James Brown Docuseries Greenlit, Will Head to A&E Network

The four-part series is slated to release in 2023.

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, is getting a new docuseries headed to A&E Network next year.

According to A&E, the greenlit four-part documentary is tentatively titled James Brown: Say It Loud, and will take a closer look at the multilayered life both privately and publicly.

An official statement explains viewers will experience “the intense highs and lows of James Brown’s life and career from a 7th grade drop-out arrested for armed robbery in the Jim Crow era South to an entertainment legend whose words, songs, style and moves inspired musical revolutions and molded a nation’s view of Black pride and Black masculinity.”

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Directed by Deborah Riley Draper the series will be executive produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Peter Afterman, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Shawn Gee, Mick Jagger, and more.

“The life of James Brown is significant not only to understand his immense musical impact, which inspires us and other artists to this day, but also for the deep and lasting impression he has had on American culture,” said Questlove and Black Thought.

Never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive commentary from collaborators, protégés will also be featured.

An exact date for the release of the series is unclear but A&E plans to premiere the documentary in May 2023 near what would have been the award-winning entertainer’s 90th birthday.

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