I love to hear other people’s stories of triumph through diversity. Toni Braxton is a testament to the strength of a woman. One can have all the money in the world, but life sometimes has the habit of reminding us that deep down we are all human. What matters is how you deal with the blows and the low points, and find the inner strength to jump right back in the saddle. Which is what Toni has been doing for years! Braxton has won six Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, and five Billboard Music Awards and has sold over 60 million records worldwide. She topped the Billboard 200 with her 1993 self-titled debut album and continued that streak with her second studio album Secrets, which spawned the number-one hits “You’re Makin’ Me High” and “Un-Break My Heart”.
VH1 Behind The Music special aired Monday night, and folks tuned in to find out exactly why, after winning a bunch of Grammys and selling over 20 million records worldwide, she had to file bankruptcy not once, but twice throughout her career. According to Toni, she signed a slave contract with LaFace/Arista Records and was left with just $2,000 after the label recouped their money for her travel, wardrobe, hair, make up and everything that went into making her a star. I hope upcoming artists, especially the new crop of fame hungry Kenyan artists, are paying attention to that. She was also bombarded and sued by creditors after she had to cancel her gig in Vegas after being diagnosed with Lupus. On top of the bankruptcies, she had to deal with a divorce and finding out her son had autism. You know most of you out here would crack under the pressure!
During the special, Toni also revealed that she felt humiliated by Oprah after a visit to her show because she felt as though Oprah was painting her as an over-spender. She also talked about always feeling the pressure to help her sisters with their own careers while bringing them in as background singers and trying to get them record deals: (more…)
How excited am I? Finally we’ll get to know the story behind the story of TLC! Man, I loved this group. They almost had me going to school with condoms plastered all over my uniform! During a recent interview with LSO radio, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins revealed VH1’s plans to do a biopic on the legendary girl group.
Yes… TLC is doing a movie. They’re starting to do movies on VH1. So they’re doing icons and legends and we’re the first of the movies to be picked. Yaaaay!
It’s exciting. It’s like Waterfalls being made, it’s scary. Like ‘Oh My God.. if I tell you my story are you gonna do it right?’
I almost wanted to do it like The Jacksons’… break it down into like 5 episodes or something cause we have so much stuff….
According to Rodney Ho of the AJC, it was Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas’ ties to VH1 through her now defunct, “What Chilli Wants” dating reality show that opened the door for TLC’s story to be told. VH1 has also confirmed that they will be doing a scripted biopic about the Atlanta-based girl group: (more…)
Jennifer Hudson spoke to VH1’s Behind The Music about the murders of her mother, brother and nephew. Investigations revealed that her sister’s ex was responsible. I remember during that time, I kept wondering how God could give one person such a burden to carry. I don’t know how I would react or if I would be able to go on. It’s great to see that Jennifer was able to find the strength to get through it although I know it must be a struggle for her to get through every day. If anybody deserves all the blessings she has received so far, it’s Jennifer.
It was surreal. It was like I was outside of myself. I would pray when I got up in the morning and pray before I laid down at night. If I didn’t, I would wake up depressed and the day wouldn’t go right. I didn’t watch any TV. I didn’t even want to know what was going on because I already had enough to deal with. (more…)
Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, from the supergroup TLC, stars in a reality show on VH1 called What Chilli Wants. Basically it’s about her journey and experiences as she looks for love. Assisting her is Brooklyn relationship expert, Tionna Smalls. In this past Sunday’s episode, Chilli talked about her relationship with producer Dallas Austin, aborting her first child and her decision to leave Usher. I’m sure many women will be able to relate. Here’s a bit of what she said:
When I was in TLC, the first producer that we worked with was Dallas Austin. I was in the relationship, I got pregnant first time and I didn’t have the support. I was so scared and I did not know what to do and chose not to have it. One of the biggest mistakes. (more…)