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Why Brandy Will Never Mix Business With Pleasure Again

July 14th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Uptown magazine

In a recent interview with Uptown magazine, Brandy opened up about her broken engagement to Ryan Press, what she’ll never do in a relationship again and how her involvement in a fatal car accident took an emotional toll on her. Check out some highlights from the interview below.

On the fatal car accident:

“I was asking what have I done wrong and what am I not doing? When you are at that type of low your whys come in a lot of different ways. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I didn’t want to do anything. I really stopped dreaming.”

On her celebrity:

“I don’t view myself as a celebrity. It’s all about the intention. It’s not about me. I thought that it was before. But, now I know that it is about other people. Who else could it be about?”

On how playing Roxie Hart in “Chicago” changed her life:

“I stepped into something that I was born to do and I didn’t know it. I walked on the stage and my entire life reawakened … It’s about making people feel good about themselves and helping people dream. The vain stuff, like the pictures I took for this magazine and being in shows, I love! But it is all just the polish. I’m not a celebrity. A star guides. There is a difference.”

On Whitney Houston:

“I think about her every day. She is everywhere. She is with me all the time. She’s always there. Whitney was the possibility of dreams coming true. I loved her. I loved her personality. I loved the way she danced. I loved her smile and her voice.”

On her breakup:

“Ryan [Press] and I were just two completely different people and we found that out when we were already in love with each other. Sometimes it happens. It hurt him, it hurt me and it hurt my daughter. It was a really hard time and another phase of the sadness that was a cloud for a while.”

On what she will never do again in a relationship:

“I will not mix business with pleasure anymore. I think that’s one of the things that does not work for me. I get confused about who a person is. That’s one of the things that I know that I will never ever do if I am ever to have time or make time for another relationship.”

On wanting to play Dorothy in the highly-anticipated revival of “The Wiz”:

“I am Dorothy and I am meant to do it on Broadway. Portraying Dorothy is a dream and I just want to experience my dreams. That’s what life is about. God created us to thrive.”

On her upcoming new music:

“It’s going to be five amazing songs that are very, very authentic. It has nothing to do with fitting in. This will be my own thing and my own way. Brandy is not in a box anymore. I really want to sing songs about the way I dream of feeling about love. It’s not about the love that I’ve experienced before, it’s about the love that I want to receive.”
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Desperate Is Never A Good Look: Know When To Draw The Line On Self-Promotion

July 14th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Jezebel has a headline this morning sure to gather a few clicks: “Desperate R&B Singers Are Taking Over Public Transit.” There’s video footage of Brandy getting on the New York City subway and belting out a tune. Then there’s Tyrese promoting a new album “Black Rose” by yelling on the train. And there’s a New York Post report that Ciara got on a United flight and took over the intercom to suggest to her fellow passengers that they listen to her new album “Jackie” which was available on the in-flight entertainment offerings.

“Why are R&B singers hijacking our commutes with their public displays for attention?” Jezebel asks.

Because it’s hard to stand out these days. Everyone is filling up everyone else’s social media timelines with news about albums dropping and movies opening and tours happening. The answer it seems for many entertainers is to be more in-your-face; to find any available microphone — whether it’s on an airplane or an award show stage — and say as loudly and as many times as possible that they have something they want you to buy.

On the one hand, it’s totally acceptable — good business, in fact — to promote yourself and your work. If you don’t speak confidently about your work, you can’t expect others to.

But you also have to know where to draw the line between self-promotion and a thirst so wanting and longing that it makes people cringe. Begging for attention and validation is tantamount to admitting that you’re not already getting it. And if that’s the case, you may need to take a step back and assess why your work and your brand hasn’t been able to stand on its own.

In other words, you have to take a serious look at what it is that might need some tweaking in order to more naturally generate the buzz you crave.

The other issue is the appropriate use of stunts. All three of these examples are instances where the artist in question thought they were going to do something “out of the box” to get people to chatter online (or at least on a plane). Stunts need to have a purpose, something that seems sorely lacking in Brandy’s clip. And second, you have to take yourself seriously so that others will too. That’s what’s missing from Tyrese’s clip. He’s trying so hard to be cool and hard with all the cursing and foolishness that, if I were on the subway, I would assume this is just some random who decided today was the day to annoy his fellow passengers with nonsense that I know nothing about and, now that I’ve been disrupted from what has probably already been a troubling commute, have no interest in. The message of “I have a great album that you should listen to” is lost in all the hand smacking and crowing about being independent. (It’s also lost in this gross tweet in which Tyrese uses a homeless woman to promote his album. Shameful.)

Everyone these days can appreciate a good hustle. The operative word there is “good.” Pointless and sloppy attempts to get into people’s line of vision ultimately won’t get you the business outcome you wanted in the first place.

What Did Brandy Do With Her Engagement Ring?

May 1st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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In promotion for her new role as Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical Chicago and her new series on BET, Brandy Norwood stopped by “The Wendy Williams Show.” And y’all know how Wendy gets down. So in addition to discussing her new projects, she also asked Brandy about her broken engagement, specifically how her daughter Sy’rai handled the breakup.

Brandy’s been doing this media thing for a while so she handled it like a pro, answering honestly but not telling every ounce of her business.

 “It wasn’t a good time and it was not a good time for [Sy’rai]. We were a family and when something like that happens you just don’t feel good. It’s not what I did. It’s what we both did. We just grew in different directions. But we’re still friends and we still have a lot of love for each other. There are no hard feelings.”

But that wasn’t enough for Wendy. So she probed further, asking Brandy if she kept her engagement ring.  

Wendy: “You’re not the girl who keeps the ring are you?”

Brandy: Ummm…

Brandy asked Wendy to just move on, so they could continue speaking about her role as Roxie Hart.

But Wendy insisted.

Finally, Brandy said. “I don’t have the ring.”

Then, as if on cue, an audience member screamed out, “She pawned it!”

Brandy pursed her lips, snapped her fingers and said, “Gurrrrl” before holding her finger up to her lips, like keep it on the hush.

Afterward, Wendy said, we’re out of time because we were going to ask you about your messy brother.

Brandy just smiled innocently before she slayed the stage performing “Roxie (the Name on Everyone’s Lips).” And I do mean slayed. It was so good that Wendy was moved to tears. The girl is really in her lane with this role.

Check it out in the video below.

Brandy To Star In BET Series About Dating And Motherhood

April 21st, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It may be a wrap for “The Game,” but apparently Brandy is continuing her relationship with BET. The network recently announced that the 36-year-old will be starring in a new romantic comedy titled “Zoë Moon.”

According to BET, in the scripted series, Brandy will be playing “a newly divorced single mom embarking on her new life and career as a fledgling cosmetics mogul — but it won’t be easy. Her ex-husband is not ready to take a back seat in her life, nor is her precocious 10 year-old son ready for her new dating life.”

Brandy is definitely doing her thing. Just last week we reported that the actress will be playing Roxie Hart in popular Broadway play “Chicago.”

In other BET news, the network also announced that new mom Kelly Rowland snagged a show of her own as well. In the musically competitive series titled “Chasing Destiny,” the former Destiny’s Child singer executes “a multiplatform search for the next blazing hot singing sensation that will bring together young women with all that’s required to meet” her “standards for excellence.”

So far, air dates have not been provided, but we suspect that we’ll be hearing more over the next few months.

Do you think you’d be interested in checking out “Zoë Moon” or “Chasing Destiny” when they air?

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“This Last Heartbreak Was Really Hard”: Brandy Finally Opens Up About Ending Engagement To Ryan Press

April 20th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’ve been a huge Brandy fan since I was a kid. I’m talking way before Moesha. I’ve been a fan since I could barely understand what the hell she was talking about when she was singing “I Wanna Be Down.” So having the chance to finally meet her last week was pretty huge for me. I wasn’t chatting with the star because of any new music, or anything that has to do with the final season of The Game. Instead, the singer invited press to the rehearsals for her new role as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. Brandy will make her Broadway debut on Tuesday, April 28 and her run will continue through Sunday, June 21. Based on the moves she showed off during rehearsal (see at the bottom of the page), we know she’s going to knock ’em dead.

In my brief moments with the star, I picked her brain about a little bit of everything: Why she chose to make her Broadway debut in Chicago and NOT Cinderella (shhh don’t tell anybody, but she still hopes someone will make her a fairy godmother if the show ever returns to Broadway); if we will see her on Empire soon since Jussie Smollett has been vouching for her and she’s been spotted hanging with Lee Daniels; Tara Wallace and Amina Buddafly remaking “The Boy is Mine“; and how she managed to move forward after ending her engagement to former fiancé Ryan Press. Here’s what she had to say.

Why She Wanted To Play Roxie Hart

I love Chicago! I think it’s such a great story. It’s edgy. It’s a musical and you know I love music. I just think Roxie is somebody different, and feisty, and colorful. And I’ve played feisty before! But this is a different feisty, a 1920s feisty. I just love her songs like “Me and My Baby” and “Roxie.” She just has great songs and I’m excited. I love her lines. Her lines are cool too.

If She’ll Appear On “Empire” Anytime Soon

I love Jussie! Jussie is so supportive. I just love that kid and I’m so happy for him. I would love to be on Empire! I have hung out with Lee Daniels. Tasha Smith is one of my best friends. Jussie love me to death. I love Taraji, she’s one of my favorite actresses. So why not?! I can sing! I can act a little bit! C’mon ya’ll! Put me on Empire!

Her Thoughts On Tara And Amina Remaking “The Boy Is Mine”

Loooord. Okay, first of all, they shouldn’t be fighting over no man. I’m sorry I set that type of an example [laughs]. They’re strong and beautiful women and they deserve to be happy without all of that drama. And please don’t bring “The Boy Is Mine” into it! I feel responsible! [laughs]

How She Found Happiness Again After Split From Ryan Press

It took a while. It really did take a while. This last heartbreak was really hard, you know what I mean? It’s time. I just made a decision that even through heartbreak, you have to affirm that all will be well and in time you will feel better. And I feel better. I feel great! I feel strong. And I love it. I want everyone to feel strong because that’s when you can do it all–when you feel like you can.

Brandy Snags Lead Role In “Chicago” On Broadway

March 25th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Brandy Snags Lead Role In "Chicago" On Broadway

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Great news!

Brandy Norwood is headed to Broadway. She will be starring in long-running production, “Chicago.” The big news was revealed Tuesday on the musical’s official Instagram page.

“The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be… BRANDY! Broadway summons their newest Roxie Hart, Brandy Norwood, to the Broadway stand,” producers announced.

Of course, we know that most good things don’t last forever, so if you’re hoping to grab a ticket, we advise you to do so while the getting is good. Norwood will only be appearing in the play for a limited eight-week engagement, which begins on Tuesday, April 28 and ends Sunday, June 21.

Brandy will be stepping into the role of Roxie Hart, a 1920s housewife who murders her lover. For those who are unfamiliar, check out a little more about the plot below.

“Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve…”

“Chicago” happens to be the longest running American musical on Broadway. The revival of the musical, which opened in 1996, scored six Tony awards the following year in 1997. This is a great move for Ms. Norwood.

Is this something you think you’d want to check out?

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What Went Wrong? Supergroups That Could Have Been Awesome, But Were A Bust

December 17th, 2014 - By Asha Boston
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A lot of popular musicians admire one another and often work together on projects. But every now and then, these people try to come together to create an actual supergroup of sorts. Multiple established individuals working under one name, one sound. And while the idea of supergroups is cool, many don’t make it. Why? Label conflict, big egos, and sometimes, fans just aren’t feeling what they’re selling. Here are 10 examples of supergroups that have been a bust for a variety of reasons.

 

Peach Candy

Peach Candy

Ever wonder what it’d be like if “Real Housewives of Atlanta” crossed over with “Love and Hip Hop”? Meet Peach Candy. Comprised of singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and rapper Rasheeda Buckner-Frost, the duo provided a unique sound of crunk/hip-hop tracks with an R&B flare. The group disbanded because of their busy schedules and never released an album (they ladies are still close friends though). But they did release several singles like “Crazy,” “Bam,” “Wish I Never” and “Rain At Home” featuring Lil Scrappy.

What Brandy Has Learned About Love This Year

December 9th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last April, Brandy confirmed that she and fiancé, Ryan Press, had called off their engagement. Of course, breakups can teach us just as much about love as relationships can and when asked what she has learned about love this year, the singer-actress had quite a bit to say.

“That’s such a big question,” she told The Brandy Blog. “I know for a fact that love really is unconditional. And I think we say that, but I don’t think we really understand the true meaning of that.”

She went on to express that she has realized that love endures—no matter what.

“Love remains through everything…through anger, through pain, through dishonesty. Whatever it is, love remains. I just think that I’m learning every day to accept that it’s okay to love someone regardless if you’re together or if you’re not. If you’re friends or if you’re not. You know, whatever the situation is.”

While she made no mention of her former fiancé, when her camp first confirmed the split, they were sure to express that the two will continue to remain friends.

“The engagement is off, but the friendship is still on,” said the singer’s rep. “They haven’t ended things on a bad note and they still speak all the time.”

We’re wishing this beauty nothing but the best!

 

Call Off The Dogs: Jessie J Will Not Remake “The Boy Is Mine”

November 24th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Jessie J Will Not Remake "The Boy Is Mine"

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I know some of y’all were wallowing way down deep in your feelings when Rodney Jerkins announced that Jessie J and Ariana Grande were planning to remake Brandy and Monica’s hit–and apparently– iconic song “The Boy Is Mine.”

I don’t know if Rodney spoke too soon or someone changed their mind. But according to Jessie J, there will be no such remake.

When she stepped out on the red carpet for the American Music Awards yesterday, with her new boo Luke James, she took time out to speak with UK outlet the Mirror, where she debunked rumors.

No, it’s not true, neither of us have agreed. Sadly, people are believing it. I spoke to Brandy and I was like, ‘no it’s not happening’. Monica and Brandy are the best.”

Well, there you have it. Even though I believe Jessie J would be up to the challenge, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Some things, classic things, just need to be left alone.

Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo And Queen Latifah Reunite To Perform “I Wanna Be Down (Remix)” At BET Hip Hop Awards

October 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Did you tune into last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards?

Don’t worry, I won’t judge if you didn’t, because I only got to check out the last 30 minutes of the show for myself. But what I was lucky enough to catch before it went off was Brandy reuniting with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah for a performance of one of my favorite songs, “I Wanna Be Down (Remix).” All four ladies reunited earlier in the year on “The Queen Latifah Show” to talk about the story behind the creation of the beloved remix, but they recently took the stage to perform the jam for its 20th anniversary.

Brandy looked flawless as usual, jamming in a flannel ensemble with big hair and thigh-high boots as brother Ray J fanned out in the audience, while Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo reminded everyone that black does not crack.

Speaking on the performance on Instagram, Brandy said “Dear God, thank you for this moment!” And Yo-Yo said “20 years of sisterhood and great music. Love you ladies @mclyte @4everbrandy @queenlatifah and the greatest producer @keithcrouch wish you could of been here. We lite the stage up!!”

The ladies definitely slayed the stage. Check out their performance below: