Mama E. has touched down in L.A.!  Tamar is glad Mommy has come to live in L.A. because not only can Mama E help out when Tamar gives birth, but Tamar can also watch what Evelyn eats.  BFVQuote: “I am your food angel.”  If Tamar continues to treat Evelyn like the child in the relationship, Mama E might just pack up her stuff and head back to Atlanta.  But, WE agree with Tamar… Evelyn must make sure she is eating right!  Mama E is excited to put on her apron and show Tamar a thing or two about how to make your man happy.  BFVQuote: “Let me tell you something… ain’t nobody got time for that!”  And just like that, Tamar heads to a meeting and leaves Mama E to tend to some defrosted chicken.  BFVQuote: “Go to s-t-o-v-e first.”

Back in Atlanta, Trina and Towanda are meeting with Jonathan to work on some steps for Trina’s new single, “Game Time.”  BFVQuote: “I just need a little workerization.”  Toni has invited Trina to perform at her upcoming show, but Towanda is concerned about the actual performance after seeing the rehearsal and finding out one of the dancers had to go to China.  Then Jonathan drops a bomb and says he won’t be able to make the performance either!  BFVQuote: “I think I got my dates confused.”  Trina definitely had a vision for her “Game Time” performance including dancers and silver pom poms, but she may need to rethink this.  BFVQuote: “Pom poms are the perfect adorable accessory.  Plus, they’re kinda sexy.”  Towanda’s solution is for her and Traci to fill in as backup singers and dancers, but Trina looks less than convinced.  BFVQuote: “It’s still Toni Braxton’s show.”

Traci has agreed to help out Trina for her performance, but first she must go shopping with Tamar.  BFVQuote: “All she does is shop and eat.”  While sniffing candles, Mama E suggests for Tamar to attend a parenting class to just learn someone else’s point of view on parenting.  BFVQuote: “It ain’t really that hard.”  Even Traci thinks it’s a good idea for Tamar to get a little schooling in how to be a mama.  BFVQuote: “Once that baby comes out your coody poo poo, honey child you are in a different mode.”  Of course Traci doesn’t stop there… she goes into full birthing details including the possibility of crapping all over the place and details about after birth!  BFVQuote: “I think that’s absolutely disgusting that I have to give birth to a sack after I give birth to my baby.”

Trina and Toni are at Center Staging in L.A. rehearsing for their upcoming performances.  Toni is concerned about Traci and Towanda still not knowing the choreography a day before the performance.  BFVQuote: “Nobody knows the choreography?”  Poor Traci and Towanda can’t get through 10 seconds of choreography before Toni yells “cut” and tries to direct this cluster.  BFVQuote: “I have six hours to get this shit right.  Really?”  Traci really has a lot to prove, but she is willing to put in the time to make sure it is on point.  Toni isn’t even convinced when the group performs “Party or Go Home” based on Trina’s too high heels complicating her strut.  BFVQuote: “If you’re in your 30’s you should not be using pom poms unless you are with your guy in private.”

In between the rehearsing, the ladies take Tamar to her first parenting class.  BFVQuote: “I haven’t seen my purse in a few months.  I can’t look down and see my purse!”  And yes… that purse.”  To build up Tamar’s endurance to pain the instructor makes everyone hold an ice cube in their hand for as long as possible.  BFVQuote: “Is my cooch gonna feel like my hand?  Because it hurts.”  After that, the instructor shows Tamar what her cervix will look like using what looks like an old sock.  WE are scarred and so is she, me, her!  BFVQuote: “It’s not like I can go out and buy a new python bag.  It’s my purse for life.”  Then the conversation turns to inverted nipples.  WE don’t know what is going on, but WE definitely don’t like it!  BFVQuote: “They’re gonna hang like somebody’s b*lls and I don’t want my t*ts looking like b*lls.”  Tamar only seems to perk up when the teacher, Lauren mentions that she can drink while physically breastfeeding since it won’t have time to make it through the body.  BFVQuote: “That’s fabulous, but that is so hood rat though.”

Trina and Tamar meet for lunch and Trina has taken this opportunity to wear her “fashion forward pants.”  BFVQuote: “They are very ‘I Dream of Geenie’ ish.”  Trina fills Towanda in on her L.A. moving plans, mainly with “opportunity” being the top reason.  It looks like the only thing standing in her way is the possibility of Eric going to school in Atlanta.  Trina accuses Towanda of being a stick in the mud, but it seems like Towanda is just trying to look at the bigger picture and try and voice her concerns.  BFVQuote: “You are being very unfun.”  Trina rats out her sisters and tells Towanda this was all Toni and Tamar’s idea.  Towanda does NOT seem happy, but it still not an option for her to follow everyone and move to L.A.

It’s the day of Toni and Trina’s show, and the crew has arrived for sound check.  BFVQuote: “I don’t know if Trina can pull it off because her nerves and lack of professionalism is getting the best of her.”  It also doesn’t help that Traci is late and is getting mic-ed while she is trying to perform the moves.  This is not the best thing for Toni to see when she already has doubts.  BFVQuote: “We look like sh*t on shingles.  I’m embarrassed.”  Toni decides to cut “Game Time” and Trina is really disappointed. On the bright side, Trina doesn’t need to worry about getting her sisters up to speed on the choreography, and instead can focus on a song they are more familiar with.  Traci even promises not to walk off the stage again.  Toni’s performance is of course flawless, but what else do we expect from Ms. Toni Braxton?  Towanda is hoping this just reminds Toni of why she loves to sing and prevents her from walking away from the industry.  It is now time for Queen Boom Boom to show the crowd (and Toni) that she is capable of putting on a great performance.  After all the stress leading up to the performance, WE think she gets it together.  It doesn’t even matter that Traci forgot her choreography because she is just doing what the song says… partyin’.  Toni and Towanda are less than convinced.  BFVQuote: “I’d give her a C+.”   It may not be Trina’s performance that has these two concerned, but rather Traci’s interpretive dance moves.  BFVQuote: “Am I surprised? No!  I’m just glad she didn’t walk off.”

Next week, Tamar hires a real assistant while Traci breaks out on her own and performs at CIAA.  Trina is there as well finally performing her new hit, “Game Time.”

 

Trina shows her video to Tamar and Toni, Traci and her cigar get cut out of the “Party or Go Home” video, and Gabe undergoes a makeover to prove himself to Trina.

The girls meet at Toni’s house for some sister bounding time, and for Toni to ask them a big favor.  BFVQuote: “I’m just going to have to eat crow, and bow down… and ask them to help me.”  Trina has to think on this request a little bit.  It was only a few weeks ago Toni gave them both the boot, and now she wants them back!  BFVQuote: “I wasn’t gonna make her sweat that long about it.  I mean, it’s a free trip to St. Lucia.”  Trina also tells her sister she is no longer in the band, and Toni doesn’t even try and hide her happiness.  BFVQuote: “You can’t be the quarterback handing out the Gatorade.”  Traci is a little disappointed she wasn’t pick, but knows Toni has legitimate reasons.  BFVQuote: “I was looking ratchet and ridiculous.”

Gabe goes to visit Ms. E to get her advice on wooing Trina back.  BFVQuote: “I think she can point me in the right direction on how to make my marriage a success.”  Gabe knows he wants his marriage to work, and Mama E is ready to help Trina and Gabe.  All Gabe wants is another chance, and to prove to Trina he is making positive changes.  BFVQuote: “Sometimes we go through these things so we can learn, so we can grow.”  Ms. E wants to see Gabe’s commitment, and it looks like he is receptive to change his appearance as well.

Towanda has the idea for all the sisters to participate in booty clapping class to get right and tight for St. Lucia.  BFVQuote: “Clap it. Wiggle. Wobble. Shake. Skank-a-vitch.”  Their instructor, Firestarter gets right to business, making the girls saltshaker and then get “dirty and filthy”.  Toni arrives with her assistant in tow, and a spray bottle filled with what we can only imagine to be 1 part bleach to 2 parts water.  Tamar is working on her title of Queen Booty Clap. BFVQuote: “Boom!”  Meanwhile, Traci may be putting her to shame.  BFVQuote: “She know what to do when it’s time to get filthy and dirty.”  Tamar just can’t believe Towanda has the “undercover hoe thing” going on.  WE agree… where have you been hiding those skills, Towanda?!

Trina and Traci go to Derek’s study to get a sneak peek of the POGH footage.  The video footage looks fierce, no doubt because of Gabe’s coaching with the male lead.  BFVQuote: “Gabe was trying to give people instructions on how to hold me and how to grab me.”  Traci also notices that she is barely in the footage.  Because she was standing behind Trina, there unfortunately aren’t many shots of her (or her cigar).  BFVQuote: “How am I not gonna have my cigar up in the video?  That’s the hottest thing.  Come on now!”  Trina insists they have saved the best for last, as the footage zooms in on Traci doing the robot.  BFVQuote: “Thank you for that cheeseburger.”

Mama and Gabe go to the salon for a complete makeover.  BFVQuote: “For God’s sake, we’re going to get rid of this thing… that’s hanging down from his head.”  Poor Gabe thinks he’s in the chair for a trim… WRONG.  This is a makeover, Gabe! It is time for a drastic cut and some color, boo.  BFVQuote: “And when you cut that, I need it for me weave.”  Gabe even gets his goatee shaved off.  BFVQuote: “Wow Gabe! You look like a fine motor scooter.”  Let’s all bow our heads in moment of silence for Gabe’s ponytail, grays, and goatee…

Trina meets Gabe out for dinner at a fancy restaurant, and she knows this must be a special occasion.  As Gabe 2.0 walks in, Trina breaks into hysterical laughter.  Trina, that is not the right reaction to have.  The main just lost about 20 lbs of hair to prove himself to you!  BFVQuote: “You look like Pat Sajak.”  Poor Gabe!  He explains that changing his personal appearance is to show Trina that he is ready to be a good person and a good husband.  BFVQuote: “I’m going to continue to work on our marriage.”  Trina feels that Mama E. helping Gabe proved that she accepted his apology.  Trina is unsure about this “new Gabe”, and wants him to realize it is going to take more than a fresh cut and a new suit to prove to Trina he is a changed man.  BFVQuote: “That makes me look vulnerable and weak and dumb.”

Trina confides in her sisters at lunch about what is going on with Gabe, and Tamar is the first one to object.  BFVQuote: “Can’t you ever be a listening ear instead of an open mouth?”  Tamar reminds Trina that she has already given Gabe two chances, and he blew it.  She needs to make sure everything is on her terms.  BFVQuote: “Don’t go back without knowing that you can’t live without him.”  Trina appreciates the sisters’ advice, but knows it is ultimately her decision.

While attending St. Lucia rehearsals in L.A., Trina and Tamar go out for drinks.  This decision about Gabe is really weighing heavily on Trina, and she is getting stressed out.  BFVQuote: “It’s just ratchet.”  The kids are acting out, and Tamar sees a similarity with the way she used to act when Mama E split from Mr. Braxton.  Tamar is concerned for Trina, and just wants her to be happy.  BFVQuote: “I have to change my life for the comfort of my children.”

Trina screens her video with Toni and Tamar (Eek!), and thankfully they think it looks good.  BFVQuote: “It looked like Ke$ha took a shower.”  The ultimate feedback is that the video footage is great, but it needs to be edited a little differently.  Trina is concerned about getting money for the extra editing costs caused by the sisters’ suggestions.  BFVQuote: “I already drained my bank account and Gabe’s, so where do they think this money is going to come from?”  The last bit of criticism is for Trina to lose the DJ.  You can’t have a model in your video taking away five seconds of your face time!  BFVQuote: “There will be no light skinned caramel chicks in her video.

In true Braxton’s fashion, we wrap up this week’s episode with an original song by Mr. Tamar Braxton-Herbert.  Use the lyrics below to sing along.

He has a dingaling of steel
He must
because there ain’t no way
on God’s green earth
I would ever
take him back, no
He must have a dingaling of gold
of gold
of gold
of gold
cause he must have a dingaling of gold
a dingaling of gold

With Trina filming her video and Traci celebrating her birthday, the entire family gathers in the ATL for support, laughter, and of course, DRAMA!

Traci has come all the way from Maryland to cameo in Trina’s video for “Party or Go Home”.  It also happens to be Traci’s birthday this weekend!  BFVQuote: “That’s alright.  I had nothing but time… really, I did.”  Tri-Tri has her talons on, or as Traci calls them “letter openers” and she is reds to go.  BFVQuote: “Looks like you can scratch the hell out of someone.”  Traci is honored to be involved in Trina’s first video, especially when she hears the concept.   BFVQuote: “For one thing, there’s nothing like a sexy, foxy lady with big ASS cigar in the club!”  This video broke Trina’s piggy bank, so the return has to be worth it!

Trina, Tamar, and Towanda meet at Mama E’s to catch up and to plan a big birthday celebration for Traci.  BFVQuote: “… like surprise!”  With Traci’s birthday plans out of the way, the girls start to discuss Ms. E’s eating habits.  BFVQuote: “That carborization demon isn’t good.”  With Ms. E’s diabetes being the issue, they think she is in serious denial of the health risks.

Traci meets with the one and only, Terrence Lee Jones to brush up on her vocals.  BFVQuote: “I’m inspired by both Tamar and Trina doing their own projects.  If Tamar and Trina can do it, then Traci can do it as well.  I just need to make myself ready.”  Terrence wants Traci to practice singing while moving.  He is no joke! Poor Traci is running a marathon in place while practicing her scales.  BFVQuote: “I don’t want to be like yeah, yeah, yeah… woo… yeah ya’ll.”  Terrence is a legit drill sergeant, and definitely doesn’t take shiz from no one.  BFVQuote: “He’s hard.  I wanted to punch him in the throat!”

Reco is getting the wardrobe ready for the video, and we have to say Trina has some fierce choices to choose from.  BFVQuote: “Your boobies look delicious.”  After Reco peels Trina out of that red number, we are transformed back in time to the fabulous 80’s and our love for all things neon.  Reco, can you make me one of those?  BFVQuote: “The glow in the dark outfit is great as long as Reco can do something to alter it so my boobie-doobies don’t fall out.”  Reco has also designed a fabulously sexy dress for Towanda… and unbeknown to him, something for Traci!  BFVQuote: “I’m sure you have something in here that fits… boom!”  That’s a scary face, Reco.  Please stop before WE get nightmares.

Tamar takes Mama E out for a snack, and to no one’s surprise Mama E chooses to go to a bakery.  Ms. E chooses a delicious piece of caramel cake that is loaded in carbs and sugar.  BFVQuote: “Just cuz she wants a big piece of caramel cake doesn’t mean she can have a piece of caramel cake.”  This poor bakery worker had no idea he would be moonlighting as a referee when these two walked in.  BFVQuote: “Would you cut your mama a slice that big?”  Ms. E insists she does not eat that badly every day, but Tamar thinks she needs a chaperone to keep her on the right track.  BFVQuote: “I don’t know if insulin makes you fat, but I do know that Mommy wouldn’t even need the insulin shot if she controlled what the hell she put in her mouth.”

SURPRISE!  The Braxton brood comes together to celebrate Traci’s birthday!  The look on Traci’s face is worth a million bucks, but her celebratory dance is PRICELESS!  While Traci thinks a stripper may pop out of her birthday cake, she is shocked to see her husband, Kevin jump out instead.  BFVQuote: “Wow! What a birthday cake! Do it again, baby! Do it again!”  Traci’s son, Kevin Jr. has also been flown in for the special occasion.  BFVQuote: “I was really happy.  It was a fresh of breath air.”  Traci starts to open her gifts and Toni cannot help but put her two cents out there.  BFVQuote: “Who does that?”  Toni seems to take issue with the fact that Trina purchased a small bottle of perfume for Traci, and calls her out at the table in front of everyone!  BFVQuote: “And with that you have nerve, gall, and audacity.”  Toni, WE love you but why are you blowing up people’s spots at the table?  At least talk about her behind her back like normal families do!  Thankfully, Towanda reminds everyone why they are all there and Tamar seconds the motion.  BFVQuote: “This is not about anyone but Traci tonight.”

Trina struggles at rehearsal one she starts to do the choreography in her inch pumps.  BFVQuote: “Not easy at all.”  Victor reminds Trina that all the hard work is going to pay off.  BFVQuote: “You put it on, and this what you’re moving into… Trina the solo artist.”  Trina is absolutely right; this is not the time to hold back.  She is so close to achieving her goal, and she just has to roll with it.  BFVQuote: “This is it.  It is make it or break it time.”

Talk about a surprise intervention!  The girls sans Toni storm into Casa E to do some fridge raiding, and prove that Mama isn’t taking care of herself.  Between pickled pigs feet, cake (for the “children”), bottled frappachinos, sweet tea, and the like this is a diabetic’s worst nightmare.  BFVQuote: “She might as well just have a big ol’ vat of insulin waiting right beside the refrigerator.” Towanda even finds a Snickers hiding in the back of the freezer!  BFVQuote: “What are you? The refrigerator police?”  The girls are very concerned for their mother, especially since their aunt suffered was a double amputee.  Mama E, WE all love you… take better care of yourself!  BFVQuote: “Sweetness can’t be your weakness.”  At least Towanda made off with some groceries J

Always the awesome sister, Towanda shows up to the video shoot early BFVQuote: “She just needs to show up and be a star.”  With Trina’s dressing room being in the same location as kraft services, Towanda gives Reco the task of finding another location or at least some better lighting.  Unfortunately, Reco has some surprises for Trina in the wardrobe department.  Towanda’s outfit has been changed, and there seems to be a few missing items Trina specifically asked for.  MFVQuote: “Don’t mess with me today, Reco!”  While trying to get ready, Trina is still dealing with a bunch of mundane issues… like the fact she doesn’t like Towanda’s dress!  Luckily Victor is there to give some words of encouragement and bring calmness over Trina.  BFVQuote: “Everything you do is right because this is about you.  It’s time to bring it.”  But, you’ll have to wait until next week to see the world premiere of Trina’s video for “Party or Go Home”!

What was your favorite part of the video shoot?  Who’s on Team Gabe after seeing how down he is for Trina?  Anyone else scared to see Tamar and Toni’s reaction to the video?  WE want to know what you think…

Towanda has a blind date via Mama E, Tamar takes time out of being Vince’s bodyguard to retrieve her eggs, and Trina gets her music video together.

Towanda and Mama E go out for bite to eat, and the convo quickly turns into a discussion of Towanda’s dating life and ghosts of blind dates past.  BFVQuote: “The boy had his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, and all that kind of stuff.”  But we quickly move from the 27 year old with Similac behind his ears, to the elderly drunk!  BFVQuote: “I’m just scared for you to set me up with anyone else.”  Mama E. knows Towanda has got it going on, and therefore doesn’t see any reason why she shouldn’t take her up on her blind date offer.  BFVQuote: “I just thinking Mommy is going to set me up with someone who has a kickstand and wooden teeth.”  At this point, Towanda is just looking for a man with bank so she can “put skid marks on his credit card”.  Well hey, Towanda… at least you got a plan!

Back in L.A., Tamar and Vince go out to lunch and talk about the next steps in fertility treatment.  BFVQuote: “Why are you trying me right now?”  Vince suggests possibly getting a nurse to help Tamar with her shots since he doesn’t feel comfortable taking on the job, but Tamar is a little too concerned with what this nurse may or may not look like.  Not everyone is going to be after Vince, and WE think Vince is much too in love with Ms. Tamar to ever stray!  BFVQuote: “Tamar, please.”  BFVQuote: “My name is Tamar ‘She’s always on it’ Braxton-Herbert.”  According to Vince, Tamar has outgrown her britches… the ones she used to wear when Vince took her on dates to Disneyland.  And the reason she doesn’t get to go to Disneyland anymore?  Because she’s been running her mouth too much!

In the A-T-L, Trina is getting things ready for the video for her single, “Party or Go Home”.  The one and only, Derek Blanks is directing so we know this is going to be FIERCE!  BFVQuiote: “I love the idea of being surrounded by a team of buff dancers, but with a little gay flare.”  It is clear Trina has a specific idea of how she wants her music video to be choreographed, and we are on board!  She wants to be the star diva, and if WE were starring in our own music video WE would want to be the center of attention too.  However, I’m not sure Derek is on board and Reco is acting like he is the H.B.I.C… Trina may have her hands full with this team of superstars.  BFVQuote: “Reco just needs to do the whole fashion thing, and then come down the ‘keep-your-mouth-shut-oritis’ and then let Derek do his job as the director.”

Trina and Gabe sit down to talk about Trina’s music video, and Trina asks Gabe to help her out with the budget and support her a bit… financially.  BFVQuite: “I could be a lot more friendlier to Gabe if he would cough up some cash and help me pay for my video.”  Gabe is seeing this as a chance to be together, and that seems to be the only selling point he needs to say “yes”.

Today is the day that Tamar gets her eggs harvested, and she is traveling with a huge support team consisting of Vince, Toni, and Mama E.  “Dr. Toni” seems to be giving Tamar the play by play of how they put you to sleep, but if that were us WE would not want to hear those details right before the procedure.  BFVQuote: “I can’t wait to get into surgery so I can get away from Dr. Toni’s ass right now.”  Even Michael Braxton shows up to support Tamar.  BFVQuote: “He’s not my favorite person.  Let’s keep it real.”

Trina is officially auditioning her backup dancers, and there is just something funny about this group of guys.  One of them is in a full on suit and tie, one looks like he is 12, the other one is dancing like it’s 1995, and there is a dude in a cowboy hat and a Margaritaville shirt.  BFVQuote: “They’re working it alright.”  With the ideal number of dancers being 50 people, they have a looooooooong way to go.  BFVQuote: “Besides looking for some fun background dancers, I’m also looking for a yummy little piece of man candy that I can bump and grind with as my leading man.”  Cue Gabe!  Talk about perfect timing.  The poor guy just winces in the corner like a little boy while some other guy smooches his wife!  Divorce or not, I bet that shiz still stings.  BFVQuote: “I cannot be worried about that right now.”  Apparently, that little peck makes Gabe think Trina has no right to talk about his penis anymore (ew!).  BFVQuote: “Keep it cute and put it on mute.”

Tamar’s procedure is finally done, and the whole is there to greet her as she wakes up.  After hearing the good news about harvesting six eggs, the next question to follow is, “When are you going to put the babies in?”  Luckily, Dr. Kumar is there so bring the family back to earth.  This is not a process that should be rushed.  BFVQuote: “Finally a real doctor put Dr. Toni in her place.”  The babies will be fertilized the next day and then frozen, BFVQuote: “so this means I could have my babies in year 2045 if I want to.”

BFVQuote: “Everybody knows that if I want to look dirty and sexy, I need to go to Trina’s closet because dirty and sexy is Trina’s middle name.”  Towanda’s cup size leaves something to be desired when wearing Trina’s clothes, and Trina thinks only a magician can help her.  BFVQuote: “I don’t want to buy any.”   Towanda thinks her entrance into the blind date arena is none of Andre’s business, but mainly because it is not like she is marrying someone anytime soon.  BFVQuote: “It is gonna take me a long time to get that comfortable with somebody again.”  This is just pure silliness!

Towanda (finally!) goes on her blind date and while she waits, she orders herself some liquid courage.  And who do you think walks through that door?  ANDRE!  Guess a blind date just means you have no idea who you are going out with, not that you don’t know the person.  BFVQuote: “I could have stayed home with my little bullet and some double A batteries.”  Andre is laying it on THICK, and we are not sure if Towanda is going to melt or bolt.  Andre has come with an arsenal of gifts too!  Didn’t Towanda say she wanted to be wined and dined by her date?  BFVQuote: “Are you doing this because you want to get laid?”  Andre wants to rejuvenate the marriage, but Towanda can barely muster the energy to pick up her martini glass to toast to the well wishes.  It just got a little frosty up in here!

Trina runs through her video routine with some hesitation, and of course Towanda and Derek are there to give her a hard time.  They want to see Trina put some stank on it, and right now Trina is just trying to get the steps down.  BFVQuote: “You gotta work it in.  You gotta push it out.”  WE are just a bit worried, and WE think Trina is too.  Towanda has agreed to fly Traci down so Trina can have a huge support group while filming the video.

Towanda fills Mama E and Trina in on her “blind date”.  BFVQuote: “He just took his heart out of his chest and he squeezed all the blood in a glass and just poured it all out.”  Trina wishes Towanda could just defrost a little bit and show some emotion.   BFVQuote: “You’re a stone!”  Towanda claims she has not dated anyone since ending her marriage because of her children, but Trina is not convinced.  Poor Mama E tries to break it down, but we are still fuzzy about what tongues and teeth have to do with dating and foot rubs.  Towanda just needs a little more show, and less tell.  WE got our fingers crossed, Andre.

Do you think Towanda should give Andre a second chance?  Will Trina get her dance moves together in time to work it in her video?  When is Tamar having babies?  WE want to hear from you!

 

 

Hey Boom Boom’s!

I want to begin by saying that I really appreciate all of the love AND support that has been given to me continuously. Please believe me when I say that it does not go unappreciated.

Now as you all know, Gabe and I have been dealing with several issues in our marriage for some time now. It seems that my decision making process has been a constant emotional battle. Even after filing for a separation, I didn’t know if I should follow through with a more permanent dissolution. I refuse to bash Gabe because he is still an excellent father and provider for our children, and I owe him and our children that respect. But Gabe has issues that only Gabe can correct, and he made that confession known this episode.

So while he is working on himself, I am doing the same by focusing on my career as a solo artist with my very first single from my solo project “Party or Go Home.” I am very excited about this project, and it is a blessing to have my sisters embrace not only my music, but my decisions as well.

I am continuing to move forward with my life, and this is just the beginning boom booms. I hope you are just as excited as I am!

Love you guys!!!

Trina E. Braxton
Queen Boom Boom

There have been momentous occasions in my life. None more joyous than the birth of my children, but one other instance in close second, and that is my graduation day from college. My dad showed up for my graduation day, and that moment I will never forget. The way he and mom came together to make my day special was almost as important as the graduation itself.

I also taught my boys a valuable lesson about academia and the significance of education and reaching goals.  Completing my degree was a great accomplishment, but I have many more goals to realize (like my up and coming single “Party or Go Home”). I do wish more of my family came to support my day.  I want to say a special thank you to Towanda and her family for showing extended love on my special day.  In addition, I have a super special thanks to Gabe, who in spite of all of our muck, picked up the slack and picked up quite a bit of take-out when I had paper deadlines. Thank you so much Gabe. I appreciate it. On a lighter note… of course, such a momentous occasion deserved to go out with a bang- so…I partied TRINA STYLE! Need I say more! (lol).

I am very proud of me (myself), and know that it is never too late to be proud of YOU! Fulfill your dream, whatever it may be. Obstacles come to help us overcome challenges, and not forfeit when situations get in the way.  Life has its own series of tests. Rising to the occasion is what makes us stronger.  I am almost relieved that this chapter of my life is closed. I promise- I do not feel like writing another paper for at least a year.  However, we never finish learning. I have learned that love, and forgiveness conquers all and I am working on it (wink)!

Thank you to all of my Boom Boom’s who helped encourage me along the way! I love you all!

Trina E. Braxton

“Queen Boom Boom” (lol)