Lifetime and Neue House Hosted a Premiere their latest project ‘Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story’. Seven time Grammy® Award winner Toni Braxton shared with Bella TV, how she’s pulled from some of her life experiences to convey the emotions shown on screen with her character Antoinette Tuff. Braxton stars as Antoinette, a struggling single mom from Georgia who heroically averted a tragedy, saving lives when she convinced a deranged gunman who stormed an elementary school to surrender. Bare and intensely calm were some of the expressions felt, as we watched the performance. Braxton beamed with love as her Fiancé’, Birdman appeared on the carpet for a few pictures. Ms. Braxton never disappoints with her effortless graceful performances on stage and the big screen.
The film also stars Yaya DaCosta as the, 911 operator Kendra McKay, Trevor Morgan as gunman Michael Hill, and Malik Yoba as Sergeant Franklin.
On August 20, 2013, shortly after arriving to work at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, Antoinette the school’s bookkeeper, was in the front office when Michael Hill a young man with a history of mental illness, snuck in, armed with an AK-47 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. As the school went into lockdown, Antoinette was left alone with Michael, who repeatedly threatened to kill everyone. Showing enormous courage and empathy, along with nerves of steel, Antoinette convinced Michael to surrender by using her own life struggles to connect with him. Antoinette’s faith in God guided her through the toughest moments of her life, ultimately preparing her for that fateful day.
Faith Under Fire is produced by Sony Pictures Television and based on the book Prepared for a Purpose: An Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage and Compassion in Crisis by Tuff and Alex Tresniowski. Executive producers are T.D. Jakes, Judith Verno, Derrick Williams, Toni Braxton and Craig Baumgarten. Emmy nominee Vondie Curtis Hall directs from a script written by Laura Harrington and Stephen Kay.
Toni Braxton is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. www.tonibraxton.com