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  • EXCLUSIVE: Singer Brandy named after a dog

    Songstress Brandy, has a new show on VH1 with her famous little brother, Ray J.

    “Brandy & Ray J: A Family Affair” chronicles the lives of the young musicians and their famous parents, Sonja and Willie Norwood. And as with any reality show, this one is airing all their dirty laundry and opening fans up to a world of things they didn’t know about Brandy.

    For starters – where her name came from.

    “I named her after the neighbor’s dog,” her mom tells Fox & Friends. “She was very pretty and the dog was very pretty… And then there was a song after that named Brandy and I just loved the name Brandy.”

    Then she looked at her daughter – who she named after a four-legged furry pet – and said, “I love you, Brandy.” To which she replies, “I love you too.”

    Brandy says that the reality TV cameras capture lots of family interactions, and they’re not always so pleasant. “It’s interesting because your life is basically put on blast,” the “Moesha” star says. “But after a while you forget that the cameras are there and that’s when the magical, special moments on reality TV [happen].”

    Like finding out you’re named after a dog.

    The show follows Brandy and her little bro – who is famous for his sex tape with Kim Kardashian – as they try to  re-emerge on the music scene and taking charge of their own lives and careers.

    “I’m 31. It’s time for me to take charge and be an entrepreneur like I’ve always wanted to be,” says Brandy.

    With her “momager” by her side, she says, “It’s just great that you have somebody like her that you can look up to, who knows the business and [can] show you the ropes.”

    Tune in Sundays to see whether this mom keeps her kids on a tight leash or not.

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