The Pulse of Entertainment: ‘Sister Circle' Adds Trina Braxton as
Host and Lisa Ruffin Gives Hope at Little Miss African American Pageant
Singer and reality star Trina Braxton ("Braxton Family Values") lands "gig" as co-host
of the "Sister Circle" talk show, which airs weekdays on TV One and TEGNA networks from 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. (ET)
reaching over 60% of the households in the U.S.
excited I don't know what to do with myself," said Trina, who holds a Bachelors degree in Communications, about her new
The talk show premiers September 14, 2018 and its returning
co-hosts include actress Rashan Ali ("Being Mary Jane"), Grammy Award nominated Syleena Johnson and reality star
Quad Webb-Lunceford ("Married to the Medicine"). "Sister Circle" is produced by TEGNA from its Atlanta
based WATL station.
"When talk show hosts have to take off
they call in guest hosts," Trina explained. "One left for three weeks...now
with the whole thing with ‘Braxton Family Values' it kind of fell into my lap."
Trina Braxton, the youngest of the sisters, isn't new to the lime-light. In 1989,
along with her sisters Toni, Tamar, Traci, she signed to Arista Records by Bryant Reid
as The Braxtons. Reid was head of A&R at the time. While there the group failed to release
an album, but her sister Toni recorded songs for producers Antonio "LA" Reid and Kenneth "Babyface"
Edmonds before signing to their Arista distributed label LaFace. Bryant moved to Atlantic
Records and took Trina, Tamar and Towanda with him as The Braxtons in 1993 and released
"So Many Ways" album.
The Severn, Maryland native wants the world to
see her as more than a Braxton sister but as an actress, business woman, singer, journalist
and one who holds a college degree. As an actress her credits include "Meet the Browns"
and Broadway's Dreamgirls as Deena. Let us not forget her talents as a singer. In 2012 she released her solo album
"Party or Go Home" (Soltri Entertainment).
"I'm a new comer in the group," Trina said about working
with three other professionals on live television. "I hope I get the support of a
cast but still be an individual. I want to make sure we form a bond. I have always been
interested in independent journalism, as well as business. This way I ended up in both worlds." www.TVOne.tv/shows/sister-circle
"They are not afraid to go after their dreams...and I am so
happy that Lisa Ruffin is still doing this 25 years later," said actress Ella Royce ("My Wife and
Kids") about the 6 - 12 year old contestants of the Little Miss African American
Pageant (LMAA). The scholarship pageant, founded by actress/choreographer Lisa
Ruffin ("The Raven"/"The Steve Harvey Show"), was recently held in
Los Angeles at the Nate Holden Theatre.
Ella Royce was
one of the pageant judges along with James Pickens, Jr. ("Grey's Anatomy"), Professor Ron Brewington,
and actress/comedian Roz Ryan ("The Rickey Smiley Show").
When I asked Roz what she hopes the young contestants get from the pageant, which
provides a scholarship to the winner, she said "To understand how special they are.
Our girls are growing up to believe they can be who ever they want."
the scholarship from the pageant one of them will have help getting to where they want
to go. The 25th annual Little Miss African American Pageant was hosted by actress Penny Johnson Jearld (Star Trek: Deep
Space Nine) and reality star Claudia Jordan ("Real Housewives of Atlanta").
"I started at a pageant. Then I was Miss Rhode Island and then to Miss USA,"
said Claudia about her journey to being a reality star on such high-profile reality shows
as "Celebrity Apprentice" and "Real Housewives of Atlanta". "After that I came to Los Angeles
with $500 in my picket. These girls are so talented. To see them do their monologues...makes
me so proud. Those little 5 and 7 year olds ...it is so cute."
The LMAA pageant offered a media filled red carpet arrival and performances by
Neo-Soul vocalist Janice Freeman and last years Little Miss African American winner Krista
Campbell. The nonprofit program is a educational one, that through the pageant not only will one get a scholarship
to further their education, but all contestants receive education through their participation.
"Grace, poise, hope, pride," said Ella (Preachers' Kid) about
what she saw in the contestants last year. "The way the presented themselves...all
the girls are going to fore fill their dreams. They are not afraid to go after their dreams."
The pageant provides the young ladies with an introduction to the arts, experience
in public speaking and it stimulates their drive to go after their dreams. All of the
high-profile entertainment experts there that day seemed genuinely excited with the chance to help provide that experience.
am very hands on," said Claudia as she gave me her social media name (@ClaudiaJordan) so young people who read this
can reach out to her. "I got you." www.LittleMissAfricanAmerican.org
COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million
with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and
Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large)
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