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ˈblækˌfeɪsblack·face

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blackfacenoun

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

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  1. blackfacenoun

    a style of theatrical makeup in which a white person blackens the face in order to represent a negro

    Etymology: From black + face

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  1. Blackface

    Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the proliferation of stereotypes such as the "happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation" or the "dandified coon". In 1848, blackface minstrel shows were an American national art of the time, translating formal art such as opera into popular terms for a general audience. Early in the 20th century, blackface branched off from the minstrel show and became a form in its own right, until it ended in the United States with the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Blackface was an important performance tradition in the American theater for roughly 100 years beginning around 1830. It quickly became popular elsewhere, particularly so in Britain, where the tradition lasted longer than in the US, occurring on primetime TV as late as 1978 and 1981. In both the United States and Britain, blackface was most commonly used in the minstrel performance tradition, but it predates that tradition, and it survived long past the heyday of the minstrel show. White blackface performers in the past used burnt cork and later greasepaint or shoe polish to blacken their skin and exaggerate their lips, often wearing woolly wigs, gloves, tailcoats, or ragged clothes to complete the transformation. Later, black artists also performed in blackface.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blackface in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blackface in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of blackface in a Sentence

  1. Wornie Reed:

    White supremacy still reigns, and the person who does blackface may not subscribe to all the tenets of it, but they are operating under that general idea.

  2. Governor Ivey:

    Even after listening to the tape, I sincerely do not recall either the skit, which evidently occurred at a Baptist Student Union party, or the interview Baptist Student Union, both which occurred 52 years ago. Even though Ben LaRavia is the one on tape remembering the skit -- and I still don't recall ever dressing up in overalls or in blackface -- I will not deny what is the obvious, as such, I fully acknowledge -- with genuine remorse -- my participation in a skit like that back when I was a senior in college.

  3. David Pilgrim:

    From the very beginning, putting on a blackface has been to act like either a foolish negro or a dangerous nigger.

  4. Kyna Hamill:

    As I mentioned in my article, the first documented performance of the song is in a blackface minstrel hall in Boston in 1857, the same year it was copyrighted, much research has been done on the problematic history of this nineteenth-century entertainment.

  5. Bill Maher:

    Well, I think this is worse than Ralph Northam, what's worse, blackface at a party in 1980 … or actually sexually harassing women in 2021 and who work under you?

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