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28 Days of Black Cosplay – Week Two

 

Last week, many of you got to see cosplayers from all walks of life.  Married cosplayers, parents and even non POCs who support what we do.  This week we feature several more cosplayers who will tell you why #28daysofBlackCosplay is such a positive thing and why we all should understand its importance to promoting positive images.

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Name: Pollux
From: New York, NY
Cosplay: Poison Ivy

#28DaysofBlackCosplay is important to me because it is so empowering to transform into characters that I love, all the while embracing my own skin. It’s especially important to show little black girls and boys that they absolutely CAN be their favorite heroes or villains no matter what their complexion or background is. In such a divisive world, I feel that Cosplay should be a way to unite and connect us all.

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pollux.model
Instagram: @pollux.m
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Name: Madeline P
Trill La Trill Cosplay
From: Delaware
Cosplay: Harley Quinn

#28DaysofBlackCosplay is so important because representation makes a huge difference in the eyes of impressionable children. #28DaysofBlackCosplay also encourages teens and adults of all ages, who feel insecure about being teased for doing something that is considered nerdy, and a “non-Black” thing to do. #28DaysofBlackCosplay also shows people the artistic talent and crafting skills of artists of color!
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Name: Kurenai Kiba
From: Baltimore, MD
Cosplay: Isabel from Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

It all boils down to representation. It’s a tool to inspire others in the minority communities to participate and let them know that they are not alone. This is a chance to flood social media, to show those who are too afraid to cosplay, that we are out here with a beautiful range of positive images and amazing people who are just like them.

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Name: Corey M
From: Upper Marlboro, MD
Cosplay: Sam Wilson Captain America

#28Daysofblackcosplay is important to me because Representation Matters.  African Americans are routinely underrepresented in all facets of our country’s history, leading many to believe that we haven’t been – or aren’t even capable – of contributing anything meaningful to society. Even in comic books, black people are grossly underrepresented. Unfortunately in the cosplay community there are still those who don’t believe there is a place for non-white or non-Asians and that there are characters that we simply shouldn’t be allowed to cosplay as.  For me #28daysofBlackCosplay is my opportunity to show young people and to the rest of the world that Black cosplayers and Black heroes do indeed exist, and that anyone, regardless of their skin color, can be a superhero

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Name: Fred H.
From: Albany NY
Cosplay: Nick Fury Jr.

The reason #28DaysofBlackCosplay is so important to me is, writers and artists of pop culture have created powerful, influential heroes of color. Through cosplay, we become these heroes and provide positive examples to our children, the next generation of leaders! #28DaysofBlackCosplay shines a light on our positive role models!

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Name: Walt O
From: Metropolitan Washington, DC
Cosplay: Black Panther

As outgoing President Obama stated, “this is just a comma”, it is important to me to stay vigilant, continue to teach and mentor our youth that they can be heroes and leaders in their jobs and their communities. The joy of youngsters when they see a Black person cosplaying one of the heroes that they’ve read about or seen in the media is priceless.  This was more than evident at the Silver Spring Library’s 1st MoCoCon which was well attended as awestruck youngsters looked at us in amazement as we brought their heroes to life.

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Name: Michael Simeon
From: Irvington, NJ
Cosplay:  Avatar Aang

I think 28 days of Black Cosplay is an important reminder for the continual push in diversity in fantasy media whether it be comics, video games, television, etc. More times than not when cosplayers are showcased it’s usually female and white. Black geeks have long existed and we usually have to identify with characters that don’t look anything like us, which is fine to a certain extent, but it’d be wonderful to have more characters pushed to the forefront who also happen to look like us and that’s why I think it’s important.

Instagram: Nephilim_Rising2010

If you want to see more incredible cosplay, just use the hashtag #28daysofblackcosplay on any social media platform (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr) to see some of the great work that cosplayers are doing.

About Harry C. (1018 Articles)
Founder of The Next Issue Podcast and Pop Culture Uncovered, Harry has been reading comics since he could reach a news stand. He is also a cosplayer with his current favorite role as being Bishop, of the X-men. He is a fan of Marvel, Image and DC and is really passionate about making sure that kids get the opportunity to read. This leads him to getting out to places with comics that others no longer need and putting them into the hands of kids who will treasure them. His favorite comic characters are Batman, Spider-man, and Tony Chiu.

1 Comment on 28 Days of Black Cosplay – Week Two

  1. Awesome post! I’ve always been fascinated by cosplay! Some people are so talented!!

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