Just like those sports fans that wear their favorite players’ jerseys to show support or when the “fashion-forward” dress to impress, cosplaying can be a fun and empowering practice. For those of you who've missed out on this phenomenon, cosplay is the act and experience of getting decked out as your favorite characters (from whatever media you choose) just for the hell of it. Cosplay is an all-inclusive activity accessible for every age, shape, size, race, and nationality. To some of you this might sound crazy, but believe it or not, Black people can cosplay too. The time of white-washed fandoms has passed and it’s our turn to step up. We have black super heroes, black wizards, black detectives, black explorers, and so much more. With media flooding us with characters of every form imaginable, it’s our responsibility to show the public that we can represent. And it's fun.
Black identity is evolving and that gives us the opportunity to redefine who we are and who we'd like to be. Cosplay is one of many outlets we can use to explore the time we are living in and creating. I hope I've convinced you to go out, get a costume, and show the world what kind of fan you are. Whatever the case, if you don’t do it you'll never know what you've been missing.
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