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I had the pleasurable opportunity to see the James Brown movie: “Get On Up” this past Friday. I was very impressed with the lead actor, Chadwick Boseman, who played the role of James Brown. I watched in awe while Mr. Boseman nailed the dance movements, diction, speech, walk, mannerisms, etc. of James Brown. Overall, I felt it was a good movie, but there was a great deal left unexplained. However, it was indeed an experience to witness some of the more poignant moments in the life of this historical musical legend unfold onscreen.

Here are some interesting facts about James Brown:

    • James Brown is often referred to as ‘the hardest working man in show business’.
    • James Brown’s first name was originally intended to be Joseph, but was somehow accidentally reversed on his birth certificate.
    • James Brown was sent to live with his Aunt Honey Washington at the age of six. His aunt sold moonshine and ran a brothel to support herself.
    • James Brown aspired to be a professional baseball player and a boxer when he was younger.
    • A news anchor once reported James Brown to be dead in 1992, in error.
    • Try Me” was James Brown’s 1st No 1 single on the R&B charts in 1959.
    • Although James Brown was unable to read ‘sheet music’, he was a musical genius.
    • James Brown died on Christmas Day in 2006. His coffin was made of 24-Karat-gold.
    • James Brown is the most ‘sampled’ artist of all time.

***Sampling – definition: the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece.

By Sylvia Porter-Hall

 

 

 

 

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  1. D'aller Naturel
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 14:07:05

    I was pleased with this movie. Mr. Boseman is quite the actor and, I garner, a future force to be reckoned with. Did you know he didn’t even want to do this movie? He thought no one could or should pull off portraying James Brown. But like his portrayal of Jackie Robinson, he did quite the formidable job. I’m excited to see how he does in Hollywood, but I hope he doesn’t get type-casted into just “the black biopic guy.” I think he can do so much more.

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    • sporterhall
      Aug 13, 2014 @ 00:38:39

      It’s interesting that he did not originally want to do this movie. Often times, it seems, an actor is presented with a role that they’re not always interested in. Sometimes someone else comes along and nails the role or the chosen actor, like Mr. Boseman for this role, succumbs and thank goodness he did. What an awesome job he did! Definitely a ‘mover and a shaker’ of the future.

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