James Brown Documentary Set To Premiere This February On A+E The four-part documentary will air over the course of two days.
BY MYA ABRAHAM
JANUARY 18, 2024 3:56PM
James Brown‘s documentary has a release date. Over the course of two nights on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, A&E will premiere the Deborah Riley-Draper directed film, James Brown: Say It Loud at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Executive produced by Mick Jagger, Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter, Shawn Gee, and others, the four-part documentary will explore the innovative, influential, and complex life and legacy of the indelible crooner through exclusive interviews, never-before-seen archival footage, and the use of his revered discography.
James Brown: Say It Loud will spot how the Godfather of Soul went from being a delinquent to becoming a cultural force of nature and bonafide star through his lyrics, movements, and style that highlights Black pride and shifts how we view Black masculinity. Across the four hours, viewers will get in-depth insight on how Brown handled his personal demons and external injustices while evolving to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
“It’s hard for me to think about my dad as one of the most important Black men in America because he was my dad,” said one of his daughters in the sneak peek. Questlove quipped, “I love two things he brought to the table were two taboo words: funk and Black.” Rev. Al Sharpton spoke on how Brown “marched to his own drum, literally.”
Other interviews and performances in the documentary will come from Bootsy Collins, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Dallas Austin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and more.
When the news of the documentary was first announced in February 2022, it was initially set to debut in May 2023 on what would’ve been Brown’s 90th birthday.
2. "According to the Variety review linked in the message....." In response to Reply # 1
"Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown" was only 2 hours and seemed a little skittish about a lot of details. A four part 2 days spanning documentary seems like a "correction" (esp. if Mick Jagger read this Variety review and others like it)
For a documentary devoted to the hardest working man in show business, “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” delivers a rather by-the-numbers, uninspired portrait. Produced by, among others, Mick Jagger, who also lent his star power to birthing the recent Brown biopic “Get On Up,” director Alex Gibney’s take is most memorable for its generous use of early and unseen performance footage, but beyond the fancy footwork on display, the project, bloated at a full two hours, seldom gets under its subject’s flashy veneer.
Nor does the biographical aspect exhibit much coherence, basically skipping a significant chunk of Brown’s later life and death.