Black Music Month: Celebrity Managers Who Took Star Children to the Top

These savvy parents used their business sense to lead family to success

Manager: Sonja Norwood
Singer, actress, Brandy; Singer, actor, Ray J Norwood

Viewers got a close look into the ups and downs of momager Sonja Norwood in VH1’s A Family Affair, where she and her star children, Brandy and Ray J Norwood, worked through challenges of doing business with kin. Under Norwood’s management, Brandy has seen major success, first as the lead actor on UPN’s top-rated Moesha, then as a multi-platinum selling teen sensation with her music debut, Brandy, and on to more success as a co-star in the I Know What You Did Last Summer blockbuster film franchise. She’s landed endorsements with several companies, including Cover Girl and Sensationnel. Her son, Ray J, earned his own reality TV fame on VH1’s For the Love of Ray J, and has several music and acting endeavors under his belt.

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