Tionne Watkins

by ethnic on May 5, 2010

Tionne Watkins

Birth Name: Tionne Tenese Watkins

Place of Birth: Des Moines, Iowa

Date of Birth: April 26, 1970

Ethnicity: African-American, possibly smaller amounts of Native American and Irish

Tionne Watkins, also known as T-Boz, is an American singer, songwriter, model, dancer, actress, author, and executive producer. She was previously the lead singer of the R&B/hip hop girl-group TLC, with Chilli and Lisa Lopes.

Tionne is the daughter of Gayle Coleman and James Watkins. Tionne and her bandmate Lisa Lopes were cousins through marriage. Tionne’s uncle married Lisa’s mother, Wanda Lopes Coleman.

Both of Tionne’s parents are black. Tionne has stated that aside from being African-American, she has Native American and Irish ancestry. In her 1999 book, Thoughts, on page 97, Tionne refers to “Dad’s Native American mother, Annie Watkins”. It is not clear if either Tionne’s Native American and/or Tionne’s Irish ancestry have been verified/documented.

A picture of Tionne’s paternal grandmother Annie can be seen here. Annie was from Tennessee. Tionne’s middle name, “Tenese”, is the Chickasaw Native American version of “Tennessee”.

Tionne’s maternal grandmother was named Velma. A picture of her can be seen here.

Source: https://www.youtube.com

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savanna April 1, 2016 at 5:30 am

“possibly Native American” should be added to her Ethnicity.

It was there initially, I’m not sure why it was erased just because “it appears that both of Tionne’s parents are black”

savanna March 31, 2016 at 6:25 pm

From her 1999 book “Thoughts”, pg. 97, “…Dad’s Native American mother, Annie Watkins.”

Her paternal grandmother is Annie. A photo of her can be seen here
Her maternal grandmother is Velma. A photo of her can be seen here

Annie was from Tennessee. Tionne’s middle name, Tenese, is the Chickasaw Native version of “Tennessee”.

savanna January 3, 2016 at 11:38 am

Her parents are Gayle Coleman and James Watkins. Tionne and her bandmate Lisa Left Eye Lopes are cousins through marriage. Tionne’s uncle married Lisa’s mother, Wanda Lopes Coleman.

at 11:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d37VeUQgzw

savanna November 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm
ihatemostpeople May 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm

She looks mixed to me.

Bombpants May 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I think a lot of African Americans have Native American blood in them and even more have white blood in them.

Fuzzybear May 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm

To Bombpants

Your Right on both counts

Guy May 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm

T-Boz was also part Native American its in her auto-bio i think it was her maternal grandmother but im not 100% sure she spoke on it and has a pic of her grandmother (maternal or paternal iuno) but shes def atlest 1/4 Native American ;)

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