The Fabulous James Brown and His Vanishing Millions
Monday, Feb. 27th @ 6:00pm
Panel discussion, Reception to follow
The American soul music legend James Brown, who died in December 2006, left his entire estate, more than $100 million, to educate poor children in South Carolina and Georgia. More than ten later, not a single penny has reached those children. The reason: Dozens of lawsuits, powerful judges have it out in a case involving race, class, marriage, and wild accusations, with lawyers collecting millions in legal fees, paid out of Brown’s estate.
Reporter Sue Summer of The Newberry S.C. Observer has followed the case from the beginning. Come meet her with Kevin Flynn of The New York Times, NYU Journalism Professor Charles Seife, and NYU Distinguished Writer in Residence, James McBride as the four discuss the reporting challenges of one of the most controversial music cases in recent years.
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