Black Cosplay Is A Thing, And It’s Breaking Down Racial Barriers

When you hear about it, it all sounds so…geeky. Dressing up as a favorite cartoon or comic book character. Spending hours on a costume and look that will mimic a movie icon or a favored TV personality. And then, to add to the pressure, you intend to parade this presentation out to those who will (hopefully) appreciate the time and effort taken, along with the approximation of the persona. Sure, some people go overboard, but that’s the point of “cosplay.” It allows you channel who you are through a noted media name, and in combination, create something new and exciting.

For Black History Month, social media has been suggesting that there should be more diversity in this dress up dynamic. As part of #28DaysofBlackCosplay, Instagram stars like Kiera Please have been trying their hand at the bringing these multi-racial talents to life. Started by fellow cosplayer Chaka Cumberbatch, the idea behind the call is quite simple – to break down the barriers of intolerance and fight the racism that exists within the community. Whether they illustrate familiar faces, or a more obscure anime look, Please nails many of these. See for yourself:

Melpomene From ‘Hercules’


Nani Pelekai From ‘Lilo & Stitch’


Kida Nedakh From ‘Atlantis: The Lost Continent’


Chel From ‘The Road To El Dorado’


Beret Girl From ‘An Extremely Goofy Movie’


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