Dear list members
I'm posting this in the hope that someone might help me recall an elusive
citation.    Somewhere in the acres of reading I have done on blackface in
the last few months, I remember seeing mention of a early-to-mid
20th-century African-American actor explaining why (in an all-black musical)
some numbers were staged using blackface and some were not.  He said "We
used blackface when we had something crazy to say."  Does anyone recognise
this quote, or maybe even the text in which it is quoted?

with grateful thanks in advance

Dr Laurie Stras
Music Department
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1RG

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