The Late Godfather of Soul James Brown’s daughter set to speak at Voorhees

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The Late Godfather of Soul James Brown’s daughter set to speak at Voorhees

March 13, 2018

Deanna Brown-Thomas, daughter of the legendary “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, will be the keynote speaker during the Voorhees College Women’s History Month kickoff celebration on Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m. in the Massachusetts Hall Auditorium.

The Voorhees Women’s History Month theme is “Celebrating Black Girl Magic: Voorhees Women Changing Minds, Changing Lives, and Changing the World.”

Thomas is a native of Queens, N.Y. and was raised in Augusta, Ga. She is a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio & television personality, actress, and writer. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson State University and a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license from Columbia School of Broadcasting.

Thomas is the founder of the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils, also known as J.A.M.P., a year-round musical village dedicated to teaching students to play instruments, write and create their own music.  She is also founder of the James Brown Family Performing Arts Center (JBFPAC), which is a theatre- arts, fashion, and fine arts initiative in New York.

She boasts an extensive career as a broadcaster for Clear Channel, Radio One and CBS Affiliate, WRDW.  Thomas was program director and on-air personality at WERD and WAAW in Georgia, both owned by James Brown.  She developed an appreciation and understanding of the music industry by watching, working and traveling with her dad as executive vice-president of James Brown Enterprises.

Thomas debuted as a film and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) actress in “New York Undercover” and “Blues Brothers” (2000). In addition, she had a role in the award-winning Broadway play “Pippen”, starring Ben Vareen, and the play “Soul Brother Number One” at the Augusta Mini Theater.  Also, Thomas was a special guest of the popular show “I Bear A famous Name,” which airs on German Public Television. 

Currently, she is filming her own show “The Deanna Brown Show” and has written her first children’s book, “Little Miss D.” Additionally, she serves as the president of The James Brown Family Foundation Inc., (JBFF) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created according to the wishes of James Brown.  Through JBFF, she advocates charitable giving and conducts an annual James Brown Turkey and Toy giveaway in Augusta and New York, where thousands of underprivileged children and families have received turkeys and toys during the holidays.

Thomas was named an Ambassador for “Feed The Hungry” because of her continuous work to provide meals to those who are less fortunate.  She is a member of Carpentersville Baptist Church, where she is a Trustee, and a member of The Christian Education Ministry and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., participating in many charity fundraisers for youth development. 

Thomas is a former member on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame and an active board member for The Augusta Museum of History where, she helped create the first and largest museum exhibit of James Brown memorabilia in the world.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu.