James Brown movie "Get On Up" reveals Augusta roots

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Get On Up" (WRDW-TV)

Click here to see video and photos from the Augusta premiere.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- James Brown is more than the artist you immediately think of when you picture a spinning dance move with a quick high-pitched "Wo!"

People in Augusta claim him as their city's pride and joy. James Brown lived in Augusta, some claim Beech Island, S.C. to be exact, as a boy. His legacy is set in bronze on Broad Street with an actual-size statue.

Songs you may recognize by the Godfather of Soul include "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "I Got You," "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," "Please, Please, Please," "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud," and "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine."

Tate Taylor directed the bio-pic "Get On Up" focused on James Brown's life starring Chadwick Boseman. Other big names include Nelsan Ellis, Tika Sumpter. Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer and Jill Scott.

News 12 was live in New York for the world premiere at the Apollo Theater. Click here to see full coverage from the red carpet.

You can also check out a tour of the James Brown estate. News 12 was the first TV crew allowed inside after his death.

The James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (or JAMP) is a "non-profit musical village that operates solely on small grants, donations and tuition...to motivate, educate and inspire children through the universal language of music and enrich their hidden musical abilities," according to the website.

His legacy doesn't stop there.

After James Brown's Christmas day death in 2006, the family continued his lifelong connection to Augusta. The annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway stops in Augusta every year to give people registered for a turkey a full Thanksgiving dinner. The family's also in charge of an annual toy giveaway. Plus, his daughter Deanna Brown Thomas is also in charge of the annual Get on the Good Foot Walk.

News 12 is the official sponsor of the Augusta premiere hitting Regal Cinemas on July 24. Local celebrities and big names are expected at the red carpet event. Anyone could buy tickets to see the film in theaters before anyone else in the country. There's also an after-party that organizers plan to donate proceeds to the James Brown Family Children Foundation.

If you need some background before the premiere in Augusta, you can check out this interview from 1995 when Richard Rogers sat down with the Godfather of Soul.

You can also watch the "Get On Up" movie trailer below:

The soul legend recorded this unreleased version of "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" in April 1966.


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