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Just hours before New Edition was honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, Demetria McKinney raved to HipHollywood about her love for the famous group.

“After the biopic I got a chance to really connect with the guys on a more intimate level. And to have gone to so many to concerts before that to now go back with these new set of eyes is really exciting,” she told HpHollywood while on the red carpet for the BET  Awards.

What McKinney didn’t know during her years of following the group, was that she would one day be playing that of Bobby Brown’s now late ex-wife, Whitney Houston.

The former reality TV star has been tapped to play Houston in an upcoming TV One biopic, something that the singer says she’s humbled by. “It feels like I’m in a submarine and it’s collapsing, but what’s collapsing in there is just greatness. I’m just so excited, I’m humbled.”

She continued, “We approached it [biopic] with a lot of sensitivity. We really wanted to humanize these people. I was very guilty of that. I never gave Whitney a chance to be off until I had to step in. I’m not playing Whitney, I’m playing Nippy. That’s the difference.”

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