JC Exclusive: Braxton Family Values Interview
CONFIRMED: Braxton Family Values Interview set for August 16th, 2012.
When this email subject line came across my computer, I almost passed out. I have been a fan of the entire Braxton family for a number of years. The world was introduced to the family via Toni Braxton’s phenomenal R&B success in the early 90’s but the Braxton’s have re-entered the spotlight recently, serving up a whole lotta sass in their new hit show Braxton family values on Vuzu.
The show stars Toni, Traci, Trina, Towanda, Tamar (the star of the show) and family matriarch Miss E. The reality series has been such a huge success that it’s spawned off a new spin off- Tamar & Vince set to premiere in the US in September.
I always dress up for celebrity interviews cause it just puts a little pep in my step. It gives me that extra boost of confidence. At 2:50pm sharp I walked into the luxurious NYC hotel suite to meet the Braxton’s sisters including Mama Evelyn but sans Toni Braxton. As soon I stepped foot into the hotel Tamar jokingly stated “Uh-no, you showing off today. I’m a have to go and change, I can’t be upstaged,” She said this in jest of course but that just gives you a sense of how funny Tamar is. It was great for me cause it gave me a chance to let my guard down and really let loose with the sisters.
So here’s the thing, they are all beautiful up close and personal. Even with the makeup, hair and bling the sisters looked good. We began with a series of questions about the group. I asked them all who was the most competitive and Tamar stated “Oh Toni Braxton! Are you kidding me? She is a straight up Libra. She hates to lose” I was not expecting that at all but I guess that makes sense given how driven the multiple Grammy Award winner is.
I moved on to 39 year old Towanda was dressed in beautiful black tuxedo-esque romper. She told me that she founded a personal celebrity assistant school and has a number of students already enrolled. So if you ever dreamed of being celeb assistant, you better holla at your girl Towanda.
Trina and I are very similar. We both have not met a drink we didn’t like. She told me that she has “wine-pica” Startled and confused I asked “what’s that?” in between laughs told me, “Pica is when someone has an oral fixation for different things. Some people eat cotton balls or toilet paper. I drink wine. I have wine-pica” Hehehe she is hilarious.
I’ve had my doubts about reality shows and had to ask Traci if their show was really real or an enhanced version of their lives. The newly blonde 40 year old, Mom of one vehemently stated “It is all real”.
The one who really made my mouth drop to the floor was none other than Momma Evelyn. As you have seen on the show, Miss Evelyn was..for lack of a better word..done dirty by the girls’ father Mr. Braxton. After years of being together, he stepped out on their marriage with another woman. So I just had to ask if she still believed in love and her answer left me reeling.
“To be honest with you, I think it’s wonderful for the young people, I think they should experience it but I think love is overrated. And I will tell you why” She continues on “First of all, it messes with your emotions, secondly it messes with your mind and blood pressure. It makes you ill, when things are not going well. For me, I don’t want it.” Well, after going through what the infidelity brought on by the girls’ father, I understand. The sisters however were quick to tell that their Momma that her statement “reeked of bitterness”. When I tell you they kept it all the way real with me? Honey..
Tamar is really sweet. She has this infectious energy that just fills up the room. As you may know she is married to Vince Herbert who is Lady Gaga’s manager. Tamar is also working on a new music material that will drop on September 20, the same day her spin off series premieres.
Are we checking for Tamar’s music? I will be honest; my curiosity is piqued because of her boisterous personality. Can she deliver the goods? People have often whispered about her being jealous of Toni Braxton’s success and the outspoken diva had a thing or two to say about that “I think that’s absolutely ridiciouslous, I don’t even have that competitive bone like that. I look up to my sister and I always have” And there you have it!
Thanks to WeTV for the interview.
By the way the Braxton’s want to visit South Africa badly and the one message they have for you, their fans is filled with gratitude. Tamar started off by saying “Thank you so much for the support and love. And at the end of the day, we are just so glad that you guys watch the show cause it represents all families, so thank you so much ” Trina chimed in “See you on TV and twitter”
Have you watched the Braxton Family Values? What do you think of their show?
By Makho Ndlovu
The Braxton Family Values every Monday at 19:30 only on Vuzu – Channel 123.