JAMES BROWN

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      James Brown. The Night James Brown Saved Boston. Live at the Boston Garden. April 5, 1968. 01:46

      James Brown. The Night James Brown Saved Boston. Live at the Boston Garden. April 5, 1968.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 396 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features interviews about the live concert at the Boston Garden, April 5, 1968. In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, rioting broke out in cities across the country. James Brown had been scheduled to perform at the Boston Garden on April 5th. Boston Mayor Kevin White had initially wanted to cancel all public events, including James Brown's show. As there was concern that the cancellation of the show might cause an escalation of the crisis. it was agreed that James Brown's show would go on. The show, one of the greatest in Boston's history, went on and the city of Boston remained relatively calm. James Brown consoled his mourning audience, dedicated the show to the memory of Dr. King and was instrumental in keeping the peace on the streets of Boston. Video transcript: Newscaster: Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York, these are just few of the cities in what's the Negro anguish over Dr. King's murder presumably by a white man expressed their self in violent destruction. [Instrumental Music] Male Speaker: As dawn broke on April 5th, American cities were assessing the damage embracing for a weekend of full scale riding. [Instrumental Music] Richard Flavin: They tend to forget about it. This was a time of tremendous crisis and everyone understood it that this iconic figure had been gone down and so everyone understood that this was beyond politics and it was beyond personal ambition and it was an attempt to keep the city whole. James "Early" Byrd: We got to get hip. We got to get hip to the job as we say. You got to know what's going on your city. Male Speaker: He didn't know James Brown from James town but what he did understand was that James Brown had a whole segment of the community which at that moment was angered, disfranchised. Tom Atkins: And so Kevin now was thinking of how he could use James Brown to help solve his problem of trying to get through a weekend without having the city go war. Dr. Cornel West: And he see this all the time that right when the crisis hits the white community, things will get serious. Crises to black communities just normal, catastrophic circumstances in black America turn away, went invisible. Catastrophic circumstances in white America, now they are serious probably we gotta do something. Now let's talk about James Brown and all these other people who really talk about healing Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown. Interviews About Hubert Humphrey and the Black Panthers. 01:13

      James Brown. Interviews About Hubert Humphrey and the Black Panthers.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 228 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features interviews with Marva Whitney regarding the Summer of 1968. James Brown was under pressure that he wasn't an "Uncle Tom." He endorsed Hubert Humphrey for President and the Black Panthers thought he was a "Sold Brother." He couldn't understand black on black crime and why the Black community didn't respect each other and why they didn't have pride in themselves. Video transcript: Narrator: In late July, Brown campaigned with [inaudible 0:00:07] endorsing him for president. Do you want to hear from James Brown. I wanna hear from James Brown. All of you want to hear James Brown, say James Brown. He has a little problem with the black panthers because they said that Mr. Brown was a capitalist. The called him sold, S-O-L-D, brother number one, that -- That summer of 1968, James Brown was under a lot of pressure to prove that he was of the people that he wasn't a support of government policies in Vietnam that he was not some sort of sell out or Uncle Tom or lucky. While sitting there, watching television and there was some black on the black crime going on and he said, he said, Mr. Brother we haven't trouble with the black panthers, they don't want to believe we are real and look at this, he says, why don't black people love each other. Why can't black people respect each other? Why can't we have pride? Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown

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      James Brown's Comments After Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination and Black Power. 01:15

      James Brown's Comments After Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination and Black Power.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 119 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features James Brown's pleas to the public to stop the violence after Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder. Civil Rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton explains that James Brown felt it was disrespectful for the Black community to respond with violence to Dr. King's death, a man who preached nonviolence. Video transcript: James Brown: Education is asset. Know what you're talking about. Be qualified, be ready, then you'll have a problem, be ready, know what you're doing. You know in Augusta, Georgia I used to shine shoes on the steps of radio station WRDW but today I own that radio station. You know what that is? That's black power. It's not in violence. It's in knowing what you're talking about, being ready. Now I say it to you because I'm your brother. I know what's in, I've been there. I'm not talking from imagination I'm talking from my experience. Let's live our country, let's live ourselves. Please get off the street. Rev. Al Sharpton: The reason that he went on the line in Boston and another's cities when King died is because, one he thought it was self-destructive but two he said this is disrespecting with this man believe. It was almost like whether I believe in nonviolence or not. You can't scar this man's memory and that was what -- was a motivating force for him is don't associate violence with this man who tried so hard to be nonviolent. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown. Interviews Highlighting His Soul Power. 01:18

      James Brown. Interviews Highlighting His Soul Power.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 327 views

      SoulPower_HD.mp4 James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features interviews which speak about James Brown, his soul power and his guiding principles. James Brown was true to himself; he found his voice and was an original. Video transcript: Soul power, soul power, soul power, soul power, good man. You couldn't deny the power that inner the humanity in the music. When you add to that, his social conscience, that work he would do in the communities, you know, visiting schools and prisons and community centers, the way he was connected to the people as an activist, as an entertainer, as a spokesperson, James Brown was really doing it all and he wasn't a part of the establishment machine and so that made on one level unpredictable and on another level irreplaceable. The soul power, that overlaps the black power but is not identical black power. Soul power cut -- deeper, healing man, affirming, democratic principles as conceived by the founding father that I say is a patriot. But he was himself I think and that is the most important. You got to be true to yourself. How do you find your voice and just don't be an echo to somebody else. He found the voice. He was an original. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown

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      James Brown Meeting Vice President Humphrey at the White House.

      James Brown Meeting Vice President Humphrey at the White House.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 132 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features Civil Rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton remembering James Brown's meeting with Vice President Hubert Humphrey in the White House after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Video transcript: Rev. Al Sharpton: He told me that he first went to a White House dinner and the civil service came over to him and said, the vice president would like to speak to you and he told them well I'm not going over him like a little boy, come over here. The secret service got kind of looked stunned and Mr. Brown had to where looking at you and let you know that I'm serious. So when they realized he wouldn't just sense them. They went back over and said something to the vice president and Mr. Brown said that Humphrey looked across the room at him and laughed and they've got the mid halfway and he liked that. He said Humphrey understood me. He respected me. He said Humphrey said that well you know you gotta be careful now Mr. Brown after he opened [inaudible 0:00:40] and James Brown said he looked at him and he said what do you mean be careful. I hope I do the right thing. I brought peace. He said yeah but those empowered don't like people that have their kind of influence that we know that if you can stop a right, you can start a right. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown. Boston's Radio DJ Jimmy Early Speaks Out.

      James Brown. Boston's Radio DJ Jimmy Early Speaks Out.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 199 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features Boston's radio DJ, Jimmy Early speaking out about James Brown having the pulse on the music in the Black community. Video transcript: In inner cities across America, black radio is often the voice of the community and in Boston, that voice belongs to Jimmy Early Bird. You are hanging up with the Early Bird from WILD 1090 radio on Boston. Don't tell that you are showing up as part of time. Most of the people there did not know who Rhythm Blues was. They want to run another town. Honest to goodness, he wants to run me out of town for playing the [inaudible 0:00:31] town called me so I was standing [inaudible 0:00:37]. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown

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      James Brown. Civil Rights Activist Rev. Al Sharpton Remembers Visiting the South with James Brown.

      James Brown. Civil Rights Activist Rev. Al Sharpton Remembers Visiting the South with James Brown.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 256 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features Civil Rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton speaking about visiting the South, 'the Hood', with James Brown. He wanted to bring hope to the children so they could see that they can make it despite the hard times. James Brown was a man with vision, "taking everyone along for his ride." James Brown understood and was sure of his place in history. Video transcript: Rev. Al Sharpton: I remember one day we were in some town in the south and I said, I said you always go to the hood? I said that's so inspiring to those kids. He said, I go there because nobody else goes there. Somebody got to let the kids see they can make. People didn't understand that James Brown wouldn't just a big star to us. He was hope. He was that we could be zero and make it. He was a way of life. He's the only one that was sure where he was in history. I just wish I had enough sense to tell him before he died he was right because I thought he was daydreamer. What was to us a dream was a man with vision. He always knew where he end up and he always knew he was just taking us along for his right. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown. Interview Regarding Boston Garden Concert Being Televised. April 5, 1968. 01:30

      James Brown. Interview Regarding Boston Garden Concert Being Televised. April 5, 1968.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 201 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features interviews with Michael Ambrosino, KGBH who managed the live broadcast of the Boston Garden concert, April 5, 1968. Boston was like a powder keg ready to explode. James Brown did not realize the concert was going to be televised and wanted more money. He stood his ground and he was paid as he requested for the concert to be televised. In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, rioting broke out in cities across the country. James Brown had been scheduled to perform at the Boston Garden on April 5th. Boston Mayor Kevin White had initially wanted to cancel all public events, including James Brown's show. As there was concern that the cancellation of the show might cause an escalation of the crisis. it was agreed that James Brown's show would go on. The show, one of the greatest in Boston's history, went on and the city of Boston remained relatively calm. James Brown consoled his mourning audience, dedicated the show to the memory of Dr. King and was instrumental in keeping the peace on the streets of Boston. Video transcript: Up the shell, shell time, Boston itself was a power cake ready to explode. And I am just walking around, one is going away, one of was going away, one of you is going away. I wasn't sure. I was not sure. Michael Ambrosino: Brown finally arrived in a wonderful dark suit and they [inaudible 0:00:27] of people. I have never been to a rock concert. I have never seen this kind of entrance and he looked really fine and I extended my hand to him and said, Mr. Brown, its very nice of you to allow us to televise this concert tonight because of the situation. And he looked at me and pause and said, what television? And I thought, oh gosh, now I am gonna have a problem. James was kind of being aloof. He wants more money and the mass, well, gives you your damn money. And he said, that James [inaudible 0:01:07]. What you had was two arrogant people. Brown and myself. Many want a savior today. Pay money. I finally said, I will get your money. I will get you your money but get up in that stage and I want you to a pro performance. I don't mean a musical one either. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown

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      James Brown. Civil Rights Activist Rev.Al Sharpton on James Brown Expressing People's Feelings. 01:26

      James Brown. Civil Rights Activist Rev.Al Sharpton on James Brown Expressing People's Feelings.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 146 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features Civil Rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton discussing how James Brown managed to connect with people and his motivation for performing the night after Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder. In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, rioting broke out in cities across the country. James Brown had been scheduled to perform at the Boston Garden on April 5th. Boston Mayor Kevin White had initially wanted to cancel all public events, including James Brown's show. As there was concern that the cancellation of the show might cause an escalation of the crisis. it was agreed that James Brown's show would go on. The show, one of the greatest in Boston's history, went on and the city of Boston remained relatively calm. James Brown consoled his mourning audience, dedicated the show to the memory of Dr. King and was instrumental in keeping the peace on the streets of Boston. Video transcript: Rev. Al Sharpton: It was only one man that could make America stand still and think and that was the man who didn't have a PhD for Boston University like Dr. King did. He wasn't a proponent of nonviolence. He never got a nobel prize but he was a man that knew how to express the grievances and the screams and they feel it of a whole people and because people say he feels like us, we want to at least give him the benefit of a doubt and hear what he's got to say because if anybody understands what we feel tonight is James Brown. James Brown: Yeah. Good God. Rev. Al Sharpton: He knew that he was taking their anger and their fury and channel again to a show business performance. James Brown: Yeah! Rev. Al Sharpton: But he also made the choice that that was the only thing he could do to show respect that Dr. King and save peoples lives that night. So even though there was those that criticize him of trivia lies in this to a show. He understood that it made me a trivial way of saving lives and preserve Dr. King's legacy. James Brown: Now, now, now, now, now, now, now ahh! Rev. Al Sharpton: But I agree he did it. He did it and you can argue the means and the technique but you can't argue the results. James Brown: Come on we did the show ladies and gentlemen. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown. Interviews About Fans at Live at the Boston Garden, April 5, 1968. 01:27

      James Brown. Interviews About Fans at Live at the Boston Garden, April 5, 1968.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 199 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features interviews about the fans who attended the live concert at the Boston Garden on April 5, 1968. In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, rioting broke out in cities across the country. James Brown had been scheduled to perform at the Boston Garden on April 5th. Boston Mayor Kevin White had initially wanted to cancel all public events, including James Brown's show. As there was concern that the cancellation of the show might cause an escalation of the crisis. it was agreed that James Brown's show would go on. The show, one of the greatest in Boston's history, went on and the city of Boston remained relatively calm. James Brown consoled his mourning audience, dedicated the show to the memory of Dr. King and was instrumental in keeping the peace on the streets of Boston. Fans rushed the stage in the middle of live performance and the police moved onstage to remove them. James Brown stood between the police and the stage crashers and immediately took control of what could have been a riotous moment in light of the raw emotions of the Black community and the tenuous relationship with the police. James Brown addresses the audience asking if he can finish the show, with the infamous words, "We are Black. Don't make us all look bad." He was asking for "respect from my own people." Video transcript: James Brown: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Wait -- David Gates: That was really a moment and it could well up in the crucial moment. James Brown: Wait a minute, now listen John. David Gates: Relations were not good between the Boston Police Department and the black community. If that had gotten nasty which well could have, it would have horrendous. It would have gone up like a torch. James Brown: Can I please have your attention. Wait a minute. Wait, wait -- this is no way. We are black. We are black. Here you get James Brown in Boston who is not a past of his calling for peace among the people whose hearts have been shattered, heartbroken, cracked open hearts, only to the level mark. James Brown: Can't you all [inaudible 0:00:50] the show to go, we are black. Don't most of all look bad. I am kind of doing a show. Sit down there, sit there down. He had a way but he had a way of hobbling but he stopped it. He had a way and they listen to him. Serious situation. Very serious situation and yet his music had a healing effect. There's no doubt about it. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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