10 Things You Didn't Know About James Brown

He Convinced His Manager Al Sharpton To Straighten His Hair

In Chris Rock’s Good Hair documentary, Sharpton describes Brown as the father he never had, and recalls a story of how Brown made him get a perm while they were petitioning for Martin Luther King’s birthday to become a Federal holiday in 1982. Before they met with President Reagan, Brown told Sharpton, “When we get to the White House, I want you to look like me. Because when people see you I want them to see me.” Sharpton doused his dome in that creamy crack and never turned back.

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