A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
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Two of James Brown’sdaughters, Deanna Brown Thomas and Dr. Yamma Brown, are chief among the folks who can’t wait for “Get On Up,” the movie about their dad, coming out Aug. 1.
“His life story to me is survival,” Deanna Thomas, president of the James Brown Family Children Foundation and founder of the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils, or J.A.M.P., said during an interview in Augusta on Wednesday. “Coming up in the segregated South, poor and uneducated. His musical abilities were definitely a gift from God.”
Brown died of congestive heart failure in Atlanta on Christmas Day 2006 at age 73. He was born in South Carolina, but moved to Augusta when he was 6. He grew up in his great aunt’s brothel, shining shoes, and singing and dancing for tips on the city’s streets.
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