James McBride, journalism professor at NYU, musician, the author of the novel The Good Lord Bird, the memoir The Color of Water and now Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul (Spiegel & Grau, 2016), tells James Brown's story and what it explains about American culture even now.
James Brown "was always more of a Southerner than he was a black man." - #KillEmAndLeave author James McBride, to @BrianLehrer
— Josh Weinberger (@kitson) April 8, 2016
"Listen, when you're hearing Reverend Sharpton speaking, you're really hearing James Brown." -author James McBride
— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) April 8, 2016