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In the memoir Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me (Chicago Review Press), Yamma Brown writes about growing up in the shadow of celebrity and domestic violence. She is equally candid about her parents’ troubled marriage (“the beatings always began the same way, with the same terrible sounds”) and the dichotomy of her life after their divorce.
Last summer, before an inch of film was ever shot on the set in Mississippi, the actor who played Jackie Robinson in 42 met up with the director of The Help in Atlanta, they rented a car and road tripped it together to Augusta. Getting the most minute details of James Brown’s life right was a top priority for Get on Up director Tate Taylor and actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays The Godfather of Soul in the new biopic opening in theaters today. With the tsunami of lawsuits and arguments that swirled after the soul pioneer’s 2006 Christmas Day death in Atlanta, it probably didn’t hurt to have the support of the Brown estate either.
As Southerners, we love to entertain. So it is no surprise that in recent years, the state has emerged as a center for the entertainment industry, drawing hundreds Hollywood productions and cranking out some of music's biggest stars. But Georgia's rise to stardom started well before this surge. We'll tell you where to go to learn about this legacy and enjoy good music and movies this summer.
The police have an unusual problem with their investigation of Darren Lumar’s death: too many possible suspects.