chitlin circuit

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chit·lin circuit

or chit·lin' circuit  (chĭt′lĭn)
Informal A circuit of nightclubs and theaters that feature African-American performers and cater especially to African-American audiences: "I was traveling up and down ... with these little groups on what they call the chitlin' circuit" (Carter Jefferson).
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Indianola's blues clubs were an important stop on the now famed Chitlin Circuit, and enthusiastic blues fans flock here today hoping for an authentic blues experience.
Within weeks, I'd gone out of the chitlin circuit to playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
When Little Richard had a hit with "Tutti Frutti" and left the Chitlin Circuit for Los Angeles, the Famous Flames took over Richard's gigs with Brown as "Little Richard" and Byrd assuming the part of Brown.
As much as television soap opera, it evokes the plays performed for primarily African-American audiences on the so-called chitlin circuit.
Rather, the director of each of The Blues films concentrated on one aspect of the music: Martin Scorsese on African antecedents of the blues; Charles Burnett on blues and its associations with social concepts of sin; Richard Pearce on the chitlin circuit blues in Memphis and north Mississippi; Wim Wenders on Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, and J.
To a comic, the chitlin circuit meant the South, out-of-the-way theaters, low paychecks, funky hotel rooms, hot plates, and checks that might bounce.
Because gay men participated in rock from the start (although usually in the closet or behind the scenes), their expressions bloomed in the mainstream soon after Stonewall, while lesbians took the time to create their own network of women-only venues, much like the chitlin circuit of yore.
To use a metaphor, unlike the folks playing Carnegie Hall to standing ovations, attracting audiences who want to hear what the speaker has to say, Dyson is willing to write for the chitlin circuit, where hisses, boos and "Nigger, please
And he drops Jeff Brown (Clifton Brown), the manager who came up with him on the Chitlin Circuit, when he thinks he's being cheated and summarily replaces him with the sophisticated and efficient Joe Adams (Harry Lennix).
Equally at home on the chitlin circuit of the Jim Crow South and in swishy East Coast supper clubs, the ``Queen of the Blues'' was the first African-American female to achieve crossover success with white audiences.
Jimi's early musical experiences are also chronicled -- his R&B days in Nashville and touring throughout the country on the Chitlin Circuit, his musical apprenticeship with Little Richard and the Isley Brothers, and his life-changing time in Greenwich Village.
He drives and repairs his three buses as he roams the chitlin circuit he has been performing on since he left Chicago and its pure blues in the late 1960s.