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This week the Forest Whitaker directed film Waiting To Exhale celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Although it debuted in 1995, the film is still, undisputedly, the greatest movie to portray how the friendships between Black women provide strength and accountability during life’s turmoil.
As most stans of the movie remember, the plot was centered on four women (Bernadine, Savannah, Robin and Gloria) who were either dealing with infidelity, waiting for their boyfriends to leave their wives or wondering if they were good enough to even be in a relationship. Despite the cast of Waiting To Exhale being all Black, the movie transcended racial and cultural backgrounds.
Angela Bassett who played the character of Bernadine told The L.A. Times, the film, “showed women that in spite of fractured relationships, joy, peace, love and kinship are always a possibility. It broke perception, preconception and history.”
Besides the movie breaking barriers, its soundtrack was nothing short of amazing and it collectively along with its singles won over twenty awards.
If you’re tired of Christmas carols, get into the groove of Waiting To Exhale and don’t forget to “Shoop, Shoop.”
If you watched last night’s telecast of the Soul Train Awards, then you know that in the tribute performance for Babyface (by Babyface and co.), Fantasia brought the house down with her rendition of Karyn White’s “Superwoman.” She also did a beautiful version of Whitney Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop)” that you can watch below.
But fans of White, who is still alive, singing, and looking spectacular at 50 (you read that right), wondered why she didn’t take part in the tribute. And they had reason to wonder. Other singers Babyface had written for came along to remind people of his catalog of classics, include Brandy, Boyz II Men, Tevin Campbell, and even Bobby Brown. So what was the deal with White? Was she busy? Traveling? Sick?
White was watching the performance at home on TV just like you and me, and she’s just as confused as the rest of us. White took to Facebook to say that she was never called by BET, Centric, Babyface–anybody, to take part.
“I’ve been getting bombarded with questions from family, fans, friends. I’ve been getting tweets, texts. Just people calling me: ‘Karen, why weren’t you on the show?’ ‘Are you okay?’ ‘Is everything alright?’ ‘Why weren’t you there?’ ‘Everyone else was there; we wanted to see you.’ Good question. I. Don’t. Know. I never got a call from ‘Face or BET, or Centric or Soul Train music award affiliates–nobody. So I don’t know.”
Noting that maybe they thought she had left the music industry behind, White cleared the air to say she is still singing. In fact, she’s on a tour with Kathy Sledge, Deniece Williams and CeCe Peniston right now called, “My Sisters and Me.” And while she believes that Fantasia did a magnificent job, she’s disappointed no one thought to reach out to her.
“I thought Fantasia did an amazing job. She’s a bad girl. She put it down. It has nothing to do with Fantasia. It’s really just respect. The fact that Kenny wrote the song, and LA, and Daryl Simmons, but Karyn White made it a hit. And I believe my fans deserve to see me sing the song.”
So no, White is not on some “diva sh-t” as she put it. But considering that she’s alive and well and “rocking it,” while many of the greats from the past have passed on, she said it would have been nice if she had been called. And she does have a point.
But what do you think? Check out the rest of her thoughts via her Facebook video and share your own.
If you were one of the very, very few people who wanted to catch up with the Joseph family after all these years, you will soon be able to. You will be happy to know that a sequel to Soul Food is on its way. That’s right. A good 18 years and a hit Showtime spinoff later, we’re getting another helping of Soul Food. Some leftovers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio Fox 2000 is prepping More Soul Food. Clever title, right?
George Tillman Jr., who was behind the camera and the writer of the 1997 hit film, is writing the story alongside Nathan Skulnik. Tillman’s State Street Pictures will be producing the sequel, as well original Soul Food producers Babyface and his ex-wife, Tracey Edmonds.
So what could this story be about nearly 20 years later? Will former cast members return for the sequel?
It doesn’t sound like it. According to the report, the sequel is “based on the 1997 ensemble film,” and following a “new, millennial generation of the Joseph family.”
“In the age of cell phones and social media, the once-close clan finds themselves disconnected and, without the guidance of the elders who have always held things together, they struggle to rediscover the importance of tradition and family.”
Interesting. Is anyone else getting the vibe that this might be a straight-to-BET or OWN production? It does not sound very close to the original.
Since making Soul Food, Tillman has been busy directing films like Men of Honor and Notorious, as well as directing recent episodes of Power on Starz, including scenes for the upcoming third season. And he’s clearly a lover of sequels, as Tillman’s production company is producing the upcoming third installment of Barbershop.
I know that when a beloved film has a major following, the chances of it making a killing at the box office are pretty high, hence the interest in bringing it back to life. But I’m a firm believer in this classic mantra: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
But what about you? Are you here for a second helping of Soul Food?
On January 17, fans of Whitney Houston will finally be able to see (and judge) what Lifetime has come up with when they air their biopic, Whitney. And after the debacle that was the Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, they have to come correct with their depiction of the star, or you know there is going to be hell to pay. But as someone who has seen the movie already, I think people (with the exception of Bobbi Kristina) are going to be impressed–if not with the movie as a whole, then with the performances.
To get excited for the biopic, Lifetime released an exclusive new scene from the movie to Entertainment Tonight. In it, Yaya Dacosta channels Houston in the studio recording her hit, “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” while Babyface (played by actor Wesley Jonathan) advises her. All of Houston’s songs done for the film (which include “The Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Every Woman” and “I Will Always Love You”) were re-recorded by Deborah Cox, who sang marvelously on each classic track.
Whitney depicts the rollercoaster of a relationship that was Houston and Bobby Brown’s marriage, and the impact that her superstardom had on their love and their lives in general. Angela Bassett is making her directorial debut with the movie.
After it premieres, Lifetime will also broadcast “Beyond The Headlines: Whitney Houston.” It will feature interviews with some of Houston’s friends about the singer and her tragic death. But in the meantime, check out the exclusive clip and let us know if you will be tuning in to Whitney on January 17 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
It’s one of our favorite albums and we’ve all seen VH1’s biggest TV movie, “The TLC Story: CrazySexyCool.” Nevertheless, MadameNoire compiled a list in celebration of CrazySexyCool‘s 20th anniversary as one of the best selling R&B albums of all time.
Like for example, this album made TLC the biggest girl group in the world at the time, which they are still one of the biggest to this day. Their success makes sense — watching them grow into sexy, sophisticated women. They created an album representative of their personalities as well as how each member was portrayed in the media — taking on their personas. Left Eye named the album as she did all their other albums. She was crazy, Chilli was sexy and T-Boz was cool.
Tracey Edmonds Talks “Deion’s Family Playbook,” The “Jumping The Broom” Sequel, And Mistresses On Television
We’ve followed Tracey Edmonds since the early ‘90s when she was just Babyface’s wife to many, to now becoming the go-to woman in Hollywood for producing. As she executes numerous ideas for her production companies and upcoming films like Jumping The Broom Sequel and The Vow, viewers will soon have the opportunity to see her in the element of family and love. Edmonds, who currently dates former NFL pro Deion Sanders, will be producing his Oprah Winfrey Network reality show, Deion’s Family Playbook, and on the show, they both will navigate their relationship, careers, and family life unscripted. Check out our intimate chat with Tracey as she reveals what fans should expect on the show and how she keeps balanced through it all.
What can you tell us about Deion’s Family Playbook?
I am the executive producer of Deion’s Family Playbook. Historically, I’ve been known to be behind the camera and it is the first time in one of our series people will see me onscreen. Deion’s Family Playbook is a real, unscripted look at the life of Deion Sanders and, first and foremost, his role as a single parent dad. Deion is helping to raise multiple children. He has five biological kids and he is helping to raise his sister’s kids (a 2-year-old and and a sixteen-year-old) and he is helping his mother raise her two foster children (8-year-old twins) and he is also raising students from Prime Prep Academy who live at his house. Deion is a hands-on father and it is the first time we get to see an African-American man on television as a single parent and father. One of the reasons I am excited to produce to the show is because it is something we have never seen before. It is a positive, healthy image for African-American men and it is real.
We often hear about your relationships from the media or past partners, how will you use Deion’s Family Playbook to tell your own love story?
It really is a family-focused show but you will see some issues that connect into our personal relationship. We set out to tell a family story but our show is truly unscripted. Our story lines are not produced. As we were filming the show, things began to unfold when one of my relatives came to visit. So you will have a chance to see more than we expected to show about our relationship.
What advice would you tell women who are single mothers looking to date or get married ?
Don’t give up hope. Sometimes when we least expect it, that’s when love comes to find us. You should be completely open minded. Do not be too strict about your check list. When you are looking for the right person, look for what the person has inside and not only their material possessions. Look at the way they treat you, their children and mothers. The older we get we have to start looking at the person’s spirit.
What details can you share about the Jumping The Broom sequel?
I did see articles saying the sequel was green-lit but that is not exactly true. We are in the process of developing the sequel but there is nothing definite, yet. I am working really hard on it and I would love to do a sequel. The sequel I have in mind would definitely include the original cast. But nothing is for sure, yet. It has not been green lit so we are still talking to the studio. Besides Jumping The Broom, I am producing a movie for Lifetime! It is called The Vow. It’s a romantic comedy and it’s about four women who went to college together. They are in their 30’s and still single. I think the story line it is very relatable and inspirational. In the movie, the ladies take a vow they will all be married within a year. So we take a fun look at their search for love and what they discover.
If you look at the personal lives of wonder producer Babyface and legendary singer Toni Braxton, you can see how these two would come together to sing about the ups and downs of love. Babyface divorced his wife, Tracey Edmonds, after nearly 13 years of marriage. And Toni just ended a four year separation and 12 year marriage from husband Keri Lewis. The couple finalized their divorce this past summer. If anybody knows that love can take you on a wild ride, it’s these two.
Hence the release of their new song “Roller Coaster.” The duo blends perfectly as they sing about how despite arguments and not being able to stand the other person, they know they won’t be able to love anyone else. For the chorus both Babyface and Toni harmonize:
“When love is like a roller coaster / Always up and down / When love takes over your emotion / Spins you round and round.”
You can watch the (very graphically impressive) lyric video for the song below.
Toni Braxton On Her First Grammy Wins 20 Years Ago & Proclaims That This Year “Tamar IS Going To Win”
With so much buzz surrounding her duets album with Babyface, Toni Braxton has seen a resurgence in her popularity in terms of her actual music. As the Grammys are tonight, People sat down with Toni to talk to her about her own wins 20 years ago as well as how she’s feeling about this year’s awards show.
Toni Braxton on who she’s most excited to see this year:
“I’m not going to the Grammys this year, but I’m excited about my sister Tamar being nominated, and I know she’s going to win. I’m looking forward to seeing what Rihanna‘s going to wear. And I was really hoping that Miley would’ve been nominated. But I just love the Grammys, so it’s exciting for me to see it. I’m more of a spectator because I’m an old b—- now, just so you know.”
Tamar has some stiff competition in the R&B categories so if she wins, there may be a lot of confused faces in that room,
On what she remembers from that night in 1994 when she won her first two Grammys in categories that included Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Patti Labelle:
“It was surreal. I felt like I was dreaming. I couldn’t believe that I was actually part of the A-group. They were accepting me. That was exciting.
First, I didn’t stand up when everybody was watching. And then I was like, “Oh my God, it was me.” And I remember feeling very blessed and fortunate. I should’ve celebrated the moment. I always tell young artists, when it’s your moment, celebrate it. Don’t miss it. Party a little bit. Be young. Get in a little trouble. It’s okay. You want to do that in your 20s, not in your 40s. That’s not hot.”
Toni Braxton also added that she’s a big fan of younger artists like Lorde and Justin Bieber, adding that it’s “okay” for Bieber to have his troubles now because he’s young.
Love, Marriage & Divorce, the new duet album from Toni Braxton and Babyface, is scheduled for a February 4th release date.
Do you think Tamar Braxton will take home a Grammy?
Superstar Toni Braxton just landed a publishing deal with HaperCollins. On May 20th, Braxton will publish Unbreak My Heart, a memoir in which she will discuss everything from raising an autistic child, to battling lupus to selling millions of records.
Let’s hope she dishes on her sisters too! The diva is also set to release a duet album with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds this coming February.
Read more on Toni’s new moves at Essence.com
Now those are two names you probably never thought you’d hear in the same sentence: Babyface and Miley Cyrus. But since Miley is the flavor of the month, everyone is expected to speak on her shenanigans as of late. And everyone includes Babyface.
When the music legend visited Bethenny’s show, she asked what he made of Miley smoking weed in Amsterdam on stage at the EMAs. And unlike many other older singers and entertainers, (looking at you Uncle Charlie), Babyface seemed relatively unfazed by her antics.
Bethenny: What about the Miley smoking pot in Amsterdam? Wow, what do you think of that?
Babyface: How old is she?
Bethenny: 20, no?
Babyface: Yeah, so she can do it right.
Bethenny: She can do it I guess. Are we done, we’re just not expecting her to be any kind of a role model?
Babyface: I don’t think you sign on to be a role model. I think when you first start doing, if you’re an entertainer, whoever you are you have to be who you are and I think that when you play this role of I’m a role model or whatever and that’s not necessarily who you are then I think you are lying to people anyway.
Bethenny: But are you playing it or are you just feeling a responsibility? It’s not that I signed on to be anything but in having this gift of this platform to have conversations and hopefully inspire women, I am not going to go do something stupid and start doing drugs because people depend upon me to give them hope and help them with what they’re doing and I feel like to just do that is a big f you.
Babyface: I think that’s wonderful for you.
Bethenny: To me, I’ve been fine the whole time, if you want to put your tongue out or have sex with a ball I guess, I’ve been fine. This kind of crossed the line because so many people are just trying to keep their kids away from drugs, trying to keep their kids from having sex at twelve. So many different things, someone should be like let’s just reel it in a little bit.
Babyface: I think she’s young and she’s going to go through what she goes through. I don’t know what you were like at 20?
Bethenny: I was wild.
Babyface: She’s young and she’s going to go through it. What I know of because I’ve hung out with Miley, I’ve known her when she was younger, I know her as a really good girl, a good person.
I share Babyface’s sentiments in a sense. Miley is grown. I’m not shocked or appalled by anything she’s done thus far. I’m just genuinely tired of hearing about her and what seem like very cheap, and in some cases exploitative, attention-seeking stunts. Over it.
Check out the video of his less than bothered reaction below.
And then Bethenny, by way of a Toni Braxton tweet, asked Babyface if she, Toni, was harder to work with 20 years ago or right now. See what he had to say on the next page.