James Brown was a charismatic singer and showman who revolutionized American black music through the blending of different genres and dance forms. He began with gospel music at an early age, then turned to soul music in the 1960s, reinvented funk music in the 1970s and took hold of rap or hip hop in the 1980s where he transformed each of these genres and took a bit of each to fashion a vibrant rhythm and blues which revolutionized Black music. Brown's vitality and spirit derived from his pride in his family as well as his ethnic culture. He has chanted this mantra many times on stage: "Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm proud".
As James Brown combined a distinct energy and animation within his music routines to display his pride in his family and ethnic culture, Unification philosophy combines and supports an understanding about the importance of the family and one's cultural background. Unification thought explains that "Peace has its foundation in the family, the cornerstone of peace. Through family, we not only reproduce the human species but also generate the human spirit, our character and our culture". (See: Core Values and Principles, The Universal Peace Federation www.upf.org).
James Brown derived strength and self-sufficiency from his family and his ethnic background which he wove into a musical style combining tight choreography and flamboyant showmanship. This has influenced many jump blues, club blues, Black rock and roll, doo wop, soul, Motown, funk, disco and rap groups around the musical world.