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Early on, the roles that Blacks portrayed in any form of media was the "mammy" "uncle tom" "buck" "wench/jezebel" "mulatto" or "pickaninny" Sometimes, most times, blacks weren't even cast by blacks. They had whites in blackface portray Blacks on stage. http://black-face.com/

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from Smithsonian

The Story Behind the Failed Minstrel Show at the 1964 World's Fair

The integrated theatrical showcase had progressive ambitions but lasted only two performances

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from NPR.org

The Extraordinary Story Of Why A 'Cakewalk' Wasn't Always Easy

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from mirror

Was The Black & White Minstrel Show the most racist TV programme ever?

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Drawing of a man in blackface make-up wearing raggedy clothes and white stockings, dancing a jig with an exaggerated facial expression.