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Pie Pie Blackbird

by Nicholas Sammond

This 1932 Vitaphone short offers an example of "black vaudeville." Jazz singer Nina Mae McKinney teams up with the composer/bandleader Eubie Blake and child tap phenomena for a routine in which McKinney plays Mammy to the boys, sings about "Massah," and Blake and his band appear as chefs inside a giant pie. The stereotypes are rife, and major African American stars of the day are forced to inhabit them in a loose form of minstrelsy

Pie Pie Blackbird

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A "black vaudeville" routine with Nina Mae McKinney and the Nicholas Brothers.

from Pie Pie Blackbird (1932)
Creator: Warner Bros.
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Nicholas Sammond