Oprah to LaFace Records: Watch Me Make Toni Braxton Look Ratchet on My Show Today

by Yvette Carnell

When Toni Braxton appeared on VH1′s Behind the Music and accused Oprah of being “so frickin’ mean to me”, some observers dismissed Braxton and accused her of trying to draw attention away from her own financial management. But people forget that a source interviewed for NY Mag’s L.A. comes to New York confirmed in a 2001 article that Oprah planned to paint Toni Braxton as irresponsible prior to the interview:

Soon after, Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy in the midst of a contract renegotiation. It looked bad for LaFace, because Braxton had sold more than 16 million records. When Braxton went on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss the bankruptcy, a source adds, Oprah called LaFace “and said, ‘Toni’s on my show today; she intends to make you guys look really bad. But I think it’s bullshit, so watch the show.’ ” Indeed, Winfrey scolded Braxton for excessive spending, saying, “I didn’t know Gucci made silverware.”

Toni Braxton quickly moved on and spoke kindly of L.A. Reid since, according to her, LaFace and Arista eventually “gave me a really nice pay raise.”

This doesn’t make Oprah the Wicked Witch of the West, nor does it deem Toni Braxton blameless, especially considering that Braxton has had financial struggles since her time with L.A. What I find troubling is how reflexively some in our community defend those who are highly regarded among us, such as Oprah and President Obama. It is important to remember that these people are human. They don’t wear halos, just as Braxton didn’t sprout horns the moment she sat on Oprah’s couch.

h/t: Son of Baldwin

 

16 comments
adrienneroussell
adrienneroussell

An article from 2001--REALLY!!  This site is shit!!  I seriously doubt that Oprah would use the term "ratchet" OR even know its meaning.....

Delonte' C Riggins
Delonte' C Riggins

This is my first time on this site which states it is "Continuing the tradition of black intellectual thought".

 I am very disappointed. 

Be well everyone.

melaniecj
melaniecj

I don't really put to much weight behind "a source says." That's not journalism that can be trusted.

JamesBraque
JamesBraque

I truly agree Ms. Carnell, that was my point, whether you or I are qualified to criticize is questionable. But, if neither of us have an agenda hidden or otherwise then we can say our opinions are objective. In the situation of your criticism of Ms. Winfrey I look forward to a response from the one criticized .

JamesBraque
JamesBraque

Unfortunately Ms. Winfrey probably out weighs you by several pounds, and several years of age, so I am not envisioning a male fantasy chick fight. I am waiting for that mental one on one since you constantly pull on that cape, jock strap, or whatever metaphorical reference you choose. I am waiting for her philospophical response too all YBW tugging that has been going on for so long. It might put YBW on the map, but I look forward to a direct response to your constant tugging. Sure Obama, and Oprah are quite human, yet so much tugging seems like an agenda of attacks.

JamesBraque
JamesBraque

Can not wait until Yvette Carnell goes one on one with Oprah Winfrey, because Yvette been pulling on Oprah's jock strap like a Poodle sizing up a Great Dane for a long time. Of course most pups try out the big dogs trying to look all tough, get slapped in the face. Yvette get ready to duck when that fist comes at you!

Yvette Carnell
Yvette Carnell moderator

@JamesBraque I get your point, but I wouldn't hold my breath on the response...lol. Oprah has a lot on her plate with OWN...

Yvette Carnell
Yvette Carnell moderator

@JamesBraque It's only criticism James, and I think it's valid. I think everyone, including myself, should be open to criticism.

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

@Yvette Carnell @JamesBraque  Be careful Della Reese gave Oprah boxing lessons. We know Della is real old school when it comes to "throwing down". Watch your back girl, Oprah is a "heavyweight".   '-)

JamesBraque
JamesBraque

Just saw feature on Ms. O on Facebook Beautiful Black Women she has a Jet Mansions in three states bodyguards the whole nine. She isn't the girl I knew on the news in Baltimore. If I wanted to shoot her bunion I couldn't get close enough to even she it. She's the only billionaire I ever had dinner with, ask for a loan but not shoot.

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

@JamesBraque  LOL, I knew someone would  "get it".  Oprah can pug, Let's Get It ON, she'd done lied on Oprah. That's means an asswhipping  is due then no hard feelings.

JamesBraque
JamesBraque

Someone please tell me you are not suggesting that Oprah is about to get "shot in her pinkie toe."