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Imaginary BFFs: Celebrity Friends…In Our Heads

March 11th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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What is it about certain celebrities that draw us in?  It’s not just their work on the big and small screens though that plays a significant role.  Is it their likability factor?  The way they conduct themselves on the red carpet, during interviews or on social media?  For me, I think it’s their demeanor and candor outside of the work we associate them with that makes us feel like certain celebrities are our friends – at least, like Wendy Williams always says, in our heads.  Who would you add to this short list of celebrity friends in our heads?

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Credit: Nicky Nelson/

Taraji P. Henson

We’ve known and loved Taraji P. Henson for years, but the success of Empire catapulted her into superstar celebrity status. And yet, she still seems unaffected and exactly the same: cool, grateful, honest and down to earth.  Henson seems like she’d be the ultimate ride-or-die friend who will always have your back through thick and thin.  Who didn’t want to be friends with her (as well as Kerry Washington and Mary J. Blige) after seeing that Ava DuVernay-directed Apple Music commercial?

5 Things To Know When You’re Going Back To School As An Older Student

January 27th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Michelle Obama inspires us from our living room or our television screens. So it comes as no surprise that meeting her in person might just change your life. That’s what happened with “The Real” host Tamar Braxton when she sat down with FLOTUS for a special episode where the co-hosts made their way to the White House.

By the time Braxton left the building, she decided she was ready for a life altering change. She posted this message on her Instagram.

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Source: Instagram

If you have been inspired like Tamar or have been making plans to go back to school for a while now, here are some things you need to know.

It’s scary for everybody

Whether you’re entering college as a pimply faced 17-year-old or a the 57-year-old who has college aged kids of her own, going to school for the first time or returning is often a daunting task. But that should never keep you from accomplishing your goals. The point is to know that you’re not alone in your fear. But the desire for knowledge and self improvement should be greater than the doubts in your head.

Hone your focus

One advantage you might have over the younger students, as you return to college–or go for the first time– is that you might have already experienced all the partying that will enthrall and entrap the young ones. I’m not saying don’t turn up or get it poppin’, but remember why you came. Make sure you’re majoring in something you actually enjoy and will utilize once you leave school so you don’t waste time or money.

Your real world experiences can work for you

The experience you have in “the real world,” in the workforce, with varying personality types are all tools you can use while working toward your degree. As the saying goes, nothing from your life will be wasted. Use your experiences to not only give you a leg up in academia but also as a way to help other students who may not have had those same experiences.

Don’t be scared to ask for help

Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you know everything. No one does. And as much as we all know and understand this universal fact, it can be difficult to humble yourself when you’re the one who doesn’t know something. But now is not the time for pride to take over, love. Put it to the side. Remember the ultimate goal is graduating. Let nothing stand in the way of that. When you cross that stage, then you can let pride cook for a little bit.

Know what you want your degree to do for you

Do you want to earn your degree just to prove that you can do it and then go back to the status quo once you’ve crossed that stage? Do you want to completely change your career path or just pick up a few more skills so there is more opportunity for advancement? Whatever your goal, be very clear about it when you enter. Things might change along the way but then you should shift accordingly. The point is, if you go in unsure, it’s easy to look at all the money you’re spending, the difficulties and all the effort you’re exerting and become discouraged. Be clear with yourself about why you’re there.

Good luck!

Those of you who have returned to school as an adult, chime in! What lessons or pieces of advice would you give to those trying to get their education at a later age?

This Video Of The Braxton Sister’s Singing “Mary Did You Know?” Will Put You In The Holiday Spirit

December 20th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Image Source: WE TV

If you’re an avid watcher of Braxton Family Values, then you know the talented sisters have been anxious to put out an album together – a first since their 1990 debut, chart-topping single, “Good Life.”

25 years later, the singing sisters are finally making good on their promise and harmonizing in unity for the holiday season this year. Titled, Braxton Family Christmas, the LP features the pure, soulful sounds of Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar.

Earlier this week on Tamar’s hit daytime show, The Real, the ladies reunited, debuting “Mary Did You Know” from the highly-anticipated album. Press play and watch this amazing video as the sisters bring down the house with their impressive octaves.

You can purchase Braxton Family Christmas now on iTunes.

What Does Tamar Think About The Cast Of “Unbreak My Heart”?

December 18th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The Real

Earlier this month, we showed you a cast photo from Lifetime’s Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart. We honestly thought casting directors did a decent job with this project, but what do the Braxton sisters think about a the women who were cast to play them?

During a recent taping of “The Real,” which features the Braxton family, Tamar saw a photo of the actress who will be playing her for the first time—and her reaction was quite interesting.

“I haven’t seen anything about the movie yet,” Tamar told her cast members, prompting producers to pull up the photo.



Y’all know that Tay Tay is rarely at a loss for words, but she seemed speechless when she saw the photo. She did, however, manage to make one of her signature faces. We still can’t tell whether this means she approves or disapproves, but it’s hilarious to watch.

“You found somebody that acts like me? she asked Toni.

“Yes Lord,” Toni replied.

“You tried it,” Tamar shot back.

We must see this character in action.

Tamar Returns To “The Real” Reveals She Had A Rib Removed To Treat Pulmonary Embolism

December 16th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Tamar’s health condition was far more serious than it originally appeared. What doctors initially diagnosed as pneumonia turned out to be pulmonary embolism. She had blood clots in both of her lungs. The blood clots led to a series of other health issues.

Thankfully, the story has a happy ending.

Tamar is not only out of the hospital, she’s back to work on “The Real.” And since the show is all about transparency, the ladies talked about her tumultuous and presumably scary health past few months. In a video montage, narrated by Tamera Mowry-Housley, the show detailed Braxton’s journey to health.

“Tamar’s medical tests reveal she isn’t suffering from pneumonia but instead, a much more serious medical condition: pulmonary embolism. Tamar has blood clots in both of her lungs. The very next day, Tamar announces she is leaving “Dancing With The Stars” and must take time away from “The Real,” which is the beginning of what will become a long, often harrowing medical journey. 

Doctors prescribe blood thinners to treat the blood clots but are concerned that the pain in her upper chest is most likely due to a blockage in a vein. Further medical tests reveal Tamar suffers from a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. Due to strenuous activity, the muscles around her rib have become enlarged, blocking the blood from flowing to major veins and arteries in the arm and causing blood clots to form. 

The blood thinners doctors prescribe clear the blood clots in Tamar’s lungs. She’s released from the hospital. 

Following one week of bed rest, doctors, determined to get at the cause of the problem, decide major surgery is in order. Tamar undergoes a procedure to remove her rib and remove the pressure. 

When her co-host Jeannie Mai asked Tamar if it was ok if they ask her questions about the procedure and how she took everything, she said:

Child, I expect y’all to be all up in my business, of course. 

You can see the full story today on “The Real.” Find out when it’s on in your area, here.

In the meantime, you can watch a bit of the story unfold in the video below.

Get Well Soon: Tamar Braxton Returns To The Hospital

December 4th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Just the other day, I was watching a clip from “The Real” and wondering when Tamar was going to be rejoining her girls.

You may remember Tamar was in hospital for what doctors believed was pneumonia. Later, they discovered she actually suffered from a pulmonary embolism. The condition is quite serious as this is what caused her husband Vince to be placed into a coma and hospitalized for 40 days back in 2012.

Things seemed to be looking up when she was released from the hospital in the middle of last month.

But apparently, her recovery is not complete. A recent video posted on her Instagram showed she had to return to the hospital.

Braxton posted a video of herself in a hospital bed telling followers and fans that she would be returning to “The Real” as soon as she was able to get out of the hospital.

The video was deleted shortly after she posted it but not before a fan site grabbed it.

Take a look at it below.

Get well Tamar ❤️❤️❤️ #tamarbraxton @tamarbraxtonher

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We’re certainly hoping and praying for her recovery.

Get well soon Tamar.

Tamar Braxton Drops Out Of Tour After Learning Health Complications Point To “More Serious” Issue

November 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Splash News

Earlier this week, Tamar Braxton was hospitalized and treated for what doctors believed was a case of pneumonia. To the surprise of many, the R&B singer pushed through her illness and returned to ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” competition. Despite, receiving a nearly perfect score, Braxton was later forced to withdraw.

As it turns out, Braxton was misdiagnosed. After further testing, doctors discovered that a pulmonary embolism is the cause of the 38-year-old’s ailments. Tuesday, she regretfully took to Instagram and announced her withdrawal from the race as well as Kem’s Promise to Love Tour.

With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you that my season of #dwts has to come to an end along with the rest of my tour dates with @musicbykem. After yesterday’s final #dwts performance, I went back to the hospital (after the doctors didn’t want me to leave in the first place) only to find out that I don’t have pneumonia, but something way more serious, and that is having several P.E.’s (blood clots in both sides of my lungs). As you all know, I will be the first to always encourage anyone to push through any obstacle that comes along one’s way. But in this case, my health is my current obstacle. And in TRUE #tamartian form I must go about this the exact same way as I would anything else. I woke up to a mirror and saw myself this morning, and that makes me the winner because that almost wasn’t the case. Take care of yourselves. I love you and thank you ALL for your support.

P.S. Big hugs and kisses to my boo @iamvalc for being beyond a friend, brother and the BEST partner.

We are definitely wishing Tamar a speedy recovery.

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Tamar Gets Emotional Dancing In Tribute To Her Husband And Son On DWTS

October 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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If you haven’t been watching Tamar Braxton on “Dancing With The Stars,” you’ve been missing some pretty amazing performances. Tamar is a natural on the dance floor and with Val, last season’s champion, by her side the two are unstoppable.

Tamar impresses and entertains every week but yesterday there was something a bit more emotional and memorable about her performance.

Tamar and Val danced the Rumba to her song “King.”

It’s a tribute to her husband and in speaking about the motivation for the dance and almost losing Vince in 2012, there were some tears.

Here’s what she had to say about the

“2012 is my memorable year because I almost lost my husband Vince. Vince and I were on a trip to New York and he told me he wasn’t feeling well. We ended up in the emergency room and they tell us he has multiple blood clots in his lungs. Vince was induced into a coma and the only thing I could think about was ‘How am I going to live without the love of my life by my side?'” 

Vince: ” I was in the hospital for 40 days. Tamar was there, everyday by my side. And at that particular time in the hospital that’s when we decided to have a child.” 

Tamar was pregnant three months later.

“I will forever be grateful because I don’t even know what I did in my life to be blessed that much.”

They danced to “King” because Tamar says it examples they love and appreciation she has for both her husband and her son.

Vince accompanied Tamar and Val on the piano and when it was all over, there were water works from Tamar and even judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

You can watch the touching performance in the video below.

Tiffany Hines Cast In Toni Braxton’s Lifetime Biopic, Set To Play Tamar Braxton

October 4th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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There hasn’t been much news about Un-Break My Heart, the Toni Braxton Lifetime biopic, other than the fact that Toni herself will star in it.

However, ABC Family series Stitchers actress, Tiffany Hines, recently took to twitter to share the news that she was cast in the biopic.

While Hines, who previously had a reoccurring role in the FOX series Bones, didn’t share which character she’d be playing, The Grio is reporting that she’s filling the shoes of the baby of the Braxton sisters: Tamar Braxton.

Un-Break My Heart chronicles the personal and professional life of Toni, but from watching just one episode of Braxton Family Values, you’ll understand just how important Toni’s relationship with her three sisters. Therefore, the casting of his movie is crucial.

Not to mention, playing the character of the sassy, joke cracking Tamar is a task in itself, as she’s been candid about being a perfectionist. So, it’s a no-brainer that Tamar will be looking for Hines to bring her A-game and do her character justice.

The roles of Traci Braxton, Towanda Braxton and  Trina Braxton have yet to be announced.

What do you all think of Tiffany playing Tamar?


Never Say Never: Tamar Braxton Talks Wanting More Children And Healing From Past Relationships

October 1st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Wendy Williams

Source: Wendy Williams

Tamar Braxton is an interesting lady. And if nothing else, she’s candid and entertaining. She joined with her pal Wendy Williams on the purple couch to talk about her life, career and motherhood. See what she had to say about having more children, “Dancing With the Stars” and healing from past relationships.

On possibly wanting more children 

Well, at first I would be like ‘Girl, no!’ But I feel like–you know cuz I grew up with a big family– I feel like he needs a playmate or something. But when I ask him Wendy he’s like “No, no no, no, no, no!” So that’s what it is…I feel like he knows what he’s talking about.

He really likes it when it’s just the three of us. But I’m ok with it. I really don’t feel like being pregnant, at all!

Why she wanted to join “Dancing With The Stars”

I really wanted to do it because I can’t dance. The only thing I could do was twerk.  I was like ‘Ooo girl, you can’t put your hands on your knees every time you hear a record. It’s not age appropriate all the time. Every song?! Really, every song? Now I can do the cha-cha. Now I’m learning how to do the rhumba.

Singing about her past relationships…How does Vince feel about you singing about that? 

He know I got a past. He has one too. And to be honest, a part of growing up– and I feel like I kind of started to grow up in the past few years, finally– so I feel like it’s about accepting and knowing your past. A lot of people are like ‘Oh my God Tamar, we don’t want to hear another song about Vincent Herbert.’ Yes, and that’s great and I am in love and I’m really happy but there is a story behind Tamar. I didn’t just wake up one day and just meet the love of my life. I kissed old gruesome frogs and all the monsters and stuff. So it was important for me to talk about. And really honestly Wendy, I didn’t know that there was a lot I needed to let go.

Tamar also mentioned that she’s really looking for a brother-in-law (a husband for Toni) and a stepfather (a husband for Mama E.)

Check out the full interview on “The Wendy Williams Show” in the video below.