It Is 2017, Let's Finally Put Blackface To Bed

Ben Johns | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Obviously, people of colour provide such inspiration that it might seem irresistible to engage with this through a fancy-dress costume, but maybe think again. Go as Ginger Spice instead of a Geisha, Ali G rather than Jay Z and if you are after something more nostalgic, Andy Pandy as an alternative to a golliwog. Just please, for your own sake, don't bring out the face paint.

British Army Accused Of Racism Over 'Blackface' Tweet

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK

The British Army has been accused of racism after posting a picture of a soldier which a number of people complained appeared to reference blackface. ...

Aboriginal Mother Fuels Race Debate With Picture Of Daughter In ‘Whiteface’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK

An Aboriginal mother in Australia has posted a picture of her child in ‘whiteface’ following a racism row over ‘blackface’. Bec Bee was respon...

This Woman Wrote An Incredibly Moving Response To The Man Who Ridiculed Her With 'Nutella Blackface'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A 24-year-old woman who was racially abused by a man who used "Nutella blackface" to ridicule her has written a moving open letter saying the incident...

'Tis the Season to Don Blackface: How My Friends Celebrate Christmas

Fisayo Fadahunsi | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK
Fisayo Fadahunsi

Despite the warnings, 5 December, and the days and weeks that surrounded it, still proved to be a major challenge for me. Although I was aware that people were going to don blackfaces, I couldn't help but be surprised by the scale of the practice. Children and adults alike wore their afro wigs, red lips and gold earrings with pride...

Student Slammed For 'Blacking Up' To Be Nicki Minaj At Homecoming Ball

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A student in Florida, US, has been slammed on Twitter for blacking up as singer Nicki Minaj for her homecoming ball. Emma Johns, a student at Hill...

Rachel Dolezal Denies 'Blackface' Accusations And Insists 'I Identify As Black'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

A civil rights activist accused of masquerading as an African-American woman has insisted: “I identify as black.” Rachel Dolezal quit as Presi...

These South African Students Thought It Was OK To Dress Up As Black Housemaids..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Two South African students are facing expulsion from their university after dressing up as black maids and posting the pictures on Facebook. The pa...

Doh! Church Uses ‘Blacked-Up' Mannequin to Promote Christian Aid Week (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK

A church has apologised after using a “blacked-up” mannequin for a display promoting a charity drive. The white tailor’s dummy, holding a bl...

Is This Picture Racist? No, You're Just 'Ignorant,' Says Labour Candidate

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK

A Labour candidate has defended rural English dancers who black up their faces - claiming critics are ignorant of history. Folk dances that involve...

The Case Against Black Pete

Darian Meacham | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Darian Meacham

On Thursday December 5th the fantastic state-funded nursery of my 2 year old child was visited by Saint Nicholas or, as he's known in Belgium and the ...

Students Apologise For Blacking Up As Jamaicans At Fancy Dress Party

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Students who "blacked up" as the Jamaican bobsleigh team, made famous by the film Cool Runnings, have apologised saying they were "not aware" they wer...

Outrage As Students 'Black Up' As Jamaican Cool Runnings Team

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Students have described their "disgust" at fellow York University undergraduates who "blacked up" as the Jamaican bobsleigh team, featured in the film...

Law Students In Race Row After 'Blacking Up' As Somalian Pirates

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Law students at one of the UK's top universities are in the middle of a race row after "blacking up" as Somalian pirates and attending a party. The...

Student In Blackface Halloween Costume Wins First Prize In Fancy Dress

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A student who painted his face black was awarded first prize in a Halloween fancy dress competition by his student union - despite others dubbing the ...

Seriously, Who Thought This Africa Party Was A Good Idea?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

Elephant and gorilla costumes, warpaint and youngsters blacked up as Nelson Mandela sounds like a cringeworthy colonial get-together from the 19th cen...

Zwarte Piet: Debate Rages Over 'Racist' Dutch Tradition

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK

Debate over whether a traditional Dutch Christmas character is a harmless festive figure or an oppressive racist incarnation has been reignited in the...