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The Godfather of Soulâs Daughter Speaks
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who, when you’re supposed to be around family and you have someone like your patriarch pass on Christmas day. It’s definitely hard to deal with.

EBONY: Do you have any advice for others in similar situations that have lost a family member during the holidays?

DB: All I can say is keep your hand in God’s hand. He is the only source of true peace and true joy, and every year will get better and easier.

EBONY: We’ve just heard word of a new James Brown biopic produced by Mick Jagger that’s in the works. What can you tell us about that?

DB: The deal just got inked, so a lot of stuff hasn’t even happened yet. They’re just starting to crack open the box on pre-production. But they will be working very closely with the family and we will be having our meetings soon. But news broke just as the deal was inked. But we’re looking forward to this being a classic and to showing why my father was respected and will be respected as the Godfather of Soul.

EBONY: Who would you like to see play your father in this movie?

DB: I’m going to be honest with you. Knowing my dad, there’s not going to be anyone who can really play him, but if they come close they are doing a great job. I know it’s going to be a strong actor. A lot of people have mentioned Eddie Murphy and my dad loved Eddie Murphy, he truly loved him, but he wasn’t excited about the thought of a comedian playing him. He’d always say, “Ain’t nothing about my life that’s funny.” So, to me, he was looking for someone who was going to bring some drama to the role. He was a serious guy, so I don’t know. It’s really hard to say who could do a good job with it but I hope that whoever it is that they realize there’s going to be a lot a study and a lot of work involved to get him down!

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