- an entertainer, especially in a minstrel or vaudeville show, made up in the role of a black person. By the mid-20th century, these entertainers had declined in popularity because their comic portrayal of negative racial stereotypes was considered offensive.
- the facial makeup, as burnt cork, used in this role: They performed in blackface.
Examples from the Web for blackface
Was the blackface scene with Gene Wilder in Silver Streak an important step in how American audiences view minstrelsy?How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
None have performed in blackface to my knowledge, but the decade is still young.
In the 1840s, blackface was the most popular “art form” in America.
Thanks to the presence of blackface and KKK costumes, her offensive fete went viral and earner her instant infamy.
Speaking of Bamboozled, every Halloween you hear a horror story of a celebrity in blackface costume.Spike Lee on Blackface, ‘Oldboy,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ and The Brooklyn Nets|Jimmy So|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the upper valleys of the Alps there are many local varieties, one of which at Ossola is like the Scottish blackface.
British Dictionary definitions for blackface
- a performer made up to imitate a Black person
- the make-up used by such a performer, usually consisting of burnt cork