Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown Review - HBO Documentary Exceeds Its Expectation

The 5th Anniversary of Bronze Lens, Film Festival made its way into Atlanta, Georgia and took place from Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 26, 2014 with an educational and fun packed weekend.  The main event that stood out for me is when my friends and I were invited through United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to the Premiere HBO, Cable Network Documentary Film Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown at the Woodruff Arts Center which will be shown on HBO on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 9pm (EST).


Mr. Dynamite: James Brown - Courtesy of HBO/Emilio Gross


HBO, Cable Network will be presenting Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth


After viewing the documentary, we felt like we were hypnotized by James Brown and we believe that everyone should watch this great film with its in depth coverage of this magnificent genius.


Marsha Sudderth, Toni Sudderth, Ms Shandra, Renee Sudderth and Pat Oalden enjoying Mr. Dynamite's Premiere - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth


Ray Cornelius, Celebrity Blogger; Imara Canady, United Negro College Fund; Leigh Davis-Turner, HBO - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth


James Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006), a Rhythm and Blues artist whose music turned to Funk and Soul through five decades earned him the name “Godfather of Soul”.  When he died on Christmas Day, 2006, he was already known as a Legend and was definitely influential in the careers of other legends; Michael Jackson, Prince, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and many others.


One of James Brown's electrifying performances - Courtesy of


Mick Jagger wanted to continue to share his stories about James Brown that’s why he was the producer of the movie “Get On Up” which was released this summer and now he is the producer of this HBO Documentary.


James Brown and Mick Jagger in their early years discussing their strategy - Courtesy of


Before viewing the film, we were treated to a heart warming “greet and meet” with Browns’ family and friends while we enjoyed the great tasty, delicious food at the reception.


The introduction of the film was by Janet Walley, HBO Director of Public Relations & Government Affairs who acknowledged filmmaker, Ms. Blair Foster and two of Browns’ beautiful daughters, Ms. Deanna Brown and Dr. Yamma Brown to come to the podium for comments. They made sure others were acknowledged in the audience.


Deanna Brown, Blair Foster (Filmmaker), Dr. Yamma Brown - Courtesy of CatMax Photography


Deanna Brown, Danny Ray "Cape Man" and Dr. Yamma Brown - Courtesy of CatMax Photography


The crowd went wild when they introduced Mr/Master of Ceremony Danny Ray who is best known as “the cape man” who provided James Brown with the cap to cover him when James had worked so hard on stage and became exhausted. But with the touch of Mr. Ray and the cape, Mr. James Brown would rise up again to continue his outstanding performance.


Danny Ray and Renee Sudderth - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth


During the film, everyone was so delighted and everyone was in synch during the hilarious and jaw dropping moments.  I just can’t wait to watch it on Monday with a group of friends. I will call it the James Brown HBO Movie Party.


Photojournalist Renee Sudderth and Celebrity Blogger, Ray Cornelius coordinating on the Reviews of James Brown film - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth


Ms. Toni Sudderth said “the movie was great, fantastic and others definitely need to watch it”.

Ms. Pat Oalden was so excited and pleased with this “Dynamite” movie she couldn’t contain herself. She said “I admire him and his strength even more because he never forgot where he came from, he took a stand and he always put his best foot forward. You should always take pride in what you do and he was true to himself”.


Patricia Oalden, Founder of Seeded Gifts of Passion and Leigh Davis-Turner, HBO Associate Regional Public Relation - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth


Ms. Marsha Sudderth enthusiastically said “the movie was awesome, very exciting, entertaining and was an experience I had never had before. With me being from Knoxville, Tennessee it reminded me of the days listening to James Brown’s radio station WJBE and my father playing his songs all the time real loud. Since this movie, I realize Mr. Brown had really deep messages in his songs and I understand him more as an artist and the person”.


One of his 391 albums - Courtesy of


I know I walked away from this movie with amazement and more respect for what Mr. James Brown stood for. His political stand also made a difference in the civil rights movement and it amazed me how he developed a close friendship with one of the Presidents of the United States. If  James Brown was living today, he would DEMAND  everyone Living In America to “Get On The Good Footand go to the Voting Polls this election and all the elections.  Voting is a RIGHT not a PRIVILEDGE.  Thanks Mr. James Brown for making a difference in our lifetime in so many different ways while your legacy continues to shine in the HBO Documentary film, Mr. Dynamite: the Rise of James Brown.


James Brown - Courtesy of


Danny Ray "Cape Man" suggesting you must see this documentary - Courtesy of CatMax Photography

James Brown Website


Copyright © 2014.October This story written and photos by Renee Sudderth for Splash Magazines. It is not to be sold or reproduce without written permission of Renee Sudderth



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