*The secret is out—“Braxton Family Values” is the highest ranking reality TV series on WE television. The show is ranked as the number one telecast among African American viewers during primetime.
As the show rolls into its second season, the WE television network held a special meet-and-greet with Traci, Towanda, Trina, Tamar, mom Evelyn in Beverly Hills that turned out to be a lively and entertaining exchange. Clips of the upcoming episodes were previewed, immediately followed by a Q and A with the Braxton sisters chatting about the upcoming shows.
Toni, however, was unable to attend after experiencing a flare up of lupus, but sent her regards. “Thank you so much, you’re the ones that make the show for successful for us,” Toni related.
President Kim Martin praised the Braxton sisters and the show.
“We want shows on WE that reflect our lives,” said Martin. “Women want to see other women on TV that remind them of themselves, and ‘Braxton Family Values’ has been doing really well for us. The women have big personalities, but the bottom line is that the show is really about sisters. And let’s face it—they’re funny,” Martin said.
The sisters assure that upcoming shows will be packed with plenty of love, laughter and plenty of drama.
The sisters said that despite rumors, the show is not scripted.
“There’s a lot of stress when you’re doing a reality show,” Trina revealed. “The stress is lessened when you get to talk about things. We don’t leave any stone unturned.”
As for Trina’s last episode confession that infidelity has derailed her marriage to her husband, Gabe, Trina confessed:
“I still don’t know where my man is. I’m still praying and deliberating about (our relationship). We’re trying to leave all the outside influences on the outside.”
Despite her marital troubles, Trina, who no longer drinks, revealed that she is diligently pursuing her education. “It was hard to go to school when you’re taking care of a family, but I’m going back to get my master’s,” she said proudly. “Academics are important. It’s something that no one can take away from you. I express the importance of education not only for myself, but for my children, as well.”
Traci is forging a new path in her life by heading back to beauty school and opening a salon. As for Towanda, she’s headed for an acting career and hopes to make it big on the silver screen.
Other big news is that mom Evelyn is planning to get married, which will be captured in upcoming episodes. “We’re happy,” Evelyn revealed about her relationship. “I don’t want to grow old by myself,” Evelyn confessed. “I’m a good person, so why not? I’ve been burnt before, but this time around, I think I’ve met a really nice person.”
And clips show that Evelyn has expressed interest in singing on the planned Braxton family CD. But in the clip, a few of the sisters look aghast at the possibility of mama joining in.
“Do you see Lady Gaga’s or Beyonce’s mom performing with them?” argues Tamar on the clip. “I don’t think so.”
But Evelyn declared, “I taught my girls how to sing. So I got it like that. I hope to sing (with them) in the future,” said Evelyn.
Tamar said she is working on an upcoming album. “I’m excited about my solo record,” she revealed. “All these years, I’ve been trying to find out who I am as an artist. I think I’ve finally found the sound that fits.”
Asked what was the craziest rumor she’s experienced so far, Trina responded, “One of the craziest things people say to me is that I’m a man, a drag queen or a transvestite. Those are the things men say to me,” she revealed.
“They say I married my husband for money,” said Tamar, whose husband Vince is a producer. “I’m not even going to talk about that because it hurts my feelings.”
Towanda added, “Someone will come up to me and say, ‘I didn’t know Tony had another sister.’”
As for the rocky relationship with their father, Tamar said, “It’s a work in progress. We were hurt and devastated and he finally sees it’s something he needs to fix.”
The clan said they are working on a Braxton clothing line, and Tamar announced that she and Vince have just signed on for their own reality show, which will be entitled “Tamar and Vince.” “There’s a lot more to our lives than what you see on ‘The Braxton Family Values’,” Tamar hinted.
Trina added, “Toni is coming out with a weave line, a skin care line, as well as flat and curling irons in the near future.”
There promises to be lots of twists, turns, laughter and drama in the second season of “Braxton Family Values,” which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on the WE network.
Here’s a video of the event, courtesy of 135th Agency’s Saptosa Foster: