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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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.
Lolade Adewuyi, a Nigerian journalist studying in Russia who witnessed the parade, told The Associated Press the people in blackface appeared as part of a section devoted to the June 17-July 2 Confederations Cup.
Using the jive program is the electronic equivalent of appearing in blackface –
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