Ever keen to take you above and beyond the industry’s velvet rope, That Grape Juice has engaged in conversations with some of the world’s brightest stars since its conception almost a decade ago.
From actors to singers, Reality TV producers to directors, we’re proud to say that we’ve interviewed true game-changers whose work has shifted cultures and inspired generations.
However, few of them can say they’ve made half as much impact as the woman we caught up with last week.
As a founding member of Destiny’s Child, LaTavia Roberson‘s run in the group saw her reach global superstardom alongside bandmates LeToya Luckett, Beyonce and Kelly Rowland by way of music and visuals that elevated them to levels beyond those reached by the En Vogue‘s and TLC‘s of the world.
Much has changed since we were first introduced to Roberson in 1997.
What success means for her now?
Find out below…
I’ve discovered that a peace of mind is more important than anything. Being here, being a source of positivity and light in the world, and loving me for who I am…that’s my definition of success.
All of this is a dream come true. When I was 15 I decided I wanted to write a book and seeing it all come together twenty years later is a blessing. The editors are excited about it, so today’s a good day.
I’d been so silent for ten years and I knew I had to be transparent with the people who have been following my journey.That meant giving them the good bad and the ugly and telling the truth about everything. It starts from my childhood and concludes with my pregnancy. I started writing again in 2007 but got writer’s block for four years. I now know that I had to go through some things and understand them before articulating them. Now it’s almost ready and I couldn’t be happier.
When I met with the producers they loved the fact that I was doing exciting things away from music and had used what I’d learned while in the group to build a life for myself away from music. For whatever reason, the parts of the show (which showed all of that) didn’t make it to television and I don’t think I was presented in the way I really am. That being said, I had fun on the show and would do reality TV again. I’d just have to make sure it was done right.
A reunion? I’d love to. The feuding which came after the split was hard, but I became a fan of the new line-up after a while and have developed a sisterhood with Michelle Williams. I guess the hard part about a reunion would be logistics. Most of us our mothers now and are raising families so that has to be taken into consideration. I think the right things will happen at the right time. That’s what writing this book has taught me…when it’s meant to be it will be.
What’s so cool now is that I feel inspired to use the things that I’ve learned in music and in business to develop new artists. I’m not opposed to a solo recording career for myself but I feel more inspired to help other people now. My taste in music is so eclectic and I want what I end up doing to reflect that. I love Dance music and soulful music as well as a lot of Alternative stuff and so I’m really considering using all the things I love about those genres to introduce new artists to the world to make more of that kind of music. Writing the book has reminded me that I have so much to offer and I’d like to help others.
After everything that’s happened, I’ve discovered that a peace of mind is more important than anything. Being here, being a source of positivity and light in the world, and loving me for who I am…that’s my definition of success. I won’t lie to you, there have been times where I have been so unhappy and unsure of myself. Now, more than anything, I really want to use the pain I’ve gone through to give back through a non-profit organization.As a mother, I feel an innate need to support other women as they go through difficult times and remind them that they’re not alone. When I first started writing my book at 15 I didn’t know that life would take me where it has. Now, I realise that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and it’s beautiful.