James Brown

by ethnic on May 12, 2010

Birth Name: James Joseph Brown

Date of Birth: May 3, 1933

Place of Birth: Barnwell, South Carolina

Date of Death: December 25, 2006

Place of Death: Atlanta, Georgia

Ethnicity: African-American

James Brown was an American singer, dancer, and actor. He was known as “The Godfather of Soul”. James’s parents, Susie (Behling) and Joseph “Joe” Gardner Brown, were both African-American.

James had said that his father was born under the name “Joe Gardner”, and later took on the surname “Brown” after a woman who had helped raise him, Mattie Brown.

James had stated that his paternal grandfather was “pure Indian, a Cherokee” and that his mother’s ancestry had a “strong Asian element and some American Indian”. James had stated that his maternal grandfather was “highly Asian”, and that his maternal grandmother’s mother was “almost a full-blooded American Indian”. It is not clear if these claims of Native American and Asian ancestry have been documented/verified.

James’s maternal grandparents were Monnie/Mony Behling (the son of Stephen Behling and Sarah) and Rebecca “Becca” Bryant (the daughter of Perry Bryant and Susan).

Sources: Genealogy of James Brown – http://genealogy.about.com

James’s statements about his ancestry – http://www.worldcat.org

Profile: Fuzzybear

Creative Commons License photo credit: stoneflower

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

cwm85 August 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

He claimed a lot of shit over the years. If he was so asian or indian why the black and proud song? Lol

memphis January 16, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Because “black” is a social cultural term even though many have multi ethnic ancestry.

follers August 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Even by the usual standards, James Brown’s tales of his ancestry are fantastical.
http://www.worldcat.org/wcpa/servlet/DCARead?standardNo=1560253886&standardNoType=1&excerpt=true

memphis January 16, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Their is a picture of James Brown’s father out here on the web. He looked pretty Native American to me…at least mostly Native. His mom is a question mark.

Elizabeth July 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm

He is part Apache it is confirmed by Wikipedia and rolling stone magazine

Fuzzybear May 14, 2010 at 7:45 am

I couldn’t confirm this when I did the profile,but james could also be part Apache

Get May 21, 2010 at 11:23 pm

You are wrong James Brown is part asian his mother is part asian DUH

Fuzzybear May 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

To Get

Well if that’s the case provide the source so it can be add,instead of what you did

ethnic May 22, 2010 at 8:27 am

first i heard of it.

Fuzzybear May 23, 2010 at 2:59 am

To Ethnic

Yeah me to

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