete the train; the railroad continued to operate until the Interstate Commerce Commission approved of DRG&W's abandonment in 1941. The line closed amid Santa Fe's annual fiesta in September 1941; the DR&GW proposed reusing some of the line's infrastructure for use on a railroad along the Burma Road in a embattled Southeast Asia.
Despite some local outcry and national media attention the railway was dismantled in 1942. As of 2017, the majority of the Chili Line's former right of way is still intact; the socio-economic Impact of the Chile Line was important to the farmers of Northern New Mexico. For generations the primary mode of production was subsistence farming; the introduction of the railway meant that farmers could now transport their good to market much faster. The railroad was completely narrow gauge. There was some dual-gauge track in the Santa Fe railyard where the railroad shared a station with the 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in New Mexico Central Railway, at the line's northern terminal; the original terminal facilities in Santa Fe included a three-stall engine house and a coal shed on the tail of a wye opposite a two-story island depot. These facilities were replaced by infrastructure capable of tendering petroleum-fueled engines and a union station. Operations of the line were described as adventurous; the branch served remote areas such as the stop at Buckman, New Mexico, the Los Alamos Ranch School's link to the outside world until 1921.
Millie the Model
Millie the Model was Marvel Comics' longest-running humor title, first published by the company's 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics, continuing through its 1950s forerunner, Atlas Comics, to 1970s Marvel. The series ran 207 issues, a 28-year span that included one of the first Marvel Comics annuals, spin-offs including A Date with Millie, Life with Millie, Mad About Millie and Modeling with Millie. At first a funny career-gal book about New York City model Millie Collins, it quickly changed into a wider, more slapstick comedy– though for a time becoming a romantic adventure series with all the same characters before returning to humor. Both the trademarked cover title and the copyrighted title as per its postal indicia are Millie the Model Comics through issue #94; the character was created by writer-artist Ruth Atkinson, one of the pioneering women cartoonists in comic books. Following this first issue, subsequent early stories were drawn by Timely staffer Mike Sekowsky; the character's essential look, was the work of future Archie Comics great Dan DeCarlo, who would create Josie and the Pussycats and other Archie icons.
DeCarlo's 10-year run on the series, from #18–93, was succeeded by the team of writer Stan Lee and artist Stan Goldberg, a.k.a. "Stan G.", the main Atlas/Marvel colorist at the time. Goldberg mimicked the house style DeCarlo set, went on to work with him at Archie, as did occasional Millie artist Henry Scarpelli. Al Hartley and Ogden Whitney provided an occasional cover; the occasional backup feature included a four-page "Powerhouse Pepper" story by cartoonist Basil Wolverton in #9, work by humorist Harvey Kurtzman in #8, 10–11, 13–14, & 16. Lee and Goldberg had Marvel artist and major industry figure Jack Kirby guest-star in a story in #107, though the image itself did not look like Kirby. Millie became part of the Marvel Universe with Fantastic Four Annual #3, which chronicled the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm. Fellow humor-comic stars Patsy Walker and Hedy Wolfe, among the sidewalk crowd outside, talk about wanting to catch a glimpse of celebrity Millie, whom they've heard is on the guest list.
Alex Ross depicted her at the ceremony when he revisited the wedding in the 1990s miniseries Marvels. She reappeared in the 1980s as an older character running her own modeling agency and minding her niece, the titular star of writer-artist Trina Robbins' Misty, from Marvel's children's-oriented Star Comics imprint. Millie has appeared in the superhero comics The Defenders #65. Millie starred alongside Patsy Walker and Mary Jane Watson in a 23-page story "Un-enchanted Evening", by writer Paul Tobin and artist Colleen Coover, in King-Size Spider-Man Summer Special #1. Millie stars in the four-issue miniseries Models, Inc.. Aspiring model Millie Collins of Sleepy Gap, Kansas moves to New York, she meets photographer Clicker Holbrook who arranges an introduction at the Hanover Modelling Agency. She is hired as a model by the agency. At the start of the series her best friend was regular character Toni Turner, she becomes romantically involved with Clicker Holbrook. At one point, she shares an apartment on the East Side of New York with Toni Turner.
Near the end of the series and Daisy shared an apartment. Throughout the series, redheaded model Chili Storm was Millie's friendly nemesis.. When Millie wasn't around, Chili would sometimes speak up for her colleague. Chili starred in her own 1969–1973 spin-off series. In addition to regular appearances by Millie, Chili and Daisy, there were occasional appearances by Howard Hanover, Toni Turner, Agnes Ames and a colleague who helped with agency sets and maintenance, Chili's wealthy boyfriend Reginald Goldmine, Miss Scrubbley. Late in the series, Mr. Hanover had a daffy platinum-blonde assistant, Dolly. Millie's parents are Henry Collins, she has Henry Collins Jr.. The series won an Alley Award for "Best Romance Comic" at the 1968 New York Comic Art Convention; the Millie character was ranked 90th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list. A 1986 Off-Broadway musical, Dial "M" For Model by John Epperson, inspired by Millie but not a direct adaptation, was staged at LaMaMa E. T. C.
It featured the female impersonator Lypsinka as a character based on Chili. In 2003, Marvel's then-president, Bill Jemas, told the press there were plans to reimagine Millie as a 15-year-old tennis player for a comic-book series called 15 Love, to be targeted at teenaged girls; the possibility of a Millie movie was mentioned at that time. 15 Love was published in 2011. Written by Andi Watson, it featured Millie Collins' niece, Millie'Mill' Collins, the lowest-ranking student at the Wayde Tennis Academy, about to lose her scholarship and must convince her aunt and others not to give up on her, it ran with each as a double-sized 56-page story. A
Zhili romanized as Chihli, was a northern province of China from the 14th-century Ming Dynasty until the region was dissolved in 1911 and converted as a province and renamed as Hebei in 1928. The name Zhili means "directly ruled" and indicates regions directly ruled by the imperial government of China. Zhili province was first constituted during the Ming Dynasty when the capital of China was located at Nanjing along the Yangtze River. In 1403, the Ming Yongle Emperor relocated the capital to Beiping, subsequently renamed Beijing; the region known as North Zhili was composed of parts of the modern provinces of Hebei, Shandong, including the provincial-level municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin. There was another region located around the "reserve capital" Nanjing known as South Zhili that included parts of what are today the provinces of Jiangsu and Anhui, including the provincial-level municipality of Shanghai. During the Qing Dynasty, Nanjing lost its status of the "second capital" and Southern Zhili was reconstituted as a regular province, while Northern Zhili was renamed Zhili Province.
In the 18th century the borders of Zhili province were redrawn and spread over what is today Beijing and the provinces of Hebei, Western Liaoning, Northern Henan, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. After the collapse of Qing Dynasty, in 1911, the National Government of the Republic of China converted Zhili into a province as Zhili Province. In 1928 the National Government assigned portions of northern Zhili province to its neighbors in the north and renamed the remainder Hebei Province. Complete Map of the Seven Coastal Provinces from 1821-1850
Pierfrancesco'Frankie' Chili, is a motorcycle racer who has raced in the Superbike World Championship and the 250cc and 500cc classes in Grand Prix. In World Superbike he had a record number of starts, as well as 17 wins, he retired at the end of the 2006 season. Chili won the 125cc European Championship in 1985 Chili spent several years on a Gallina HB Honda, with some works backing, he won the 1989 Nations motorcycle Grand Prix when most of the top riders didn't race due to the track being too slippery due to rain, but was upper-midfield at best. His best championship finish was 6th in 1989, he stepped down to 250s, finishing 3rd overall in 1992. He switched to the Superbike World Championship in 1995 on a private Ducati, taking a win at Monza and 3 further podiums, as well as the fastest lap in four races, en route to eighth overall. Curiously, in each of 1995-1997 he won race two at Monza after crashing in race one. In 1996 he took two wins as well as his first two poles, he was seventh-placed in 1997, taking three poles but only three more podiums.
Results in 1998 on a factory Ducati were an improvement - Chili won five races to come fourth place overall, his best finish. However, at Assen he battled too hard with Carl Fogarty, falling on the final lap, was sacked at the end of the year. In 1999 he raced for Suzuki, his first win came in race two after crashing while leading the first race. In 2000 he repeated the ten podiums and fourth place overall of 1998, although with only a single win as Colin Edwards dominated. Over the next two years he made the podium just three times, coming seventh and eighth in the series. Although he was only seventh again, 2003 represented something of a resurgence for a rider nearing forty years of age; the year 2004 was better for the PSG-1 Ducati team, fifth overall with another nine podiums. In 2005 he moved to the Klaffi Honda team with rookie Max Neukirchner. 2006 was ruined by a broken pelvis. Following his retirement he became team manager of the Guandalini Racing team in World Superbikes for the 2009 season FrankieChili.com - Official site Superbike racing statistics
TLC is an American girl group whose original line-up consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990, the group was successful during the 1990s despite numerous spats with the law, each other, the group's record label and management, they scored nine top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including four number-one singles "Creep", "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs", "Unpretty". The group recorded four multi-platinum albums, including CrazySexyCool which received a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. TLC became the first R&B group in history to receive Million certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan for FanMail. Having sold over 85 million records worldwide, TLC is the best-selling American girl group and second worldwide to the English group Spice Girls. VH1 ranked TLC as the greatest female group, placing them at number 12 on the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Billboard magazine ranked TLC as one of the greatest musical trios, as well as the seventh most successful act of the 1990s. The group's accolades include five career Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards and five Soul Train Music Awards. Twenty years after their debut, TLC was honored with Outstanding Contribution to Music at the 17th MOBO Awards and Legend Award at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Japan. All three members of TLC are considered irreplaceable by the other members, each of them has contributed to the group. Following Lopes' death in 2002, instead of replacing her, the remaining members chose to continue as a duo. On June 30, 2017, they released their fifth eponymous self-titled album TLC, it was intended to be their final studio album, but they clarified they will not split up following the album's release and will continue to perform together. In 1990, Georgia–based record producer Ian Burke and one of his clients, a teenager named Crystal Jones, came up with a concept for a girl group with a tomboyish, hip-hop image, similar to the blend of contemporary R&B and hip hop music of new jack swing act Bell Biv DeVoe.
Jones put out a call for two more girls to join her in this trio. Her request was answered by Tionne Watkins, a native of Des Moines, who had moved to Atlanta with her family at a young age, Lisa Lopes, a rapper who had just moved to the city from her native Philadelphia, with a small keyboard and $750. Calling the group 2nd Nature, Jones and Lopes began working with producers Jermaine Dupri and Rico Wade on demo tape material. Through a connection at the hair salon where Watkins worked the group managed to arrange an audition with singer Perri "Pebbles" Reid, who had started her own management and production company, Pebbitone. Impressed by the girls, Reid renamed the group TLC, with "TLC" being an acronym for the names Tionne and Crystal. Reid arranged an audition for them with local record label LaFace Records, run by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Reid's then-husband, Antonio "L. A." Reid. Antonio Reid saw potential in Watkins and Lopes as performers, but felt that Jones should be replaced.
According to Jones, things began to unravel for her after Pebbles denied the group the opportunity to take home the contracts that Pebbitone had drafted. Jones did not want to sign before having the contract reviewed by others and a lawyer. In contrast, Watkins' recollection of Jones' departure is that both she and Lopes asked Jones to leave the group before their initial contracts were negotiated. On February 28, 1991, Watkins and Lopes signed production and publishing deals with Pebbitone, with Perri Reid becoming their general manager; as they looked for a replacement for Jones, the two-member TLC made its first recorded appearance on a track for LaFace act Damian Dame's self-titled 1991 LP. Pebbles found the third member in one of Damian Dame's part-time backup dancers. Thomas was signed to the act in April 1991 and to maintain TLC's name as an acronym for the girls' names, Watkins became "T-Boz", Lopes became "Left-Eye", Thomas became "Chilli"; the girls were signed to LaFace in May through the production deal with Pebbitone.
TLC was set up to go into the studio with Reid and Edmonds, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, Marley Marl producing their first album. The new trio debuted as backing vocalists on "Rebel", a track on Jermaine Jackson's sole album for LaFace, You Said, their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip, was released on February 25, 1992, by LaFace/Arista Records; the songs on the album are a blend of funk, hip-hop, R&B, similar to the new jack swing sound popularized by producer Teddy Riley in the late 1980s. The album was a critical and commercial success, being certified quadruple-platinum for shipments of four million copies in the United States, it scored three top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "Baby-Baby-Baby", "What About Your Friends", as well as the top 30 single "Hat 2 Da Back". TLC's debut album, chiefly written by Dallas Austin and Lisa Lopes, consisted of playful lyrics, with some female-empowering songs, it was characterized by Thomas' alto vocals and Lopes' soprano raps.
The musical formula was augmented by the girls' brightly colored videos and curious costuming: each girl wore wrapped condoms on their clothing. During TLC's first national tour, as MC Hammer's opening act,Lopes and Thomas discovered that Watkins had sickle-cell anemia, an ailment which she kept a g