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Tell The Damn Story

235 EpisodesProduced by Alex Simmons & Chris RyanWebsite

Where we interview and talk about the challenges and successes of writing books, comics, film, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.


Tell The Damn Story 199: Why Betting On Black ... Broadway, Can Be Bittersweet.

A long buried Broadway secret is now getting national attention because of one man's long shot.

Chris and Alex welcome the return of author CASEEN GAINES, this time to delve into how his new book, FOOTNOTES, is getting national recognition.  From the Hollywood Reporter to the New York Times, and more.  

The three dig deep into the gamble that Caseen took, writing about the fate of a long forgotten, controversial 1920s black Broadway musical ("Shuffle Along").  How a show that was a hit, while igniting conflict on both sides of the color line, then and for many years there after.

It's an episode that explores the creative process, pitching to mainstream publishing, and the double-edge complications of racial representation.

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#caseengaines #Footnotes #shufflealong #blackpanther #spokenword #wedon'tneednoroads #peewee'splayhouse #darkcrystal #writers

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