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Rev. Al Went Straight for Godfather of Soul

8/17/2007 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ever wonder where Reverend Al Sharpton got that silvery sleek, decidedly un-nappy coiffure? The good Rev. tells TMZ that it was an edict from none other than music legend James Brown, and that he's keeping the coiffure to honor the late Godfather of Soul's memory.

According to a source close to Sharpton, a couple decades ago, the Godfather of Soul asked Sharpton to "straighten your hair like mine so when people see you they think you're my son." Papa's giving you a brand-new 'do!

Thus, when rapper David Banner called him a "permed-out pimp" in a recent tirade, it struck a particularly sore chord with Rev. Al, who was so close to Brown that he stood by James' coffin throughout his public visitation at the Apollo Theater last December.

What's more, don't look for the Rev. to give up the look anytime soon. In fact, he says he'll never give it up. "That's my bond with James Brown," he tells us.

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Lee Rivas    

It's a nice fairy tale you spin, Al. The reality is that as road manager for James Brown, you began to emulate the "look" of the Godfather of Soul to a frightening degree that freaked everybody out. You were never particularly popular with the other roadies and tolerated as a joke by ole Jim.

2539 days ago
47.

lucky    

Die Knee grow...

2539 days ago
48.

amy    

Actually this story of his hair has been known for years...

2539 days ago
49.

Mike    

What I want to know is, how are "Black Leaders" appointed? This guy, Jesse Jackass and the NAACP make money off of racism. All 3 of them even tradmarked the word "Hate Crime" for Blacks only. When a White farts around a Black *poof*. It's a hate crime and the Black Leaders are all over the place.. Black teens beat up White teens in Long Beach and get PROBATION. That's just teens being teens... (equal rights my ass). Homeless Advocate Ted Hayes.. Now that's a Black man I respect dearly

2539 days ago
50.

JJ    

WHAT CHURCH DOES THE REV. AL PREACH AT? THE WORD WAS HE HAD A "SHAM" OFFICE IN NYC WITH A FEW PHONES....DONATION TIME? HE ALSO OWED BACK RENT AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING WHERE HE HAD AN OFFICE....THIS GUY MADE AN INDUSTRY OUT OF HATE.....

2539 days ago
51.

Taz    

News Flash. This story is not new, not at least to the black community. We always knew the connection between the Big Perm and The Godfather of Soul.

2539 days ago
52.

Rev. Al Sharpton    

Complete conman, zero value.

2539 days ago
53.

LongJohn69    

"Slim Shady Sharpton" is just up to his old tricks again.

2539 days ago
54.

Mato1970    

Al Sharpton does not deserve to be called a reverend. A reverend points people to God. Al points people to himself. Moreover, everything he represents goes against God's word (abortion, gay marriage, etc). A true reverend should not support what God calls evil. And by the way, can anyone ever recall the time when Al Sharpton even mentioned God or Jesus?

2539 days ago
55.

Oh Boy    

Hey Rev.- you are a reverse racist clown with a perm. You'll do or say anything to get your face shown on TV. You are public enemy #1 for all Black people. Get with the times.

2539 days ago
56.

MrsC    

I wonder why my previous question was not answered, but removed. My question is: Who does Al Sharpton work for? Who signs his paycheck if he gets one? What is his yearly salary? Is he federally funded by grants (tax money)??

2539 days ago
57.

d    

sharpton is a jerkoff bigot.........period.

2539 days ago
58.

Dee    

This must have been a slow news day for ya. A lot of black people already know why Rev Al wears his hair like James Brown. Leave the black news alone; yall dont get it any way. Dont write about anything you dont already know or have experienced. Oops, if you did that you probably would have a column though.

2539 days ago
59.

d    

he should of crawled into that coffin with james brown that lame ass.he and brown

2538 days ago
60.

meat_arian    

AL SHARPTON and PARIS should both get awards for man and woman of the year,

And for TMZ maybe other people in the world dont EXIST.

it works for these 2 ; there is no such thing as bad PUBLICITY.

2538 days ago
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