Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:38
"Knock Me A Kiss" is a fictionalization based on actual people and events. In 1928, rising swing band leader Jimmie Lunceford pursues the affections of beautiful Yolande DuBois, daughter of W.E. DuBois, 20th Century America's first Black public intellectual and co-founder of NAACP. While Yolande likes Jimmie, she also finds him somewhat coarse. She instead chooses betrothal to her father's choice for her, the educated, refined poet Countee Cullen, a major American literary figure. The impending nuptials are a social event of the first magnitude, a union of Black American royalty at the height of the Harlem Renaissance.
All is not well, however. Yolande learns that Countee's truest affections and his heart belong to another. Yolande wonders if she should give Jimmie another chance. The title of Charles Smith's play "Knock Me A Kiss" is taken from a popular song of the swing era composed by Mike Jackson and Andy Razaf.
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