blackface

noun
black·​face | \ ˈblak-ˌfās \

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 scathing track accused Drake of having a secret illegitimate son, as well as unearthed a photo of Drake wearing blackface, which Drake later addressed. Fox News, "Drake subtlety hits back at Kanye West after the rapper calls him 'insensitive'," 30 Aug. 2018 There are many, including myself, who see the act of whites dressing in blackface as a disrespectful act. Ezra Klein, Vox, "White threat in a browning America," 30 July 2018 Megyn Kelly Today was canceled last week after host Megyn Kelly made controversial comments about blackface. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s What the ‘Today' Show Is Doing in the Third Hour Without Megyn Kelly," 29 Oct. 2018 The song's album art features an image of Drake allegedly wearing 19th century minstrel show blackface – an image Pusha T claims is an unedited photograph taken by David Leyes. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Pusha T claims Drake has a secret child with a porn star on new song," 30 May 2018 Gigi Hadid apologized for a European magazine cover that appears to show the model donning blackface. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gigi Hadid apologizes for appearing to wear blackface on Vogue Italia cover," 4 May 2018 The student used blackface to represent the black team. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Cal Poly fraternity suspended after member poses in blackface," 12 Apr. 2018 Drake explained a photo of him in blackface, which Pusha T used as the cover art for his latest (and ruthless) diss track. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Quickly catch up on the day's news," 31 May 2018 An undoctored photo taken by David Leyes of Drake in blackface, an image intended to correspond with Pusha’s claim that Drake grew up insecure about his mixed race heritage. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Pusha T Accuses Drake of Having an Illegitimate Child in Scathing New Diss Track," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of blackface

1847, in the meaning defined above

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