blackface

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blackface the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negro
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Usage

In literature:

In the beginning, whites performed in blackface, and, only later, did Negroes themselves perform commercially.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
Go over,' says he to the blackfaces, 'and rap him up.
"The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
Mountain breeds: Cheviots, Blackfaced Mountain, Herdwick, Lonk, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Welsh Mountain, and Limestone.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
The blackfaced sheep of the hills had made it so, with their little pattering trotters which dug out a stone at every step.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
Ye look as bauld as a blackfaced wedder.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
On the larger farms in the Laigh Leicester sheep are kept all the year round, but in the uplands the Blackfaced take their place.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
We pursued it, and found that it led, in the first instance, to some blackfaced mountain sheep.
"In Mr. Knox's Country" by E. OEnone Somerville
In Scotland, the Cheviot and the Blackfaced are the two ruling types.
"The Romance of Industry and Invention"
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In news:

After its recent flirtation with blackface, V magazine has settled on a new publicity horse for its January issue.
Two were in blackface as they re- enacted a 2009 domestic abuse incident in which singer Chris Brown assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Nothing captures the dilemma of being a Jew in America as starkly as "The Jazz Singer," the paradigmatic tale of a cantor's son caught between the two worlds of immigrant Jewish life and success as a blackface entertainer on Broadway.
Along with "Buffalo Gals" and "Dixie," they perform lesser-known songs in the exaggerated dialect of blackface minstrels from that tumultuous era when slavery was breaking apart.
Blackface minstrels also helped popularize the banjo, an instrument with African roots.
People of Color you wouldn't kiss a guy in blackface, would you.
(WETM) – A pep rally at a New York high school has come under fire after some students allegedly dressed up in blackface and reenacted the assault of singer Rihanna by Chris Brown.
'Blackface': Painter Charles Browning's work was among that featured in the Foundry collective's recent performance show at Synapse .
Why Robert Downey Jr Can Get Away with Blackface.
Trying On Blackface in a Flirtation With Fire.
A few years ago, while I was teaching a graduate seminar, the subject turned to blackface minstrelsy, one of America's first popular art forms.
Dolce & Gabbana stirred sartorial shock by dangling blackface earrings in the shape of slave-like African women in their spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection, which also featured the taboo designs on dress prints.
Two white students in blackface re- enacted a 2009 domestic abuse incident in which singer Chris Brown assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna.
The Unbearable Whiteness of Piet- ing : Dutch Santa's Blackface Elves.
Legion, one wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume and leading another in blackface by a noose, won first place in the night's costume competition.
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