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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series follows R&B singer Toni Braxton and her sisters as they work through professional and personal issues, some of which involve mature themes. The show’s focus is on the value and importance of family, but marital problems, alcoholism, and financial issues are also major subjects in the show. Some of the language is a little strong ("damn," "hell," "piss"; stronger words bleeped) and high-end logos like Louis Vuitton, Channel, and BMW are visible.
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What's the story?
BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES offers an inside look into the lives of six-time Grammy award R&B performer Toni Braxton and her adult sisters. While Toni returns to the stage after struggling with some serious health and financial issues, sisters Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar work as her assistants, occasionally sing back up, and offer support from the sidelines. Life is never dull offstage either, thanks to their ongoing sibling rivalries and other family drama. Adding to the fray is Vincent Herbert, Toni’s manager and Tamar’s husband, who is coping with his wife’s impatient desire to relaunch her solo career. Luckily, their strong-minded mom Evelyn is there to offer the family her special brand of wisdom and support when necessary.
Is it any good?
The series offers a voyeuristic look at how the Braxton sisters balance their personal relationships with their spouses, children, and with each other, while trying to establish their own individual careers in the music industry. Meanwhile, the show seeks to address some of the tabloid rumors surrounding Toni Braxton’s personal problems, including her physical health and troubled finances.
Some of the show’s more dramatic conversations appear staged as the sisters exchange words and/or seek advice from Toni, who appears to be the most grounded member of the gang. But these moments are also designed to demonstrate how despite everything, they always come together as a family.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality shows. Why have the Braxtons agreed to discuss some of their family problems in front of a camera? How do you think the series will impact the sisters’ musical careers?
Do you think publically discussing a family member’s alcohol addiction problems on a reality show is appropriate? Why or why not?
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