Natina Tiawana Reed was an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and actress. She gained notice in the late 1990s as a member of girl group Blaque. She starred as a cheerleader in the 2000 teen comedy film Bring It On. In the early 2000s, she was engaged to rapper Kurupt and gave birth to their son. On October 26, 2012, Reed died after being struck by a car near Lilburn, Georgia.
About Natina Reed in brief
Natina Tiawana Reed was an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and actress. Discovered by rapper Lisa Lopes, she worked as a writer for the girl group TLC. Reed gained notice in the late 1990s as a member of girl group Blaque. She starred as a cheerleader in the 2000 teen comedy film Bring It On. She later appeared as herself in the comedy-drama television series V. I. P. and the 2003 dance film Honey. In the early 2000s, she was engaged to rapper Kurupt and gave birth to their son. On October 26, 2012, Reed died after being struck by a car near Lilburn, Georgia. Her tracks were published through Dotted Line Records, a record label founded by her former high school friend Shamari Fears. Reed was also the primary writer for Blaque’s album I Do, having co-writing credits on seven of the album’s tracks. She is singer Farrah Franklin’s cousin. In her book Pop Princesses, author Beth Peters wrote that Reed’s reputation was that she gave hits like ‘notoriously naughty’ hits like Beyonce and Jay-Z. She was also known as ‘the sassy MC who gave hits hits like Notorious B.I.G.’ and ‘Naughty by Nature’ She is survived by her mother, stepfather, and seven step-siblings who live in London. She also had a step-brother, Mark Goodridge, a stepmother, Luci Reed, and a sister, Niesha Whalen. Reed is buried in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lived with her mother and step-father, Mark and Luci Goodridge.
She had a son, Michael, who lives in London with his wife, Christina Goodridge; she also has two sisters, Genni Reed and Michael Whalens, a brother, and one brother, Michael Whallen, who also lives in Atlanta. Reed also has a stepson, David Whallens, who works as a personal trainer and lives in Los Angeles. Reed had a daughter with her ex-partner, rapper and singer Brandi Williams. Reed and Fears were school friends, and worked together on other music projects including an urban country group. Lopes described Reed as the rapper and writer of the trio. Reed said that Lopes helped to build her confidence. She would often beatbox and create beats by hitting walls while writing lyrics to match the melodies. Reed initially wanted to be either Miss America, a veterinarian, an actress, and entertainment attorney. By age eight, she had modeled for Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s advertising campaigns and acted in a hot dog commercial. Reed first appeared as a group during a cameo appearance in the music videos for the remix of Lil’ Kim’s 1997 single \”Not Tonight\” and Jermaine Dupri’s 1998 song \”Someday at Christmas\”. In 1999, they performed as the opening act for NSY NC’s NSYNC’s FanMail in Concert. The group recorded their eponymous debut album.