Year of the Godfather, Feb. 3, 2015, 7-10pm
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Feb. 7 at 7pm
2014 James Brown Toy Giveaway brightens Christmas for children
The children of the late Godfather of Soul gave a brighter Christmas to Augusta’s neediest children December 22, 2014. More than 800 youngsters received toys and bicycles at the annual James Brown Toy Giveaway at James Brown Arena. The tradition, started in the early 1990s by James Brown, is being continued by the James Brown Family Children Foundation.
JAMES BROWN gets his Way in Harlem, New York
As tradition would have it, Deanna Brown Thomas, daughter of James Brown, will carry on the legacy of her famous father's charitable giving by providing Turkeys at The New York Food Bank Community Kitchen to senior citizens in Harlem on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 9:30AM.
This is made possible through the James Brown Family Performing Arts Center of New York in collaboration with Lee Cheney, Source Manager of Food Bank New York and Daryl Foriest, Director of the Community Kitchen. This food-distribution program helps feed more than 1.5 million people per year citywide.
2014 is a special year because of the James Brown Biopic “Get On Up” which was released in August and continuing to open around the world! Included in our celebration of this "all things James Brown" year, was to bring The JAMP Masters, comprised of young music students from The James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils to New York from Augusta, GA to perform on one special night along with other talented performers from the Tri-State area!
Hosted by Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley and Mr. Ron Grant, best known for helping up and coming artists via New York's Village Underground, The JAMP Masters held their CD Release Party and Talent Showcase called “Soul Power in New York City” at Carroll Studios located at 625 W55th Street, NY, NY 10019. The CD (JAMPism-The New Breed) which features a collection of James Brown songs was performed live by the students before a New York audience. A host of artists were invited to perform in a friendly competition but ultimately, "Kenny Dark" was the winner of a prize package of studio time and professional photo shoot.
Granting Wishes! Queen of Soul
I had the best time watching Ms.Franklin perform live in concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday evening. To watch her sing in person was amazing! She is so talented! However, my dream came true when Ms.Deanna took me back stage to her dressing room after the concert. The Queen of Soul was super nice and I was ready to ROCK STEADY and give her nothing but RESPECT! I hope to meet her again.
Charleston C. Lee -age 9, Jamp Master of the trumpet line at the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils
Tom Joyner & JAMP
Tom Joyner, Jay Anthony Brown and Sybil Wilkes of the Tom Joyner Morning Show visit with Deanna Brown Thomas, Mr Danny Ray and The JB Academy of Musik Pupils at the Augusta Museum of History! TJMS began their day with an in-studio interview with Deanna Brown Thomas and Kimberly Baxter Lee, School Administrator for CH Terrell Academy, which houses JAMP. Mr. Joyner and his team were on a tight schedule but that didn't stop the "hardest working man in radio" from visiting the next generation of "hardest working kids in show business". The TJMS did their broadcast live from Augusta, Ga and will also broadcast in Macon & Atlanta Georgia this week!
JAMP & Steel Band
The James Brown Family Children Foundation and The JB Academy of Musik Pupils aka J.A.M.P. welcome The Ebony Steel Orchestra of Dow’s Musical Foundation. Twenty-Five students grades 1 through 11th performed on Sunday, October 5, 2014 during The Augusta Partnership’s Children & Family Festival in the Augusta Commons. This festival concluded a week long celebration.
The late Godfather of Soul‘s daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas and Founder Isidore “Dow” York of Dow’s Musical Foundation birthed the Foreign Exchange idea when they realized each shared the same mission to promote youth through music education and involvement in similar ways. Both leaders decided to bring the two elite foundations together to coordinate a cultural music exchange. The Ebony Steel Orchestra will first perform in Augusta, Georgia this year and J.A.M.P. will travel to St. Maarten in 2015. During their stay in Augusta, Ga., the exchange students joined CH Terrell Academy for a fun-filled day of student interaction at The Kroc Center, visited The Augusta Museum of History, The Martin Luther King Jr. Center and Home, The Hard Rock Cafe & Tour. Both JAMP and The Steel Band students are pictured at the Coca-Cola Museum having great fun!
Yesterday, I had the great opportunity of meeting the Godfather of Soul's daughter, Deanna Brown. Meeting Ms. Deanna and hearing her speak about her father's legacy and his music was a very rewarding experience, and many of my fellow classmates enjoyed it as well. Her dedication to the preservation of her father's legacy and her dedication to charity is very admirable, and she is a great model for any aspiring musician...even the average person. We definitely enjoyed having her and we look forward to future opportunities with her!
Fashion Inspires! Interview with Adrian Alicea
Nai Williams, Naja Payne-Smith (background) Alana Morrison and Kei Jones (Getty Images)
The James Brown Family Performing Art Center’s Fashion Inspires! team with Designer Adrian Alicea to offer new models an opportunity to walk in the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week showcasing his Spring Summer Collection. We got a chance to catch up with Adrian Alicea after the fashion show. Interview courtesy of Nisey Allen, Program Director WKBY in VA.
Pictured left to right: Deborah Grear-Brown, Adrian Alicea, Dr. Yamma Brown and Monica Senior (Suitebook Magazine)
NA: When did this passion for fashion start?
AA: Watching my mom. It came from her. My mom and dad had a total of 10 kids—me being number 9.
She would sew skirts for my sisters by hand. I must have gotten it from her because I did not go to school for fashion.
NA: Where does your inspiration come from?
AA: I love outdoors—nature—I am inspired by all that I see.
NA: Where do your designs come from—your shows are not the norm, they are more theatrical?
AA: I dream or think them up. I’ve walked in many shows as a model and have traveled around the world. I can always draw from places, people and things that I have encountered.
Inside the James Brown Estate
News 12 Special Assignment: Inside the James Brown Estate
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Christmas Day marks six years since James Brown died. And ever since, his estate has been tied up in the court system. His will challenged, trustees removed, some of his prize possessions sold at auction. Read Article From News 12
The Legendary Godfather of Soul Lives on Through the James Brown Family Foundation and JAMP
Every once in a while in our lives we have encounters with people who are truly inspirational, who capture our hearts and our minds and are unforgettable. Mr James Brown Jr. was one of those people. He touched my life from a very early age, as a young African girl growing up in Zimbabwe. Read Article From Huffington Post
JAMP MASTERS to perform at upcoming show in collaboration with Prince, NPG and Rebuild the Dream
The JAMP MASTERS WILL PERFORM in the “Rebuild the Dream Village: Celebrating Community, Creativity and Collaboration” on-site at theUNITED CENTER on Monday, September 24, 2012 from 5 pm – 8 pm. The Village is a collaboration between Rebuild the Dream and Prince at the upcoming “WELCOME 2 CHICAGO” concert series in Chicago.
This truly unique collaboration, sponsored in partnership with REBUILD THE DREAM along with PRINCE and the NPG offer music students a chance to shine “unlike any other” performance. The Rebuild the Dream Village will offer concert-goers an opportunity to share and join together in building vibrant and sustainable communities. Artists, innovators and community leaders will showcase solutions, art installations, actions and information on how to improve the economy and the planet. The JAMP MASTERS will be a featured performer in the Village and will be lifted up as an example of how youth – through art and music -- can lead the way in creating a more inclusive, safe and sustainable community.