Author: Jim Grimsley
Music: Say it Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud
Composer/Artist: James Brown
It speaks volumes about my background that when I hear the phrase ‘Say it Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud,’ instead of the Godfather of Soul, I think first of Jimmy Rabbitte’s exhortation in the ‘Irish are the blacks of Europe’ scene from The Commitments. James Brown co-wrote this song. It’s easy to forget the power and the beauty of the man and his abilities as a songwriter when the images of crazed mugshots are so much fresher in the mind.
Link to streaming audio: James Brown (Spotify)