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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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I cannot STAND this guy. He looks like a middle-aged woman! Thank you, TMZ: Now I'm blind!

2585 days ago


67. I cannot STAND this guy.

Posted at 6:27AM on Aug 19th 2007 by Becky

Iam very sure he is happy that YOU THOUGHT OF HIM

Ya think he gives F%$^ about you.... keep it coming the man is a STAR.

2585 days ago


It's a story that's never been told??? Well, not unless you include the hundreds of times Sharpton has told it over the last couple of decades. EVERYONE knowledgable in the Black community knows of the James Brown-Sharpton connection. Just because white folks don't know about it doesn't mean it hasn't been told. It doesn't suddenly BECOME news when YOU deign to print it, Harvey.

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