Definition of blackface
: makeup applied to a performer playing a black person especially in a minstrel show; also : a performer wearing such makeup
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The show is adapted from a movie of the same name that follows the events leading up to a blackface party at a fictional and predominantly white Ivy League university.
Not everyone thinks Kim Kardashian West donned blackface intentionally to promote her new beauty line in a series of ads.
Germany’s Confederations Cup campaign opens against Australia in the Black Sea resort of Sochi where people in blackface wearing African clothing and carrying bananas marched in a government-parade last month.
Minniti, believing he and Neuman, both of whom are white, had been cast in blackface, reported the incident to the school as racist.
Eugene, Nov. 9: Three people were seen wearing blackface on the University of Oregon campus.
Pictures of the Carnival and the men in blackface soon emerged on the city's official website and Facebook page.
The student who wore blackface said that he was required to attend a 45-minute counseling session at the school as a form of discipline.
A photograph on the city government's official website showed two people in blackface at Saturday's parade.
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