blackness blackness  /b ˈlæk nəs/


  1. (n) the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
  2. (n) total absence of light


  1. For years pundits excoriated young black kids for attacking other smart successful black kids by questioning their blackness.
  2. So addictive is this ploy that the fact of blackness has been abandoned for the theory of blackness.
  3. Housewives in hair curlers knit sweaters at the wheels of then-station wagons in the predawn blackness of Miami.


  1. Obama, Trayvon, and Campaign Money

    When it comes to George Zimmerman's acquittal, President Barack Obama needs to go much further. Saying "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago" is not enough. Although it was nice to see the commander in chief finally address the nation about his blackness, it's time for him to cr...
    on July 23, 2013     Source: Miami New Times

  2. Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, A Massive Blast from the Sun

    Man, there's a lot going on in the solar system today... A few minutes ago I posted Cassini's portrait of Earth as a pale blue dot floating in the blackness of space almost 900 million miles beyond Saturn's luminously beautiful rings. And no sooner did I hit the return button on my keyboard than I spotted this image, taken much closer to home... You're looking at an image captured by NASA's ...
    on July 23, 2013     Source: Discover

  3. Scientists show off Earth and moon, as seen from Saturn and Mercury

    The imaging teams for NASA's missions to Saturn and Mercury are showing off new views of Earth and the moon, seen as mere points of light against the blackness of space.
    on July 23, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS


  1. "At least on the basketball court I could find a community of sorts, with an inner life all its own," Obama wrote. "It was there that I would make my closest white friends, on turf where blackness couldn't be a disadvantage."
    on Jun 16, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

  2. Our first hint that the race card had found a new game was when Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison called Bill Clinton "our first black president": "Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor,...
    on Dec 12, 2007 By: Toni Morrison Source: Indianapolis Star

  3. But Searfoss said the main enjoyment will be the vantage point _ "high enough to look out across the horizon and see that thin blue line of the atmosphere, see the blackness above you even though its broad daylight below."
    on Aug 26, 2007 By: Rick Searfoss Source:

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