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  1. 22/03/2018 · Damning Evidence Shows Actor Al Jolson Wearing Blackface. 3/22/18 12:27PM. BURBANK, CA—In a revelation that many are saying will tarnish his widely celebrated legacy, sources confirmed Thursday that damning footage recently obtained from Warner Bros. Pictures shows stage and film star Al Jolson wearing blackface. “It’s unfortunate, given ...

  2. Lithuanian-born American singer, comedian, and actor Al Jolson (1886 – 1950) Wearing Blackface Makeup, circa 1920. Original Caption reads: 'Al Johnson in his famous blackface makeup. The idea to appear like this is said to have been suggested to him way back in 1906 by an old negro whom he had met in the early days of his career'.

  3. Jolson was no saint, as all but his most ardent defenders are quick to admit. Even during his lifetime, he was deprecated for a host of vices, from selfishness to overweening pride. But with the passing years, these diminish in comparison to his chief transgression: his persistent use of the burnt-cork makeup commonly known as blackface.

  4. Al Jolson famous for performing in blackface was the only white man who was allowed into the all-black nightclubs in Harlem. The reason being that he helped many black people succeed in the music business and fought against racial discrimination.

  5. A word about Al Jolson, blackface, and race. Blackface: the word conjures up images of minstrelsy and all the negative feelings that those images bring. True, that in the mid-19th century, most blackface minstrelsy contained pejorative elements and these depictions of African-Americans were often negative and harmful to the black race.

  6. TIL Al Jolson famous for performing in blackface was the only white man who was allowed into the all-black nightclubs in Harlem. The reason being that he helped many black people succeed in the music business and fought against racial discrimination.

  7. 05/09/2020 · The Jolson Story supplies blackface in odd quantity, but the grotesque quality of the blackface it recreates is also notable. The film shows closeup after closeup of Jolson’s rolling eyes and leering face smeared with black shoe polish, which goes beyond recreating an antique vestige of another era.