*Traci Braxton, a Republican?
Not quite, she was just checking out a GOP outreach event.
To celebrate Black History Month and attract black voters, the Republican Party held the event at the historical Howard Theatre in D.C.
*Traci Braxton is the latest member of the Braxton family to step into her own with a new online radio show where she talks about her weight loss journey.
Traci told CocoaFab.com that she was entering the chat world with her new show “The Traci Braxton Show,” which was added to Bliss FM.
*As if she expected the “reality” to be taken out of reality TV, Traci Braxton is none too happy about her “nosy” sisters putting her husband’s infidelity on blast, publicly, without her consent on “Braxton Family Values.”
Traci, who has always been portrayed as the black sheep in the Braxton family, says her feelings were hurt by her siblings’ actions.
“I was really hurt to find out they discussed my marital problems on the show without my consent. I could not believe it but then again my sisters are nosy,” Traci told MadameNoir.com. “Tamar especially; she will make comments regardless. Whether it be her marriage, my marriage, or anyone else’s, she will have something to say. She is very vocal and will continue to do what she wants to do.”
Now the host of her own radio show, Traci has been known to blow up from time to time following her sisters comments and accusations; and as a result, she has been known as the “ghetto Braxton” – the one that could never get her act together. Producers even went so far as to label her the “wannabe.”
But things are about to change. Traci now believes that it’s time to start setting up some boundaries with the rest of the Braxton sisters.
“I think the relationship my sisters and I share is too close, at times. They give unsolicited advice and it can be so bothersome. But that is how we grew up in our household, always in each other’s business,” Traci mused.”
Traci revealed that she’s really going to be finding her voice on “Braxton Family Values” and viewers need to get ready.
“Fans should expect to see me standing up for myself this season,” said Traci. “This time around I am sticking up and making moves for Traci.”
*On tonight’s third-season finale of “Braxton Family Values” (WE tv at 9 p.m.), Toni steals the thunder at Tamar’s baby shower” when she makes a big decision about her musical career.
Also, Traci’s bizarre behavior leads to shocking news that has something to do with an illegitimate child.
Mama Evelyn, who seemed to approve of her latest blind date Darryl, still has her hands full with her daughters and their five different personalities. However, the family matriarch assured us that this is nothing compared to what she dealt with when the girls were teens.
Imagine, she said, having to deal with the siblings during their five different times of the month.”(You know…the monthly visit from Aunt Flo.) Listen below and scroll down to watch a preview of tonight’s finale.
The ROC risks it all for his son in SNITCH, arrives in theaters February 22, 2013
*“The core dilemma at the heart of the film, at what length do you go to save your child,” said Benjamin Bratt (“Law & Order”) about the theme of the Summit film SNITCH, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Johnson is also producer on the “based on a true story” Exclusive Media production – which arrives in theaters February 22, 2013. Bratt plays Juan Carlos the “end of the drug chain” Mexican Drug Cartel Lord that ROC’s character John Matthews has to take down to save his son from a 10 year federal prison sentence.
Oscar winning Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) plays the U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan with the power to make it happen. Also starring in the dramatic action film are Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire”), the ruthless drug leader Malik that Matthews befriend first – which led them to Carlos; Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan), Jon Bernthal (The Ghost Writer) an employee Matthews compromises for the ‘hook up” with the drug dealer;- Nadine Valazquez (Flight), Rafi Gavron (Breaking and Entering), Melina Kenakaredes (“CSI: NY”), and David Harbour (End of Watch).
Ric Roman Waugh (Felon) directed the Participant Media presentation in association with Imagination Abu Dhabi and Front Street Productions. Sharing production credits with Dwayne are Nigel Sinclair, Matt Jackson, Jonathan King, Dany Garcia, Alex Brunner and Tobin Armbrust.
“He elevates the material to make it compelling to a film ‘goer ‘beyond people who simply love action,” Benjamin Bratt said about the director Ric Roman Waugh – who cast him in the role of the Mexican drug dealer.
SNITCH, inspired by the “Frontline” documentary “Snitch,” is Rated PG and arrives in theater February 22, 2013.
WEtv’s ‘Braxton Family Values’ airs its third season March 14, 2013
*Has life become a reality show, there are so many, but the Braxton’s reality show must be a good one because WEtv is about to air its third season March 14, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. “Braxton Family Values” is based on the lives of Toni, Trina Towanda and Traci Braxton. I spoke briefly with Traci about her experiences this far on the show and what resonated was that they want to show their family is no different from our own.
“I expected the show was to reach out to our fans and show them that this is a normal family…we love as hard as we fight,” Traci Braxton said about what she wanted the audience/fans to get from the show.
The third season WEtv has the girls bringing the “Braxton Family Values” ‘drama’ to Italy.
“I was in a different career before the show. I was on my way to becoming a housewife, but before that I worked at a mental institution…as a counselor for 15 years,” Traci pointed out. “…And on the side I was singing. In season three…I talk to youth.”
Learn more about the reality series, “Braxton Family Values, by visiting www.WEtv.com.
Actor Sharif Atkins gives the gift of smile in new venture with Operation Smile
*“Independently, on my own, I’ve been giving small amounts over three years,” said actor Sharif Atkins about how his venture into becoming the official Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile began. “What I seen on television…pulled me in and I decided to start giving. I am doing what I can…”
The organization’s global efforts are to provide free surgeries for children born with facial deformities. The money raised by the organization, with Atkins help, will provide life-changing surgery for children around the world who are suffering from clefts.
As the Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile Sharif made a trip to experience this free life-changing operation for himself. He said the operations are no longer than four hours.
“I came away feeling Operation Smile was an extension of the hand of God,” he said sincerely. “I was able to witness three of the four surgeries (during the trip).”
Atkins is currently seen in “White Collar” which airs on USA Network and began its fourth season last month. It airs on Tuesdays at 10/9c. Sharif began his career in Chicago theatre and landed a five year run as Michael Gallant on “ER.” He had many appears on projects such as “The Good Wife,” “CSI: Miami,” “Criminal Minds,” “Cold case,” “Raising the Bar,” and “Num3ers.”
(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)
*This week, EUR partner, the Jasmine Brand sat down with the cast of We TV’s Braxton Family Values to discuss their new season (2.5), which started this week. The entire cast (with the exception of Toni Braxton), including Towanda, Tamar, Trina, Traci, and mother Miss Evelyn were quite candid and were just as entertaining in person, as they are on TV. Peep a few excerpts below.
On what’s the secret ingredient to the success of ‘Braxton Family Values’:
[Tamar] The secret ingredient is that we’re not cast members, we’re sisters. At the end of the day, if we get into an argument no one’s gonna throw glass or be totally disrespectful. At the end of the day, we’re gonna make up, we’re gonna get along. We’re gonna say I love you. Our mother did a great job raising us as women. We learned how to talk to each other instead of putting our hands up and fighting each other. Black women get on tv use their opportunity and get on there and get to fighting i just think that’s ridiculous.
With the alleged incident between Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco, if any of them have experienced domestic abuse:
[Tamar] I know i definitely have…It’s not something I’m going to give power to. Because i feel that I’m over it. Any platform that I have, if I can help somebody, I [will] help them, but I’m not going to use that platform to give someone the satifaction or that power.
[Towanda] I don’t think anything warrants a man to beat a woman. Whether it was head butting, pinching, punching, pushing. I don’t think a big mouth warrants abuse; whatsoever.
Visit theJasmineBrand.com to watch the full interview, along with what episode Tamar & Towanda are DREADING to see on this season.