In an era of awesome female R&B groups, Blaque earned a place with hits like “808,” “Bring It All to Me,” and “I Do.” Natina Reed, Shamari Fears, and Brandi Williams — seen here sporting red plastic jackets on Nickelodeon’s “All That” in 2000 — formed the Blaque trio. Their name is said to mean “Believing in Life and Achieving a Quest for Unity in Everything.”
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, of TLC fame, signed the group to her production label. Their hit single “Bring It All to Me,” featuring ‘N Sync member JC Chasez, was released in 1999 and came in at number 30 on the 2000 Year End Chart. Back in the day, Blaque opened for ‘N Sync on tour and for TLC’s Fanmail tour, alongside legends like Destiny’s Child and Christina Aguilera. Their first album, titled “Blaque,” went platinum in 2000.
“Bring It All to Me” was remixed with rapper 50 Cent and featured in the 2000 cheerleading classic “Bring It On,” with Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union. Blaque members also starred in the film as East Compton Clovers cheerleaders.
Sadly, the group’s subsequent albums never achieved the same fame as the first. The group collaborated intermittently in the early 2000s but ultimately disbanded. After a reunion at the Left Eye Music Festival in summer 2012, Blaque began work on another album. However, tragedy struck just months later: Natina Reed was hit by a car in Atlanta and killed.
This 2000 throwback video captures Blaque’s glory days. Introduced by a bewigged Amanda Bynes, and finishing off with some a cappella — in true R&B style — Blaque sings us right back to the Willennium.
“All That” is an American, live-action sketch comedy-variety show, which aired on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 2005, lasting ten seasons. “All That” was produced by Dan Schneider, and produced breakout stars including Kenan Thompson and Amanda Bynes. Dan Schneider is an American actor, TV and film actor, and producer.
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