Brandy Norwood (pictured) is a black woman in entertainment with an illustrious career history.
Norwood, 37, began her advantageous path in the industries of music, film, and television when she was still in her teens. The “I Wanna Be Down” hit maker was adored by the public for her role on the long-running sitcom “Moesha” alongside comedienne Monique and actress Countess Vaughn.
However, on December 30, 2006, Norwood experienced a tragic incident, which would change her life forever. While driving on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, California, Norwood’s car struck another vehicle, which ended the life of a then 38-year-old woman who mothered two children.
In a 2014 interview with Oprah Winfrey, a tearful Norwood talked about how she has dealt with the fatal 2006 accident.
“Being involved in something that tragic… I couldn’t believe it,” Norwood told Winfrey on Where Are They Now. “I don’t think that’s something I could ever get over or ever truly understand, but that was one of the worst times in my life,” she continued.
Recently, Norwood made a post on Instagram, which also hinted at feelings of remorse and grief. She even talked about being suicidal at one point in her life. A portion of Norwood’s lengthy Instagram message reads as follows:
“The love in me is something I can’t control or explain….. I can feel every wave at 100%…. A very sensitive and humble soul that fights to stay liberated. I’ve been lost, deep in bondage, suicidal, and didn’t know how to call on the Most High because I didn’t believe I had the right words to be heard. I’m here now more certain than I have ever been and I have arrived at a true understanding of my purpose, worth, and an unconditional love and compassion for myself. A true God becoming talent that I will only use for my contribution in healing all of myself and all of the world. #2017 until my demise, I will give my all to everyone in all that I do!!”
In spite what her adverse experiences, Norwood has been able to maintain relevance and success in her career. She’ll be appearing in a role alongside her brother William “Ray J” Norwood on a FOX cooking reality television show called “My Kitchen.” The unscripted FOX series will be debuting on January 12th.