A special shout-out to Toni Braxton via singer Kandi Burruss during Black History Month has so many people smiling and shaking their heads at how slow progress has been.
February is Black History Month — black accomplishments and excellence are highlighted for the world to see.
In her own way, Burruss decided to pay tribute to two ladies who paved the way for others.
She reminded her followers that Braxton was the first black Belle on Broadway.
In 1998, Braxton made history when the singer debuted on Broadway as Belle, the starring role in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
In 2014, singer, actress and the youngest talk show host, Keke Palmer took center stage as the first African-American actress to play Cinderella on Broadway.
Burruss honored the talented divas in a post that read: “Here is some #BlackHistory dealing with Broadway! Thank you @tonibraxton & @keke for bringing some #blackgirlmagic to Broadway! I had the chance to see @keke & she was awesome as Cinderella. #blackhistorymonth #leadingladies #Goals.”
She went on to say: “Happy Black History Month! I love history, especially black history. Posting this video that shows some amazing African-American inventors from history! #BlackHistoryMonth #blackexcellence.”
Burruss added: “In honor of #blackhistorymonth, I picked this post from @nationalblackguide about Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives in 1968 and represented the state of #NewYork. #blackexcellence #blackgirlmagic.”
A person reminded Burruss that singer Brandy Norwood also deserves some recognition.
The person explained: “Brandy was the first to do the movie, But Keke was the first to do it on Broadway. Let’s not be ignorant! Let’s celebrate ALL of our black women! ”
While another further praised the iconic Grammy-winning R&B diva: “It is 2018, and we still have the “first black” in so many things. Smh! On a positive note, we still striving n pushing and knocking down doors. Toni did so awesomely in that movie she deserves an Emmy. Had me crying and praising God same as I did when I saw the real Antoinette Tuff on TV. So amazing. One of the most beautiful and transparent women to walk this earth let alone entertain. I love and wish I knew this extravagant woman.”
Kandi probably did not expect that kind of reaction.