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LaTavia Roberson
Birth name LaTavia Marie Roberson
Born November 1, 1981 (1981-11-01) (age 28)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres R&B, pop, dance-pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 1990–present
Labels Columbia Records (1997–2000)
Associated acts LeToya Luckett, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland

LaTavia Marie Roberson (born November 1, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter, as well as an original member of the R&B female group Destiny's Child and was later replaced by Farrah Franklin. She was an original founder of the group with Beyonce as they were best friends. Since parting ways with the group, she has ventured into the realm of acting in plays and is currently recording solo material for a possible solo career. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. When she was younger she also was the face of Soft and Beautiful's Just For Me Hair Care relaxer for kids.

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Destiny's Child

At the age of nine, LaTavia and former best friend Beyoncé Knowles formed a group with other local girls, which eventually became Destiny's Child. After singing at local events, they got their break when they entered Star Search. The group, then named "Girl's Tyme", were heartbroken after losing the competition. The group then developed into a quartet, the members being Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, Kelly Rowland, and LaTavia. They also underwent several name changes—Girl's Tyme, the Dolls, Something Fresh, and Cliché—before sticking with Destiny's Child. Graduating from the Houston club scene, the group began opening for such acts as Dru Hill, SWV, TLC and Immature. They were shortly signed to Elektra Records in which LaTavia and Beyoncé made a video for the song "One Time". After Elektra dropped the girls they were signed by Columbia Records in 1997.

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 member LeToya Luckett tried to make a break with manager Mathew Knowles because they claimed he favored his daughter Beyonce 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 shocked to find themselves replaced by two new members, Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin.

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.

When it seemed as if the drama had subsided, shortly following the release of Destiny's Child remix album This Is the Remix in March 2002, Roberson and Lucket 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.

Anjel

After several months of media speculation, LeToya and LaTavia began auditioning young women for a new female R&B quartet. Naty Quinones and Tiffany Beaudoin made the cut. The group, Anjel, recorded a 22 song demo in Atlanta with the help of Jagged Edge. Unfortunately the production company which handled the group dissolved and all the girls from Anjel went their separate ways. However most of the recorded tracks leaked onto the Internet. The label was 581 Entertainment, run by Jagged Edge, under So So Def while it was still under Columbia. The group split up before actually recording a full album.

Stage play

On 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

Television

1998 Smart Guy Herself "A Date With Destiny" (season 3, episode 10)

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