A Beverage that puts you in a better mood

Have you heard of the new  “Mood altering” beverage to hit the market?? 

Well it’s here and here’s the scoop on Psychedellic water!!- which contain a mixture of psychoactive ingredients that are sure to provide a “mind-boosting experience.”

Lucky me- I just happened to have a can in my hand!I love everything about it from the bottles look & it’s taste.

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My Favorite

I was a little skeptical and decided to do my research on it and found that Psychedelilic water doesn’t use any illegal substances , but instead uses the herb Kava. Per https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/over-the-counter-drugs/kava-addiction-abuse/ – Kava, also called “kava-kava,” is an herbal substance that comes from the root of Piper methysticum – a plant native to the western Pacific Islands. The name kava comes from the Polynesian word “awa” and literally means “intoxicating pepper.” The substance has been used by native islanders for centuries as both a medicinal treatment and a part of religious ceremonies due to its sedative, euphoriant, and psychotropic properties. Kava has recently been looked at as a possible treatment for conditions such as anxiety, chronic stress, and insomnia. Some studies have suggested that kava might be a just as effective alternative to benzodiazepine drugs, although research is still limited on the topic. Kava is legally sold in the U.S. as a dietary supplement and is marketed as a sleep aid and muscle relaxant. Despite the substance’s legal status, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consumed as either a beverage or extract, kava is considered to be non-alcoholic but psychoactive.  plant native to the Pacific Islands, where it was traditionally used in spiritual ceremonies.kava’s relaxing effects are called kavapyrones, also known as kavalactones, and they affect the brain much like alcohol does, sedating the mind and body. Doctors aren’t exactly sure how much kava a person can safely consume — the Psychedelic Water packaging says you shouldn’t have more than two cans at a time other psychoactive ingredient in Psychedelic Water is damiana, a shrub native to Texas, Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Historically, damiana was believed to be an aphrodisiac, alternative medicine makes use of damiana for all sorts of ailments, from anxiety to headaches to constipation, and some say it has a general calming effect. Overall, though, we could use some more research to really nail down what it’s good for.

 Psychedelic Water has a dash of green tea, which serves as a mild caffeine boost to help balance the sleep-inducing effects of kava. glass of wine, after trying , what turned out to be my favorite so -far.The Hibiscus/Lime flavor and my husband tried the Blackberry Yuzu Flavor. This beverage DID Not Disappoint. The flavor was on point and I was in a better mood . I hear that it is better to have Psychedellic water, first drink in the morning, to relieve anxiety & offering a smoother relaxed day. It offers a mild caffeine boost to help balance the sleep-inducing effects of kava. This beverage also has the effect of a glass of wine, so keep that in mind. I suggest you consult a physcian before making this routine.As the brand has a few precautions on consumption as well.

So far I love this brands water!!!

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Legendary Jazz & Blues Singer

Barbara Morrison’s 

California Jazz & Blues Museum & Performing Arts Center


6 Nights of New Year’s Eve

Featuring The Delfonics, Klymaxx, Sonny Green and More!

Los Angeles, California – Bring in 2022 New Year as Barbara Morrison’s 6 Nights of New Year’s Eve presented by California Jazz & Blues Museum and Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center.  Beginning on Sunday, December 26 thru Tuesday, December 28, the first 3 nights will be held at The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center  located at 4305 Degnan Blvd. #101, Los Angeles, CA 90008 @ 7:30 PM. Top Jazz and Blues artists taking the stage are Sonny Green, Bernie Pearl, Torre Reese and others. Then the fun moves to the Manchester Banquet Hall, 1735 W. Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, 90047 on Wednesday, December 29th, Thursday, December 30th and New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31st  with performances by The Delfonics, Klymaxx, 5 time Grammy nominee Jazz and Blues singer Barbara Morrison, Blues great Sonny Green, Al Williams Jazz Society, Sevilla, Elaine Gibbs “Tribute to Aretha Franklin” Cowboy Soul Band, Jazz Zone, Blues Legend Leroy Jones, Blues Legend Bernie Pearl, Soulful Singer Karen A. ClarkDante Chambers in a Tribute to Nat King Cole, and The California Jazz And Blues Hall Of Fame Ceremony Inductees; Lester Land, Elana Gilliam, Melba Joyce, David Ross, Michael Saucier, Peter Buck, Charles Small, Al Williams, Seville, Ray Bailey, Alfreda James, and Elaine Gibbs,  Have a Watch Party with Special Friends, but you don’t have to miss this because we’re Streaming too! That’s right STREAMING! Around the United States and the World, Plus we’ll be doing “SHOUT OUTS”! That’s right! Watch the live stream and get a shout out from your friends on the air! Proceeds from the New Year’s Eve events will benefit the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center and the California Jazz and Blues Museum. Donations vary from $50 and up. Call 310-462-1439 or go to www.BarbaraMorrisonperformingartsCenter.com and buy your tickets and Streaming Links right now! ###About Barbara Morrison, The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center & The California Jazz & Blues MuseumBarbara Morrison is a Jazz and Blues Legend.  As a Vocalist, she has been featured on two Grammy Award-nominated albums, and for a third Grammy Award-nominated album, Barbara Morrison’s Blue Lady Records served as Producer.  A multi-hyphenate, Barbara Morrison is also the Founder of The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center and Founder and President of the California Jazz & Blues Museum, both located in Leimert Park, CA.  The California Jazz & Blues Museum and Performing Arts Complex will house state-of-the-art recording studios, classrooms, a Green Room, an outside Jazz Alley, a 200-seat theatre and the Museum itself, which will become a repository of artifacts chronicling the history of legendary Jazz & Blues artists, and the contributions they have made to the music industry.Morrison is proud to announce that The Harmony Project is housed in the museum. Morrison also serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies in the Global/Ethnomusicology Department at UCLA in Westwood, CA.  Morrison was born in Ypsilanti, MI and raised in Romulus, MI.  She recorded her first appearance on radio in Detroit, MI at the age of 10.​Over the course of her 60-year career, she has performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the Jazz and the Blues worlds.  That list includes Legends like:  Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, James Moody, Ron Carter, Etta James, Esther Phillips, David T. Walker, Jimmy Smith, Johnny Otis, Dr. John, Kenny Burrell, Terence Blanchard, Joe Sample, Cedar Walton, Nancy Wilson, Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett and Keb’ Mo.  Additionally, Morrison has guest starred with the Count Basie Orchestra, The Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, and Doc Severinsen’s Big Band. Barbara also received the Living Legend Award from the Living Legend Foundation and The Jammin Foundation, LACMA/LA Jazz Society’s LA Treasures Award, and Motown’s Hal Award.  For more information visit: www.BarbaraMorrisonperformingartsCenter.comhttps://www.facebook.com/BarbaraMorrisonMusic/ 


Heartland and The Family Channel Set To Air Telethon on January 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Helping A Hero has already awarded over 150 homes to veterans across 24 states, Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, issued the 100 Homes Challenge to help fund the next 100 homes. As part of the challenge, Lee Greenwood and Paula Deen will serve as hosts of the Helping A Hero Telethon, which will premiere on Monday, December 27, at 8e/7c PM on RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel, and One America Network.

Music performances by Crystal Gayle, Debby Boone, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Frontmen, John Conlee, The Gatlin Brothers, Home Free, Darryl Worley, and a finale with Sam Moore and T. Graham Brown with special guests Janie Fricke, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, Tim Rushlow, and Darryl Worley will highlight the one hour program.

The goal of the telethon is to raise awareness and money to fund the remaining seventy-five percent of the 100 Homes Challenge, initiated by Morris, who is funding the initial twenty-five percent (25%) of the total cost of the homes.

“I am thankful for the friendships that I have nurtured over the years with so many fellow artists that when I simply asked for their help in performing for this telethon event, so many quickly agreed,” says Greenwood. “This program is going to be something fans of country music will enjoy and I am hopeful that we raise lots of money to help fund these homes for our veterans.”

The Helping A Hero Telethon is executive produced by Kim Greenwood and Lee Greenwood.

Texas-based Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization providing support for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members as well as engage the community to provide services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families.

Helping a Hero is one of the largest home-building organizations in the nation for wounded veterans. Home recipients include veterans from 23 states whose permanent injuries have left them paraplegics, quadriplegics, amputees, with a severe TBI, blind, and with severe burns.

Partnering with community homebuilders and the veteran, Helping A Hero makes sure each home is adapted to the specific needs of its recipient. The home recipients are responsible for three things: 1) a $50,000 mortgage, 2) to live in the home as his/her primary residence for a minimum of 10 years, and 3) Use of the VA Specially Adapted Housing grant if eligible.

Helping A Hero is accepting applications from eligible wounded warriors needing a specially adapted home. We also invite the public to Nominate a Hero by completing the nomination form. Both the application and the Nominate a Hero form are available on our website at www.helpingahero.org.
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If your station/network would like to carry this telethon, please contact:
** All music is cleared for broadcast **
Jeremy Westby, jpw@2911.us

For streaming on social media, contact:
Austin Smith, austinsmith25@yahoo.com

Bravo’s Favorite Housewife Launches YouTube Channel

Award-winning anesthesiologistfrontline worker, supermom to 6-year-old twins, and philanthropist, Dr. Tiffany Moon, took over televisions this year as the first medical doctor and first generation Chinese-American cast member in franchise history to be a part of “The Real Housewives of Dallas.” Now moving into the content creating space, Dr. Moon has most recently launched her very own YouTube channel, “Paging Dr. Moon” with various lifestyle, medical ,comedic and other videos being released soon. We would love to arrange an interview with you and Dr. Moon to discuss all of her current projects, including her new channel, her popular lifestyle products which includes high end candles, wine, jewelry and more. With a love for all things pop culture, fashion, food, medical practicing and more, Dr. Tiffany Moon’s new YouTube channel “Paging Dr. Moon” will offer fans and new viewers new content each week that will cover a wide variety of topics. Dr. Moon did a soft launch on her page a month ago and is now filming and having videos edited for consistent content being scheduled to release in the next two weeks. Please use the following link to view her YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFkSWGTmJWXVKthyuGFGOaQ
 Dr. Moon is passionate about medical student and resident education, and in 2014 she won the Dennis F. Landers, M.D., Ph.D. Faculty of the Year Teaching Award. She serves on multiple committees for the American Society of Anesthesiologists and is an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient (ISPCOP). In 2019, she was honored by D Magazine as one of Dallas’ Best Doctors. She has also received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Society for Education in Anesthesia and American Society of Anesthesiologists and was inducted into the prestigious Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA). Dr. Moon is the principal investigator on multiple clinical research grants and has received numerous research awards. She has published more than two dozen original manuscripts, reviews, and book chapters and speaks internationally on topics related to her research. Dr. Moon resides in Dallas with her husband Daniel Moon, vice president and general counsel for jewelry and accessory brand Sam Moon. Together, they’re parents to 6-year-old twin girls, Chloe and Madison, and Tiffany is stepmom to 16-year-old twins Nathan and Nicole. When she’s not in front of the camera or saving lives, Dr. Moon also serves on the board of directors of The Family Place, an organization that empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence while building community. We would love to arrange an interview with you and the multi-faceted doctor to discuss all of her current projects, as well as her career overall and can be reached at AGPR@AndersonGroupPR.com or at 323-655-1008 to arrange. Thank you so much!JT, Lilyan & Ashley 

Gourmet foodies and homeowners need appliances that fit their common/luxury lifestyle.

If you’re like me and believe that kitchens are
a place to entertain, and create.

I had the pleasure to attend a Wolf Gourmet’s Live Cooking Demonstration , with Chef Molly Kruger at the Costa Mesa Showroom. Where we were treated to a live cooking demonstration and tasting with Chef Molly Kruger , in a one of the inspired professional kitchens. The appetizing dish was prepared with great care and attention to detail. The presentation and the taste were perfect.” Chef Molly also made an amazing healing tea, that was great tasting.

Chef-inspired ranges with professional design and features.

Luxury kitchen design that makes a statement

Wolf, SubZero, Cove showroom offers both of our basic needs , with the luxury of an exclusive master kitchen suited to your lifestyle. The showroom has a broad range of designer refrigeration, cooking, and dishwashing appliances. That can be customized with different control elements, functions and finishes. 

Modern kitchen ideas with high-end design

As the most prized room in your home, your kitchen deserves to be noticed. Sub Zero, Wolf , Cove has the inspiration to help you create your dream kitchen.


Sub -Zero incorporate style, sophistication, and cutting-edge technology throughout its entire line of elegant refrigerators.

“Sub-Zero Freezer Company introducing the first system for preserving food at ultra-low temperatures—literally (hence) sub-zero, in 1945.Sub-Zero continues to refine and invent ways to preserve your food’s freshness and reduce waste. Sub-Zero refrigerators come with an air purification system (based on technology developed by NASA) that scrubs the air of ethylene and odor every 20 minutes.” 


Wolf cooking appliances partner beautifully with cooling and cleaning solutions with your choice of silver stainless steel, graphite stainless steel or panel ready to perfectly compliment your modern luxury kitchen.

“Wolf cooking appliances, bringing professional temperature control into the hands of home cooks with an impressive fifty-product launch. Refined by more than eight decades of commercial kitchen experience.”


Cove dishwashers feature elegant design that can be customized to consolidate immaculately with your unique kitchen style, with performance and durability are what make these dishwashers ultimately shine.

“Cove dishwashing, the culmination of decades of research, testing, and technology to ensure sparkling clean and dry dishes with every wash”.

Between the Inspiration , that you will get by visiting the Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom and the creativity of incorporating elegant glamour into a functional design.

Design A Kitchen that you’ll want to spend most of your time in. Appliances To Match Your Style- ranging from Contemporary, Transitional, & Professional.

Explore the options for luxury kitchen design, and prepare to create a best-in-class kitchen in your own home. If you love cooking it’s important to aim for a kitchen that delivers on multi-functional and good organization.

Whether you’re doing a whole-kitchen remodel or making savvy moves to refresh the space, .Make cooking, dining, and entertaining easy with a kitchen that’s filled with style and appliances that fit your family’s needs. Sub-Zero/Wolf Showroom will inspire you to start planning a kitchen renovation of your own.

After visiting the showroom and attending Chef Molly Kruger Live Wolf Gourmet Cooking Demonstration. I am inspired to first replicate the recipes that she Blessed us with.I’m also looking forward to creating my very own efficient and elegant , fully functioning kitchen.

Glam Range Hoods

A custom range hood offers a beautiful touch for your unique design .

Cooking appliances can be paired beautifully with cooling and cleaning solutions with your choice of silver stainless steel, graphite stainless steel or panel ready to perfectly compliment your modern luxury kitchen.

Gorgeous designer light fixtures, especially when hung in multiples, give visual impact to your kitchen.

Delicious food & inspired tea. Made by Chef Molly Kruger

Ono Hawaiian BBQ Celebrated New Restaurant Opening in Santa Ana, CA

Ono Hawaiian BBQ Restaurant opens its doors for take out service only with as a safety precautions at their newest location in Santa Ana, CA.

Avery exciting day for the city of Santa Ana as Ono Hawaiian BBQ opened it’s fifth location in the Orange County area. This location will be Ono Hawaiian’s 96th location overall, with 5 new locations set to open across California and Arizona this year. Monday October 26, 2020, the Hawaiian BBQ restaurant opened its doors offering take-out service only.

I was thrilled to walk into the Island-themed restaurant, with a menu featuring traditional Hawaiian plate lunches/dinners

Ono BBQ To Go Menu

WHERE:      2130 S. Bristol St. Suite A

Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11am – 9pm; Fri – Sat 11am – 9:30pm

Santa Ana, CA 92704


Ono Hawaiian BBQ offers Great Hawaiian bbq food. All the meats and fish are great.  Sauces are delicious. Hawaiian BBQ has great food and a true value.I recommend the Crispy Shrimp ,which are cooked to a perfect crisp and not oily. The Hawaiian BBQ mix.. Which consist of BBQ chicken,BBQ Beef, Kaibi short ribs. A beef lovers paradise.

There’s plenty of choices to choose from on the menu, plate lunches are include two scoops of rice, 1 scoop of macaroni salad, Veggies, and a generous helping of a hot entrée. Ono Hawaiian BBQ even offer the Hawaiian sun Tropical popular drinks -Lilikoi Founded in 1952, Hawaiian Sun works to bring the unique flavors of the Hawaiian Islands to its products. Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this naturally sweet and tart lilikoi fruit juice.

Be sure to stop by and order some of the best Hawaiian flavors around. The food is great! Their BBQ chicken and spare ribs are my most favorite. They are filled with just the right blend of marinade. The meat is consistently juicy and fresh. The meat comes paired with rice, salad and/or macaroni salad. Ohana is the perfect choice for protein filled dishes and island flavors. Hands down the best Hawaiian food I’ve ever had. The quality and flavors are unmatched.

The food is such an awesome wonder it gives you a Hawaiian experience right here in California. I Highly Recommend Ono Hawaiian BBQ to all that enjoy great food , quick service and a friendly staff.

Crispy Shrimp

Hawaiian BBQ Mix

Benefits of Body Butter

Amazing Body Butter Coming soon. Line created by Kimistry.me

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Some of the best body butters for the skin are shea butter that comes from the African shea nut tree. Shea butter has a high melting point which is about skin temperature and means it absorbs almost immediately on contact with the skin. Cocoa Butter comes directly from cocoa seed and has a nice chocolaty scent to it and a luxurious texture. Mango butter comes from mango seeds and is loaded with extra vitamin C and has a little more of an oily texture. It gives a nice glow to the skin and is not as heavy as the other two butters if you need something lightweight. Body butters are used to hydrate the skin, and the best time to apply body butter is actually directly out of the shower while your skin is still somewhat moist. Body butters help seal in moisture that is already in your skin. If you apply the butters directly to dry skin they may not absorb well, and may sit on top of the skin.

What we rub or slather on our skin can be either beneficial or harmful. So, it’s good to know what is in the products we are using. A lot of traditional lotions or creams contain parabens which have been linked to certain female cancers such as breast and ovarian. What are parabens? Parabens are used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Natural body butters only contain natural ingredients. Body butters are good for the skin because they contain emollients from the nut oils inside the seeds. Once applied to the skin, this makes it possible for the body butter to last longer than any lotion, and because most lotions contain water…body butters only contain the butter(s) used and carriers oils used.

Body butters also form a protective barrier over the skin to lock in moisture. Our skin already has a natural barrier to help protect us from the elements, but free radicals in the dry air, hot sun and cold winter weather can all have damaging effects on our skin. Again, body butters form an additional protective layer for our skin from those elements.

Skin Nourishing Vitamins
All body butters have essential omega 3 fats that benefit the body. Omega 3 fats are very moisturizing and help calm inflammation. Shea is one of the more common body butters and contain vitamins A, E, and F. Shea butter has been used for years to improve hair and skin. The natural vitamins and fatty acids found in shea butter, is what makes this butter so incredibly nourishing and hydrating for the skin. Shea butter has also been known for reducing inflammation as well. Shea butter helps aid in the skin’s natural collagen production because of the because of the different acids (Oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic) that protect and nourish the skin to prevent from drying.

Softer Skin
After using body butters, many people notice how soft and supple their skin is. The cream relieves dry, cracked skin and promotes healthier skin to be beneficial for people with problematic skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. People who suffer from eczema or psoriasis do not have the proper PH balance of moisture in their skin.

Not only is body butter good for your skin but also easy on your wallets. Natural body butters are far less expensive that name brand companies. You can almost always go to http://www.kimistry.me  and purchase cocoa butter for $10 . You can purchase body butters  online at http://www.kimistry.me-  Shea butter tends to be the most expensive because it comes from Africa. However, it can still be found at affordable prices.


T-Boz on TLC’s Legacy, Touring with Chilli and Beating the Odds By Allison Kugel

TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins’ life is one filled with overcoming insurmountable odds and finding blessings in unexpected places. Watkins was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at the age of seven and spend much of her childhood in and out of hospitals due to episodes with the potentially fatal condition. She was told she wouldn’t make it past early adulthood. Her family’s move from Des Moines, Iowa to Atlanta, Georgia when Watkins was nine, and a chance meeting former singer and music executive Perri “Pebbles” Reid and her then-husband L.A. Reid would launch T-Boz, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas into the stratosphere as the biggest selling girl group in music history, taking home four Grammy awards and selling sixty five millions albums, worldwide throughout their career.

For all it’s success, TLC has endured a roller coaster of ups and downs over the last thirty years, the biggest blow being the loss of group member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a 2002 car cash, and taking away one third of the lightning in a bottle that made them superstars. Resolute in their will to go on, T-Boz and Chilli have continued to record music and tour, most recently co-headlining a tour with Nelly and Flo Rida which continues through this summer. 

These days T-Boz is reveling in the most recent chapter of her life as mom to daughter Chase and son Chance, author of the 2017 memoir, A Sick Life, and co-creator of her newly launched line of CBD-infused healthy and beauty products, aptly called TLCBD. 

I recently caught up with T-Boz, and our lengthy conversation ran the gamut with nothing left off the table.

Allison Kugel: Is there a prominent memory or flashback from your life, whether it’s a really great memory that you love to re-visit, or even something that wasn’t so great, that helped shape you?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: I always think about the first time I saw each of my kids. No matter what’s going on in my life, that will give me a good feeling and a smile. Anytime I’m having a terrible time, I try to think about what the best thing in my life is, and that is my two kids.  I think about the first time I ever saw them, and that’s a feeling you can’t really describe. 

Allison Kugel: At what age did you feel yourself make the transition from a girl into a woman?  Was there a particular event, or did it just kind of hit you one day?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: You know when I think I felt like a woman? It’s probably when we did the video for the song, Creep. Everybody thought we were so mature looking in that video, and I didn’t think of myself like that until grown men started trying to talk to us. Before that there was always this stigma about us [looking] so young. 

Allison Kugel:  Is that when you felt like a woman, or when you felt like people saw you that way?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: I think that’s when people saw me as a woman, but then that started making me feel like I was a woman, you know what I mean? And when you start seeing yourself as that, you start acting a little differently, like, “Oh, I got some grown and sexy going on now (laughs).” I used to be so skinny and I would wear two pair of pants to look curvier. I was tired of guys saying, “She’s cute.” I was like, when are they going to say, “She’s fine,” and when am I going to get some grown woman hips?  

Allison Kugel: Do you talk to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes when you’re alone? And has there ever been an unmistakable sign that she’s around you?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: No, I don’t want to talk to anybody who’s passed away, because that’s spooky (laugh). 

Allison Kugel: That stuff doesn’t spook me out. I think it’s kind of cool to think we can communicate back and forth with those who have passed.

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: I don’t talk to anyone that passed away in my family. But I think about them, or I talk about them. That’s my way. I’m one of those people where I don’t even like to go to grave sights because that’s not a good memory for me, and I don’t feel like they know I’m there. But I also feel like they know the love I have for them, and I always have psychics come up to me and tell me that Lisa is with me. 

Allison Kugel: Do they say something specific enough where you know they’re for real?  Because you guys are famous, do they give you something to let you know it’s the real deal?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: Yeah, absolutely, I know it’s the real deal. They tell me that she watches over my kids, but the stuff they’ve told me, there is no way they would know it! Only me and Lisa would know that stuff. At first it creeped me out a little bit, because I was like, “Wait a minute. Does that mean she’s watching me all the time?” Then I got used to it, and it’s not a bad thing because she’s watching over us.

Allison Kugel: I’m sure she’s not watching you in the shower and that kind of thing, but who knows (laugh).

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: I hope not, but it’s not like we haven’t seen each other naked before. We were like family, so we did everything together.  

Allison Kugel: Were you happy with the way TLC’s final album (the group’s fifth and final album, titled “TLC” was released in 2017) turned out? Do you feel it was a good swan song?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: No, I don’t. I feel like it wasn’t worked good enough. I don’t even like the song Haters; I’m going to be honest. I think that was a terrible choice as our second single. I believe there were better songs we should’ve gone with, that were deeper. We have a song called American Gold. It was right before Trump came into office and there was all this uproar with black men who were dying and being abused and killed by the cops, including my cousin who was murdered by cops and shot 18 times with an AR15, and he was mentally ill. The reason that song is so important is because we hit on all of that, and you know how you bleed and die for your American gold? Just being American is tough these days, especially when you’re black. That song would have really hit home in a lot of places, kind of the way Waterfalls did, if the right visuals had been put to it. 

Allison Kugel: You think the music video for Waterfalls was a key element for people getting the song?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: Some people didn’t get Waterfalls at first, until the visuals came [with the music video] and brought that song to life. If visuals were put to American Gold, it could have been a big song. It could have been deep for certain people, especially for people who fought for our country. At the end, the album was too rushed, and I felt forced to not finish some of the songs that I could have finished.

Allison Kugel: Let’s get into your CBD line, which you’ve named TLCBD. Over the years you’ve had a rough time recording music and touring, while dealing with flare ups and hospitalizations from your sickle cell anemia. On this current TLC tour (co-headlining with Flo Rida and Nelly), you’ve said that using CBD kept you healthier.  

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: Oh Absolutely! Before I started taking CBD, you can go back through our history and they would tell you, “T-Boz is sick, T-Boz has ruined another tour.” It’s not a cure, but since being on it, I don’t get sick as often. I’m way stronger and when I do get sick it’s not as bad or for as long. On this last tour, I broke my rib and I was able to still perform with a broken rib. A long time ago that would have sent me into a sickle cell crisis. Because I was on CBD, I was able to go to the hospital for one day, get fluids for the pain and some lidocaine patches and take some CBD cream, bomb and tincture, and I made it through. I didn’t ruin the tour. This is the third tour I’ve been on that I haven’t gotten sick or had to cancel.  

Allison Kugel: Knock on wood, that’s awesome. How did you figure out that CBD could ease your symptoms?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: The medicines that the doctors give you keep you in a weakened state. If you’re weak, it’s easier to get sick because the sickle cell attacks the weakest part of your body.  If you stay weak, you’re going to stay sick, so I was sick every three months and going into hospitals. Someone suggested CBD and I tried it. At first, I didn’t feel any different. Then I started noticing that I was feeling stronger. I wasn’t getting as sick as often, and I don’t even have a good working spleen. Your spleen is what helps you fight off colds and diseases. I lost my spleen, but I grew two accessory spleens which is totally crazy. I didn’t know you can grow an organ back. God has been looking out for me! Any time someone had a cold around me, I would always catch the cold to the 10th power, but now I wasn’t even catching cooties (laugh).

Allison Kugel: For systemic issues you ingest it, and for injuries you use it topically… 

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: Yeah, we have a balm which is kind of the consistency of shea butter for our line, TLCBD, and then our CBD tincture is what you drop on your tongue. We have beauty oils for wrinkles and keeping your face together. It’s moisturizing, and after wearing all that make up and being in different climates every other day, it really moisturizes my skin.


Allison Kugel:  Was Chilli cool with you naming your CBD line TLCBD? Or was she wanting a cut because you’re using the TLC name?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: It’s just a play on words. At first it was called Cure Holistic, but there is a Cure CBD. When one of my partners came up with TLCBD, usually I hate using anything TLC-related, but it was cute. I said that at first too, but when I talked to all my people, they said that it’s just a play on words, it’s not a TLC product. I don’t get mad if she goes somewhere and says “Chilli with TLC,” so no, she wasn’t mad. But if it was a TLC product, and it just said “TLC,” then yeah, I would owe her a cut. 

Allison Kugel: What is the wisest advice you’ve ever been given, and how has it impacted your life?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins:  My momma told me if I kept my morals, my integrity and my character intact, she would support anything I did. That’s what’s gotten me through. She also said to always be the best in anything you choose to do. She said, “I don’t care if you choose to be a garbage truckdriver. Make sure you pick up that garbage good, girl.” At the end of the day, it’s about respecting myself. Nobody else will respect me if I don’t respect myself, and it starts with me.

Allison Kugel:  Good Advice.

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: That’s the best advice I could have been given, especially in this industry, at 19 years old, with a whole bunch of nasty men trying to just prowl and take advantage of young girls. That never bothered me, because I always had my self-respect, self-esteem and self-worth.  

Allison Kugel:   What do you have faith in?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: God! That’s pretty much it. Period.

Allison Kugel: How do you define God for yourself?

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: How do I define God? I’ve never been asked that before. I know I have a relationship with God, and I know that God exists for me. I don’t push my beliefs on anybody else, but I know when people, and even doctors, walk out of the room and they can’t explain why I’m still here (referring to her sickle cell disease). I know there’s something up there higher than me that made it possible. When your doctor comes out and says, “I don’t even know how she’s doing this, because I didn’t do it…” 

Alison Kugel: This is something that I ask everybody, and it’s really something to meditate on if you’ve never thought about it before. What do you believe you are here on this earth, as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, to learn? What do you think your soul came here to learn in this lifetime?     

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: I used to always wonder why I got through things, like, why I lived and why my cousin died, and why we had the same disease. I used to wonder why I’m here and what my purpose was. Then, not so long ago, maybe the last seven to eight years, I figured my purpose here was to help people, whether it’s through music or through sharing my testimony and being a ray of hope for someone. I’ve also learned to push past my fears. I used to hate speaking in front to people. I’ve learned to face my fears, and I’ve learned that I’m an open book. And I like to learn… about people, about things… it just makes me more of a people person so that I can better help someone else. 

Allison Kugel: That falls in line with what the late Dr. Maya Angelou said. “When you learn, teach. At our best, we are all teachers.”

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: Yes! When I talk to the kids that I speak to, I try to help them from the inside out. When it comes to health-related issues, for example, if you have cancer, lupus, sickle cell, AIDS, or even if you are 100% healthy but you’re continually stressed out, you can die. So if you already have an ailment and your boyfriend is cheating on you, or you’re getting beat up at home, or your child’s on drugs, or whatever the stress may be; you have to try to control the stuff that you can control and get as much stress out of your life as possible, because it will kill you. But it’s especially true if you’re already dealing with an illness. I’ve just learned to be a better person; the best version of me. I’m working towards that every day, so I can do what I’m here to do, and live whatever my purpose is meant to be on this earth. I truly believe that’s to help people.

Allison Kugel: I was going to ask you what you’re here to teach, but I think you just covered that!

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: (Laugh) That was a good question, though. I like your questions.

Allison Kugel: Thank you. Let’s get to some fun stuff. When you’re on tour in your 40s, are there tour shenanigans with the other artists, or are you in bed under the covers by 10:00 PM at this stage of the game? 

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: (Laugh) I’m not in bed, but I am boring. I like to watch movies, but I’m up all night. I’m a night owl, and I go to bed at like three, four or five in the morning. But they always say my bus is the crunk bus, and Chilli’s bus is the grandma bus (laugh). They call her grandma, and they call me auntie. So, my bus is the loud one. It’s music and fun, but we used to get wild when Lisa was alive.  We used to have this thing we would do called “penis on the bus.” Anytime a guy would come on the bus, we would be like, “Penis on the bus!” and we would try to act like we were going to pull their pants down. But it was funny, because we would always know who had a little penis or who had a big one, because the people would just lay there, like, “Go ahead.” And the ones that had little penises would almost, like, kill us before we could pull their pants down.  So, we were like, “Dang, we just playing! Don’t kill me. We weren’t really gonna pull your penis out.”  Hello!

Allison Kugel: And they say only the male artists are bad on tour.

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: Yeah, we were really bad, but penis on the bus was fun.   

Allison Kugel:  That’s funny, okay. How are you feeling about your upcoming 50th birthday in April?

Tionne: I want to do something special, because usually I just go to a Mexican restaurant to eat for my birthday. I don’t really do much, because I’m kind of a homebody. But for my 50th, I think I should celebrate all year long, because I never go on vacation.  My plan is to go to Bora Bora, Tahiti, Thailand. I’ve always wanted to stay in one of those huts in the ocean, or the big bungalows with the pool. I’m going to one of those countries, if not all three. I canceled a tour that we had around my birthday. They wanted me to work on my birthday, that ain’t gonna happen, especially my 50th! That’s a big celebration. They were going to try to do a big sickle cell telethon type thing.  I don’t know if that’s going to happen, because it might take too long to put together, and my birthday will pass by then. Celebrating 50, for me, is a super blessing being that I was told I wouldn’t live past 30.

Allison Kugel:  Wow! 

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: I’m like YEAHHHHH!

Allison Kugel:  That’s amazing!

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: That’s a celebration within itself. Yeah, it’s a blessing and I love it.  

Allison Kugel: What are you hoping the year 2020 brings you, in all areas of your life?   

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: Health and joy, because joy to me is better than happiness. Happiness is momentary. You can get a car, and then a new car comes out and you want that one. So, joy, to me, is the kind of peace that you can’t buy.  If you have joy in your heart, that has to be the most peaceful kind of love and light. I just want to reach that, whatever that is. I want peace, love, joy and health, and that’s it. I want all my loved ones around me to be healthy, too. If we have that, I’m Gucci.

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins established her CBD line, TLCBD, fueled by the desire to share ethical, effective CBD products with her fans. Visit TionneWellness.com to learn more about TLCBD. For TLC’s upcoming tour dates, visit OfficialTLC.com. 

Allison Kugel is a syndicated entertainment columnist, author of the memoir, Journaling Fame: A memoir of a life unhinged and on the record, and owner of communications firm, Full Scale Media. Follow her on Instagram @theallisonkugel and at AllisonKugel.com. 

Photo Credits: Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Marc Sacro, Penguin Random Houseimage001-2



Festivities Included Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies for First Sky Zone

Trampoline Park at Sea and Carnival Kitchen Culinary Center


MIAMI (Dec. 11, 2019) – The arrival of Carnival Panorama – the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years – was celebrated in true Carnival Cruise Line fashion with Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White serving as godmother and officially naming the ship during a memorable ceremony onboard.


White delivered poignant comments during which she spoke about her love of cruising and the commitment she shares with Carnival to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as well as the cruise line’s relationship with Wheel of Fortune, which she has co-hosted for the past 37 years. 


Then, in a nod to her role on Wheel of Fortune, America’s Game®, White turned a series of letters spelling out PANORAMA that triggered the release of a bottle of Moet champagne to officially name the ship.


“I’m incredibly flattered and honored to be the godmother of this ship.” said White. “Naming Carnival Panorama was truly a special moment, and one I will never forget. I look forward to sailing on her in the future.” 


The festivities also included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Carnival Kitchen, a first-in-fleet culinary center that offers more than 15 different interactive cooking, baking and decorating demonstrations.   


Joining Carnival President Christine Duffy at the ribbon cutting were Carnival’s team of “Culinary All Stars” including Guy Fieri whose Burger Joint and Smokehouse Brewhouse are featured on Carnival Panorama, as well as Emeril Lagasse and Rudi Sodamin, who each will have new restaurants, Emeril’s Bistro 1396 and Rudi’s Seagrill, respectively, on the new Mardi Gras when it debuts next year. 


“One of the things we are most proud of is the delicious food we offer across our fleet,” said Duffy. “To celebrate Carnival Panorama’s inaugural with our very own ‘Feast of Fun’ featuring our amazing culinary team both on board and through our partnerships really added to the celebration.”


The grand opening of the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea was celebrated with Duffy and Sky Zone CEO Jeff Platt cutting the ribbon followed by the first participants checking outthe high-flying action within the two-level, 3,000-square-foot facility.


The day included a return of the Carnival AirShip, a 128-foot-long blimp emblazoned with the line’s Choose Fun tag line and concluded with a massive fireworks display that lit up the Long Beach sky.


Following an inaugural three-day cruise, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera service from Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 14, departing every Saturday on week-long voyages to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.


To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visitCarnival.com. For reservations, contact any travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL. Carnival can also be found on: Facebook,Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Journalists also can visit Carnival’s media site, carnival-news.com or follow the line’s PR department on Twitter attwitter.com/CarnivalPR.



About Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 27 ships operating two- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. The line currently has two new ships scheduled for delivery – Mardi Gras in 2020 and an as-yet-unnamed ship in 2022. Carnival Cruise Line is certified as a Great Place to Work.

Child Health Experts and Advocates File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Describing Traumatic Impact of DACA Rescission on Recipients’ Children

Cancelling DACA would harm 250,000 children in U.S.


Washington, DC – At least a quarter of a million young children would be harmed developmentally, psychologically, and economically by the cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), yet the Trump administration failed to consider their interests when repealing the program in 2017. On Friday, three dozen organizations and leaders filed an amicus brief (appendix here) with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to consider the impact of rescinding DACA on beneficiaries’ children, who are U.S. citizens. Oral arguments are scheduled for November 12, 2019.


The DACA case affects children and families in every state. The largest number of those children live in the following twelve states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas.


As the brief explains, society has a moral imperative to protect children from harm; this imperative is recognized in numerous laws and policies, including the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018. Failing to consider the needs of these children puts their futures in jeopardy, to the obvious detriment of the communities in which they live.

The brief was co-authored by Persyn Law & Policy and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and other children’s advocacy organizations, medical professionals, and child development experts. Quotes from these organizations and experts can be accessed here.


Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP and President of the American Academy of Pediatricssaid: “Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy would have multi-generational health consequences; it not only impacts the DACA recipients themselves, but also their children. When children live in fear of their family being separated, it can have detrimental effects on their health and development, both in the short- and long-term. As pediatricians, we know children fare best when they can grow up in supportive families and thrive.”


Olivia Golden, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), said: “CLASP recognizes the critical role the DACA program has played in pulling entire families out of poverty and promoting the healthy development of children. We also know from our 2018 research report that harmful immigration policies—like the Administration’s decision to terminate the DACA program—are subjecting young children to fear, instability, and reduced access to critical health and nutrition supports. We urge the Supreme Court to consider what’s at stake for hundreds of thousands of our youngest citizens and the future of our country should the DACA program be rescinded.”


“The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children gratefully joins many of this nation’s leading child advocacy organizations in opposing the needless termination of DACA, a critically important protection afforded to persons who arrived in the United States as children and have made lives and families here in the only home they know. The trauma that is being inflicted on the children of DACA recipients by even the threat of their parents’ deportation is cruel and serves no meaningful public policy purpose. Over time, these children and the communities in which they live will suffer greatly from this pointless infliction of harm,” stated David Corwin, President of the APSAC Board; Janet Rosenzweig, Executive Director; and Frank Vandervort, Chair of the Amicus Committee.


Read the amicus brief filed in United States Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California; Donald J. Trump, President of the United States v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Kirsten M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security v. Martin Jonathan Batalla Vidal [consolidated cases] here, with appendix.


Additional data about the economic contributions and family ties of DACA beneficiaries can be found here, including state-by-state calculations.