James Brown: One Year Later
A family affair

For the children of James Brown, memories of their father and a focus on the future keep the past year's drama in perspective.

Video: Brown children share favorite memories

THE ESTATE
Where did the money go?

Amid the tabloid developments surrounding James Brown's death, two questions loom over all of them: How much money did the late singer -- who reportedly made $18 million from performances alone in the past decade or so -- have when he died? And what happened to it?

THE FUTURE OF JAMES BROWN
A legacy in limbo

Courtroom battles have paralyzed the late singer's philanthropic trust funds, and plans for a Spike Lee film about his life are on hold.

The Godfather and the King

When James Brown's friend Elvis Presley died in 1977, there was no squabbling over the will. But transforming Graceland into a mecca for his fans wasn't without hurdles.

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Annual toy drive thrives in late James Brown's honor

The Rev. Al Sharpton, the community and the late soul singer's children kept James Brown's annual Christmas toy giveaway alive Thursday, handing out countless toys to hundreds of area children at the Imperial Theatre.

Cannon gets contempt charge

James Brown's former accountant has been charged with contempt of court, and unless he forks over $433,000 he could be locked up in a state prison for six months.


Case against judge could be difficult

AIKEN - Former James Brown trustees might have an uphill battle proving they were improperly forced to resign by Judge Jack Early.


New Brown trustees opposed

AIKEN - The Georgia Attorney General's Office wants the lawyers overseeing James Brown's estate to keep their hands off his money, saying they've violated the singer's last wishes by paying bills with cash intended for charity and his grandchildren.


Brown estate battle continues

AIKEN - The squabbling over James Brown's estate lands back in court Thursday, with a former trustee expected to testify where $7 million or more of the late singer's money went.

Museum plans Brown tribute

The Augusta Museum of History announced that Payback (celebrate James Brown), a festival-style concert, will take place May 3 at Augusta Common. A long-term exhibition, titled The Godfather of Soul: Mr. James Brown, will open the same day.


Misuse of Brown money alleged

AIKEN - One of James Brown's former trustees narrowly avoided being held in contempt of court Monday, but David Cannon was warned not to sell off any of his assets amid allegations that he might have misappropriated millions of the late singer's money.


Woman wants share of Brown estate

AIKEN - The Houston woman recently confirmed to be one of at least three illegitimate children fathered by James Brown is contesting his will, which did not mention her.

Daughter speaks about Brown

Another unacknowledged child of James Brown - confirmed as his daughter through DNA testing - has come forward, saying she regrets she never got to prove to him that she's his.


Court battles spark questions

AIKEN - Fighting over James Brown's estate isn't cheap. But just how much all the courtroom battles are costing isn't clear, or how much of the entertainer's money will be left to help educate the needy children he specified.

PHOTO REPRINTS

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ON THE RECORD
SPECIAL SECTION: A LIFE OF SOUL
The amazing James Brown
Biographical timeline
Albums of a lifetime
Landmarks of a legend
Golden memories
WERE YOU THERE?
Once in a lifetime

See more than 800 photos from Augusta's historic farewell to James Brown on Saturday.

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Rocking out

Highlights of performances and eulogies in Saturday's funeral for the Godfather of Soul.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOWS
Augusta remembers James Brown
Part 1
Part 2

Final Farewell

Interviews and photos from outside the Apollo Theater in New York, where thousands gathered to pay their respects to James Brown.

Kind Words

Hear highlights of Rev. Al Sharpton's speech at the public viewing held at the Apollo Theater. Mr. Brown made his debut there in 1956.

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OBITUARY

'Godfather of Soul' is gone

James Brown, the world renowned musical celebrity who never forgot his hometown of Augusta, died unexpectedly Christmas morning in an Atlanta hospital. He was 73.



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