Toni Braxton and Birdman at Lifetime Premiere of Faith Under Fire

Power couple Toni Braxton and Bryan "Birdman" Williams attended the New York screening of the Lifetime movie Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story on Tuesday. Toni plays Antoinette Tuff, the DeKalb County public school bookkeeper who calmly talked down a mentally deranged teenage gunman and prevented a school massacre in 2013.

Tuff was hailed as a hero and the movie is based on her memoir, “Prepared for a Purpose”, which she wrote in 2014.

Yaya DaCosta, Malik Yoba, Antoinette Tuff, Toni Braxton

A short film about Tuff's heroic acts at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy near Atlanta was nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday.

Former America's Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta, above left, portrays a 911 operator. And actor Malik Yoba, pictured with Tuff, 2nd from right, and Toni, far right, plays Sergeant Franklin.

Antoinette Tuff at Lifetime Premiere of Faith Under Fire

In her memoir, the single mother of one explains how her religious faith gave her the courage to confront the mentally ill student when he entered her school with an AK-47 and fired into the floor.

Malik Yoba, Antoinette Tuff at Lifetime Premiere of Faith Under Fire

Tuff spoke to him, calmed him down and told him she loved him before convincing him to lay down his weapon and surrender to authorities outside the school.

Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story premieres January 27 on Lifetime channel. Watch the trailer below.

Photos by Derrick Salters/

  • Renee26

    I'm here for the movie...not here for Baby

  • Pamela

    Toni and Birdman look happy together. I love it.

  • Renee26

    Her smile looks forced in that top pic IMO her hand isn't resting on his chest either... I'm calling it a beard situation

  • Gloria

    I'm interested in the movie.

    Birdman and those face tattoos are too unsightly. I wonder what made Toni fall for him....

  • BeUtFullSoul

    T AND birdMAN...I just do NOT understand, but Hey, that's her luvBUG...none of MY business.

  • Look@m3

    SMH how do you bring him to an event like this.....smh! I cant

  • SoulfulLove

    His lips look mad shiny

  • SoulfulLove

    Now when I see Malik all I see is yesterday's pic

  • Vonn

    Every time I see a bird
    Every time I hear a bird
    Every time I cook a bird
    I have a flashback to Birdman kissing Wayne

  • Vonn

    Birdman & Wayne looked happy together too. Birdie looks better with Toni.

  • You Could Never

    Just Ugh to the folks involved. Even Yaya irks me. But sounds like a good movie.

  • Pamela


  • Ni Ni

    He's the birdman, she's a bird....match made in heaven.

  • tintin

    oh dry lip tranny attended i see.

  • Ni Ni

    I could maybe see somebody letting him hit on the low (if he didn't like boys), then break it off when you tired...that way nobody ever has to know what you stooped to lol.

  • Bonita Johnson

    Toni....smh! Sad she’s couldn't find a better or descent man to want her and compliment her....anyways Yaya looks absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Yes! I was just thinking Toni is a bird for this. Smdh

  • BadAss Will

    Love is blind....

  • Lucy

    Power couple? Didn't he get with at 12m foreclosure? Lets not even start on her bankruptcies.

  • Look@m3

    Right but this is like, I cant bring this home to my momma or daddy type ish. This looks so bad on her.

  • Ghost

    I may comment after I stop LMAO about power couple....

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Sadly i do not want to see this

  • Kemi

    Love is truly blind! These 2 don’t look compatible but who knows.

  • Bonita

    Those Braxton sisters have some very unique taste in men.

  • JRock

    This MoFo couldn't even breathe on me let alone smash.

    Toni, everybody knows you're broke but damn you're actually letting that diseased looking face rub up against your face. You're actually letting this nucca breathe on you. In your own words, Toni "breathe again". How are you going to breathe again? How? How many ways 1.2...? How many ways must we tell you "love should not have brought this skank ass home last night. Love should have took him to the VD clinic.Girl, bye.

  • ???TheRider???

    Malik and Antoinette make a nice looking couple!

  • Quitedeliteful

    This MoFo couldn't even breathe on me let alone smash.
    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!! (I agree...)

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  • Reina1718

    Toni has shown way more affection to bsby face then she ever does 2 this fool

  • Dollface

    So nobody but Toni wanted a pic with the birdman?

  • Solstice

    Did you see she has a ring ? on her left hand?? ?

  • Solstice

    How pleasant of you! ? I wouldn’t have quite described it that way. ? You said it far better than I could have ? Thank you Bonita!

  • Solstice


  • Solstice

    ? and it’ll take over your mind. What ya think is love, it’s really not. Ya need to elevate and find ? (Eve) ? but for real though….as a bat ??

  • shay2shaymd

    I'm with you on this. Happening too damn often in real life. I don't want to see a movie about it.

  • Solstice

    Yes! Yaya has always been so pretty to me!

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  • Quitedeliteful

    I wonder what Birdman could have possibly said to attract Toni... He's never hidden the fact that he likes boys so I just don't get this hookup...

  • QuietStorm

    Whatever he said must have worked...she's always smiling in her pics.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Anybody with some money.. These girls are wayside... Nobody's checking for them..Toni Toni Toni (smdh)

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yep...and the money he spends wining and dining her must be phenomenal because she damn sure seems happy with him...

  • i troll it like i see it

    I have tattoos, but I really don't care for face tattoos. Especially when they are random like his.

  • Nina Ross

    CIA op

  • QuietStorm

    I just dont get it! He always looks stinky n dirty!


    DEAD AF. (Yeen tell no lies, though)

  • Blak

    Tony sure does look happy with her bird

  • Unhappy American

    I LOVE Toni & Birdman ?? Birdman LOVES Libras.... Wayne, Keyshia Cole now Toni all LIBRAS ??? LIBRAGANG ?

  • Quitedeliteful

    I guess no one else was trying to holla at her and she settled for him...

  • QuietStorm

    Lol....ya think?!

  • Quitedeliteful


  • Dollface

    Girl yea, I heard Wayne bought it for her.

  • garrisonville

    Birdman must be eating that cootie cat like it's a damn smorgasbord. i don't know what else could possibly be going on here. lmao!

  • Bonita

    I'm trying to be nice today. lol

  • Latisaj

    Didn't notice Malik without his make up..

  • Latisaj

    She does and despite what we see, she sees him for who he really is.

  • Vegas1989

    You made me bust out laughing real hard. Now my side hurts because of your comment. I might have to leave work early today...Thank you very much..

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920


  • Solstice
  • CaramelDream

    And did she understand what he said when he said, because he doesn't even know how to speak English properly. He talks like a slave.

  • Queen B

    Tony and Birdman look odd together ? He must b beating it and eating it bc she's in love

  • Tena

    I have flashbacks of of seeing that YouTube video with him in concert asking "where all da niggas at cause I fucks with them too" asking them to get on stage I guess for the after party

  • Quitedeliteful

    It could not be me... smh...

  • Vonn


  • Vonn

    What???? I've never seen that. Lol

  • Lady M

    Which is?

  • Lady M

    Nah not always. This is one of the few where she is smiling.

  • QuietStorm

    The few I have seen...she was smiling.

  • Dr.Rue

    gotta get them bills paid. Go Toni girl!

  • Dr.Rue

    Money bags

  • leapyearpisces

    Her personality is trash. She was horrible on ANTM. I could not stand her uppity attitude. I'll pass on her.

  • Marlika

    Bird man is too phawking old for those face tatts. Time to get them removed bro!!

    ?? Malik Yoba?? I remember a few years ago negro tried to pop off on me on twitter because I said I reboot of NY Undercover was a bad idea. ?

  • Latisaj

    You'll have to consult with Toni..

  • MRiGOThim

    Toni looks good without Baby...Yaya done left that white man????? Malik Yoba what's going on bruh???

  • Mrs.Meenie

    LMAO!!! You know you wrong for that but that shit was funny

  • Mrs.Meenie

    How two of the people who have the worst money management skills come together like this? ?

  • NicoleZee

    If a woman has low self-esteem, even Larry the corner bum can get her to take him in! I know looks are not everything, but Birddropping's, I mean Birdman's, character is also questionable. He is just not a nice person from what others have said of him. I just think kindness and humility still matter, even in 2018.

  • NicoleZee

    I didn't know the real Antoinette Tuff was so pretty, hell, she looks better than the actors! As for Toni and Birdman, what an embarrassment. Sad.

  • NicoleZee

    Desperation. At least her ex husband was attractive and seemed pleasant. Birdman is an embarrassment. Sad.

  • TawnyDelux

    Birdman and Toni make an interesting couple..I hope this movie is good cause Lifetime can butcher a movie

  • Karen Brady


  • Tena
  • Vonn

    Wow. Those women lined up to be judged & objectified by those dusty rappers. I was waiting to see the guys they pulled on stage to drop it like it hot.

  • Latisaj

    Just seen him on another site all dolled up..

  • Quitedeliteful

    kindness and humility still matter
    Very true...