Article on Brown is gross distortion

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I was told by GQ magazine that an article, titled "Papa," would be coming out in April on the legendary James Brown. When I read the article, I dropped the magazine.

Mr. Brown has had his ups and downs as all of us have. I have witnessed the tears in his eyes from personal and private conversations with him as I ministered to him and his father. But what I read here made a music icon look like he had no respect. Some of the choices of words for the actions they chose to attribute to Mr. Brown did very little justice for the compassion and the discipline one should have when world-renowned.

I saw him as a compassionate man who gave to the poor, helped children, supported education and gave to countless organizations and people striving in a world that shows less concern for others as when he was small. All the quotes from others expressed their feelings about him, but I stand to say: Who came out in the cold of winter, very sick, standing, greeting and giving food to thousands while others in good health would stand well and in good weather?

Mr. Brown brought music to a level millions copied, and now his life and legacy is losing the "i" and leaving only the "con."

The Rev. Larry Fryer, Augusta

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Miss Soul
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Miss Soul 04/12/08 - 05:29 am
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Amen Rev. Fryer, I am one of

Amen Rev. Fryer, I am one of those that Mr. Brown took the time to turn my life around, I was on a path of self destruction an he made me believe that I am somebody, that I am special an regardless of my situation with those around me who were trying to keep me down that I could overcome anything. In all honesty without Mr. Brown's help I may not have been sitting here now writing this. I thank God for Mr. Brown, an say to those speak ill of him would you take the time to help a complete stranger or for that matter do even half of the things that he did for others without expecting something in return?
Respectfully sumitted;
Miss Soul

karmakills123
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karmakills123 04/12/08 - 08:48 am
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Well I read the article...and

Well I read the article...and all I can say Rev. is it's all there in black and white..it aint pretty when it's spelled out like that but truth is truth. Mr Brown was an entertainer.. plain and simple he was not a really nice man...just a man like any other in that industry.

intheknow
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intheknow 04/12/08 - 11:10 am
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What do you mean that he was

What do you mean that he was ' Not a really nice man"? I am willing to bet that the list of good, more than out numbered the bad. Please save the Hitler, Stalin etc. also did good.

jack
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jack 04/12/08 - 11:23 am
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JB had his fault, but so deo

JB had his fault, but so deo we all. I agree with Rev Fryer as far as the real JB goes. He never failed to speak when I spoke to him in public and was always genial. I was surprised when I lived in Europe how much they love his music over there.

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soldout 04/12/08 - 11:25 am
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I will let God judge James

I will let God judge James Brown's heart but as a fruit inspector, which we can all be, there was plenty bad in the area of morals and not following the Word of God. Fortunately for all of us; God doesn't measure our good vs our bad but looks at our hearts and our realtionship to His son Jesus. If; James had the Spirit of Christ within him he is with the Father now. If any of our good deeds got us to heaven; Jesus didn't need to come as we could get there on our own goodness.

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fd1962 04/12/08 - 12:52 pm
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Sounds like lots of good
Unpublished

Sounds like lots of good people aren't going to heaven. Where are they going, Purvis? Where do you suppose Ghandi is now anyhow? What about Elie Wiesel? You crack me up with your exclusionary mantra.

LynxRHot
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LynxRHot 04/12/08 - 02:40 pm
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Since Mr. Brown is praised

Since Mr. Brown is praised for being such a good man, let me share an experience that happened to me. I'm not doubting whether or not he was good, but from what I witnessed, he certainly had room for improvement. Years ago at Port Royal, I spotted him there on a day that was not busy. A black girl approached him to ask him for his autograph. She fumbled through her purse for a pen and a piece of paper, and he patiently waited to provide his autograph for her. Well, personally I have never been a fan of his, but my brother is. So being the good sister I am (lol), I decided to approach him and ask for his autograph for my brother. His response to me was, "I ain't got time" even though I had a pen and paper in hand. He could spare 2 minutes for a black girl, but couldn't spare 2 seconds for a white girl. Hmmmm......sure makes me think he was discriminating against me because I'm not black. (Now I'll sit back and wait on the "he married a white woman" comments.)

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/12/08 - 04:24 pm
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Yeah, we all know how he

Yeah, we all know how he hated white people. I mean the man never once help a single white person in his life. Never hired one either.

YOUR PAPER LADY
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YOUR PAPER LADY 04/12/08 - 04:46 pm
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why dont people just leave

why dont people just leave him to rest.About being white Im am white At his last toy drive I was just standing there Mr Brown walked up to me and shook my hand with a big smile so stop saying things about the poor man

owensjef
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owensjef 04/12/08 - 07:26 pm
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LynxRhot I think you are a

LynxRhot I think you are a Liar

owensjef
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owensjef 04/12/08 - 07:27 pm
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LynxRhot I think you are a

LynxRhot I think you are a Liar

owensjef
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owensjef 04/12/08 - 07:27 pm
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Whoops he said it again

Whoops he said it again

joesimpson
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joesimpson 04/12/08 - 09:22 pm
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Well like Elvis was a great

Well like Elvis was a great person. He was a pill popping pedophile. I never see any articles talking about how his drug addiction cost him his life. Oh yeah that's right he was on prescription drugs. James Brown did more for music that anyone else. All the hip hop and rap artists owe it all to James. Oh and by the way I'm a white guy.

YOUR PAPER LADY
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YOUR PAPER LADY 04/12/08 - 10:01 pm
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I think your an idiot.Why

I think your an idiot.Why would I lie about that.I was standing there waiting for my grandkids to get there to get thier toys James Brown was getting ready to leave and shook my hand before getting into his limo. Plus isnt he married to a white woman

Chuchi
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Chuchi 04/12/08 - 10:19 pm
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It is discourteous to slander

It is discourteous to slander the dead since they cannot speak in their own defense. Let the dead bury the dead, and let the godfather of soul rest in peace.

Haddock
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Haddock 04/12/08 - 10:52 pm
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Mr. Brown was a real man who

Mr. Brown was a real man who did not need body guards to protect him. He was his own man. A man of strength and courage very few have. I loved his music, I loved and admired him because of his strength and generosity. There will never be another James Brown.

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mcbeanbulldog 04/13/08 - 12:28 am
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if anyone in augusta knows

if anyone in augusta knows KEITH JENKINS then you know J.B HIRED WHITE PEOLE

YOUR PAPER LADY
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YOUR PAPER LADY 04/13/08 - 01:03 am
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i agree with you.just let him

i agree with you.just let him rest in peace

ced501957
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ced501957 04/13/08 - 05:53 am
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Seems JBs estate might have

Seems JBs estate might have been in better shape if he hadn't hired certain white people (dallas, cannon)

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/13/08 - 09:18 am
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It has nothing to do with

It has nothing to do with race,CED. They are two people who happen to be white. It was a Black security guard that stole from him and burn down his office.

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concerned4 04/13/08 - 12:33 pm
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Rev. Fryer I too agree with

Rev. Fryer
I too agree with you. I have known Mr. Brown all my life and as all of us, he was not perfert. He was always trying to help someone; he never forgot his past and some of the people who helped him. My brother worked with him almost 40 years and his name is never mentioned. He is still alive and well in New York City. He and Danny Ray can tell you a true story of Mr. James Brown. They traveled with him all over the world including the now war-full middle east.
Let them show and tell the real story.

YOUR PAPER LADY
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YOUR PAPER LADY 04/13/08 - 01:35 pm
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what about the turkey

what about the turkey giveaway or toy giveaway. He gave away to all races I didnt see anything saying black people only. Ive seen white kids and spanish kids getting brand new bikes

WW1949
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WW1949 04/13/08 - 09:25 pm
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I liked Mr. Brown. He always

I liked Mr. Brown. He always spoke to me when I spoke to him.
As far as rap and hip hop. He was much better and I liked his beat . Rap and hip hop music is horrible.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/14/08 - 09:09 am
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aFTER GOING TO THE WEBSITE

aFTER GOING TO THE WEBSITE AND READING THE ARTICLE THERE IS A SIDE OF mR. bROWN THAT WAS NOT VERY NICE. I know from experience that you better not take a check from him because it would bounce. I also know that his employees ran to the bank as fast as they could to make sure the money was there. Maybe he gave away the toys and turkeys to try and make himself feel good about all the bad he did.

YOUR PAPER LADY
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YOUR PAPER LADY 04/14/08 - 02:21 pm
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no on eis perfect except god

no on eis perfect except god

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/14/08 - 04:32 pm
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Denial123, tell us all the

Denial123, tell us all the good you have done, to out weigh your bad.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/15/08 - 09:04 am
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I haven't gone around

I haven't gone around fathering children all over the place and leaving them. I haven't raped anyone at the point of a gun. I haven't gone into a meeting with a shotgun and raised sand because I thought someone had used my private bathroom. I als haven't beaten up my wife because I was high on drugs. Hypo, have you gone to the website and read the article. If you had you might not make that comment. Also, I have never spent time in jail for anything. I still like his music but my opinion of him as a man has changed. Real men do not do these things to other people.

LynxRHot
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LynxRHot 04/15/08 - 01:21 pm
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owensjef....Think i'm lying

owensjef....Think i'm lying if you wish. My husband was with me at the time it happened. Not that I care if you think I'm lying or not. Bottom line is....I was WHITE and denied an autograph (which I didn't want anyway). The BLACK girl got one. Do I care? No....I'm just making the point that he wasn't the god that everyone makes him out to be. I don't doubt that he did some good things, but he was no better than the rest of us. He just happened to have the finances that allowed him to give away free turkeys and free toys. I certainly don't believe he treated all whites as second-class because I have a niece who had her photo taken with his little boy when she was just a toddler, and it was Mr. Brown who suggested it. But I know what I experienced firsthand. He wasn't always the kind man people think him to be.

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Newsreader 04/18/08 - 10:09 am
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Lynx, you said "......sure

Lynx, you said "......sure makes me think he was discriminating against me because I'm not black." But maybe you were discriminated against because of age, and marital status. Or possibly because he could tell you were not a fan and just wanted to ask for an autograph. Also could it be that he has waited for the little girl and ran out of time, but still waited for her and really did not have for you to get your unwanted autograph?

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