‘Braxton Family Values’: Towanda Braxton on filming strike
fans of Braxton Family Values constantly ask if the Braxton sisters will make a reality TV return. The show made history as the longest-running African-American family reality series and gave some magical singing moments showcasing their talents, but Towanda Braxton says there were many difficulties in road course. According to Towanda, the actors were severely underpaid, which led to a strike near the end of the series. She says their film crew made more money than them.
Towanda Braxton explains how the film crew made more money than the actors
In season 6 of the show, all of the sisters and their mother, minus Traci, went on strike. At the time, they cited production issues, pay discrepancies (claiming they earned thousands less than the Kardashians) and filming demands. In order to keep the show going, other celebrities were chosen to film with Traci on a ranch as Traci researched for her whiskey line. The sisters eventually resumed filming, but the series never resumed.
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Towanda recently sat down with her boyfriend Sean Hall for an interview to discuss the strike at length for the first time. She says there were several reasons why they went on strike, mainly because they were overworked and underpaid. At some point, she discovered that the members of the film crew were paid more than them.
“The cameramen earned more than us. Let’s say there’s a week of shooting, a cameraman on seven days works six. Every day this cameraman gets paid $1,200 a day,” she said in a new youtube video on his channel KingLadybug. “Add that up, especially if we’re out of the country, or if I’m not local, then it’s a per diem. But even between these daily allowances, they are fed. And then their accommodation and all that is taken care of. Seven days can just offset an episode and they get paid per day and we get paid per episode.
She says executives punished them for going on strike
Less than a season after the strike, the show ended. Season 7 only had seven episodes. Tamar hasn’t filmed much of the past two seasons. Towanda says the network retaliated against them after their strike.
“When we went on strike to defend our rights, that’s when I felt the ‘powers that be’ were saying, ‘OK, we’ll show them…’ It wasn’t deserved,” he said. she declared. She didn’t specify what exactly they did to make her feel this way.
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Towanda says that there are members of his family who have sometimes been difficult to work with or who have had problems with certain executives, the whole family must have suffered. She used the analogy of parents blaming all of their children when a child does something to warrant punishment. In Towanda’s eyes, the network did the same.
“As a parent, I try not to put everyone in the same basket and treat everyone the same because not everyone is the same,” she said. Explain. “I hate it when my parents would say, ‘All of you’ because it wasn’t always all of you. Sometimes it was a particular person. And instead of saying a specific person, they always said “All of you”. It is not fair. All of us [on the show] deserved this.
Why the family decided to stop the show
The show ended abruptly with no real conclusion. Towanda says the decision to stop filming came after Tamar attempted suicide in 2019. She says the family did not see fit to continue without the full unit.
However, she is ready to return to reality TV with her famous sisters, but under certain conditions. They don’t want to work with We TV anymore, and Towanda says they need to have more control over editing, pay better, and feature more dispute resolution on a potential new show.
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