'Celebrity Big Brother' finale makes history

Tamar Braxton made history in winning Season 2 of Celebrity Big Brother on Wednesday night. In 20 seasons of Big Brother and two seasons of Celebrity Big Brother, Braxton is the first African-American to win the U.S. version of either show. To make the milestone even sweeter, she did it during Black History Month.

Given that the final two contestants were Braxton and former NFL running back Ricky Williams, history would have been made no matter who the champion was.

Braxton had an emotional plea for her former housemates before the vote. “I don’t know if you all have been in a situation where you’ve had the rug pulled from under you, but I definitely have,” she said. “I’ve lost my job, publicly, in front of everybody. I lost my husband, I lost my home, I lost my friends, and I almost even lost my life. But in the midst of all the turmoil and trouble, I made a promise to myself, and that was to never give up on myself and to always be kind. And so I’m asking you all to be kind to this girl who’s still trying to get on her feet and just be the best person that I can be.”

That plea, along with her play, obviously worked. For only the second time in Big Brother history, the vote was unanimous. (The other time was in Season 10, when Dan Gheesling garnered every vote.)

Braxton was pretty overwhelmed. “I feel so amazing,” she said. “I just feel grateful to God. I just thank my family, and thank you guys for being my lifelong friends. Thank you guys so much. I’m so grateful. And now I get to buy my baby a house!”

Celebrity Big Brother airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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