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.
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.
Name: Madeline P
Trill La Trill Cosplay
Cosplay: Harley Quinn
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.