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17 Reasons Brandy Is Black History, Present, And Future

Because no one else can say Whitney Houston chose them to make history.

Singer and actress Brandy Rayana Norwood needs no introduction!

But just to refresh your memory, she's dubbed as "The Vocal Bible," and she gifted us with "The Boy Is Mine" and Full Moon, among other masterpieces.
Instagram: @4everbrandy

But just to refresh your memory, she's dubbed as "The Vocal Bible," and she gifted us with "The Boy Is Mine" and Full Moon, among other masterpieces.

And since it's Black History Month, and today is her 37th birthday, it's only right that we honor her black excellence.

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1. Let's just start with the fact that the greatest voice of all time handpicked her to play the first black Cinderella.

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'Nuff said!

2. And how even the new greats lose all control at the sound of her voice.

3. Jessie J listening to Brandy is literally all of us.

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Same!

4. Like, the tone, the control. Sleep. Not. On. The. VOCALS!

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5. Don't forget when she became the first black singer to be the face of CoverGirl.

6. Or when black girls everywhere had more dolls to play with because Barbie came out with that Brandy collection!

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7. Notice, if you will, how other artists run to defend her honor when so-called music critics don't acknowledge the game-changing influence she's had on R&B.

8. Because that six-letter name is really THAT great!

Is it too late for Solange to run for pres, or nah?
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Is it too late for Solange to run for pres, or nah?

9. In Rock & Folk magazine, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante even credited Brandy's vocals as his inspiration.

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10. Ariana Grande named Brandy as one of her top five vocal influences.

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11. Rihanna declared her to be the B-E-S-T.

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12. And she said Brandy's Afrodisiac album inspired her in the making of Good Girl Gone Bad.

"When I was in the studio that was the album that I listened to all the time, and I really admired that every song was a great song," Rihanna told Entertainment Weekly. "You could listen to the entire album. And I was like, You know what? I have to make an album like this."
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"When I was in the studio that was the album that I listened to all the time, and I really admired that every song was a great song," Rihanna told Entertainment Weekly. "You could listen to the entire album. And I was like, You know what? I have to make an album like this."

13. Which makes perfect sense because great recognize great, and her voice literally sounds like an instrument.

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But y'all don't hear dem riffs.

14. Honestly, we could go on and on about how special her singing is, but it'd take forever so just watch this tribute of more really famous people saying it.

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Missy, Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, JoJo, Gladys Knight...you know, only other amazingly talented artists.

15. Let's take a look at her crossover into acting, though, and how she was a black girl in a horror movie and didn't die!

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer aka How We All knew Brandy Had Made It.
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I Still Know What You Did Last Summer aka How We All knew Brandy Had Made It.

16. And when she carried a whole network on her back and starred in UPN's top-rated '90s sitcom, Moesha.

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17. She is living, breathing black excellence, and we're forever grateful for her existence!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GODDESS!!!

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