Footnotes Book Launch
Meet the Black artists who rewrote the rules of the Great White Way in a new book by Caseen Gaines!
- Uncover the systemic factors that led to the erasure of the most influential Broadway musicals of the 1920s from our shared cultural memory
- Find out why Black musicians Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake are credited with kickstarting the Harlem Renaissance and bringing jazz to the mainstream
- Learn about the influence of Shuffle Along, a 1921 musical comedy with an all-Black cast, beyond Manhattan as it toured the United States, including the Jim Crow South
- Trace the legacy of Shuffle Along to shows like The Wiz, Dreamgirls and Hamilton and see how the show paved the way for Black actors on stage and screen
- Discover the role theater plays in America’s consciousness and how the industry has narrowed the opening created by Shuffle Along over the last century
About the event:
Author and pop culture expert Caseen Gaines will lead viewers through the glitz and glamour of New York City during the Roaring Twenties to reveal the revolutionary impact one show had on generations of Americans, and how its legacy continues to resonate today in this virtual book launch event!
Footnotes is the story of how composers Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, along with comedians Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, overcame poverty, racism, and violence to harness the energy of the Harlem Renaissance and produce a runaway Broadway hit that launched the careers of many of the twentieth century’s most beloved Black performers. Born in the shadow of slavery and establishing their careers at a time of increasing demands for racial justice, Sissle, Blake, Miller, and Lyles broke down innumerable barriers between Black and white communities at a crucial point in our history. Footnotes captures a moment in time that is relevant in so many ways today and underscores the importance of diverse creators living in their authentic truth and sharing stories they want to tell.
About Author Caseen Gaines
Author and journalist Caseen Gaines has written for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and NY Mag. He holds an MA from Rutgers University in American Studies, focusing on racial representations in popular culture.
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