Connect with us

RadioScope-OldSchool

RADIOSCOPE REWIND: The Braxtons (Trina, Towanda & Tamar) Talk About Their New Album in 1996

Published

on

R-1984182-1471705679-2991.jpeg
ca250d2213a396ebd11c54264bf8a5c6

The Braxtons (L-R) Towanda, Tamar and Trina

*Back in the summer of 1996, siblings Tamar, Trina and Towanda Braxton stopped by the RadioScope offices in Los Angeles to talk about their new album, “So Many Ways.” The Braxtons, as they were known, had started out in 1989 with all five Braxton sisters, including Toni and Traci, under contract with Arista Records. The following year, the family released their first single, “Good Life.”

The poor showing for “Good Life” (it peaked at #79 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop chart) led Arista to drop them from the label. In 1991, The Braxtons took their talents to a performance showcase for Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, who were in the process of forming LaFace Records. L.A. famously wanted to sign only Toni, who joined LaFace promising that if she became successful, she’d find a way to get her siblings a deal as well.

Toni’s self-titled debut album was released in 1993, and her four sisters toured with her as background singers. That same year, LaFace A&R VP (and Toni’s ex-boyfriend) Bryant Reid signed The Braxtons to the label, but Reid left to work for Atlantic Records before the group could release any material. Reid got permission to take The Braxtons along with him, signing the quartet to a three-album deal at Atlantic. All was good, until Traci left the group. At the time, we were told that she was quitting the music business to become a youth counselor. It wasn’t until season 2 of their “Braxton Family Values” reality series in 2011 that Atlantic refused to keep her on because she was pregnant.

That brings us to the summer of ’96, when the remaining members of The Braxtons – Trina, Tamar and Towanda – sat down with RadioScope to talk about their new album, single and video, “So Many Ways.”

R-1984182-1471705679-2991.jpeg

With an original airdate of Aug. 10, 1996, here’s the RadioScope segment on The Braxtons and their one and only album, “So Many Ways.”

The Braxtons – “So Many Ways” Music Video (1996)

About a month after the RadioScope interview, the trio performed a remix of “So Many Ways” with Jay-Z on September 9, 1996 at the Soul Train “Lady of Soul Awards.”

The Braxtons ft. Jay-Z – “So Many Ways” Live (1996)

The Braxtons – “So Many Ways” + Interview (1996)

“So Many Ways,” released on August 13, 1996, would be their first and last album as The Braxtons. The group broke up after Tamar signed a solo contract with DreamWorks Records in 1999, a move that Towanda learned about through industry talk instead of directly from Tamar. It caused friction within the group, as Towanda and Trina were hoping to record a follow-up album that would at last include Traci.

All five sisters wouldn’t come together for a project again until 2011, when they joined mom Evelyn Braxton for WE tv reality TV series “Braxton Family Values.”

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Music

‘Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life’ Exclusive Clip: Tamar Tries Some Tea to Get Snatched! [WATCH]

Published

on

tamar braxton

*We have an exclusive look at Thursday’s episode of Tamar Braxton’s ‘Get Ya Life!,’ a new WE tv docuseries that takes viewers on the singer’s journey to turn her life around.

This week, Tamar is caught in the middle of a disaster between her new boo and the path to relaunch her music career. Cameras roll while David fights to protect Tamar from witchcraft.

In the clip above,Tamar wants to lose weight with diet tea. Will the tea give her what she wants?

Watch “Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life” Thursdays at 9/8c.

Series description
Tamar Braxton is back! After nearly losing everything, including herself, Tamar is determined to turn her life around and take matters into her own hands by sharing her truth in a revealing new docu-series that follows her every move. Tamar teams up with music and TV mogul Mona Scott-Young to bare it all and bring her “baggage” – aka the camera crew — along with her for the ride. But nothing can prepare Tamar for the most epic journey of her life. In a series of shocking revelations and extreme breakthroughs, it’s the most authentic side of Tamar Braxton ever as she vows to show the good, the bad and the ugly. Cameras continue rolling during Tamar’s most vulnerable hours as she invites love back into her life with her new boo David, relaunches her music career, navigates co-parenting with ex-husband Vince Herbert, and battles the pressure to reconcile and reunite with her family. In the end, will Tamar be able to bounce back and turn her life around or will all of her demons defeat her? This is her last shot.

Continue Reading

** FEATURED STORY **

Show ‘Em How We Do It Now! Happy 78th B’Day to Herb Fame of Peaches & Herb [EUR Video Throwback]

Published

on

201788480HERBFAMEB1
201788480HERBFAMEB1

Herb Fame of Peaches & Herb

*There were many Peaches in Peaches & Herb throughout the decades, but only one Herb. And today is his 78th birthday.

Born Herbert Feemster on Oct. 1, 1942, in the Anacostia section of Washington D.C. , Herb changed his last name to Fame and got his start in the music business after graduating from Roosevelt High School.

While working in a record store, he crossed paths with musician and record producer Van McCoy, who would go on to record the iconic disco staple “The Hustle” in 1975.

WATCH THIS: Steve Harvey and Toby Nwigwe Discuss His Powerful, Spiritual Music on STEVE on Watch / VIDEO

Van McCoy ended up signing Herb to Columbia subsidiary Date Records and paired him up with Francine “Peaches” Barker, who had been part of a trio on the label called The Sweet Things under her stage name Francine Day.

From McCoy’s recordings of Fame and Barker – now called Peaches & Herb – came the single, “We’re in This Thing Together,” which was  a flop — until months later in December of 1966, when a St. Louis disc jockey played the single’s B-side, a revival of the 1934 hit “Let’s Fall in Love.”

“Let’s Fall in Love” became a hit, and was followed in the next two years by several albums and singles, including the hits “Close Your Eyes,” “Love Is Strange” and “For Your Love.”

Although their careers were taking off around their media image as the “Sweethearts of Soul,” Barker got tired of her years on the road and decided to retire from the duo. Enter singer Marlene Mack (aka Marlene Jenkins), who became the new “Peaches” on stage, while Barker’s vocals remained on all of the duo’s recordings for Date Records.

Herb ended the act in 1970 and took a hard left turn by enrolling in the D.C. police academy. He was a full time police officer until 1976, when he decided to jump back into the music business with a fresh new Peaches. His mentor McCoy suggested local D.C. talent Linda Greene, whose musical training took place at DC’s Sewell Music Conservatory. Fame met Greene and the two hit it off, becoming the most successful Peaches and Herb incarnation of the three to date.

Their first of seven albums together, “Peaches & Herb,” was produced by McCoy for MCA Records and generated the lone hit single, “We’re Still Together.”

Next, Peaches & Herb signed with MVP/Polydor and released the album “2 Hot,” which went gold. It’s first single, “Shake Your Groove Thing,” also went gold and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1979.

The follow-up single was the triple platinum, Grammy-nominated hit “Reunited.” With a wink to the 1960s Peaches & Herb hit “United” (originally recorded and made a hit by The Intruders), “Reunited” reached No. 1 on both the Hot 100, the Billboard R&B chart, and in Canada. It was nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy in 1980.

Subsequent albums with Polydor produced several more hits, including the wedding staple, “I Pledge My Love.”

After changing labels again to the Entertainment Company, Fame and Greene released their seventh and final album in 1983. Scoring only one minor hit, the duo decided to call it quits. Fame returned to law enforcement and joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 1986 as a deputized court security officer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Herb Fame recruited at least five more Peacheses in subsequent years, including the first non-black Peaches. He continues to tour and perform with the Peaches du jour…

But he never quite matched the success of his run with Peaches #3, Linda Greene.

Continue Reading

** FEATURED STORY **

‘Negative Exposure’: Film Flips the Script on Racism to Achieve Racial Reform / VIDEO

Published

on

Negative Exposure1 (poster)

*For centuries, Black people in America have been subjected to systemic racism that has touched every sector of their lives.  With ongoing displacement, exclusion, bias, segregation, and socioeconomic injustices, an overwhelming population of Black people find themselves woefully and wrongfully denied fair housing, a quality education, bountiful employment, affordable health care, and a fair justice system.  For White people, it’s the opposite.

Yet, what if the tables were turned, which presented a reversal of Black and White roles in America?  Imagine if Black people were the privileged sector of society and benefactors of golden opportunities in  their lives.  Suppose White people were transmuted to assume subservient roles that many Black people have struggled to shake since slavery.

In the recently released film, “Negative Exposure,” such reversals of Black and White roles come to fruition.  The movie’s storyline follows Jayson Gresham (Taylor Katsanis), a young WHITE MAN trapped in the ghetto, where vicious cycles of poverty, hopelessness, racial profiling and police harassment have  been a daily way of life for generations.  Jayson’s longtime friend is Bones (Darrell Snedeger), a White hoodlum who controls everything that’s illegal in the hood, specifically the sale of drugs and gang activities.

RELATED: Louisiana School Board Member Dragged for Shopping Online During Meeting About Race [WATCH]

Bishop Eric Warren Davis

Bishop Eric Warren Davis

Nevertheless, Jayson seeks a better life for his young daughter and himself.  However, Blacks maintain a system of racism to keep Jayson and other ghetto-dwelling Whites suppressed.  As a result, Jayson, through interactions with Bones, faces decisions and consequences that will alter his life in definitive ways.

The film was shot in Columbia, South Carolina – although it could have been shot in any American city, where impoverished communities and underserved populations fight for survival.

“The film’s concept has been brimming in me for about eight years,” said Bishop Eric Warren Davis, who is the film’s executive producer and stars as Pastor Kingsley, an elite Black clergy with ruling class  privileges, who is ultimately faced with soul-searching decisions in the name of humanity.  “After the Trayvon Martin deadly shooting,  I found myself having discussions with interracial groups and saw the lack of empathy, even in rooms with multicultural pastors.  That’s when the concept came to me to make a movie where there is a reversal of roles.  I saw the film as a way to deliver a powerful message about racism.”

According to Davis, he created E.D. Legacy Films in Columbia, South Carolina.  Last year, Davis and his film company partnered with writer/director/producer Tony Tite of Atlanta-based Global Star Media TV/Films.  Tite wrote the movie script and served as the film’s director.  The two men assembled a production crew out of Atlanta and an integrated cast of actors and actresses from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  The movie, said Davis, was shot in 21 days, wrapping up production in early March of 2020, just days before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation.

Negative Exposure (white guy)

While the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the film from being shown in movie theaters, at the moment, “Negative Exposure” can be seen on Vimeo, an on-demand film/video hosting, sharing, and services platform.  On Vimeo, the movie can be rented or purchased. However, Davis said talks are still on-going with national and international movie theaters to show the film.

“The feedback from the film has been very positive,” said Davis. “We expected some pushback because people are going to have their biases.  Most people thought because the film was directed by a Black person that it was going to have an angry message.  This movie has black and white points in it that had to be made but the ultimate message is loving one another and having empathy for one another.  But there were some hard points made in the movie to get to those messages.”

Negative Exposure - Jayson pulled over

Davis believes “Negative Exposure” is right for this moment in time, although racism has been around for centuries.  And there are countless news stories of police brutality and other injustices against Black people at a rate too frequent to count.  However, the tragic murders of Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd represent only a few Black lives that have been lost to the rages of racial and inhumane hatred.  What has followed these fatal encounters have been mass protests, coast to coast.

“The reasons why there are so many protests across the country and the world is that people are tired of systems based on stereotypical perceptions that are not in step with a changing world and generations,” said Davis. “The world is crying out for ‘justice and change.’  It’s no longer classism or racism as usual, there has to be a clearer picture, and in ‘Negative Exposure’ we offer the opportunity to look at where we need to be moving as a society.”

Negative Exposure (poster)

Based on the film’s potent message, the movie has garnered the attention of The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL).  With its 700 members, the organization represents more than 50 million Americans across the country.  NBCSL has adopted the J.A.Y.S.O.N. (Just as Your Son) Resolution, which is based on a concept from the movie.  During the upcoming NBCSL 44th Virtual Annual Legislative Conference in late November into December, the group will screen the movie as part of a central discussion.  The organization is targeting more than 100,000 young people to watch the film.

“Negative Exposure” is seen as a call to action in an effort to expedite legislation to transform policing into a model that is equitable and safe for all communities, specifically those inhabited by people of color,” said Davis.  “We want to take audiences out of the dark into the light and joining forces with NBCSL to strengthen political advocacy in local communities is one way to accomplish this goal.  This film stands as a beacon for social and racial reform!”

To learn more about “Negative Exposure” log on to www.negativeexposuremovie.com.  To see the film on Vimeo, log on to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/negativeexposure.

 

Continue Reading

The CultureCalendar: What's New & Black on TV

Trending