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Definition of the Black and White Minstrels from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Black and White Minstrels

 
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a British group of men and women who sang and danced on the stage and in a popular BBC television show (1958-78). The men often had black make-up on their faces. This type of entertainment had been popular in 19th-century America, and Al Jolson had used similar make-up in his films in the 1930s, but by 1978 this had become unacceptable to audiences and the show never returned to television.