Antoinette Tuff talked a gunman into surrendering to police in Dekalb County, Ga., in 2013, stopping a shooting at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Center. On Thursday night in Dallas, she excitedly walked a red carpet into a preview screening of a movie based on the events of that day, Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story.
Since then, she has founded a mentoring program: Kids on the Move for Success.
Tuff said she wants people to know that "it takes one person to be able to say I can change a village." And she's excited about the actress portraying her in the made-for-TV film: Toni Braxton.
Braxton is just as excited to play Tuff, even though the Grammy-winning singer said she had to "study really hard for the role." On the red carpet at The Potter's House, Braxton called Tuff "the most awesomest person," saying that "I consider myself a woman of faith ... but I can't have the faith that that woman has."
Braxton, whose sisters and co-stars on Braxton Family Values Tamar and Towanda also walked the carpet, was a little late because of weather in Atlanta and said "as soon as I leave here, I'm gonna eat." And then she asked for suggestions.
Potter's House pastor T.D. Jakes is an executive producer on Faith Under Fire, which will premiere Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. on Lifetime.