What's Next for the Braxton Sisters? Trina, Towanda & Traci Talk [EXCLUSIVE]
The ladies reveal their career plans outside of reality TV
Loop 21 got the chance to ask Trina, Towanda and Traci Braxton a few questions about their lives outside of their reality TV show, “Braxton Family Values.” The sisters, who are involved in the Miss Black Collegiate USA Scholarship Pageant on June 23, have a lot going on.
In this exclusive, Trina talks about breaking out as a solo artist, Towanda reveals her newest passion, and Traci divulges the current status of her desire to open up her own hair salon.
While her sister Toni Braxton is currently on the promo trail with new music material, Trina Braxton is carving a lane of her own as she introduces her first solo project this year. Trina’s single, “Party or Go Home” -- a pop-dance track -- is currently on iTunes and she has already shot its music video.
Loop 21: How does it feel to be stepping out on your own as a solo artist?
Trina: I am excited and nervous at the same time, but anxious. [My single] has been received very well. I am getting a lot of positive feedback and that motivates me more. My EP will be out this late summer/early fall. I really think that for my first time I will accomplish my EP without any features, and I will keep all production in house since this project means so much to me.
Loop 21: Do you feel pressure to do well considering the success of the show?
Trina: No pressure at all. This was something that I had to prove to myself, so I am just having fun with everything and that’s why I chose this genre of music.
Loop 21: Does having your life and career documented on TV change the way you go about carving your own lane as an artist?
Trina: It does. I have used the show as self therapy, because you may live your life everyday but you still may never get the full picture until you watch it face to face, and trust me it is a very hard thing to do at times.
Loop 21: Do you ever worry about comparisons to your sister, Toni?
Trina: No, I don’t.
Loop 21: Musically, what artists inspire your sound and image?
Trina: Britney Spears, I am such a fan!!
Loop 21: Who are your favorite vocalists?
Trina: Anita Baker.
Loop 21: What would be your dream collaboration?
Trina: That’s kind of hard (Laughing) I have so many.
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As shown on "Braxton Family Values," Towanda is known as the “responsible one” out of the Braxton sisters. Evidenced by her former role as Toni’s assistant, Towanda seems to be the glue that keeps the Braxton sisterhood together. Now, Towanda is focusing on herself, as she embarks on her latest career passion.
Loop 21: Now that you're no longer working as Toni's assistant and the show has presumably given you more opportunities, what's in the horizon for you and your career?
Towanda: I am finally pursuing my acting career and spending more time with my children. My passion and goal is acting so I plan on you turning on your television and seeing Towanda Braxton with many major roles.
Loop 21: It is also true that you are pursuing your acting career and that your acting coach is Terri Vaughn from the sitcom, "The Steve Harvey Show"?
Towanda: I am, she is so amazing.
Loop 21: How do you think the public receives you and your sisters on the show?
Towanda: I hear a lot of positive feedback, which I love because you never know how some people will view and accept certain situations in your life. Things we may agree with may not be as understanding to others, which is not always a good thing because it is only one hour of our lives being presented, so people sometimes forget that after the cameras stop rolling and the show credits roll, our life still continues.
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Labeled as the “wanna be” of the Braxton clan, Traci has often fought to step out of the shadow of her sisters. What many people may not know about Traci is that she dedicates a lot of her time to community service. As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Traci volunteers frequently and has worked with emotionally disturbed adolescents for 12 years.
Loop21: Have you continued on your quest to open your own hair salon? If so, what's the status?
Traci: I am. But everything is location, location, location. I didn’t even think that it was going to be a tedious job to really get a location and do your homework -- and make sure you have a plan. I had no idea. You have to make sure you have the right business plan and make sure everything is in order. I did not have a clue whatsoever. It is kicking my butt!
Loop 21: Are you still looking to open it in the DMV area?
Traci: I love the DMV area -- I love my crabs! We can make any crabs. Why would I leave from the most beautiful place? You have your blizzards, you have your winters, the trees change colors and you just have a perspective of life. You see life in front of your face. But if I have to go to Georgia to work I’ll commute, but there’s nothing like the DMV area. I love the DMV area.
Loop 21: Is there anything about the show you feel was taken out of context, as it relates to you and your relationship with your sisters?
Traci: On one of the episodes Toni said, “Traci, I think you need to lose 40 pounds.” She was saying that because she wasn’t used to me being that big. Plus, I was a diabetic. She was looking at it as a health issue and a lot of people did not see that. I was in my feelings. I was like, What you mean? You’re supposed to love me no matter what; if I’m big, if I’m skinny, or if I’m Spongebob Squarepants. You’re not supposed to make me feel bad about myself. But when the cameras were off she came to me and said, "Traci, I wasn’t saying that. I was saying that I’m not used to you being that size. But if you feel as if you need to change yourself, change yourself because of what you want to do not for what someone else wants you to do. And if it’s for health reasons listen to it."
Loop 21: Will you ever consider trying to break out as a solo artist?
Traci: Perhaps. I know I have the same vocal ability as my sisters. I would love to do that.
Loop 21: What other projects are on the horizon for you?
Traci: Working with the Boys and Girls Club, D.C. and Baltimore chapter. I’m looking forward to that and working with the girls and showing them self-awareness and self-esteem. And working more with the Eastern Stars. They do a lot of community service and I love it!