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/
You are viewing a picture portraying a Minstrel. This is a lithograph advertising the William West Minstrel Show. The Lithograph was created in 1900, by the Strobridge Lithograph Company. Minstrel shows involved white men painting their faces black, and then putting on a show. The shows typically portrayed blacks as ignorant and of low class. The Minstrel show provided entertainment at the expense of African Americans.
Don't get what's wrong with blackface? Here's why it's so offensive. - Its American origins can be traced to minstrel shows. In the mid to late nineteenth century, white actors would routinely use black grease paint on their faces when depicting plantation slaves and free blacks on stage.
This image depicts a black caricature, or an an image that paints African Americans as strange. The video below is a satire animated cartoon on the history of gun violence and racism in the United States, from Michael Moore’s documentary “Bowling For Columbine.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJyKTilOQXA&list=FLv1sloFwrjDa1Zly2eDiRVw
March 19, 1894 Loretta Mary Aiken (Jackie “Moms” Mabley), stand-up comedienne, was born in Brevard, North Carolina. At the age of 15, Mabley ran away to Cleveland, Ohio with a travelling minstrel show where she began singing and entertaining.By the 1950s, she was one of the top women doing stand-up and earning $10,000 per week at the Apollo Theater.