He sweats like James Brown. He sounds like James Brown. He pomades his hair like James Brown. And, given that there no longer is a James Brown, he is, de facto, James Brown.
The Godfather of Soul’s doppelganger, Black Velvet, charmed Fort Greene’s silver-haired set with a sex-charged, early bird luncheon and performance at the Masonic Temple in Fort Greene on June 6.
Black Velvet (who also goes by Charles Bradley and, when he’s in the mood, James Brown Jr.) shook the Lafayette Avenue temple with Brown’s funky vibe at the invitation of Councilwoman Letitia James and state Sen. Eric Adams, both noted funk fans.
The audience was drawn from neighborhood senior centers. Black Velvet is best known for performing “Please, Please, Please” in full Brown regalia while waiting to pay his respects to his idol at Brown’s December funeral at the Apollo Theater.
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