Betty Jean Newsome arrived in New York City from Wilson, North Carolina, sometime in the '50s. She has since corresponded with four presidents in her ministry. She shook it at the Peppermint Lounge and eventually became a go-go dancer. She knew Joe Tex, Sam Cooke, and Smokey Robinson, whom she says she may or may not have had a child with—"He's got those same eyes," notes Betty, referring to one of her seven sons. She says she wrote "It's A Man's World," but James Brown took all the credit.