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Blackface Minstrelsy

Dear Mary Cheney: Here Are Reasons Why Drag Is Socially Acceptable and Blackface Is Not

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Drag is a celebration. Drag is an attitude. Characterizing drag queens as "bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty" is reductive and insulting. The female persona created by a drag queen is robust, powerful, enduring. She has moxie, smarts, humor and beauty.

There's History Behind Those Halloween Blackface Fails

The Root | Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 10.30.2014 | Black Voices

With Halloween approaching, we’ll soon see a rash of stories about young white college students who feel compelled to apologize for an unfortunate I...

That Ice Cream Truck Song You Grew Up Loving Has A Really Racist Origin

NPR | Posted 05.13.2014 | Black Voices

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is about a virulently racist song. Read no further if you wish to avoid racist imagery and slurs. "Nigger Love A Waterm...

Institutional Blackface

James Peterson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Black Voices
James Peterson

This blackface incident stings a bit more, not just because it's my alma mater, but because of the fact that a head coach of a Division I sports team was not aware that a student athlete engaging in this kind of act might not be a good look for the team, the program, or the university.

An Open Letter to White America, Particularly White Youth

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 12.24.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

While the racism, sexism, and homophobia evident in these social spaces and at GOP political rallies are nothing new, the justification, the denial, and the overall societal complacency about racism (and sexism) because our president is black, speaks to a broader issue confronting America.

Hot New Style for Fall: Don Virtual Blackface and Learn About Racism!

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 10.02.2012 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

I flipped the postcard over to find the trumpeting of The Race Experience, an "exciting, new interactive kiosk that allows us to see ourselves in a different skin... to change our 'race' and become Black, White, Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian and Hispanic." Holy. Hell.

Just Say No to Blackface: Neo-Minstrelsy and the Power to Dehumanize

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

Although some may dismiss the photos and Mr. Marrus' behavior as youthful indiscretion, as something of the past, and as harmless, these photos point to a larger history, one that whites have yet to reconcile within contemporary culture.

Olivier's Blackface Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

In the 1965 movie Olivier remained meticulous about the aesthetic preparation that would transform him into the Moor. Despite his studious approach, American critics balked at his blackface portrayal.

Little Billy Blackface: The Academy Awards and the Reestablishment of the Social Order

Javon Johnson | Posted 05.08.2012 | Black Voices
Javon Johnson

A couple weekends back, the Academy Awards, since its inception in 1929, awarded just its 14th Black Oscar winner in an acting category. Octavia Spenc...

German Play Sparks Controversy With Actor In Blackface | Posted 01.10.2012 | Black Voices

A German play has sparked controversy by making a move characteristic of theatre's painful past. Berlin's Schlosspark Theatre features a white act...

Breaking the Taboos of Blackface Minstrelsy

Jane Chafin | Posted 08.01.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

When I first visited artist Mark Steven Greenfield's studio a few years ago I felt as if I'd been dropped into a mine field loaded with taboo, political correctness, and liberal guilt.

Passing as Mixed Race

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia Dawkins

Should the media industry take responsibility for its formations of mixed race subjects, forging of interracial relations, and imagining "ambiguous" identification in today's increasingly diversifying world?

Blackface In Goodman Theatre Production Ignites Controversy

Chicago Sun-Times | Hedy Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A play at the Goodman Theatre that features a white actress in blackface is sparking controversy. Late Wednesday afternoon, hours before the opening ...