James Brown’s Family Attends ‘Get On Up’ Biopic Debut
James’ Brown’s companion, Tomi Rae Hynie, and his son, James Brown II, attended the world premiere of Get On Up at the Apollo Theater in New York on Monday, July 21.
The biopic chronicles the late James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to becoming one of the most influential musicians in history. Boseman trained with Aakomon Jones, who also plays a choreographer in the movie, for “hours upon hours” in the three-and-a-half weeks prior to production.
At point during the night, Mick Jagger challenged young Brown in a friendly dance-off, where the 12-year-old son showcased dance moves that resemble his father’s talents. He may just be the next Michael Jackson…
Brown’s second wife Deidre ‘Deedee’ Jenkins also walked red carpet with daughters Dr. Yamma Brown and Deanna Brown-Thomas, who are among the many that cannot wait for the movie about their late father to hit theaters next Friday (Aug. 1).
“His life story to me is survival,” Thomas, president of the James Brown Family Children Foundation and founder of the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils, said. “Coming up in the segregated South, poor and uneducated, his musical abilities were definitely a gift from God.”
The movie was directed by The Help director Tate Taylor and stars Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in 42, as James Brown.
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