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Watch: Toni Braxton’s Star-Studded ‘Essence Festival’ Tribute #ICYMI

Tamar Braxton, Kelly Price, & More Belt Out Grammy Winner's Greatest Hits

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With a career that spans over 20 years, 60 million+ albums sold, 7 Grammys, and countless other honors, R&B veteran Toni Braxton is long overdue a worthy tribute.  Thanks to the good folks at Essence, that time finally came this weekend.

Billed as one of the festival’s “must see events,” some of R&B’s most prized acts were assembled to pay homage to the singer’s life and times, which includes her critically acclaimed discography and ongoing philanthropic efforts in support of Lupus and Autism research and funding.

Calling on the talents of Kelly Price, Eric Benet, Kenny Lattimore, and, of course, Braxton’s talented sisters Traci, Towanda, Tamar, and Trina to serenade, attendees were escorted down memory lane to the sounds of Toni’s memorable hits ‘Breathe Again,’ ‘Unbreak My Heart,’ ‘Another Sad Love Song,’ and more.

Keen to see how the performers fared?  See the full showing below:


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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 2000 #TBT

Toni Braxton's 'He Wasn't Man Enough' Reaches Hot 100 High

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we’ll ode Toni Braxton‘s 2000 comeback hit ‘He Wasn’t Man Enough,’ the first single lifted from her third LP ‘The Heat.’  Reaching its Hot 100 peak of #2 this week sixteen years ago, the up-tempo Rodney Jerkins-produced number was hailed by fans and critics as a welcomed departure from her standard catalog of slow jams.  Ushering her oft-praised contralto to a new generation of listeners, ‘Man Enough’ proved itself to be just enough to make fans forget the balladress’s bevy of legal and financial woes that kept her out of the limelight for the 3 years following her megahit ‘Unbreak My Heart.’

With its accompanying video featuring a cast of familiar faces (see: Robin Givens, Tamar Braxton, ‘Noah’s Arc’s Rodney Chester, and ex-husband Keri Lewis), pop the top on the jump below to waltz down memory lane and find out who else among your faves joined Braxton in the top 25 this week in 2000…


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Performances: BET Honors 2016 [Videos]

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The highly anticipated 2016 BET Honors aired last night and tributed the achievements of Patti Labelle, Lee Daniels, L.A. Reid, and more.

The Arsenio Hall-hosted affair, shot live from Washington D.C.’s Warner Theater, saw acts Fantasia, Usher, Jazmine Sullivan, and many more hit the stage to salute the hour’s honorees.

Did you miss any of the action?  Fret not, because you know we’ve got you covered:


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Did You Miss It? Stars Align For ‘BET Honors’ Red Carpet

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Recording artist Fantasia attends the BET Honors 2016 at Warner Theatre on March 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)
(Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)

Black star power shone its brightest last night for the 2016 BET Honors.

Hosted at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C., the star-studded affair brought out the best and brightest of black Hollywood and beyond to pay homage to this year’s honorees Patti Labelle, Lee Daniels, LA Reid, and more.

With rocking performances from the likes of Grammy winners Usher, Toni Braxton, and more, the showing’s red carpet may have been just as hot as its stage as it was graced by the likes of Monica, Fantasia, Terrence Howard, Jazmine Sullivan, Janelle Monae, and more.

Did you miss any of the action?  See the pics below:

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Recording artist Monica attends the BET Honors 2016 at Warner Theatre on March 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)
(Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)


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Hot Shots: Usher, Toni Braxton, Fantasia, & More Rock 2016 BET Honors

Airs March 14th 2016 At 8pm On BET


Last night saw many a major name hit the stage at the 2016 BET Honors at Washington DC’s Warner Theater.

The annual event which honors influential figures in the worlds of entertainment, literature, and philanthropy, this year paid homage to LA Reid, Patti Labelle, Lee Daniels, Mellody Hobson, and Eric Holder.


Set to air on BET on March 14th, pics of the night’s performances – which came courtesy of Usher, Toni Braxton, Fantasia, Jussie Smollett, and more – have surfaced. Check them out above and below…


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The Ratings Are In! Toni Braxton Biopic Watched By Over 3.5 Million

Lifetime Movie A Winner With Viewers & Critics

Toni Braxton is renown for her buttery baritone and the trademark lows her voice can hit. However, with her Lifetime biopic, the enduring diva hit quite the ratings high.

Find out what ‘Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart’ scored after the jump…


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Top 5…: Reasons Toni Braxton’s Lifetime Biopic Was a Homerun

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The web is still buzzing over Lifetime’s ‘Unbreak My Heart’ – Toni Braxton‘s long-awaited biographical film that set Twitter alight when it aired Saturday night.

Recounting the ‘You’re Making Me High’ singer’s highest highs over her storied career (and well documented lows), the flick was a critical homerun and earned thumbs up from viewers, fans, and media alike.

No exception to the many who have lauded the production for its brazenness and willingness to share intimate details about the life of one of music’s most celebrated songstresses, That Grape Juice has compiled a list of 5 reasons why the movie was an absolute knockout!

Hop below the jump to get into them (warning:  spoilers contained below):


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