R&B singer and reality TV star Tamar Braxton has taken aim at critics for poking fun at her thinning locks after suffering from the affects of postpartum hair loss. The Love & War hitmaker, who gave birth to her first child, son Logan, last summer (13), revealed her hair struggles during a recent episode of her U.S. reality show Braxton Family Values, during which she decided to remove her trademark blonde wig for the cameras to display her natural look.
Her receding hairline prompted some detractors to make light of her lack of tresses, but Toni Braxton's younger sister has since taken to Instagram.com to address the cruel criticism.
She shared a photo of herself taken at a 2013 red carpet event while she was still pregnant, and explained, "When u HAVE your baby... (my son) your hair falls out!!"
The 37 year old, who is married to record executive Vincent Herbert, then credited the use of a special beauty oil to help her hair grow back and insisted the hair loss wasn't a big deal.
She added, "Thanks to @simplicityhairoil for my hairline coming back! But if it didn't work I would BUY me some. Glad you all get to see the changes while (Braxton Family Values) & (her other reality show Tamar & Vince) on T.V. (sic)".
R&B singer Tamar Braxton cut short a concert in Las Vegas on Friday (20Jun14) after almost collapsing onstage due to exhaustion. Toni Braxton's younger sister struggled to breathe throughout her set and had to halt the show several times before her husband Vincent Herbert rushed to her side to escort her backstage.
The Love and War star subsequently took to her Instagram.com account to explain what happened during the troubled set.
In a heartfelt message posted on Saturday (21Jun14), she wrote, "I really felt like last night was #lightsout (sic) for me!! I felt sooo (sic) bad I was shaking.
"I never lost my MYSELF where my body took over my mind and left me helpless. I wanted to stay but I couldn't. I wanted to drink water and catch my breath but I couldn't.
"I, Tamar, for the first time who has always been able to figure it out and work through ANYTHING simply couldn't do ANYTHING but gasp for air and ask for help!! I was powerless and heartbroken".
Braxton continued her tour as scheduled in Los Angeles on Saturday (21Jun14) after assuring fans she had recovered.
R&B singer Tamar Braxton is caught up in a legal battle over her 2013 track One On One Fun. Songwriter Emmi Kozulin is suing over allegations her vocals were used without permission on the recording, which appears on Braxton's 2013 album Love and War.
In the lawsuit, Kozulin claims she co-wrote the track with Angela Hunte, who had the rights to licence the lyrics but not her vocals.
She is now demanding 50 per cent of the song's royalties, as well as unspecified damages.
A representative for Braxton has distanced the singer from the legal battle, telling TMZ.com it has "nothing to do with Tamar".
Superstar couple Beyonce and Jay Z are set for a big night at the 2014 BET Awards with four nominations apiece. The Crazy in Love hitmakers will compete against each other in the Best Collaboration category, in which Beyonce's song Drunk in Love, which features her husband, will battle Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's Holy Grail. Drake and Majid Jordan's Hold On (We're Going Home), Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines, YG's My Hitta collaboration with Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan and I Luv This by August Alsina and Trinidad Jame$ are also up for the prize.
Meanwhile, rivals Jay Z and Drake will go toe to toe in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist category, alongside Future, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, while Beyonce will battle Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna and Tamar Braxton for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist title. Jay Z and Beyonce will also vie for the coveted Video of the Year award with the videos for Drunk in Love and Partition, respectively. Pharrell Williams' Happy, Chris Brown's Fine China and Drake's Worst Behavior are also nominated.
In the movie categories, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o and Oprah Winfrey will fight for the Best Actress prize, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart and Michael B. Jordan are up for the Best Actor trophy. The Best Movie nominees are: 12 Years a Slave, The Best Man Holiday, Fruitvale Station, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
The 2014 BET Awards will be handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on 29 June (14).
The full list of nominees are:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna, Tamar Braxton
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: August Alsina, Chris Brown, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams
Best Group A$AP Mob Daft Punk Macklemore & Ryan Lewis TGT Young Money
Best Collaboration August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ - I Luv This Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love Drake featuring Majid Jordan - Hold On (We're Going Home) Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharell Williams - Blurred Lines YG featuring Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan - My Hitta
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Drake Future J. Cole Jay Z Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Angel Haze Charli Baltimore Eve Iggy Azalea Nicki Minaj Video of the Year Beyonce - Partition Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love Chris Brown - Fine China Drake - Worst Behavior Pharrell Williams - Happy
Video Director of the Year Benny Boom Chris Brown Colin Tiley Director X Hype Williams
Best New Artist Ariana Grande August Alsina Mack Wilds Rich Homie Quan ScHoolboy Q
Best Gospel Artist Donnie McClurkin Erica Campbell Hezekiah Walker Tamela Mann Tye Tribbett
Best Actress Angela Bassett Gabrielle Union Kerry Washington Lupita Nyong'o Oprah Winfrey
Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Forest Whitaker Idris Elba Kevin Hart Michael B. Jordan
YoungStars Award Gabrielle Douglas Jacob Latimore Jaden Smith KeKe Palmer Zendaya
Best Movie 12 Years a Slave The Best Man Holiday Fruitvale Station Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain Lee Daniels' The Butler
Subway Sportswoman of the Year Brittney Griner Lolo Jones Serena Williams Skylar Diggins Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year Blake Griffin Carmelo Anthony Floyd Mayweather Jr. Kevin Durant LeBron James
Centric Award Aloe Blacc - The Man Jennifer Hudson featuring T.I. - I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" Jhene Aiko - The Worst LiV Warfield - Why Do You Lie? Wale featuring Sam Dew - LoveHate Thing
Best International Act: Africa Davido (Nigeria) Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) Mafikizolo (South Africa) Sarkodie (Ghana) Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) Toofan (Togo)
Best International Act: UK Dizzee Rascal Ghetts Krept & Konan Laura Mvula Rita Ora Tinie Tempah
R&B divas Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are set to perform at this year's (14) BET Honors. Also taking the stage will be Smokey Robinson, Wayne Brady and Tamar Braxton. Soul legend Aretha Franklin, Motown Records mogul Berry Gordy and rapper/actor Ice Cube will be feted at the event, which celebrates stars' contributions to African-American culture. The awards will take place in Washington, D.C. on 8 February (14).
"My sister Tamar came up with this idea. She and Trina said I had to do it and I lost Monopoly... I landed on Park Place and I owed her, like, $2,800 and she said, 'If you do the show I won't make you pay'." Singer Toni Braxton on how her sisters persuaded her to be part of family reality TV show Braxton Family Values.
RCAWith everyone from the cast of A&E reality TV series Duck Dynasty to '80s pop icon Kim Wilde recently venturing into the festive market, here's a look at five of the best new Christmas albums to have been released this year.Leona Lewis – Christmas, With LoveInspired by Phil Spector's classic Wall of Sound, Lewis looks like getting her career back on track with a warm and nostalgic record featuring several new compositions ("One More Sleep," "Mr Right") which fit in comfortably with the more familiar numbers ("Winter Wonderland," "White Christmas") and an astonishing operatic take on "Ave Maria" which proves she’s still the best vocalist ever to emerge from The X-Factor.Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In RedStamping her mark on the festive season just as effortlessly as her fellow talent show winner, the original American Idol ropes in the likes of Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood for an affectionate collection of yuletide tunes old and new, including arguably the most uplifting seasonal song since Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" ("Underneath The Tree").Mary J. Blige – A Mary ChristmasGiven her previously fiery reputation, Mary J. Blige doesn't seem like the most obvious candidate to celebrate the season of goodwill. But she acquits herself well on the brilliantly-titled A Mary Christmas, recruiting everyone from Barbra Streisand to Jessie J on a surprisingly traditional but typically soulful affair.Erasure – Snow GlobeConsidering their 'camp as Christmas' reputation, it's a surprise that it’s taken the synth-pop veterans nearly thirty years to commit to a holiday record. Featuring an eerie take on traditional hymn "Gaudete," a bizarre chiptune rendition of Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" and a macabre waltz inspired by a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, Snow Globe won't be for everyone. But it's easily the most intriguing Christmas release this year.Tamar Braxton – Winter LoverslandAfter waiting 13 years to follow-up her 2000 debut, Tamar, the youngest Braxton sister has now released her second album in three months with a brief but heartwarming festive effort which showcases her powerhouse vocals in all their glory.
For many of us, daytime talk shows just aren’t all that exciting. Blogs have taken over the world and if we want to see bizarre people with strange family lives breaking down in front of a bunch of cameras, we have a plethora of reality shows to watch. There's also an entire young, hip, culturally diverse demographic that shows like The Talk just don't cater to. Enter The Real: a new daytime talk show for folks who could care less about daytime talk shows. After a very successful summer trial run, the show (starring Loni Love, Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley , Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai) was picked up for a full season by Fox. In Fall 2014, we seriously recommend setting those DVRs. Here are a few reasons why you'll absolutely love The Real.
Loni Love Is Everything
The comedian who many folks will recognize from Chelsea Lately hosts the show, and if you’re not already a fan of hers you will be by the time you watch that pilot episode of The Real. Of all the ladies up there, we have to say that Loni probably keeps it the realest. Whether waxing poetic about food, sex, or Miley Cyrus she’s always on point and always hilarious.
There’s An Abundance of Chocolate And Fried Foods
The producers of this show know what women want: food. All of the time, with all of the calories. In its trial episodes, The Real never, ever featured a healthy eating section, where some chef came through and made asparagus and carrot smoothies. Instead the women indulged in fried desserts, crazy huge burgers, and then there was that strawberry pop-tart ice cream sandwich thing. EPIC!
The Hot Guys
Tyrese, Ginuwine, Morris Chestnut, Tank, Pauly D – these are just a few of the cuties who were guests on the show. Pretty much all of them ended up shirtless at some point, so that’s plenty reason to tune in next fall.
They Actually Do Keep It Real
Probably one of the greatest episodes of The Real (or of daytime television ever) was the one in which an entire conversation about weaves, wigs, tracks, and sew-in hair occurred. The women openly admitted to which ones they had tried, and what type they were currently rocking -- it was awesome. Another reason this show really works is because the ladies have a lot in common but also aren't afraid to disagree with one another and/or shut each other down; watching them give conflicting relationship advice to audience members makes for a great time. We get the sense that -- even though they're on tv and, granted, Adrienne's accent is a bit over the top -- these ladies are keeping it real with us. And for that, we thank them.
It was ladies night at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on Friday (08Nov13) as Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae took home top prizes. Braxton was named Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and she also picked up Song of the Year for Love & War and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. The singer also performed a three-song set during the ceremony.
Monae, who was recovering from a throat infection that prompted her to delay the start of her new tour, claimed the prestigious Video of the Year Award for her Erykah Badu collaboration Q.U.E.E.N.
Other winners included K. Michelle, who was named Best New Artist; Ashanti (Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance for Never Should Have); Kendrick Lamar (Album of the Year for good kid, m.A.A.d city); Miguel (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Robin Thicke, who landed Song of the Year for his summer anthem Blurred Lines.
Meanwhile, Keith Sweat was honoured with the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, and scored the event's highlight by performing with Faith Evans, and R&B legend Dionne Warwick was gifted the Legend Award following tribute performances from Ron Isley, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michelle and Gladys Knight.
The superstar quartet each sang a snippet from one of Warwick's hits and then came together to sing her 1985 tune That’s What Friends Are For.
Another performance highlight came at the top of the show when Jennifer Hudson teamed up with Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Chaka Khan and rapper T.I. for a hits medley, while Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick performed The Show with Doug E. Fresh.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Anthony Anderson, was held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Dionne Warwick and Keith Sweat are set to be honoured at the upcoming Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. R&B veteran Sweat has been named the recipient of a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and Warwick will receive the night's Legend Award.
The accolade will mark a full circle moment for Warwick, who helped late TV mogul Don Cornelius perfect the 1970s music show that was to become Soul Train, and inspire the awards. Gladys Knight, Ronald Isley and Eric Benet will be among the stars who will pay tribute to the singer at the event.
Meanwhile Sweat will perform a medley of his hits and join Faith Evans for a special performance.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13). Janelle Monae is hoping to bounce back from a throat infection to perform alongside Toni Braxton and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds at the awards, which will also feature a Cirque Du Soliel tribute to Michael Jackson.
Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar leads this year's nominations with six, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13).