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La Mont Zeno TheatreBlack Fairy

Label:Better Boys Foundation Family Center – BBC 3101, Better Boys Foundation Family Center – BBF 1975
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Genre:Funk / Soul
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A1Black Fairy Meets Johnny
A2Please Give Me Some Magic
A3Black Fairy Meets Black Bird
A4Tell Them They Are Beautiful
A5Travel To Afrika (Instrumental)
A6Black Fairy Meets Queen Mother
A7Afrika's My Home
A8Black Land Of The Nile
A9Trip To America
A10Go Down Moses
A11Did You Feed My Cow
B1The Streets Of Harlem
B2Afrikan Children
B3Black Men Can Be Beautiful
B4Black Fairy
B5Eulogy For Black Fairy
B6Black Fairy Returns
B7Hey, Black Child
B8Johnny & Black Fairy
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Personnel: Black Fairy - Patricia Crawford; Black Bird - Denise Llorens; Queen Mother - Rhonada "MaseQua" Myers; Uncle Remus - Barry Ray; Johnny - Vincent Hardman.

"Black Fairy is a fairy tale, but not in the traditional sense. When writing this play, i did not want to re-create the types of fantasies which are so common in children's theater. There is no kind of magic that can relieve black children from the oppression that retards their development. However, I do feel giving them a better understanding of their heritage can help them achieve their true potential. And those of us who are concerned with their development should try to expose them to knowledge that gives them a positive sense of identity. Although I do feel that a children's play should be entertaining, I also feel it should be educational. Also, because there are so few children's plays which reflect the true black experience, I wanted to write a play that black children could identify with.
"Black Fairy" is a musical drama about a black fairy who lacks pride in herself, but when she meets Black Bird and Queen Mother (who take her to ancient Egypt, East Afrika, a southern slave plantation and the streets of Harlem) she begins to get a better understanding of her heritage. Her journey through the past enables Black Fairy to meet Aesop, Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Uncle Remus, Stag-O-Lee, Leadbelly and many other characters in black folklore and black history. At the end of her journey, Black Fairy realizes that "being black is nothing to be ashamed of", and is then able to share her knowledge with other black children. Even though Black Fairy doesn't completely resolve her dilemma, having knowledge of her heritage does give her more confidence to cope with the future.
It is only fair to mention that "Black Fairy" would never have come to life if it were not for the creative directorship of Pemon Rami and the music composed by Tony Llorens and Jerry Johnson. These people, more than anyone else, have made "Black Fairy" the success it has become. I also feel that without the full support of The Better Boys Foundation and its Board of Directors, the production and this album would not have been possible.
"Black Fairy" was the second play at the Lamont Zeno Community Theater, a cultural program of The Better Boys Foundation, a family agency located in Chicago's North Lawndale. Many of the youngsters who perform in the play are members of our Youth Theater Development Program which is partially funded by the National Endowment For The Arts. Under the capable guidance of Pemon Rami and his staff, we were able to take youngsters who had no previous theater experience and train them to become competent performers, and teach them other technical theater skills as well. The result of this effort has made "Black Fairy" a favorite amongst both children and adults who have had an opportunity to see it. During the summer of 1974, "Black Fairy" was performed for over four thousand children in Chicago. And, in April of 1975, it played to over two thousand children in Detroit at Mercy College.
"Black Fairy" is the first of many children's plays we hope to produce at The Better Boys Foundation. There is an Afrikan proverb which says: "Children are the reward of life". We at The Better Boys Foundation are dedicated to this belief, and feel that helping children to appreciate their heritage is one means of showing our concern for their development."
- Asante Sana / Eugene (Useni) Perkins.

Record Cover designed by Barbara Jones Hogu.

Recorded at PF Studios, Chicago, Illinois.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side): BBC-3101-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side): BBC 3101 B

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Black Fairy (LP)Taifa RecordsBBC 3101US1975
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Black Fairy (LP, Album, Reissue)Athens Of The NorthAOTNLP004UK2015
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Black Fairy (19×File, FLAC, Reissue, Remastered)Athens Of The NorthnoneUS2015
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Black Fairy (CD, Album, Reissue)Athens Of The NorthAOTNCD004UK2015
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Black Fairy (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Repress, Stereo, 100 copies only)Better Boys Foundation Family Center, Better Boys Foundation Family CenterBBC 3101, BBF 1975Italy2018

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