What happens when you put two fierce females in a room together? Brooklyn Tankard clued us in when she attended a performance of NeNe Leakes’ one-woman show in Nashville Wednesday and had a fabulous time “vibing” with The Real Housewives of Atlanta alum, as you can see in the below Instagram video. “Your energy was everything last night! I am soooo freaking proud of all of your accomplishments!” the Thicker Than Water daughter said of NeNe’s show. “You had me in tears of laughter all night and loved vibing with you Queen!”
Not only did Brooklyn clearly love the show, but she also expressed how much she admires NeNe. “I love when you said ‘I’m not a comedian, I’m a Hustler, BETCH!'” Brooklyn gushed in the caption to the above clip. “I see so much of myself in you, THANKS for being authentic and inspiring me to continue to be even more openly raw about who I am! You just don’t know how you gave me permission to be my REAL crazy, silly self no matter who is in the room!”
NeNe also showed her appreciation for everyone that came out to support her show on Wednesday. “NASHVILLE TENN, what can I say….THANK YOU soooooo much for the love,” she wrote on Instagram Wednesday. “[M]an when I created this 1 woman show I didn’t know fully what I was getting myself into! The calls I’ve received from Comedy Clubs, Casino’s, other artist and the love I’ve gotten from city to city brings tears to my eyes and proves to me that I made the right move! I love you all”
Brooklyn isn’t the only Bravoleb to come out to support NeNe on her tour. RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas have also seen their friend in action.
In case you needed a song to party to this weekend, Brooklyn Tankard has your back. The Thicker Than Water singer dropped her single “When I’m Gone” last month on Soundcloud, and it’s quickly becoming the go-to jam for any and all of your dance playlist needs. Since it’s release, it has amassed nearly one million plays on Soundcloud. Not too shabby.
“My debut single ‘When I’m Gone’ is an energetic pop dance track that makes you want to groove! When I perform it, I do dance moves that I normally can’t do. No Sasha Fierce, LOL!!” she told The Daily Dish, via email, about the song which also landed at No. 1 on Soundcloud’s Pop Music Chart. “I can’t wait until the single release on this Sunday, June 5th, when it will become available to everyone online!”
And that’s just the beginning for Brooklyn. She has some very big plans up her super-stylish sleeves. “I am also so excited to be filming my video for ‘When I’m Gone’ and doing a video tour that kicks of June 8th for my visual album I Am Royalty,” she said. “I will be touring London, UK, United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands to capture my footage. I can’t wait to share it with my inspiring music supporters which have helped me reach nearly 1 million plays on Soundcloud!”
And Brooklyn loves seeing her fans affected in a positive way to her energetic and upbeat music. “Music is such an artistic and fulfilling way of sharing my real life experiences and expressing myself to people around the world,” she said. “My heart smiles every time someone is inspired, enlightened or encouraged to dance and sing to my music!”
Catch Brooklyn and the song’s premiere on the Thicker Than Water season finale Sunday at 9/8c. Check out a preview of what’s to come below.]]>
Brooklyn Tankard, the breakout star of Bravo TV’s Thicker than Water continues to be a fan favorite because she always keeps it real whether her family members want her to or not. In an exclusive interview with CocoaFab, the red hot reality star talks about her new music, acting career and wanting to leave a legacy.
Q: Your new single, “When I’m gone”, has hit the #1 spot on the soundcloud charts; can you tell me a little bit about where you get your inspiration from?
Brooklyn: Everything inspires me. God inspires me, my daughter inspires me, my man that can relate to me inspires me. I had a young lady walk up to me and say that I inspired her to change her life and live her dreams no matter what anybody has to say, and that alone inspires me. I live my life to the fullest. It is a fulfillment that comes with tapping into [my] personality and owning it.
Q: During season three you had some concerns about your dad supporting your music career, how has that now changed?
Brooklyn: It’s been interesting for sure with the music process and trying to get my dad’s support. Now ever since my music is number one on the Soundcloud charts he has been very receptive of it and starting to see that it can be a real career option for me. It’s not a joke, it’s not a game, and he is starting to see that I am really serious about this. He definitely respects my music career now and even goes to social media to promote my music. That’s his way of saying, “I see you baby.” Moving forward I would really like to see his support on the front end of things but right now I am happy with him supporting me and excited about the music and him being on board.
Q: You have been very open in the past about going under the knife, what made you want to explore plastic surgery?
Brooklyn: I think it is a choice that everyone has the right to make and be conscious of what’s best for you. I’m a fashionista, I love fashion and I’m big into health. I have lost weight on my own but I still wasn’t able to get rid of my belly roll so I got a tummy tuck. I am a performer and I love to dance. I’m very energetic and I can’t have belly rolls! Being in the fashion and beauty industry made me want to get it as well. I like to look good when I look in the mirror and have the Coca-Cola figure.
Q: Have you seen personal growth throughout the three seasons of Thicker Than Water?
Brooklyn: Absolutely. My image came up but then also my business savvy. My hair business is continuing to grow and my first hair expo is coming up and that is something I’m really excited about. My music is just another level of me trusting myself and not listening to what other people have to say. This my life at the end of the day and I want to leave a legacy so I can push and support my daughter Diamond in her endeavors. I can’t let anybody stop that and I have to be the best me and trust my intuition while still chasing my dreams. Other people’s reactions to your dreams do not matter. I have just finished up in my first movie [called Hav Faith] which is in 400 theaters and doing my first lead role in October. I am living my dreams!
Q: Where do you see yourself in the next 2-3 years?
Brooklyn: Well, hopefully some more hit singles! But I see myself touring, acting in multiple types of films. I am going to continue to expand. I am an entertainer so I don’t want to put myself in a box. I will always continue to advance. A lot of times people are not happy because they are not real with themselves and it feels so good when you are real with yourself. Sometimes that means motivating yourself.
Q: What can we expect from the season finale?
Brooklyn: I will be performing my single on the season finale which is really exciting because my single release is that day as well. I will be releasing a visual album at the end of August and the “I am Royalty” project. “When I’m Gone” is the first single off my visual album.
Be sure to check out Brooklyn’s new song, “When I’m Gone”, available on iTunes and Google Play June 5th.
Tune in to Thicker than Water season finale Sunday June 5th 9/8c on Bravo and check out this sneak peak:
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Queen Brooklyn Tankard is ready to reign supreme on the charts. The Thicker Than Water daughter just released her debut single “When I’m Gone” on Soundcloud, and we’re already singing along.
This empowerment anthem is so fierce and catchy, you’re not going to want it to get out of your head — which is a good thing, because it’s probably going to stay there for a few days. Brooklyn teased the song to The Daily Dish in March, saying it has “a dance, disco, pop, fun feel. And it’s just a woman talking about, ‘Look. Hey. I’ve been putting up with your mess and your games, what you gonna do about it when I’m gone? Deuces. I ain’t sticking around for this.'”
We’ve followed Brooklyn as she tries to jumpstart her music career on Thicker Than Water this season (clip above), even if her dreams haven’t always been met with the most enthusiasm from her gospel jazz maestro dad Ben Tankard.
But it looks like Ben is now a proud papa. He gave a shout out to Brooklyn’s new single on Instagram upon its release.
And Ben isn’t the only fan of the song. Brooklyn expressed her gratitude to early positive reviews of her single on Instagram. “It feels so good to go back to the roots of what I’ve loved since a child, GOOD MUSIC! I always sang in girl groups, choirs, played instruments and even sang backup for a big name or two but this was the first song I’ve EVER fully recorded in my life and it’s soooo dope!!!” she wrote on Instagram after the song was released last week. “I was so nervous recording my 1st time in the studio but big thanks to [producer] @blacelvis and [singer-songwriter] @neshmcqueen for pushing me!!!”
“When I’m Gone” is coming to iTunes and Google Play on June 5 and will be part of an upcoming visual album titled I am Royalty. So what else can you expect from the visual album? “All I can tell you is that this music is the bomb dot com. It’s not what you may expect with my father being a pastor. It’s not gospel, but I do have lyrics with substance. That means something,” she previously told The Daily Dish. “Music that’s going to make you feel and feel your emotion that you want to feel that day. Get you moving, whether you wanna dance, or whether you need some inspiration for that day. Real life music.”
If “When I’m Gone” is only Brooklyn’s first single, we can’t wait to see the full visual album.
Brooklyn’s music career isn’t the only thing to come between her and her pop this season of Thicker Than Water. Hear them hash out their issues, below.]]>
ESSENCE: How extension application, how should you apply and remove your clip-ins?
TANKARD: I suggest that when women have clips that they use a mannequin head with a net cap on it to, so when they remove their extensions at night they can place them on the cap [in sequential order] so they’re lying neatly and you don’t have to worry about tangles, etc. This is also great because it helps with time management—a lot of people use clip-ins because they don’t have a lot of time. Also make sure that you’re taking care of the hair.
ESSENCE: Talk to me about extension hair care and why Remy hair is the better quality to buy.
TANKARD: [My line] is all Remy hair, which means that the hair cuticles are smooth and laying in the same direction, so when the hair is cut, it’s still held together in the same direction. [When it comes to washing,] I always recommend using sulphate free and making sure that you hair stays hydrated and moisturized; especially as summer approaches. If you can use a light oil like argon or jojoba oil [to help the hair maintain its’ shine.]
ESSENCE: Should you sleep in your extensions?
TANKARD: Not if they’re clip-in; that’s a good way to break you hair and experience hair breakage. The same goes for wigs, it’s good to take them off at night, unless you’re dealing with glue–it can be a bit of a hassle and bad for your hair to remove and reapply glue on a daily basis.
ESSENCE: What about washing extensions, what’s the protocol?
TANKARD: I like to co-wash my extensions with OGX Coconut Milk Conditioner ($10.99, at target.com). You also want to be conscious of the temperature of water that you use on your hair. Lukewarm to warm water is better. For drying, I like to air dry, but some people like to blow dry for the sake of time. I know some people that like to microwave the hair to dry it, but I’m not suggesting that.
ESSENCE: Wait—expand on that. How do you dry your hair in the microwave?
TANKARD: I have a friend that will dry her hair in the microwave. She’ll wash the hair and wrap in in three layers of paper towels, run it under a little water and put it in the microwave for five minutes and it’ll be done.
ESSENCE: So, microwave it on high heat for 5 minutes and it’ll be good to go?
TANKARD: Yes—high heat for five minutes and it’s done!
We’ll remind you here that Tankard noted that she wasn’t suggesting that you try drying your hair in the microwave, but we’re curious about the technique. Leave us a comment and let us know if you decide to give it a try.
You can catch Brooklyn Tankard on Bravo’s hit reality show, Thicker Than Water on Sundays at 9/8C and purchase her hair line or get involved in her wholesale retail program on BrooklynTankard.com.]]>
Brooklyn Tankard has had quite the exciting return to the small screen for Thicker Than Water’s third season. And during a recent chat with OKMagazine.com, Brooklyn opened up about all of her family’s latest drama on the hit show and what she is still looking forward to as TTW’s third season wraps.
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Tankard revealed why she didn’t take her father Ben Tankard‘s critiques too personal when she shared her music career plans with him. And she also opened up about her sister Cyrene Tankard’s health issues during her first year of college and what she hopes she learned from that shocking scare.
WATCH: Tamar Braxton And Her Sisters Fight Over Their Mother’s Health Issues And New Family Drama In ‘Braxton Family Values’ Clip
And when it comes to her favorite moment from Season 3, you may be surprised to hear what TTW milestone captured the her heart!
Watch the video above to see everything Brooklyn had to say about Thicker Than Water’s new season!
And you can watch the video below for an exclusive clip from Thicker Than Water’s May 22 episode below!
What do you think about Thicker Than Water’s third season? Tweet us @OKMagazine or let us know in the comments section.]]>
But even though Brooklyn is looking toward the future, she’ll still be wrestling with some past issues with her dad Ben Tankard in the new season of Thicker Than Water.The Daily Dish recently caught up with Brooklyn to get an update on her life outside of Tankard Palace, a preview of her upcoming EP Royalty, and a taste of the most shocking moments to come this season.
You moved out of Tankard Palace at the end of the last season of Thicker Than Water. So how has living in Queen Brooklyn’s Castle been?
Brooklyn Tankard: It has been fab-tab-ulous, if that is a word. I have really enjoyed having my space. I have enjoyed walking around naked and letting it all hang out! Especially, with my new body. It’s really cool too because my daughter, we’ve had our own homes before, so moving in with my dad, actually, I had to adapt to be there. I had to adapt to having my own home again also, which wasn’t hard to do. So, I’ve adapted very well.
Is it all set up now how you want it? Are you all settled in?
Yes, their paint was boring. I had to get some fun colors. Some red, of course. I’ve been decorating. It’s been really fun. I’m getting more domestic again. Maybe my boo-thing is around the corner. I’ve been cooking more, and I stopped burning food, maybe because I’m cooking consistently! But yeah, decorating, doing yard work. I have a green thumb, I don’t mind getting my hands dirty and getting out there and getting it in. It just feels good to pull up into your own driveway. It really does. Queen Brooklyn has her palace! Turn that!
I went to stay with my dad because everyone knows about the story where I got in trouble and had a brothel. Everybody knows this, it’s no secret. And so, I moved there so I could get things in order. So I got what I needed to do. I needed to get out of the environment I was in, change my phone number, and I did! I got into my cleansing process of my spirit and all of that, and now I’m all cleansed up and my energy’s riding, I’m not pimping anymore! Hallelujah! So now, it was just time to go. It was time for me to go. Living under their household, they had their set of rules. And I don’t think that I should be in by 11 p.m. at 23 years old if I’m running my own business and producing hair shows, as you guys saw. I was able to grow while I was there, and it was time for me to go. And I’m glad I did, because, if I had to stay too long, that could stop your growth, you know what I mean? Staying somewhere too long, and I don’t want to be pacified like that. I like having my own.
On this season of Thicker than Water it seems like your dad is a little concerned about keeping the whole Tankard family together, keeping everyone connected. Has that been a challenge at all since you’ve moved out? Is that something we’re going to see more of on the show this season?
I think that was more of my concern this season than his. And I think you’ll see more of that in the season. I think my strongest desire for my family, especially my dad, is to have first, that tight bond, relationship, which is something you’ve seen us working on in the first season, in the second season, and, in the trailer, you see me kind of go, “Ugh.” So, it’s pretty obvious that I don’t feel like I’m that close to my father as I needed to be, for certain reasons, and you’ll see what those reasons are in this season.
I’ll just say, I’m the type of person, if you have something to say about me, say it to me. Don’t say it to anybody else, because that doesn’t make me trust you, you know? And so, you’ll just watch this season and see the things we’re working on in our relationship and just see how we may grow. And, it’s gonna turn up because y’all know I’m a transparent person, I just shoot it like it is. Straight up. But, at the same time, my weakness, my soft spot (everybody has a soft spot) is my daddy. It’s my daddy. Because I’ve always wanted that. Because he was gone when I was little, and I was like, “Okay, I want you here, and I want that connectivity.” I try to keep it blunt with people, but when it comes to my dad, I can keep it real, but I can put a little sugar on there. This season is all salt, baby, ain’t no sugar. Ain’t no sugar so, I’m just shooting it raw and real from my heart, and you’re going to see me from some real vulnerable places. Like, I’m talking about camera-smacking moments. Like, “Get out of my face, OK?!” And it’s real, so, Jesus! Don’t judge me!
Yes, there’s a scene at the end of the supertease where you and your dad seem to have a very emotional discussion and there’s some anger there.
I had been holding some things in, as it seemed, and those things came out and spilt over. I think, sometimes, truth is the best serum for people and it makes them look in the mirror sometimes. And also, sometimes going through something so drastic after you’ve been holding something in, perhaps, is like maybe I shouldn’t have been holding that in, maybe I thought I was fine, but maybe I wasn’t fine! All the way across the board, you’ve seen me work some things out first and second season, but I was biting my tongue on a lot of stuff, and I was holding a lot of stuff in, and it all spills over this third season. It’s like three’s the magic number or something and it just gets real. So real. I feel like this would be real-live therapy. For real. Under the microscope. Because, some of these discussions, who knows if they would’ve risen to the surface, but thanks to my wonderful friends at BravoTV, everything’s working out.
What’s going to surprise us the most this season?
Look at me! I think this is a nice surprise. But, definitely, this body, for sure. Also, my music. I think a lot of people are going to be shocked because I’m an entertainer at heart. I’ve always been an entertainer and a businesswoman. It’s why I love beauty shows and producing these events because I love entertaining. And I happen to be vocally talented. It just happens to be in my blood. And I’ve sung back-up… and played instruments and all that stuff, but this was the right timing for it to be birthed out of me.
And when I tell you guys I was starting to work my music project, and I’m just gonna be real blunt, this is not something that I wanted under the microscope. It’s not something that I was like, “Ooh, let me push this.” This was not something I was necessarily ready to share. But, because I’m on a show, I have to share my real life, and you’re gonna see me go through every step that an artist goes through. From the beginning, to the end. And it’s gonna be real. Sometimes, I might miss a note,you never know. But it’s real, and you get to see the whole process. All I can tell you is that this music is the bomb dot com. It’s not what you may expect with my father being a pastor. It’s not gospel, but I do have lyrics with substance. That means something. Music that’s going to make you feel and feel your emotion that you want to feel that day. Get you moving, whether you wanna dance, or whether you need some inspiration for that day. Real life music. And so, it feels good to express my passion for life in my music. And you’re gonna see that! My story that you see this season is in my music, and you can hear it. You can hear that it is real, raw from what she experienced this season, and she put it straight into her music.
And so, the name of my EP is Royalty and the song “Royalty” talks about how everything we need is inside. The royalty that we need is inside. Everything that we need, it’s inside. We cry, we go through all this stuff, we, da da da da, go around the world, looking for people, looking for love, looking for places and things, and everything that we need is already there. The whole time inside of us. And that is the leading single on the EP and also the title.
There’s another song called “When I’m Gone” [that has] a dance, disco, pop, fun feel. And it’s just a woman talking about, “Look. Hey. I’ve been putting up with your mess and your games, what you gonna do about it when I’m gone? Deuces. I ain’t sticking around for this.” You know what I’m saying?
I think what’s going to surprise you is the process that I go through, the transparency that I have in that process, and how I’m still holding onto my roots in hair and fashion and still doing everything else that I’m doing. I’m not dropping those things. So I’m adding to my streams, and you get to see how I balance that with the family issues, with the drama with my dad, with the drama with my sister, and still try to keep my head above water. It’s gonna be real.
Watch the familial drama unfold on Thicker Than Water when Season 3 premieres Sunday, March 27 at 10/9c.]]>