Written by | Ray Cornelius

HBO and the BronzeLens Film Festival recently hosted a private screening of the Alex Gibney’s documentary, Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown  at the Woodruff Art Center in Atlanta, GA. The red carpet screening was held in the Rich Auditorium and was hosted by Brown’s daughters, Deanna Brown-Thomas and Dr. Yamma Brown.

Brown Family

The Brown Family with HBO’s Janet Wally, Leigh Davis-Turner and BLFF’s Kathleen Bertrand

Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown is produced by music icon, Mick Jagger and chronicles the musical ascension of the “hardest working man in show business” who forever changed the face of American music. The documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, featuring rare and never-before seen archival footage and photographs along with current interviews from those who worked alongside Mr. Brown.

Lisa Wu

Lisa Wu with Yolanda Chavez, Talking with Tami, Erika Mitchell and guests

The event was attended by a number of ATL stars including creator of Funk Jazz Kafé Arts and Music Festival, Jason Orr; Hollywood Divas’ star Lisa Wu; Resurrection  actress Karen Ceesay; former football star Stevie Baggs, Jr.; TV and film actress Maria Howell; and Shayla Hale from Black and Sexy TV’s popular web-series, RoomieLoverFriends. Other special guests included Drumline: A New Beat actress Jasmine Burke and James Brown’s legendary “Cape Man” Mr. Danny Ray.

Check out photos below from the red carpet:

Tasia Grant, Karen CeeSay and Maria Howell

Actresses Karen Ceesay, Tasia Grant and Maria Howell

Tammy McGarity, Stevie Buggs Jr. and Jasmine Burke

Tammy McGarity, Stevie Baggs, Jr. and Jasmine Burke

Shayla Hale

Shayla Hale

Leigh Davis-Turner

HBO’s Leigh Davis-Turner with celebrity photographer Sue Ross

jason orr with Danny Ray and Keny Rye

Jason Orr and Ken Rye with James Brown’s “Cape Man” Mr. Danny Ray

Janet Wally, Kathleen Bertrand and Leigh

HBO’s Janet Wally and Leigh Davis-Turner with BLFF’s Kathleen Bertrand


Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown  premieres Monday, October 27 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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