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  • noun A small piece; a fragment.

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  • noun used chiefly in compounds and attributive uses chitlins


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  • Library of Congress The term "chitlin' circuit" has congealed into showbiz cliché denoting a shabby, second-rate purgatory where oldies acts like Sam and Dave toiled before crossing over to mainstream success.

    On the Midnight Special Eddie Dean 2011

  • '50s and late' 60s, this -- this resort become sort of a-- a high point on what they called the chitlin circuit.

    Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twentieth-Century 1999

  • His self-financed musicals, playing rented halls on what is often called the chitlin 'circuit, have grossed $80 million to $100 million in the last seven years, by his account.

    Diary of a Thriving Black Artist 2007

  • For the past two decades, gritty but uplifting dramas and gospel musicals have toured what is frequently called the chitlin circuit, drawing millions of customers to see such stars as Cecily Tyson, Billy Dee Williams, Tyra Banks and Babyface.


  • Johnny Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland and a handful of others is the among the last of a dying breed of performers doing hundreds of shows a year in the dives and juke joints, mostly in the south, that became known as the chitlin circuit.

    Local News from Tuscaloosa News By Tommy Stevenson 2010

  • After the second child, C.L. Franklin urged his daughter to put her singing talent to use -- in the black clubs and theaters known as the chitlin circuit.

    The Original Do-Right Woman 2008

  • Stages, tour buses and hotels would be Mr. King's world from that point on, and the museum makes one of its several shifts in color and tone to illustrate the excitement and struggle of shepherding a big band around the network of black clubs and halls known as the chitlin 'circuit during the segregated 1950s and' 60s.

    B.B. King's Hometown Museum Craig Havighurst 2008

  • I've never seen his plays, because it seems that the plays and other plays from the so-called chitlin circuit always play to the lowest common "ghetto" denominator, kinda like shows from the defunct network, UPN.

    Sacred Profanities: Sexual Politics in the "Black Bible Belt" Anxious Black Woman 2007

  • Haney was born in Vidalia and, after serving in the military during World War I, moved to Ferriday, where he sold insurance, operated a barbecue restaurant, ran a hotel and most famously opened Haney's Big House, a nightclub that played host to many famous black musicians on what was known as the chitlin 'circuit.

    The Natchez Democrat Hogan Vershal 2010

  • That means dancin' chitlin's, rappin' Rudolph and other surprises from the Grammy-winning choir in its 32nd annual presentation. 7:30 p.m. rss feed 2010


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