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James Brown’s Family Still in the Red


photo by Cary Conover

Soul legend James Brown was finally buried—temporarily, anyway—after his body sat around like a discarded frozen cannoli as relations squabbled over his fortune. Well the bickering has had another effect. According to singer Screaming Rachael Cain—an old friend of mine and an insider in this situation—the movie about Brown starring Usher has also been put on hold until his estate has completely divvied up the property. So until they get their 10 cents they can’t get YOUR 11 dollars. Cain told me Brown’s manager’s reaction to the whole posthumous mess: “It’s chaos—just the way James would have liked it.”

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 31, 2008

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