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The Lifetime Network knows how to get people talking, and their latest biopic about Toni Braxton, titled Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, had everyone on the edge of their seats Saturday night.

The singer’s life was depicted in the two-hour TV special that began when she was discovered by L.A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds in 1989.

The film touches on all the highs and lows of Braxton’s career, including heavy emphasis on her financial difficulties, which ultimately led her to file for bankruptcy twice. Leaving no stone unturned, the TV movie also brought her father’s nine-year infidelity and close bond with her four sisters to light.

For those of us who are familiar with the seven-time Grammy award-winner, her battle with lupus, son’s autism, and marriage/divorce from ex-husband Keri Lewis was no surprise. We expected those storylines.

But what had everyone in shock was how quickly her $22 million settlement from the LaFace Records lawsuit was spent, how Pebbles allegedly took advantage of her finances, and how time was condensed to tell the many storylines in a matter of two hours; not to mention the on-spot casting of her mother, Evelyn and sister, Tamar Braxton.

“We skipped … years in a short period of time,” The Root’s Twitter account noted.

Unlike Aaliyah and Whitney Houston’s Lifetime biopics, Braxton was very involved in the film. From casting the fresh-faced actress Lex Scott-Davis, to overseeing the writing and promotion, Braxton helped ensure the movie’s accuracy.

Pros of the film are its honest account of her financial issues and reminding us of her exceptional vocal talent and tenacity in the face of crisis. Cons are that there are some time jumps – including a random appearance from President Barack Obama – that take away from the movie’s credibility.

All in all, the consensus is that Toni deserves the praise, and despite her many professional and personal blows, she will never break.


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