BLB Virtual Events: Footnotes, Caseem Gaines

Before Hamilton, there was Shuffle Along, a musical achievement that paved the way for many Black creatives and continues to resonate today!

About this event

Before Hamilton, before The Wiz, and even before Porgy and Bess, there was Shuffle Along, an unforgettable theatrical achievement that paved the way for innumerable Black actors, dancers, musicians, and composers and left an indelible mark on our popular culture and our lives.

Footnotes is the story of how Sissle and 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 and representation for people of color, Sissle, Blake, Miller, and Lyles broke down innumerable barriers between Black and white communities at a crucial point in our history.

Join author and pop culture expert, Caseen Gaines, for a BLB Virtual Event on Thursday, June 17th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT. Tickets here.  Book purchase includes a signed bookplate while supplies last.

Caseen Gaines will lead us 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.


Shipping is US and Canada only. Please contact Brain Lair Books with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

Event date: 

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

South Bend, IN 46617