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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Toni Braxton -- who was born in Severn, Md. -- just might be singing the blues about the real estate market. Her home in Atlanta, recently foreclosed on, is now for sale for $1.1 million, TMZ reports. And according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the property has sat on the market for more than four months. It's not because the place doesn't look nice -- at least on the outside. Built in 2001, it's nearly 12,000 square feet and red-bricked, with seven bathrooms, six full baths and a pretty sweet-sounding master bath jacuzzi.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
A couple of times during "Sincerely, Me," an ambitious production presented by ArtsCentric, the audience is asked to imagine how poorer our world would be without the legacy of African American women who raised their voices in song. For the bulk of the show's two-and-a-half hours or so, the all-female cast offers a high-octane reminder of that legacy. About 40 covers of songs originally performed by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, the Shirelles, and the Supremes are packed into this work, all delivered with intense commitment and energy.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2011
Bret Michaels did it. Bobby Brown did it too, to much less success. So did Paula Abdul. The preferred vehicle for a musical comeback is not on the charts any more but on reality television. The latest to join that rich tradition is Toni Braxton, the Severn native who was one of the highest-selling artists of the 1990s but has seen her sales droop to dramatic lows, just 145,000 units for last year's "Pulse. " In the last decade she has also taken personal blows, a multimillion-dollar bankruptcy filed earlier this year being the most recent to attract unflattering attention from the tabloids.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
A Swedish quartet had two songs on the chart -- but neither were No. 1 this week 20 years ago. Here's your top 10, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive. 10. "Back & Forth," Aaliyah From Aaliyah's debut album, "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number," this school-is-out-let's-have-fun-now jam (Aaliyah was 15 at the time) was written by R. Kelly, and the pair was rumored to be married at this time. Both denied the claims. 9. "You Mean the World to Me," Toni Braxton This one was also from a debut album, "Toni Braxton," which also featured hits such as "Breathe Again" and "Another Sad Love Song.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
In February, Severn native Toni Braxton said she was ready to retire from music to focus on acting. Even though the 45-year-old singer has sold more than 60 million records worldwide and has six Grammy Awards on her shelf, Braxton was "a little depressed" at the time, she says now. It took a pep talk from an old friend - Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, the songwriter who helped launch the singer's career - to uplift and reinvigorate Braxton. "He understood what I was going through.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2010
The Miss Black America pageant announced Tuesday morning that it would revive the national beauty competition that featured past contestants such as Oprah Winfrey and Toni Braxton. In addition to bringing back the pageant after a 15-year absence, organizers will now offer a Little Miss Black America pageant for ages 9-12 and Miss Black America Teen pageant for ages 13-17. The Miss Black America pageant is open to women ages 18-29. The announcement was made at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON and RASHOD D. OLLISON,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | September 25, 2005
Her voice is usually husky, famously so. And on the phone at 10 in the morning, it is especially heavy and low. "Hi. This is Toni Braxton," she says then clears her throat. The R&B-pop superstar is calling from her home in Atlanta, where she's resting before she hits the road to promote her new album, Libra, which appears in stores Tuesday. Five years have flown by since Braxton's last substantial hit, 2000's No. 1 R&B smash, He Wasn't Man Enough. Since then, her albums -- 2001's Snowflakes, a Christmas set, and 2002's More Than a Woman have been mostly lukewarm affairs, reaching nowhere near her peak sales in the '90s.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON and RASHOD D. OLLISON,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | April 5, 2006
Toni Braxton said she caught a cold from her 2-year-old son, so that's why her voice was so low, breathy and noticeably underpowered Monday night at the Lyric Opera House. Between all the gratuitous rump-shaking and costume changes (10 in all), she asked the packed house to forgive her. But why did she feel the need to apologize? For the past five or six years, the Severn native has all but abandoned the full-throttle, gospel-fueled belting that put her on the pop map nearly 15 years ago. Instead, the seven-time Grammy winner has been sighing huskily through her songs, playing up the coy, Eartha Kitt-inspired sexpot role.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2001
At the Grammys on Wednesday, competition was intense in an unspoken, unofficial category: the "Jennifer Lopez State of Un-Dress" award. And the winner was ... Maryland's own Toni Braxton, who stunned the crowd with a barely-there silver gown very much in the spirit of Lopez's unforgettable Versace number from last year's ceremony. Braxton, 33, picked up her sixth award wearing a Richard Tyler piece that resembled little more than a scarf nipped at the waist. It turned out to be the Grammy dress talked about around the world - or at least in fashion and music circles.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | May 8, 1997
You've probably seen a lot of soul singer Toni Braxton in the last 11 months.There was the video for "You're Makin' Me High" that found the Severn native dressed in a skin-tight white cat suit, and another clip for "I Don't Want To" where she made old jeans look more appealing than any Calvin Klein ad. Plus there were all those awards show appearances in which she demonstrated a gift for making a little bit of fabric go a looo-o-ong way.But if you haven't...
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Singer Toni Braxton is grappling with guilt from an abortion she had years ago. In her newly-published memoir, "Unbreak My Heart," Braxton writes that she wonders if her younger son's autism could be a punishment from God because she had an abortion.  Braxton grew up an extremely religious family in Severn.  She wasn't allowed to wear pants -- only skirts and dresses -- and was forbidden from going to the movies, the NY Daily News reports.  " Homework was usually neglected because children at the church where her parents worshiped were obliged to memorize 26 scriptures a week," according to the NY Daily News.  After the singer got engaged to her now-ex husband, she became pregnant while taking the anti-acne drug Accutane, which poses serious health risks to fetuses.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
In February, Severn native Toni Braxton said she was ready to retire from music to focus on acting. Even though the 45-year-old singer has sold more than 60 million records worldwide and has six Grammy Awards on her shelf, Braxton was "a little depressed" at the time, she says now. It took a pep talk from an old friend - Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, the songwriter who helped launch the singer's career - to uplift and reinvigorate Braxton. "He understood what I was going through.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Toni Braxton -- who was born in Severn, Md. -- just might be singing the blues about the real estate market. Her home in Atlanta, recently foreclosed on, is now for sale for $1.1 million, TMZ reports. And according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the property has sat on the market for more than four months. It's not because the place doesn't look nice -- at least on the outside. Built in 2001, it's nearly 12,000 square feet and red-bricked, with seven bathrooms, six full baths and a pretty sweet-sounding master bath jacuzzi.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2011
Bret Michaels did it. Bobby Brown did it too, to much less success. So did Paula Abdul. The preferred vehicle for a musical comeback is not on the charts any more but on reality television. The latest to join that rich tradition is Toni Braxton, the Severn native who was one of the highest-selling artists of the 1990s but has seen her sales droop to dramatic lows, just 145,000 units for last year's "Pulse. " In the last decade she has also taken personal blows, a multimillion-dollar bankruptcy filed earlier this year being the most recent to attract unflattering attention from the tabloids.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2010
The Miss Black America pageant announced Tuesday morning that it would revive the national beauty competition that featured past contestants such as Oprah Winfrey and Toni Braxton. In addition to bringing back the pageant after a 15-year absence, organizers will now offer a Little Miss Black America pageant for ages 9-12 and Miss Black America Teen pageant for ages 13-17. The Miss Black America pageant is open to women ages 18-29. The announcement was made at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2010
Makeba Riddick stepped off a plane in New York City, exhausted after spending weeks in London working with the Black Eyed Peas, only to get a call from her manager. The record label needed Riddick to fly to Milan immediately and cut a song with pop star Rihanna. The song, "Live Your Life" — a single for the rapper T.I., featuring Rihanna, was almost finished, but the label wanted Riddick to write Rihanna's lyrics and help guide the young singer through her verse. Riddick threw a mini-temper tantrum, then took a deep breath and reluctantly boarded a plane.
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March 9, 2006
Toni Braxton Grammy Award-winning R&B singer and Severn native Toni Braxton is making a stop at Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets N.W. in Washington. Her latest album, Libra, was released in September. The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $70. To order, call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com.
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January 30, 1995
Nominees for the American Music Awards, to be awarded tonight are:* Pop/RockFavorite Male Artist: Bryan AdamsMichael BoltonMeat LoafFavorite Female Artist:Mariah CareyJanet JacksonBonnie RaittFavorite Band, Duo or Group: Ace of BasePink FloydStone Temple PilotsFavorite Single: "I'll Make Love to You" (Boyz II Men)The Power of Love" (Celine Dion)"The Sign" (Ace of Base)Favorite Album:"August and Everything After" (Counting Crows)The Lion King" (Soundtrack)"Music Box" (Mariah Carey)Favorite New Artist: Ace of BaseAll-4-OneCounting Crows* Soul/Rhythm & BluesFavorite Male Artist: BabyfaceTevin CampbellThe Artist Formerly Known as PrinceFavorite Female Artist: Anita BakerToni BraxtonJanet JacksonFavorite Band, Duo or Group: Boyz II MenJodeciSalt-N-PepaFavorite Single: "I Swear" (All-4-One)
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON and RASHOD D. OLLISON,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | April 5, 2006
Toni Braxton said she caught a cold from her 2-year-old son, so that's why her voice was so low, breathy and noticeably underpowered Monday night at the Lyric Opera House. Between all the gratuitous rump-shaking and costume changes (10 in all), she asked the packed house to forgive her. But why did she feel the need to apologize? For the past five or six years, the Severn native has all but abandoned the full-throttle, gospel-fueled belting that put her on the pop map nearly 15 years ago. Instead, the seven-time Grammy winner has been sighing huskily through her songs, playing up the coy, Eartha Kitt-inspired sexpot role.
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March 9, 2006
Toni Braxton Grammy Award-winning R&B singer and Severn native Toni Braxton is making a stop at Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets N.W. in Washington. Her latest album, Libra, was released in September. The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $70. To order, call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com.
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