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That Grape Juice Interviews Toni Braxton

Published: Friday 14th May 2010 by Sam

Earlier this week, That Grape Juice were fortunate enough to catch up with R&B legend Toni Braxton at her plush hotel here in London. In what must be one of her most candid interviews yet, the ‘Unbreak My Heart’ singer, 42, spoke on everything from her new album ‘Pulse’, to ageism in the industry, album sales, bankruptcy, her impending divorce, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, motherhood and much more! An awesome watch, I must say. Enjoy. (Part 1 – above / Part 2 – below)

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  1. TLMusik May 14, 2010

    GREAT interview Sam..Toni’s amazing and she’s so honest, she did not hold back..

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  2. Carl May 14, 2010

    Lol @ how she answered the Beyonce question.

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  3. “Dj Y2k Malone” May 14, 2010

    great interview
    lol she mention rihanna…lol i know that had to make sam gag

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  4. Gucci May 14, 2010

    YES honey! I LOVE Toni so much. She is always so honest and sweet. I was so happy she shut you down on that comment you keep trying to push about female aritsts “taking off their clothes”. It’s so hypocritical, especially since almost every male AND female act has done it at one point. Embracing your sexuality is never a bad thing. You should try it some time Samantha. *snaps*

    And lmao, apparently Toni thinks you’re 12 years old. I couldn’t agree more.
    All in all, Toni did a great interview and looked GORGEOUS! The new album is amazing. I love her. Everything she said was so true.

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  5. hihihihi May 14, 2010

    “´RIHANNA IS VERY VERY SUPERTALENTED”

    “I LOVE RIHANNA”

    TAKE THAT SUCKAS

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  6. HIghlander May 14, 2010

    This is probably the best of these interviews out so far! nice job! u certainly asked a lot of questions that most fans really wanted ask!

    LOVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEE Toni! and LOVEEEEEE PULSE

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  7. James May 14, 2010

    I loved it!!! and I love her….I’m gettin the album now

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  8. hihihihi May 14, 2010

    @Dj Y2k Malone:

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    SAMA WAS ABOUT TO HAVE A HEARTATTACK

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  9. Ramsey D’ Marco May 14, 2010

    interesting! Great job Grape Juice!

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  10. kenney May 14, 2010

    Y’all need to quit hatin on Christina! I’m getting f****** sick of it! Rihanna and Lady Gag-Me take off more clothes in their videos than Christina does so you need to back the f*** off! I love how she compared the fact that guys get away with more than women do and that she’s all about female empowerment. I love how u attempted to get her to diss Christina with that question knowing damn well that Rihanna and Gag-Me are 10x’s worse and it backfired on you. I love how she said it seems as though as Gag-Me’s hiding behind her fashion sense and that Christina is all about female empowerment!

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  11. Robert May 14, 2010

    I hate these double standars its okay for Gaga to be naked in her video, its ok for her to kiss other girls like just see Telephone video its look like gay p***. But its not ok for Christina to be naked??… PLEASE!!!

    GAGA NAKED – ITS ART
    CHRISTINA NAKED – SHE IS DESPERATE ??????

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  12. Howw May 14, 2010

    I’m living for this interview! Beyonce!!! Lol Toni kept it 100% real and she seems really sweet

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  13. Boricua May 14, 2010

    Great interview.
    Pity about the sound quality. Invest in better mics Sam.

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  14. Kev May 14, 2010

    I thought this was an outstanding interview. Toni was very honest(as usual) and it was refreshing and great to see how sweet and down to earth she is. I love her perspective on things, even though I see the questioning was clearly done in efforts to start controversy. Before anyone get to riled up over some of Toni’s preferences, let’s just realize that it was all done in good taste and let’s not feed into what Sam and others on this site set up to start ugly debates. I agree with some of the things Toni mentioned (on Gaga and Xtina), but I wouldn’t choose Mariah over Whitney. I also like Beyonce over the other artist that she was paired up against. Toni was only giving her opinion and not running away from the questions while Sam wanted to back her up against a wall. I respect it! I love Toni, I love Pulse. I wish her continued success and I admire her strength and positivity. Thanks Toni for being so interesting! I’m a big fan!

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  15. Jessica May 14, 2010

    Yessss Rihanna is Super Talented I love her !!!! nd who the hell is that talking in the back ground??? sounds hell wierd……

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  16. MimiGod May 14, 2010

    Toni Braxton’s career is OVER.

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  17. Jessica May 14, 2010

    I DON’T LIKE TONI THOUGH FOR SOME REASON 🙁 I MEAN SHE WAS COOL BACK IN THE DAY BUT NOT SOO MUCH NOW..SORRY

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  18. ADE May 14, 2010

    I never really paid much attention to Toni but after watching this interview I can say im very impressed! She seems so sweet, down to Earth and personble. Great interview, although your voice was starting to annoy me, Sam! Have u got a lisp?

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  19. Jessica May 14, 2010

    AND RIHANNA DDN’T KNOW TONI BACK IN THE 90’S BECCAUSE SHE SAID HERSELF THAT MUSIC DIDN’T REALLY REACH OVER IN BARBADOS THE ONLY ARTIST SHE KNEW OF WERE THE BIGGGG WORLD WIDE ARTIST!!1

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  20. I WISH I WOULD May 14, 2010

    TONI GIVES GREAT CONVERSATION
    I like here again. She sure ept it real and didn’t lie because her body language and no stuttering. i love how she did not allow who ever asked her the questions to put words in her mouth. She was frank regarding her finances, her children, and women being neaked.
    Im with her on that. A man can remove his shirt but a female cant show her back ao b*** sheek. Loved It.
    SHE LOVES RIHANNA THAT A FIRST ON THIS SITE. IM SO SURPRISED IT WASN’T EDITED OUT
    TONI BRAXTON LOVES RIHANNA
    thinks b is the most talented between her, ri, ciara
    Best of everything TON

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  21. I WISH I WOULD May 14, 2010

    sorry for typo’s I sheeeeepppppy

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  22. Dave May 14, 2010

    Loved the interview, didn’t like how she answered the Beyonce question. She act like CIARA isn’t talented, but that’s cool, because they wouldn’t mesh well anyway. Your shady questions -_-, i’ll leave it alone thou, we’re all entitled to your opinion. Toni was very enthusiastic though. I love that.

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  23. Gary May 14, 2010

    A GREAT INTERVIEW ! You guys went IN with the budget ! The Hotel , The Lighting , The Camera’s… Like she said , VERY professional !
    Plus she was very very sweet and honest !
    I LOVE THIS SITE !!

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  24. Dwight May 14, 2010

    @ Jessica, I assume that you’re either underage or just stupid Toni Braxton has achieved more international success than even Rhianna….I know I know Rhianna is the epidome of walking across and stage and calling goat ts but it its true…once Rhianna goes diamond twice then you can talk until then sit down. The video which she referenced was “You’re making me high” you’ve heard of number one singles…yea that was one of them and that was back when there was actually competition when today there is few artist who aren’t birthed by a producer. anyway…..great interview probably the best one I’ve seen I’ve always loved Toni can’t wait for a rerelease. This is one that will be remembered for being good not because it made me laugh (IE Whitney and Diane interview)

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  25. Joe and His Blog May 14, 2010

    I’m beyond impressed!

    Superb interview!

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  26. Diane May 14, 2010

    Thanks Toni. Now I know.

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  27. DizzyGuy1985 May 14, 2010

    She cut you off Sam very quickly about that Beyonce question…haha. She was very honest. I loved that.

    I agree with her on Gaga but she makes it that way. She likes that fact that people love her crazy outfits.

    i hope Toni’s album does well.

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  28. KingMo May 14, 2010

    Great interview! Loved it…she seems really personable and down to earth and humble…I love that in artists…kind of rare….not to mention her album is IT.

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  29. cvt May 14, 2010

    GREAT INTERVIEW!!!!!

    I LOVE TONI BRAXTON SO MUCH.. THIS WAS A WONDERFUL INTERVIEW… I LOVE HER ALBUM, AND I THINK SHE NEEDS TO RELEASE HERO AS THE NEXT SINGLE.. WITH AN AMAZING VIDEO… BUT, CONTINUE TO PUSH HANDS TIED FOR NOW, I BELIVE THAT SONG HAS POTENTIAL..

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  30. KingMo May 14, 2010

    I loved the last question, “Come on! I’m sorry girl, but Beyonce is the most talented!”….LOL…Love it…she knows the truth.

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  31. DizzyGuy1985 May 14, 2010

    I like the fact that she was open about her finances..DAMN @ $2000 check.

    I also liked how she talked about her son. I have a new respect for her.

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  32. Simply Phillip Brown May 14, 2010

    Sam, you did your thing on this Interview.

    realtalkwithsimplybrown.com/realtalk

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  33. Pucci May 14, 2010

    @I WISH I WOULD

    I agree with Toni on that comment about the “s**” image in the music industry & how its biased as well. From what i’ve noticed, most of the ppl who judge female artist for being s*** in their videos are women themselves. the same women who gush over Trey Songz when he takes his shirt off in his videos.

    Sam, i think you should do the rest of your interviews like this from now on. I thought this was so personable & we actually got to interact with the artist by watching them instead of reading what they say in response to your questions. Great interview by the way!

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  34. sam May 14, 2010

    theres a reason why your interviewing Toni Braxton (irellevant now)compared to Christina Aguilera (who is still very relevant now)

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  35. RingLeader898 May 14, 2010

    Sam, you did a great job with the interview! I loved how you asked all the questions we comment on posts about and what you discuss in your blog posts, and Toni answered every one honest and WITHOUT A FILTER.

    It made me like her more as a artist and as a person, her personality came off really well and made me want to check out the CD *which I had no interest in doing before*. I love her so much more now!

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  36. RingLeader898 May 14, 2010

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I AM DYING OVER HERE LAUGHING! LMAO LMAO I DIED AT THE MARIAH CAREY OR WHITNEY QUESTION…BUT WHEN YOU ASKED WHO IS MORE TALENTED BETWEEN BEYONCE, CIARA OR RIHANNA…I NEARLY FELL OUT MY SEAT AT HER REACTION

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! “Is that even a question?!?!” YAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

    Beyonce is badd!

    Shout out to MC

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  37. MADONNA… May 14, 2010

    Good job…..

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  38. Blu Majik May 14, 2010

    Sam, this was such an amazing interview!!! I appreciate all of the questions that were asked and she answered them with so much grace and fun!

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  39. newsflash haters May 14, 2010

    why must rihanna’s name come up in every interview sam has done so far. he asked fantasia about rihanna and now toni, is this what we should expect from all of his interviews. its very clear he is trying to put rihanna in a situation with other artists, but most artists are too professional to even stoop so low and attack someone else in the business. I like the way toni takes the high road. Sam should learn a thing or two from her.

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  40. Blasian May 14, 2010

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m on the floor YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS TONI! BEYONCE IS THAT CHICK

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  41. ULISES May 14, 2010

    Great interview. Very professional. Great questions. She seems VERY real. Such a great talent! Good job guys.

    http://WWW.ULISESWORLD.COM
    “Jungle”- s***, tribal, exotic summer anthem. Don’t click on the link! You’re not ready for it, or are u?

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  42. Rashaan May 14, 2010

    SAM great interview! This is redemption for TRENT’s lack of class! I love Toni and she was very honest and forth coming! I got the album today! It is awesome, I cannot get enough of hands tied!

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  43. Last Boy on Earth May 14, 2010

    Can you put subtitles? You are like an ogre talking and I dont get anything you say

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  44. Ibrahim May 14, 2010

    Great Interview.. thanks 🙂

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  45. BiBi May 14, 2010

    I love the part at the 7:20 mark on the part 2 interview.

    Who’s more talented Ciara, Rihanna or Beyonce?

    and she said BEYONCE !!!!!

    Long Live the QUEEN B !!!!

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  46. yasssss May 14, 2010

    Who’s the most Talented? Rihanna, Ciara, or Beyonce? Toni Braxton: “Beyonce, that’s not even a question.” lol End of interview.

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  47. Girl Please May 14, 2010

    @LastBoyOnEarth Dead @ you using Perez fagton as an actual source. and dead @ you believing the only way to get a song writing credit is to actually write the song. Someone needs to take a music class.

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  48. Michelle May 14, 2010

    She would choose Mariah over Whitney??? Girl bye…

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  49. BeyonceSoldier May 14, 2010

    @Last Boy On Earth You mad?!?!?

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  50. Blasian May 14, 2010

    @Last Girl on Earth

    Chrisette Michele already came up and spoke on that matter she Never HEARD Ego unti Beyonce did it Boo Boo #Fail and #YouMad lmao!

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  51. Baron May 14, 2010

    Toni answered these questions with humor, wit, and class. Love her.

    Also love the fact that she was positive and didn’t react harshly when asked about other artists. That’s a true professional for ya.

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  52. kveick May 14, 2010

    lmao @ last f***** on earth, a little bitter i see

    Beyonce is that b****! stayyy mad lol

    I love Trent and Sam<3 TGJ for life 🙂

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  53. kveick May 14, 2010

    LOL @ the mad Rihoena stans

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  54. bobby from bulgaria May 14, 2010

    I liked the interview… It was great! 🙂

    …but I have some remarks:

    1. The sound was bad, I couldn’t hear some of the words clearly. Maybe you should put a clipped mic on the chest of the people you interview so that you won’t have to increase the volume of the overall sound afterwards and have too much noise…

    2. Also, the background music was a little bit too loud compared to the sound of the mic and disturbed even more the clarity of the speech… (Because of the previous again…)

    3. Your accent was too… British… 🙂 You would be more clear I think if you try to sound a little more American… 🙂

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  55. HBF82 May 14, 2010

    Sam your hate towards Mariah goes beyond anything. I hope God is there to protect you.
    You know why Toni picked Mariah: Because she STILL can sound like the album. Hear the clips from AA tour. She still hitting every note on Emotions. We heard Whitney on tour. Every press talked about it.

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  56. Beyowulf! May 14, 2010

    She is a sweetheart but girl you’re 42, that ridiculous haircut is not for you. leave that ugliness to Rihana.

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  57. Richard May 14, 2010

    Love me some Toni! Great interview questions. She’s really down-to-earth and honest. Just bought a few of her new tracks off iTunes to support her 🙂

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  58. RihannaLover May 14, 2010

    I love Toni Braxton!!! I haven’t seen an interview of her in a while! She needs to promote her “Make My Heart” song in the US! It can do well here! It has a nice hook! In regards to the “Who’s more talented? question, Beyonce is more talented than Rihanna and Ciara! This doesn’t mean that Rihanna and Ciara are not talented!!! Whitney and Mariah are more talented than Toni but we all know Toni is a very talented musician!!! There’s no need for all this bickering!!!

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  59. Grady May 14, 2010

    This was a great interview. Toni seems very personable, also very truthful. Not good sound however. I already bought the album, but i want to buy more of them to support artist like her. GOOOOOD JOB Toni!!!!

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  60. Stoney-Brie May 14, 2010

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAA LAST BOY ON EARTH!!!!! I GETS VERY HAPPY WHEN I SEE PEOPLE LIKE U FAIL! U AINT S*** THAT’S MAKIN ANY SENSE NOW! JST 4GET BOUT IT HUNNI GO 2 SLEEP OR SOMETHING!

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  61. JezzyBaby May 14, 2010

    Who was the queen that performed the interview??? It’s freakin Toni Braxton..!! Listen to her answers …this was much too rehearsed.
    Loved that she mentioned Rihanna though…that was worth watching the video TWICE 🙂

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  62. BEYONCE VS. THE WORLD May 14, 2010

    OH EVEN TONI KNOW WHO’S THE BEST WHY DO PEOPLE EVEN PUT THOSE GIRLS AGAINST US BUT I LOVE RIHANNA AND CIARA RIDE IS MY FAVORITE VIDEO TO COME OUT THIS YEAR AND I LOVE HOW TONI DIDN’T BE FAKE ABOUT THE TALENT QUESTION AND YA’LL ASKED SOME GOOD QUESTIONS WASN’T SO WATERED DOWN

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  63. Its Me Again May 14, 2010

    Omg

    I had no idea Sam’s voice and accent was so darn s*** 😀

    I like how when she mentioned Rihanna she only went on about her short hair and her catsuit that she sported in the 90s… how about going on about Rihanna’s phenomenal talent as a performer, musician and singer? … oh wait… lol

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  64. Jai Brandon May 14, 2010

    Loved the interview. Love that she mentioned her white gucci cat suit vs rihanna short hair and cat sit now. Toni did that first youngins!

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  65. bbbbbbb May 14, 2010

    i loved the beyonce part!! “is that even a question?” hahahahaha perfect answer toni!! :D:D

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  66. exposed May 14, 2010

    BRAXTON IS AN EPIC FAIL!!!! 1ST WEEK SALES 51K, WHAT A LAUGH. YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING WEEK WILL BE DOWN TO CRAP LIKE 25-30K. TAKE HER 2 MOS JUST TO BREAK 150K, SAD. BUT REALLY WHO CARESSSS!!!! NEXT. DONT LIKE HER SNARKY ATTITUDE THESE DAYS FOR SOME1 WHO’S ONLY 5’1″. WTF!!!

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  67. BEYONCE VS. THE WORLD May 14, 2010

    OH S*** THE RIHANNA FANS DON’T LIKE TONI NOW BUT SHE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH WHY LIE

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  68. Kev May 14, 2010

    It’s no need to get upset and all bent out of shape with someone for sharing their opinion. Toni’s not bashing anyone in the game. She actually seems fair minded and every artist she’s talked about in all her interviews she praises. This isn’t the first interview where she mentions liking Rihanna. She has given her props before, it’s just that in this case the line of questioning required for her to pick a favorite. Seriously though, that isn’t the focus! Toni did deliver a solid album and I think it would be really nice if she’s able to have a solid 2nd and 3rd week on the charts. She’s deserving of it and I think she’s one of the few artist making real R&B music for everyone. It’s current, it’s great vocals and mainly it’s still talent in there for people that think it’s fading!

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  69. trucie May 14, 2010

    I have loved Toni since she came out. I am a 90’s baby and I love the fact that she’s still doing music. i remember when she finally returned to music scene with the Heat album I cried because she is one of my favorite artist and I was so glad that she made it thru all that chaos and bounced back full force. she is an icon to me and the new album is amazing. I wish her nothing but succes. Really good interview. This is the only interview you guys have done that was actually worth watching aside from Brandy’s. Good job Grapejuice!

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  70. Dustin May 14, 2010

    Great interview Sam!

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  71. Keith May 14, 2010

    Good job on the interview guys! I just wish that Toni would rest up and rehearse to join the Maxwell summer tour in the States. I think she would be an excellent compliment to him, much more so than Badu.

    Real talk….the leaked “Pulse” is better than the actual release. “I Hate Love”, “Clockwork” and “Melt” are the business. I was more than a little disappointed that these tracks didn’t make the final release.

    I agree with the poster that stated that most of the people who complain about sexed-up images of women ARE women. Particularly black women. I hear it from them ALL the time.

    TEAM TONI!!!!!!

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  72. MACartist May 14, 2010

    Libra was my favorite album too

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  73. Tom May 15, 2010

    ‘I love…Ciara’ yeah right. she sounded so convincing didn’t she. lol

    shady b****.

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  74. Tom May 15, 2010

    oh and why her face look so puffy? she look like she got stung by some big ass bees…in both cheeks.

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  75. yesyes May 15, 2010

    Gna pick this up today after watching this video. Toni deserves success!!!

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  76. yesyes May 15, 2010

    watching video 2—god i had no idea she went through so much.
    bankrupcty
    child autism
    heart issues
    Toni is a fighter!

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  77. antertain May 15, 2010

    I REALLY LOVE THIS INTERVIEW

    Great Questions
    Super Answers

    Pure Class is Toni Braxton

    Well Done Sam!!!!!!!!!!

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  78. GangsterA May 15, 2010

    Yeah sam great interview love toni shes so s***

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  79. mark May 15, 2010

    Toni’s album is a flop unfortunately and I hate her commenting on other artists.

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  80. DANDELION JONES May 16, 2010

    “Toni’s album is a flop unfortunately and I hate her commenting on other artists.”
    B**** YOUR COMMENT IS A FLOP……NEXT

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  81. DANBOFFICIAL May 17, 2010

    Loved the interview

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  82. musicwithin May 18, 2010

    GREAT INTERVIEW!!

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  83. Carlitos May 23, 2010

    I love when people call other people “flops”. You are clearly sitting at home, doing nothing…and have not sold almost 50 million records. She’s making music because she loves it. I’m sure the success is nice, but she loves making music. NO MATTER what happens, she will still make great music and amazing live performances. I love you, Toni. You’re a trooper.

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  84. ginger021 May 25, 2010

    way to go

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  85. ginger021 May 25, 2010

    I just love her

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  87. BOBBY JIMENEZ June 13, 2011

    I BELIEVE THAT TONI IS WONDERFUL, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SING WITH HER IN LAS VEGAS AND GOT TO MEET HER AS WELL……FABULOUS HUMAN BEING…

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    Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

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