SOUL BROTHER NO. 1

"We've been 'buked and we've been scorned/We've been treated bad, talked about as sure as you're born" in the first verse of the song.

James Brown had an immense amount of street credibility and made a speech in Washington DC that quelled tempers in the Black community.
James Brown had an immense amount of street credibility and made a speech in Washington DC that quelled tempers in the Black community. | Source

Black Poet with a Rhyme and a Reason

“He proclaims that "we demands a chance to do things for ourself/we're tired of beating our head against the wall/and workin' for someone else". The song's call-and-response chorus is performed by a group of young children, who respond to Brown's command of "Say it loud" with "I'm black and I'm proud!" The song was recorded in a Los Angeles area suburb with about 30 young people from the Watts and Compton area.”

Say It Loud

James Brown was one of the most influential people on the planet in the 20th century. Michael Jackson, the King of Pop inherited dance moves from him. Hip Hop sampled every bit of his sound; making it a component of the development of Rap Music. In 1968 James Brown penned Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud" this became the official anthem of the Black Power movement In the song, Brown addresses the prejudice towards blacks in America, and the need for black empowerment.

Street Cred

James Brown had an immense amount of street credibility and made a speech in Washington DC that quelled tempers in the Black community possibly preempting riots saying that:

BLACK POWER is education and knowing what you are talking about.

Although known for his dedication to his craft and his distinct sound vibe being truly to authentic to self. I hope this movie doesn’t set the pattern laid by American History books that danced past our history and that which impacts that which makes us Black.

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"Living in America"

Growing up in a multi-racial community of Lakewood, New Jersey sometimes as a kid you would find your self in a friend's house who was Italian, Jewish, Black, White or Puerto Rican. One afternoon I was over a Irish friend's house and he pulled out a "PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE" album cover from the closet that belonged to his parents. We laiughed and I remember being astonished thinking wow they listened to James Brown who would have thunck it. Thanks Bry.

The God Father of Soul, the hardest working man in show business, Mr. Dynamite: James Brown’s story is now showing in a theater near you. Get on up is a biopic on the Life of James Brown.

I hope this movie doesn’t set the pattern laid by American History books in our schools that danced past our Afro American history and that which impacts the essence of what it means to be Black.

James Brown (Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986) & The Famous Flames (inducted 2012)

"The worst mistake The Rolling Stones made in their career."

The shows producers wanted the Stones to close. Brown was like, "nobody comes on after me," but Brown decided to just let it be. The Stones knew Brown was the top act, period. They'd seen the James Brown show before and were very hesitant to go on after them, but the show's producers insisted. Keith Richards of the Stones later said it was the worst mistake The Rolling Stones made in their career. No doubt about that. If Jagger was pissed. It wasn't at Brown who he admired deeply. It was with the producers. (comment by Gregory J.)

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Plus he wrote and recorded "(I've Got Soul and I'm) Super Bad"


johnearl70 2 years ago

Excellent hub you have here! I have been a JB fan every since I was 5 years old. I first saw him in 1969 with the James Brown band and it was a POWERHOUSE performance! As Fred Wesley once said, "any band that backs James Brown BECOMES a great band!" I hope that the movie will open overseas as it was great, but with several high profile movies opening in the same period, it is getting lost in the shuffle. One thing I really liked about the movie was that it did explain why he earned each of his titles; Mr. Dynamite, Soul Brother # 1, etc.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

He was a talented artist and is remembered still today through his many hit songs. Thank you for sharing this man's background and highlights of his career.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you, Reginald, for stirring our memories of this great black brother-entertainer. Looking forward to seeing the movie.


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Reginald Boswell 2 years ago from Alabama Author

words55: Thanks for leaving this insightful comment a haven't seen this movie yet. According to Eddie Murphy four people who own rights to his estate all approve this vehicle.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

hey Reginald, It's good that you've done a hub on James Brown, One of music's top notch legends and a humanitarian hero. I saw the movie 3 days ago. I was quite entertaining. There should really be up to Movies Part 4. James brown did a lot for the world of entertainment. I think he received his just due. If you ever paid to see him, you'd have gotten your money's worth. Whenever at a dance or party and if were inclined not to dance, then put on a JB tune, I would get on the floor because JB had a smoking band. I couldn't help but dance to their beats and his songs, slow or fast. My hat's off to such a remarkable, style and the genius of an entertainer. The man definitely had Soul and was Super Bad... Voted Up!

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