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

  • 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.
  • To start with, says Bennett, Lincoln was a crude bigot who habitually used the N word and had an unquenchable thirst for blackface-minstrel shows and demeaning "darky" jokes.
  • The first talking film, The Jazz Singer, was, of course, about a white guy in blackface.
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  • 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."        
    June 19, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

  • Daryl Somers in BBC News
    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.
  • Harry Connick Jr in Salon
    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...
  • George C Wolfe in New York Times
    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...

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