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When Brandy first met her mentor Whitney Houston in 1995, I wonder if she thought their friendship would last 17 years. Whether the notion crossed her mind or not, it happened. Today marks the passing of greatest voice of our time. But, there is also something else significant about that date. “My birthday will never be the same again,” says Brandy. But she has turned the tragedy into tribute and titled her latest album “Two Eleven.”

We caught up with Brandy, a while back, who reflected on the time she had to tell Whitney to chill!

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