Brandy Norwood

American entertainer Brandy Norwood

Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally as Brandy or Bran'Nu, is an American recording artist and actress. Born into a musical family in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she enrolled in performing arts schools as a child. In 1993, Norwood appeared as a supporting role on the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea and signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
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Brandy released from hospital after medical emergency
CNN - 9 months
Brandy Norwood has returned home after the singer was rushed to the hospital on Friday from a Delta plane in Los Angeles bound for New York City.
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How Modern Cinderella Adaptations Have Given The Tale's Outdated Feminism A Makeover
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
Even with Egyptian and European roots, Cinderella is one of American culture's most famous folktales. Decades after Mary Pickford portrayed the hapless scullery maid in 1914's silent film and Disney popularized the story in 1950's celebrated singalong, the latest adaptation topped the box office last weekend, collecting a fancy $70.1 million across North America. But in the years since "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" became a rite of passage for 4-year-olds everywhere, stories based on the Cinderella archetype have had to determine whether to redraft the fairytale for an increasingly feminist audience. The new movie, "Cinderella," written by Chris Weitz ("About a Boy," "The Golden Compass") and directed by Kenneth Branagh ("Hamlet," "Thor"), borrows a note that certain other adaptations have played: the prince (Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark on "Game of Thrones") first encounters Cinderella (Lily James, aka Rose on "Downton Abbey") in everyday garb before the ball has even been announced. “Sh...
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Brandy Performs Surprise Concert for 40 in 90,000 Seat Stadium
Yahoo News - over 4 years
By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES ( - Singer and actress Brandy Norwood gave a surprise performance in South Africa last Saturday during the Nelson Mandela Sports & Cultural day music concert, but there was one minor problem: Only 40 people were left in the 90,000-seat stadium to watch. The media just picked up on the unfortunate turnout Wednesday through Twitter chatter from the few who stayed to watch Norwood sing to - as South African musician Kabomo described - "an empty stadium. ...
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Danai P. Maraire: Tyler Perry's Temptation: An Interview With the Cast
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Tyler Perry's Temptation hit theaters last weekend and opened to a friendly box office, with an impressive number of tickets sold. Though the title didn't open at number one, no doubt, Mr. Perry's still pleased with second place. reports: Perry's Temptation took in an impressive $22.3 million at the box office over the weekend, the writer-director's ninth film to open at more than $20 million, which puts him in some fast company. Stephen Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis are the only other directors to manage the feat, according to Box Office Mojo. Temptation, formerly titled The Marriage Counselor, suffered initial controversy due to Kim Kardashian's involvement. An uproar ensued from Tyler Perry devotees after Kim's announced involvement in the film followed the announcement that she was filing for divorce from Kris Humphries after just 72 days of marriage. The hubbub sent Perry running to defend his decision to cast the reality star and led to a slight renami...
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A Huge Opening For 'G.I. Joe'
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" won the box office this weekend, opening to $41.2 million. The long-awaited "G.I. Joe" sequel opened at 3,719 theaters. Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, RZA, and Jonathan Pryce, among others, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" received a CinemaScore of A- from moviegoers. The film, which earned mixed reviews from critics, had a production budget of $135 million. "The Croods" continued its successful run, taking the number two spot at the box office. The animated flick made $26.5 million across 4,065 theaters. Starring the voices of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Nicolas Cage, "The Croods" has reached a total domestic gross of $88.6 million since its Mar. 22 release. Also opening this week was "Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor," which came in third at the box office this weekend. The drama, which features Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, and Kim Kardashian, among others, grossed $22.3 million ac...
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Mike Ryan: How Bonkers Is Tyler Perry's New Movie?
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Today, a new movie directed by Tyler Perry (Star Trek) that conveniently has the director's name in the title, Tyler Perry's Temptation -- or, if you want to be a real stickler, Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor -- is playing at your local multiplex. Since it wasn't screened for press, I became one of 37 people on Thursday night to purchase a ticket for the 10:00 p.m. showing near Union Square in New York City. As a service, I went ahead and answered every question you could possibly have about Tyler Perry's Temptation. Q: Is Tyler Perry's Temptation bonkers? A: Well, the out-of-nowhere ending certainly is bonkers. The first 90 percent of movie is just boring. Q: How boring is Tyler Perry's Temptation? A: Honestly, I have not been this bored in a movie theater since I was 6 years old and saw Ordinary People. Q: Ordinary People won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Are you saying Tyler Perry's Temptation is reminiscent of Ordin...
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Marco / X17 Online: BRANDY NORWOOD GETS ENGAGED TO MUSIC EXECUTIVE BOYFRIEND  —  Brandy Norwood is ready to walk down the aisle!  —  The sexy 33-year-old R&B songstress is now engaged to music executive boyfriend Ryan Press.  —  The twosome have been an item since last year.
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R&B singer Brandy engaged to music executive
Yahoo News - about 5 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer and actress Brandy Norwood is engaged to music executive Ryan Press, a spokeswoman for the singer said on Thursday. This will be the first marriage for the singer, who goes by the moniker Brandy. Press is an executive with music publisher Warner/Chappell Music. A date for the wedding has not been announced publicly. Norwood, 33, has a 10-year-old daughter with her former boyfriend, music producer Robert Smith. ...
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Singer Brandy Admits: “I Was The Unhappiest Teenager In The World”
Back Seat Cuddler - almost 6 years
 Singer Brandy Norwood was profiled in VH1′s Behind The Music this week, a show I often find sad, and never moreso than when the subject is a child or teen star.   Brandy’s episode did nothing to dispel this perception.  The singer, whose 1994 song “I Wanna Be Down” catapulted her to fame when she was [...]
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Brandy Opens Up About Her Life on VH1′s “Behind the Music” [VIDEO]
Gossip On This - almost 6 years
Brandy Norwood has been through hell and back. During her VH1 “Behind The Music” episode that premiered last night, the R&B singer revealed a number of life-changing incidents, including being heartbroken after dating Boyz 2 Men singer Wanya Morris, having a teenage eating disorder, getting pregnant and faking her marriage, being involved in a fatal car crash, and more. Watch Brandy’s full “Behind the Music” special below:
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'Drop Dead Diva' Gets Return Date With Kim Kardashian Episode
The Wrap - almost 6 years
Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" is returning to the airwaves in June -- and it's bringing Kim Kardashian along with it. The show's fourth, 13-episode season will kick off June 3 at 9 p.m. with a season premiere featuring reality TV queen Kim Kardashian, who's beginning a multiple-episode run with the show. Also read: Kim Kardashian and Family Ink New 3-Year Deal With E! The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star will have a recurring role this season as Nikki LePree, a famed relationship guru (something of an irony, given Kardashian's track record on that front) who Stacy turns to for advice after her former flame Fred moves on with a new love interest. Also read: Tyler Perry Explains Kim Kardashian "Counselor" Casting Other guest stars for the season include Serena Williams, Brandy Norwood, Patty Duke, Valerie Harper and former "Cheers" star John Ratzenberger, who will hopefully regale the cast with useless trivia of suspect accuracy. In addition to the guest stars, "...
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Brandy Norwood Talks "Drop Dead Diva" - MyFox Los Angeles
Google News - over 6 years
Los Angeles - The last time we saw Brandy Norwood she was in the semi-finals of "Dancing With The Stars," now Brandy has a series of special guest appearances on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva." On Wednesday Brady talked to us about how she got involved
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ANCYL mobilising support for Malema, Shivambu - Times LIVE
Google News - over 6 years
ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema surrounded by US actresses Brandy Norwood, far left, Regina King and Vivica A Fox , far right at the South African Sports Awards at Sun City hosted by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, also pictured. File photo
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Brandy Norwood Seals Comeback with Album Deal - National Ledger
Google News - over 6 years
By Staff BRANDY NORWOOD is planning a big comeback in 2012 - the star has signed a new record deal alongside her recurring role in 90210. The Boy Is Mine hitmaker has been away from the charts since she released 2008's Human, but now has landed a new
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brandy Norwood
  • 2016
    Age 37
    On February 23, 2016, Norwood announced her Slayana World Tour, beginning in New Zealand starting in June 2016.
    In January 2016, Norwood debuted in Zoe Ever After, a sitcom on BET, which she also co-created and co-executive produces.
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    Norwood will reprise the role in the musical's national tour during its 2016 engagement in Los Angeles.
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    She starred in and executive produced a new sitcom Zoe Ever After on the BET network in January 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 36
    Although initially a six-week run, her engagement was extended until August 2015.
    After finishing the filming of the final season of The Game, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago, where she played the lead role of Roxie Hart, beginning in April 2015.
    In April 2015, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago.
  • 2014
    Age 35
    In April 2014, Norwood called off her engagement with Press following their breakup earlier that year.
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    At the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards, she reunited with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo to perform the hip hop remix of "I Wanna Be Down" in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
    Also in 2014, Norwood made guest appearances on VH1's Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood and the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man.
    In 2014, Norwood signed a deal with MBK Entertainment, a management company, for CEO Jeff Robinson to executive produce an album expected to be released in 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    In June 2013, Norwood signed with Creative Artists Agency, headquartered in Los Angeles.
    In March 2013, Norwood returned to film, joining an ensemble cast consisting of Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross and Vanessa L. Williams in Tyler Perry's drama Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.
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  • 2012
    Age 33
    At the end of 2012, Norwood became engaged to music executive Ryan Press.
    In February 2012, Norwood reteamed with Monica on "It All Belongs to Me", which was released as a single from the latter's album New Life.
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  • 2011
    Age 32
    In 2011, Norwood joined the cast of the BET comedy series The Game, playing the recurring role of Chardonnay, a bartender.
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    In August 2011, it was confirmed that Norwood had signed a joint record deal with RCA Records and producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Records.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    In 2010 Brandy became involved with Get Schooled, a national non-profit mobile phone calls by celebrities to wake up students for school.
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    In 2010, she briefly dated rapper Flo Rida, though their mild flirtation did not lead to a romance.
    In fall 2010, Norwood appeared as a contestant on season 11 of the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
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    Executive produced by the Norwood family, the season concluded after eleven episodes, and was renewed for a second season, which began broadcasting in fall 2010.
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    In April 2010, Norwood and Ray J debuted in the VH1 reality series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business along with their parents.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    In December 2009, she officially introduced her rapping alter-ego Bran'Nu with two credits on Timbaland's album Timbaland Presents Shock Value 2, and was cast in the pilot episode for the ABC series This Little Piggy, also starring Rebecca Creskoff and Kevin Rahm, which was recast the following year.
  • 2008
    Age 29
    Norwood's fifth studio album, Human, was released in December 2008, produced by Toby Gad, Brian Kennedy, and RedOne.
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  • 2007
    Age 28
    Norwood was originally slated to return for a second season in summer 2007, but eventually decided not to, feeling that she "couldn't give the new season the attention and commitment it deserved," following the fatal 2006 car accident in which she was involved.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    In February 2006, Norwood began appearing in a recurring role on UPN sitcom One on One, playing the sister to brother Ray J's character D-Mack.
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  • 2005
    Age 26
    Completing her contract with the label, a compilation album titled The Best of Brandy was released in March 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 25
    By the following year, Norwood had begun a relationship with NBA guard Quentin Richardson, who was then playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. The couple soon became engaged in July 2004 but Norwood eventually ended their 15-month engagement in October 2005.
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    After eleven years with the company, Norwood asked for and received an unconditional release from Atlantic Records at the end of 2004, citing her wish "to move on" as the main reason for her decision.
    Returning from yet another hiatus, Norwood's fourth album Afrodisiac was released in June 2004, amid the well-publicized termination of her short-lived business relationship with entertainment manager Benny Medina.
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  • 2002
    Age 23
    The couple kept the relationship secret until February 2002, when Norwood announced that she was expecting her first child. However, a year after the birth of their daughter, Sy'rai Iman Smith, on June 16, 2002—an event tracked by the four-part MTV reality series Brandy: Special Delivery—Norwood and Smith separated.
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    Norwood's foray into reality television began in 2002 with the MTV series Diary Presents Brandy: Special Delivery; the show documented the final months of Norwood's pregnancy with her daughter Sy'rai.
    Full Moon, Norwood's third studio album, was released in February 2002.
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    In 2002, she starred in the reality series Brandy: Special Delivery, documenting the birth of her daughter.
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  • 2001
    Age 22
    During the production of the Full Moon album, in mid-2001, Norwood became involved romantically with producer Robert "Big Bert" Smith.
    After a lengthy hiatus following the end of Moesha, and a number of tabloid headlines discussing her long-term battle with dehydration, Norwood returned to music in 2001, when she and brother Ray-J were asked to record a cover version of Phil Collins' 1990 hit "Another Day in Paradise" for the tribute album Urban Renewal: A Tribute to Phil Collins.
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  • 1999
    Age 20
    In 1999, she co-starred with Diana Ross in the telefilm drama Double Platinum about an intense, strained relationship between a mother and daughter.
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  • 1998
    Age 19
    " She also embarked on the successful Never Say Never World Tour in 1998, consisting of sold out performances in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
    Fledgling producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins was consulted to contribute to Norwood's second album Never Say Never, which was released in June 1998.
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  • 1997
    Age 18
    American neo soul singer Erykah Badu noted that her 1997 debut album, Baduizm, was partly influenced by Norwood's debut album, while Barbadian singer Rihanna said of her 2007 album Good Girl Gone Bad, "Brandy really helped inspire that album.
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    In 1997, Norwood was hand-picked by producer Whitney Houston to play the title character in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s television version of Cinderella featuring a multicultural cast that also included Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, and Houston.
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    In 1997, Brandy, Ray J and their parents, started The Norwood Kids Foundation, which helps disadvantaged, at-risk youths in Los Angeles and Mississippi through the Arts and self -help programs.
  • 1996
    Age 17
    In 1996, she shared a short relationship with Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant, whom she accompanied to his prom at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
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    After backing out of a role in F. Gary Gray's 1996 film Set It Off, Norwood made her big screen debut in the supporting role of Karla Wilson in the slasher film, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
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    In 1996, her short-lived engagement on Thea led Norwood to star in her own show, the UPN-produced sitcom Moesha. Appearing alongside William Allen Young and Sheryl Lee Ralph, she played the title role of Moesha Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl coping with a stepmother as well as the pressures and demands of becoming an adult. Originally bought by CBS, the program debuted on UPN in January 1996, and soon became their most-watched show.
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    In 1996, Norwood also collaborated with Tamia, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight on the single "Missing You", released from the soundtrack of the F. Gary Gray film Set It Off.
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  • 1995
    Age 16
    In 1995, she finished a two-month stint as the opening act on Boyz II Men's national tour, and contributed songs to the soundtracks of the films Batman Forever and Waiting to Exhale, with the single "Sittin' Up in My Room" becoming another top-two success.
  • 1993
    Age 14
    In 1993, amid ongoing negotiations with East West Records, Norwood's parents organized a recording contract with the Atlantic Recording Corporation after auditioning for the company's director of A&R Darryl Williams.
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  • 1990
    Age 11
    In 1990, her talent led to a contract with Teaspoon Productions, headed by Chris Stokes and Earl Harris, who gave her work as a backing vocalist for their R&B boy band Immature, and arranged the production of a demo tape.
  • 1983
    Age 4
    In 1983, her parents relocated to Los Angeles, California, where Norwood was schooled at the Hollywood High Performing Arts Center.
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  • 1979
    Age 0
    Norwood was born on February 11, 1979, in McComb, Mississippi, the daughter of Willie Norwood, a former gospel singer and choir director, and his wife, Sonja Norwood (née Bates), a former district manager for H&R Block.
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