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Black Mardi Gras leaders: Our 'makeup is NOT blackface'

When one of New Orleans' most cherished parades rolls today, float riders -- African-American and white -- will greet the screaming throngs wearing lofty feather headdresses, crinkly grass skirts and the sort of black face paint that most anywhere else might draw gasps and cries of racism.

A not-so-funny story about blackface

Some of your favorite comedy stars and "Saturday Night Live" cast members have donned blackface and escaped major criticism for it.