blackface blackface

Definition(s):

  • (n) the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negro

Usage(s):

  1. Over station WMAQ, Chicago, on the night of March 28, 1928, the nation first heard the radio blackface comic strip team of Amos and Andy.
  2. The first talking film, The Jazz Singer, was, of course, about a white guy in blackface.
  3. In some, white employees don blackface, black employees whiteface, presumably to encourage the feeling that the difference in the races is, after all, only skin-deep.

News

  • Casting call turns out to be a prank

    About 30 women who thought they were auditioning for a movie were asked to perform in blackface, impersonate Adolf Hitler or shout Nazi slogans. None knew it was for a film within a film. Katey Zouck was excited to see a casting announcement on the website Actors Access for a role in the feature film "May the Best Man Win."        
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

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Quotes

  1. "I know that to your countrymen, that's an insult to have a blackface routine like that on the show, so I do apologise to you," Somers said.
    on Oct 8, 2009 By: Daryl Somers Source: BBC News

  2. On his Web site this morning, Connick, ever the gracious Southern gentleman, posted that, "I have absolutely no problem with comedic sendups or making fun of myself or others : Where I come from, blackface is a very specific and very derogatory...
    on Oct 8, 2009 By: Harry Connick Jr Source: Salon

  3. "There is a level of surrealism about black actors in blackface that can be interesting, but when you traffic in it, you can also be playing with explosive material, so you want to use those explosives carefully," said Mr. Wolfe, who emphasized...
    on Feb 2, 2010 By: George C Wolfe Source: New York Times

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