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"Mi Nombre Es": Chilean TV Features Blackface

By Michael Barba, Dec 1, 2011 9:41 AM


In Chile, the American Idol-like television show “Mi Nombre Es” premiered this October, featuring Las Vegas style performers imitating famous vocalists from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. The show entertains until it crosses comfort zones, mirroring American minstrel shows with contestants pretending to be Barry White and Ray Charles in full blackface.

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