Africa Brown: Oscar Brown Jr.'s youngest star

Daughters of Legendary Fathers

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By DELORES MCCAIN

When the legendary Oscar Brown Jr., passed away in May 2005, the music industry was left with a large hole in its belly. Although Oscar cannot be replaced, we are fortunate to have his children carry on his legacy. Africa Pace Brown is one of Oscar's daughters and along with her sister, Maggie, the two young women perform as the new generation of Browns. Africa Brown's motherâ€"former dancer Jean Pace and Jean's sister, actress Judy Paceâ€"are also known for their contributions to the arts. Judy Pace is the attractive African-American actress who starred in many films during the 1960s and 1970s. Judy broke Hollywood's color line being the first black villain on TV in her role on Peyton Place in the late '60s.

Although Africa is a very private person and looks like a young teen herself, she enjoys her family and being mother to her three children.

The Interview

AWN: About what age did you realize your father was someone "special"

Africa: 4 years old

AWN: Did your father spoil you?

Africa: He did spoil me; he gave me anything and never spanked me at all.

AWN: What are the good points of being the daughter of a legend?

Africa: Being exposed to educational, artistic surroundings.

AWN: Are there any disadvantages of being the daughter of a legend (example: people wanting favors, etc.)?

Africa: People think you have money and/or connections in the music industry.

AWN: Did you feel your father was a stern disciplinarian?

Africa: Not at all. To me, if you were around him, you didn't want to disappoint him, so you met his moral standings at least.

AWN: Has your father been instrumental in promoting your career?

Africa: Being an example of conviction, supreme talent, and versatility.

AWN: How would you describe your father's legacy?

Africa: Endless and full of richness, and he was just getting started.

AWN: What was the most important thing you learned from your father?

Africa: How to be loved unconditionally, stand strong for your people or whatever you believe in, and the universe holds all the music for us to grab.

AWN: Did your father have a familiar quote that he used on you over the years?

Africa: When I would call him Daddy (like always), just talking or whatever, he would say, "Mr. Daddy to you, kid" and "Eating again?"

AWN: Marital status, children, and future goals?

Africa: I am a single mother of threeâ€"my daughter Indika, 13, son Dialo, 11, and Kayla is 7. And I don't have plans on getting married, but I am seeing someone.

In the future I would like to continue to work with my sister [Maggie], developing the many projects we have in store as well as work on independent things for myselfâ€"singing, acting and teaching.

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Traci Wells from Greenville  

Posted: May 23rd, 2020 8:49 PM

Hey there not sure if you remember me. I use to hang out with you and the fam in DC on 13th and Independence SE. Just glad to see you turned out good lil sis. Sorry to hear about your mom and pops passing. Peace and love always.

Patrick Thompson from washington Dc  

Posted: September 3rd, 2015 4:35 AM

Wow, I hope you see this. Our families hung tight when Yall was in dc back in the 70s. You, me and My sister got to hang out for weeks at a time. Do you remember Elaine and Larry? Bubbles and Ricky? If so, Hit me up on FB.

Peter Taylor from Boston  

Posted: July 13th, 2015 10:01 AM

I have a real strong memory of being about 14 and seeing an ad on tv in the early 60s for "Possums" and knowing immediately it was your Dad singing. In those days black folk celebrated ANY mainstream media exposure, and I called my friend Geoff - who is still my buddy 50 years on - saying "Turn on the tv, Oscar Brown Jr. has got an ad for Thom Mcan and its a good song!" I would love to hear it again . Any idea if there is any copy of it? - it meant a lot at the time. He is much missed. Pete

africa from chicago  

Posted: June 4th, 2015 8:21 AM

Hello please feel free to contact me I would love to hear more.

Jacqui Whitaker from Culpeper, VA  

Posted: April 6th, 2015 10:22 PM

I was privlleged to have known your Mother from the Washington, DC area in the late 60's early 70's. I modeled with your Mother and still have the outfit that was designed after her style although I can't fit it. I would love to have her head dresses made for me as I have to go bald due to hair problems. She was a bold, cold, warm sister. would like to talk.

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