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B’more STAND UP: BHM Spotlight THE BRAXTONS

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They may not have grown up in Baltimore City/County, but they represent Maryland and when you ask them (well, not Tamar) if they love B’more, you would hear Traci, Trina, Towanda and Toni say “hell yeah!”

Today, I am saluting some SANGIN’ SISTAS…The Braxton Sisters!

From the DMV area,  The Braxtons are an American R&B girl group consisting of sisters Toni Braxton, Traci Braxton, Towanda Braxton, Trina Braxton, and Tamar Braxton. Despite being commercially unsuccessful, the group’s first single, “Good Life”, led to oldest sister Toni Braxton‘s acclaimed solo career.

All five members reunited in 2011 to star in the WE television  reality show Braxton Family Values alongside their mother, Evelyn Braxton. The Braxtons and Toni Braxton sing the show’s theme song.

The Braxtons parents are Rev. Michael Braxton and opera singer Evelyn Braxton. Toni Michelle Braxton was born on October 7, 1967.Traci Renee Braxton was born in 1972. Soon after Traci’s birth, Towanda Chloe Braxton was born on September 18, 1973. The Braxton’s fifth child, Trina Eve Braxton was born on December 3, 1975. The youngest member, Tamar Estine Braxton, was born on March 17, 1977. They are originally from Severn, Maryland. Growing up, they sang in the choir at several churches and toured the East Coast with their religious parents singing at various events. All of the sisters attended Bowie State University in Maryland.

In January, 2011, WE TV Network confirmed that they had signed Toni Braxton and her sisters, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar for a reality series, entitled “Braxton Family Values“, which will be marketed as one of the network’s flagship shows. The show looks at the relationship between Toni, her mom, and her sisters along with the interpersonal relationships of each family member. After only four episodes, the new reality show about singer Toni Braxton, her sisters and their mom has been renewed for a second season. There will be 13 more one-hour episodes of “Braxton Family Values” on WE tv in 2012, up from 10 during the debut season.

As of the season finale of Braxton Family Values, it is still unclear whether or not the EP that The Braxtons were working on will be released. During the show’s reunion, Toni Braxton stated that she thought The Braxtons should “feature on [her] record” instead of her completely rejoining the group for a full EP.

The Braxtons posed for the June 2011 VIBE magazine summer swimwear issue. They also presented the “Best Gospel Artist” award to Mary Mary at the 2011 BET Awards

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