Latavia Roberson

born on 1/11/1981 in Houston, TX, United States

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LaTavia Roberson

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LaTavia Roberson

LaTavia Marie Roberson (born November 1, 1981) is a two-time Grammy Awardwinning American contralto singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and actress. She was an original member of Destiny's Child. Since parting ways with the group, she has ventured into the realm of acting. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child, Roberson was the face of Soft and Beautiful's Just For Me Hair Care relaxer for kids.

Music career

1990-1997: Girls Tyme & Destiny's Child

Main article: Destiny's Child

When LaTavia was nine years old, she auditioned for a girl group to become a rapper and dancer, and was one of the many girls who got through. She met Beyoncé Knowles and became best friends, singing and dancing with other local girls. Initially LaTavia was a rapper and dancer at the time and did not sing; subsequently she had vocal lessons and, after singing at local events, LaTavia got her break when she entered the singing competition TV show Star Search with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Tamar Davis also LaTavia's cousins, sisters Nikki and Nina Taylor. The group, then named "Girl's Tyme" were heartbroken after losing the competition. The group underwent several name changes: Girl's Tyme, the Dolls, Something Fresh, and Cliché. They were shortly signed to Elektra Records in which LaTavia and Beyoncé made a video for the song "One Time". However the group were dropped by the label. The group was then reduced to a quartet, with best-friend Beyoncé, Rowland, and the Beyoncé's elementary school friend LeToya Luckett. They were signed by Columbia Records in 1997 by the name of Destiny's Child with Beyoncé and Kelly as the lead singers, LaTavia and LeToya performed harmony, background, and occasional lead. In 1998, Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album Destiny's Child. The singles were "No, No, No" featuring Wyclef Jean and "With Me". Their song "Get on the Bus" featuring Timbaland (which was released as a single in Europe) was on the Why Do Fools Fall in Love soundtrack. Destiny's Child toured as an opening act on TLC's FanMail Tour and Christina Aguilera's debut tour.

In 1999, Destiny's Child released their second album, The Writing's on the Wall. It became one of the biggest selling albums released by a female group and was certified eight-times platinum in the U.S.. The album includes four hit singles, "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Bug a Boo", "Say My Name", and "Jumpin' Jumpin'".

In January 2000, in the midst of the success of The Writing's on the Wall, Roberson and LeToya Luckett tried to make a break with manager Mathew Knowles because they claimed he favored his daughter Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland and was retaining too much of the group's profits. The pair said at the time they were only looking to secure outside management, but they soon found themselves on the outs with Knowles.[1] When the "Say My Name" video debuted in February 2000, they were replaced by two new members, Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin.

2000-2009: Survivor Lawsuit & Group Diversion and Album Appearance

Roberson and Luckett filed a lawsuit in March 2000 against Mathew Knowles and the group. This began a media battle in which the two sides exchanged barbs in magazine and newspaper interviews. Near the end of 2000, they agreed to a settlement that required them to drop the part of their lawsuit that targeted their former group members (though they retained the suit against Mathew Knowles) and required both sides to stop disparaging each other in public.

Roberson and Luckett filed another suit against Destiny's Child. They claimed that the first single, "Survivor", from Destiny's Child's 2001 album Survivor violated their previous settlement due to its lyrics which they believed to reference the ugly split. LaTavia and ex-member of Destiny's Child LeToya Luckett created a group called Anjel with two other girls. They did 22 tracks but did not release an album. The tracks, however, were leaked in the internet. The band appeared in Jagged Edge's music video 'Where The Party At Remix'. The record company was having difficulty so the group then parted ways for solo careers.

In 2005 LaTavia got invited to replace Kandi on the R&B girlgroup Xscape however LaTavia passed due to her priority to take care of her family at home in Houston.[2]

In 2009 LaTavia featured in the song 'Swagga Check' by Young Sween, in the album of 'The Goodie Room' which could be brought at iTunes, however the song on iTunes is mistakenly named as 'Holdin On To You' and the song on iTunes 'Swagga Check' is 'Holdin On To You' with LaTavia's name still featuring in them both. Artist Young Sween was signed to 'Fleet Street Records' when he made this album.

2013-present: Solo Album

Roberson is rumoured to be returning to the studio to continue working on her debut solo album.

Non-music career

1980s-2009: Lawsuits Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Before Destiny's Child when LaTavia was growing up she became a model becoming the face of hair (Soft and Beautiful's Just For Me Hair Care relaxer for kids) and commercials. Whilst in Destiny's Child, LaTavia with her group members starred in Smart Guy as Herself and also did movie roles.

After Destiny's Child and many Lawsuits (Suing Survivor and manager Matthew Knowles) in 2007, LaTavia along with other Destiny's Child past member former bandmate LeToya Luckett and also Farrah Franklin (who replaced LaTavia however left the group) appeared in Boulevard of Broken Dreams telling their side of the story about what happened during their time with Destiny's Child.

In 2008, LaTavia was in a stage play called, Those Jeans. It's described as "a truly well written love story, about a fashion designer and a high fashion photographer, looking for love in all the wrong people". It ran from April 18, 2008 to July 12, 2008.

2010-12: The Real Housewives of Atlanta

In 2010 LaTavia appeared in The Real Housewives of Atlanta speaking to her Lawyer Phaedra Parks about making a come-back - negative comments were coming back to say she was 'bitter', however LaTavia denies being bitter and added that shows like this are edited and they missed out a lot.

2012-present: Interviews, Modelling, Reality TV, Book and Motherhood

In 2012 LaTavia has focused on a modelling career, and has done interviews (which can be seen on YouTube) and has now made a new Twitter (@LaTaviaMarie), and has also confirmed she is still working on a tell-all memoir due later this year and is looking for 'it to be in the right hands', as she is looking for a publisher.

After being away from the lime-light for so long, on May 8th, LaTavia, with former bandmate & close friend LeToya Luckett, met one of the bandmates who replaced her (who is friends with LeToya) Michelle Williams for the first time ever, tweeting that it was nice meeting each other and it was one of LaTavia's greatest nights of her life.

Roberson is three months pregnant and made the announcement of her pregnancy on March 7 in a press release.Personal Life. Roberson welcomed a baby girl with producer Don Vito (producer) on August 21, 2013. The baby is named Lyric. [3] Roberson formerly dated Jagged Edge member Brandon Casey, but they split several years ago. Roberson also revealed that she has inked a production deal with hit reality-TV producer Carlos King to work on a revealing show about her past, her pregnancy and more. "Im excited to work with LaTavia to effectively tell her story on television," King who also produced Real Housewives of Atlanta, Oprah's Season 25 Behind the Scenes and Real Housewives of New Jersey said. "This is her first time speaking out about her past. This woman has endured more than the public even realizes, and once they hear half of it, they will be in awe. She is a true survivor!" The press release states that the show will document "Latavias pregnancy, the ups and downs of her relationship with her child's father and her past battles with molestation, alcoholism and jail time." [1] It was announced that Roberson would be joining the cast of TV One reality show R&B Divas Atlanta alongside Monifah, Syleena Johnson, , KeKe Wyatt, Angie Stone and Kameelah Williams.


With Destiny's Child

  • 1998: Destiny's Child
  • 1999: The Writing's on the Wall

As LaTavia was a background singer, adding low tones, the only leads she did in the group were rapping in Illusions (Destiny's Child album) singing in Sweet Sixteen and Where'd You Go (The Writing's on the Wall album) Can't Help Myself (The Writing's on the Wall Houston Edition album) and harmonised in a lot of the bridges in the songs.


1998: acting appearances

  • 1998 Smart Guy (TV series) as Herself "A Date With Destiny" (season 3, episode 10)
  • 1999 Beverly Hood (TV movie) as Girl #4

2007: non-acting appearances

  • 2007 Boulevard of Broken Dreams (documentary) 'Episode: 2. Destiny's Child/Jonathan Brandis'
  • 2010 Real Housewives of Atlanta Date: November 10, 2010
  • 2014 R&B Divas: Atlanta Main cast

Grammy Awards

See also: List of awards received by Destiny's Child
  • 2001, Best R&B Song - "Say My Name"
  • 2001, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - "Say My Name


External links

Destiny's Child
Beyoncé Knowles • Kelly RowlandMichelle Williams
LeToya LuckettLaTavia Roberson • Farrah Franklin
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