#UnbreakMyHeart #ToniBraxton Biopic Review

Last weekend, the Lifetime television network released the Toni Braxton biopic entitled "Unbreak My Heart". The theme of the film was surrounded around the pain, struggles, and growth of the legendary songstress. This biopic was one of the better ones in comparison to the previously released made for television films about the lives of the late rhythm and blues singers, the Aaliyah and the late Whitney Houston. I'm sure this is due to the fact Ms. Braxton was behind the production of this film and the rights to her music could be used. Although some parts of her life were clearly left out and there was a moment in the movie where there was a huge jump from the late 1990's into the mid 2000's,"Unbreak My Heart" had a clear and concise theme that flowed very well.

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"Unbreak My Heart" starred actresses Lex Scott Davis as Toni Braxton and Debbie Morgan as Toni's mother, Evelyn Braxton (she did a phenomenal job). As we already know, Lifetime doesn't have the greatest track record of casting (Black) actors and actresses correctly. There was a whole hullabaloo at the not even close, colorist, and anti-thickness casting of Missy Elliot and Timabaland in the "Aaliyah" movie (absolutely turrible). This time (again, obviously due to Ms. Braxton's involvement) they got it right. The actor that played Babyface looked just like him, as well as the actress who portrayed Toni's notorious little sister, Tamar Braxton. I'd also like to point out that the fashion was accurate according to the 1990's and early 2000's as well. I've notice too many times how some films inaccurately and carelessly portray actors in certain eras. If you're making a film and you need a sista to style folks backstage, call me.

Ms. Braxton's story told the tale of her being discovered, having the responsibility to take her sisters with her on the road to stardom, bankruptcy, romance and divorce, health issues, and having a child with Autism. What I appreciate most about films such as "Unbreak My Heart" is the humbling honesty behind it and the message of perseverance. Regardless of her talented, rich, or physically attractive someone is, we all have issues, we all have to deal with life.

Take a listen to my video review here:



What did you think of the film? Who would you like to see a biopic about?

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