James Brown Told Me I Have Soul: How a Meeting With the Godfather Changed My Life Forever

July 31, 2014 1:22 PM

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James Brown Told Me I Have Soul: How a Meeting With the Godfather Changed My Life Forever

James Brown opens the door to his home in Beech Island, South Carolina wearing a deep blue suit, a heavily shellacked coif and a flawlessly powdered face. He ushers me into his home, riffing about the July heat, the traffic and whether I wanted something to drink in a raspy baritone that was as energetic and fervid as the vocals on any of the 144 hit songs he had recorded during his 47-year career. In his cavernous three-leveled living room which features a sunken wet bar at its center and long windows around its perimeter, with views of a nearby cotton field and a long dirt driveway featuring several vehicles in varying states of disrepair; there is a flurry of activity.

A crew from BET is setting up camera equipment to record an interview which will be broadcast in honor of Brown's newly bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award. Tomi Rae, Brown's 33-year-old wife, and a soul-singing member of his entourage wants his opinion on an irridescent skin-tight beige gown that s...

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