Daughter speaks about Brown

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Another unacknowledged child of James Brown - confirmed as his daughter through DNA testing - has come forward, saying she regrets she never got to prove to him that she's his.

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Jeanette Mitchell, 36, a full-time mother of four living in Miami, said she has known since childhood that the late soul and funk icon is her father. But he never admitted it. Her mother fought him unsuccessfully for child support, Ms. Mitchell said, and when she was grown her father stood her up after agreeing to have paternity tests done.

"I wanted him to know that I was his daughter," she said. "I always claimed him as my dad. If anyone asked who my father was, I said, 'James Brown.' "

Since his death on Christmas Day in Atlanta, Mr. Brown's estate trustees have been facilitating DNA tests through North Carolina-based LabCorp in order to refute or confirm anyone claiming to be his offspring. Though Mr. Brown's will names six heirs, his grandchildren through other progeny could be entitled to school funds from the James Brown Family Education Trust.

Of about a dozen people who have been tested, three tests have come back positive so far, trustee Buddy Dallas said Wednesday. At least one came back negative, he said. He and Rodney Peeples, an attorney for the trustees, have declined to identify persons being tested.

Ms. Mitchell is the second of the three positives to come forward. LaRhonda Petitt, 45, of Houston, now identified as Mr. Brown's eldest daughter, gave The Augusta Chronicle her LabCorp results earlier this month.

As with her half-sister, Ms. Mitchell's lab document shows a 99.99 percent probability that she's Mr. Brown's daughter - which is as close as DNA tests come to proving parentage.

The newfound sisters have been talking on the phone daily during the past week, they said.

Each of their mothers met the performer the same way: During a concert in their towns, he spotted them in the crowd, then arranged for them to go backstage. Ms. Mitchell would say little about her mother, Christine Mitchell, other than that she met her father at a concert in Miami, they had a long-term relationship and she died of meningitis in 1991 at age 46.

When Ms. Mitchell was born in 1970, Mr. Brown was divorced from his first wife, Velma Warren. A month after the birth, he married Deidre Jenkins.

Ms. Mitchell said that her mother, her grandmother and her aunts told her who her dad is. As a teenager, she became fascinated with the singer and his music. At 15, a family friend, Guy Norman, took her to a concert in Miami Beach and arranged for her to meet her father backstage.

There was a hello, a handshake and a kiss on the cheek, Ms. Mitchell said. She remembers Mr. Norman saying to Mr. Brown, "Later on, I have a remarkable story to tell you about this young woman."

"I was very nervous," Ms. Mitchell said. "And it was funny, because there were a thousand things I could think of to say during the ride to Miami Beach. But then when we got face-to-face, I couldn't open my mouth. I think I was in shock."

In 2000, she contacted Mr. Brown through mutual acquaintances and arranged a meeting with him at James Brown Enterprises on Augusta West Parkway. According to Ms. Mitchell, he told her that they would have a DNA test done and that if she was truly his daughter she and her family would be provided for and he would make up for lost time.

They agreed to meet again the following Monday to go to a lab. He didn't show.

"From that day on, I never contacted him again," she said. "I was distraught."

Ms. Mitchell, who has hired an attorney, would not say whether she plans to make a claim to the estate.

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com.

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Martinez
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Martinez 08/23/07 - 05:25 am
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To Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs.

To Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Petitt, I am glad you have found each other. I hope the love and support you find through each other brings you comfort. No one can make up for growing up without your father but let this new beginning be the good that comes from the bad. Good luck to both you!!!

user5
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user5 08/23/07 - 06:39 am
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Yet....another reason for us

Yet....another reason for us to be "proud". And this is an "idol"?

pofwe
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pofwe 08/23/07 - 06:44 am
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See de' God-fafer, he was

See de' God-fafer, he was just a regular ol' horny "rolling stone," wherever he dropped his pants he wasn't alone; he didn't give a damn 'bout no chil'rin. He was basicly for self ... but ... aren't we all? Typical road man. What do road men meet on the road? Right! Road whores. I'm curiuos as to how many fatherless siblings these "new found" Brown children's mothers have. Huh ... huh ... huh?

concernednative
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concernednative 08/23/07 - 06:44 am
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James Brown had many faults.

James Brown had many faults. But he did some good. But the bible does say that a man that doesn't take care of his family is worse than an infidel.

Partyman
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Partyman 08/23/07 - 06:46 am
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Please, Please, Please, stop

Please, Please, Please, stop the hate...

intheknow
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intheknow 08/23/07 - 07:05 am
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pofwe, so to you all single

pofwe, so to you all single mothers are whores?

karmakills123
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karmakills123 08/23/07 - 07:06 am
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whats hate got to do with

whats hate got to do with it???Facts is Facts........

cparker
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cparker 08/23/07 - 07:39 am
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Only in Augusta would someone

Only in Augusta would someone call a young black woman's dead mother a road whore in a public forum.....Is there any shame?

istp
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istp 08/23/07 - 07:46 am
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oh goodness...i just can't

oh goodness...i just can't believe it..i really can't say 2 much! i hope that the other known 6 kids will be able to at least form some kind of bond with their other 3 siblings!

work for a living
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work for a living 08/23/07 - 07:48 am
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There are a lot of people who

There are a lot of people who do good and make mistakes, but we need to quit portraying these people as idols as many have with Mr. Brown because then our children will continue the cycle. Maybe Mr. Brown's estate needs to be used for education on birth control and having sex outside of marriage or with people as a one night stand and leaving unfathered children allover the world. What is going to happen when brothers and sisters start marrying each other because they didn't have a clue who their father was. Then maybe some good would be coming from his mistakes. Use his funds for education of young men and teaching them about parental responsibility and that you are to provide for your children whether you marry the mother or not which you shouldn't be having sex if you have no intention of marrying the girl anyway. It is time to quit honoring sin!!!

istp
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istp 08/23/07 - 07:51 am
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i still love james

i still love james brown--even with his faults..we as people can't do anything about it--what's done is done..no need of judgin a man who doesn't even exist in the world anymore...false judgment is what it is--that was the past..move on! james brown was still a person besides bein an entertainer...if u read his autobiography about his childhood years..his mother and father was never there. he would spend hours and hours alone at his house--he didn't have that love that all kids needed..so him doing what he did...not justifying that what he did was wrong...but you have to think about things like that to understand why he acted the way he did when it came to women! please stop judging him!

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Great 08/23/07 - 08:20 am
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You without Sin...cast the

You without Sin...cast the first stone...........

timeforhealing
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timeforhealing 08/23/07 - 08:21 am
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I agree istp. Dr. Brown was

I agree istp. Dr. Brown was only human. Unfortunately, God didn't create any race of "perfect people". He was an entertainer, and a damned good one at that. I think that the public should mind their own business and let the family work out the estate issues and let the man rest in peace.

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MyOpinion1 08/23/07 - 08:22 am
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I wonder how many more

I wonder how many more children James Brown has. They all need to get together and get to know one another. Such a shame. Ms. Mitchell, and Ms Petitt I am happy they are getting to know each other.

istp
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istp 08/23/07 - 08:29 am
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I agree with both of

I agree with both of you..outraged and myopinion...people do need to mind their own business..outraged, i'm so glad you understood where i was coming from, and myopinion, i also agree that all the kids should indeed get to know each other!

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istp 08/23/07 - 08:33 am
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it's just so sad that some

it's just so sad that some people will be so quick to lash out the wrong doing instead of just remebering the good that james brown brought to this world--they are forgetting that he changed the way black people saw themselves--he told us to say it loud, we're black and we're proud, but some don't want to acknowledge that fact--it breaks my heart to hear how people can just down him because of his faults! And not just with blacks..he encouraged EVERYBODY

istp
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istp 08/23/07 - 08:33 am
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cont......through various

cont......through various songs as well! this is something i just can't understand!:(

WW1949
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WW1949 08/23/07 - 08:58 am
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Regardless of the fact that

Regardless of the fact that he was a great entertainer and did alot of good, he forgot his parental responsibility. This is the same attitude that is carried forth by some of todays young men and women. Have sex, have fun and if children come let someone else take care of them. Not me because it is not my responsibility. That's why the department of family and children services is so busy and our entitlement programs are growing bigger. This in turn causes higher taxes for those who say the children are not my responsibility. What a shame.

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steveo 08/23/07 - 09:12 am
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I wonder how many "secret"

I wonder how many "secret" children Elvis had. I've heard 40+.

WW1949
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WW1949 08/23/07 - 09:17 am
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I'm sure he had a bunch also.

I'm sure he had a bunch also.

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CATLOVER 08/23/07 - 09:18 am
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mr brown only had a 7th grade

mr brown only had a 7th grade education;and they didn't teach sex in schools back then. he just did what he felt like. ther are more illegimates out there-count on it

CATLOVER
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CATLOVER 08/23/07 - 09:20 am
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elvis was a strange one for

elvis was a strange one for having too much sex-he had alot of hangups about it-especially about his mother

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misscj0123 08/23/07 - 09:20 am
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Steveo : That is probably

Steveo : That is probably true or MOST of the famous rock stars. No telling how many kids are out there they do not claim.

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work for a living 08/23/07 - 09:32 am
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Quit making excuses for all

Quit making excuses for all of the wrong doings though. Why not try to change the attitude because his day our day, times haven't changed that much. There are still too many children out their who have no idea who their father is, and if Elvis is guilty of having other children then he is no better dead or alive, but we praise these people like they were Jesus. If we worshiped Jesus like we do these very sinful men then we might not hae all of these fatherless children. It is time to worship the true King. They may have thought they were king here but trust me they are not, never have been and never will be in my book. We all sin and make mistakes but you are praised when you turn those mistakes into positivies. We all owe the children of the future to be positive role models because it will be us who contribute to our grandchildren's future by what condition we leave society. We leave it with a ton of siblings running around out their not kowing who their daddy is then how can you expect better of them. Don't you want better for your children and grandchildren. The government just bandaids your situation you and only you can change it.

steveo
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steveo 08/23/07 - 09:39 am
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James Brown was a cool guy.

James Brown was a cool guy. He had women throwing themselves at him. Many of them did it for the very purpose of having his baby so that they could get something from him. Happens all the time. The man is dead. He has been judged. Let's respect the family, the children, and be thankful of the many kind things that he did in this area.

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work for a living 08/23/07 - 09:50 am
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Just because someone throws

Just because someone throws themselves at you doesn't mean you have to react the same. I don't think that will fly at the pearly gates. It is called self control and knowing right from wrong.

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Farful 08/23/07 - 10:00 am
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you can take them out of the

you can take them out of the woods........

Nina
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Nina 08/23/07 - 10:25 am
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Do anyone know if the six

Do anyone know if the six children that he admitted to having have been tested?

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kristyf1960 08/23/07 - 11:03 am
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i am not judging anyone..but

i am not judging anyone..but wouldn't it be a shame if some of the children he claimed were not his? james what a mess you have left behind!!!

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RegWmsATL 08/23/07 - 11:21 am
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Here's a question to the

Here's a question to the Paine College people who thought it proper to give Brown a posthumous honorary Degree at his funeral? Can a service be held where the degree is rescinded on a posthumous basis? Considering that Paine is a religious institution, it seems like Paine would be trying to set a better example. To allow the degree to stand, suggests that Paine was trying to get in line with the others beggars who were trying to pimp the estate.

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