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1. Makeup for a conventionalized comic travesty of black people, especially in a minstrel show.
2. An actor wearing such makeup in a minstrel show.


1. (Theatre)
a. a performer made up to imitate a Black person
b. the make-up used by such a performer, usually consisting of burnt cork
2. (Animals) a breed of sheep having a dark face



a. black facial makeup, orig. burnt cork, worn by theatrical performers, esp. in minstrel shows.
b. a performer wearing such makeup.
2. a heavy-faced type.
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Noun1.blackface - the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negroblackface - the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negro
makeup, make-up, war paint - cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
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The blackface persona,' according to Lane, 'became the vehicle for the expression of social alternatives to the status quo, enabling the emergence of a "Cuban" humor, style, and rhythm' (80).
Louis Chude-Sokei titles his study after Bert Williams, the famed--and infamous-symbol of blackface minstrelsy in America.
Since Eric Lott first exhaustively mined the considerable complexities of blackface minstrelsy in Love & Theft [1993], studies of minstrelsy have, as the author of this study puts it, become a virtual "cottage industry," further deepening and broadening our understanding of minstrelsy's fraught representations of race, class, and gender.
The Caribbean West Indian conceit that instilled in and was created by Bert Williams's blackface also found the same release in Lincoln Perry, without blackface via Stepin Fetchit.
Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy (Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1996).
A white man reportedly used blackface to conceal his identity during an alleged armed robbery of a Las Vegas casino in January.
In response to a video posted by a Taiwanese YouTuber of himself in blackface and a Nazi uniform, an African American living in Taiwan created his own video with his take on the controversial content.
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Covering the period from the late 18th century to the present, this accessible yet scholarly history looks at blackface makeup, blackface masking, minstrel shows, and other forms of racial impersonation in Philadelphia, such as street performance, festivals, theater, and graphic art.
Anthony Clark, a teacher at Oak Park River Forest High School, will be reinstated on Thursday after being suspended with pay nearly a week ago over his response to an incident involving a white student posing in blackface.
We were extremely ignorant of blackface and did not understand the implications of our actions We hope that you will help educate us on these and other issues, so that we can become better people and better artists.
University of Oregon President Michael Schill on Monday said he is "both mad and more than a little sad" that a law professor wore blackface to a private Halloween party.