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25 Cosplayers Of Color To Help You Get Through Missing This Year’s Comic-Con Now That It’s Canceled

Remember when we all used to play dress up as a kid? Well, guess what: there are people out there who still do it … and they take it to the next level. We’re talking professional, amigos. And let’s face it, with the rise in popularity for Marvel and DC superheros, who wouldn’t want to feel and look superhuman for a day? One of the best things about cosplay is the fact that you can interpret characters whichever way you want. It’s one way that Latinos can reshape representation in an industry that capitalizes on whiteness.

So for all you babes out there who are keen to see Latino and black cosplaying in action: look no further! We’ve put together a list of 25 black and Latino cosplayers for you to thirst over.

1. Soni Aralynn

Instagram: @soniaralynn

Probably one of the coolest things about Soni Aralynn is the fact that not only does she wear her cosplay with perfection, she also makes some of the outfits herself! This lovely Latina is a jack-of-all-trades, performing as an actress, influencer, and gamer on top of her cosplays.

2. Rosy Durán

Instagram: @rosydurancosplay

Rosy Durán is one epic abuela. Her claim to fame is stellar re-creations of the likes of Stan Lee from the Marvel Universe, and Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter. Although, you should also keep an eye out for her rendition of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother!

3. La Latina Otaku Cosplay

Instagram: @lalatinaotakucosplay

Remember playing Crash Bandicoot as a kid? Because Carmen sure as hell does. She pulls off an amazing Coco, Crash’s sister. This New Englander Latina is prolific, with cosplays such as Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke, Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura, and Cid from Final Fantasy XV to her name.

4. Toxicfoxx

Instagram: @toxicfoxx

Not only is Toxicfoxx a Latina cosplayer, but she is also a real advocate for more visibility around Latino cosplayers! She currently runs the Tumblr ‘Cosplaying While Latino’, which aggregates content from her fellow Latino cosplayers.

5. Candu Stark

Instagram: @candustark

It doesn’t get much cooler than doing a Captain Marvel cosplay right now! Check out Candu Stark’s rendition of a gender-bent Pennywise if you want to see what her other work is like.

6. Leiracosplays

Instagram: @leiracosplays

Leira’s talent knows no bounds when it comes to Disney cosplay! Her work hits right in the feels for us ‘90s kids out there. Think along the lines of Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Roxanne from A Goofy Movie, LaCienega Boulevardez from the Proud Family, Kairi from Kingdom Hearts, and even a gender-bent Spiderman! 

7. Ivy Doomkitty

Instagram: @ivydoomkitty

Ivy is one talented cosplayer. Not only is she killing it internationally on the scene, she commands a formidable resume of gamer, content creator, pinup model and body positive advocate. Her work is a real nostalgia kick for all kinds of nerds out there – here we have a kickass Chell from the Portal series!

8. Nadya Sonika

Instagram: @nadyasonika

A self-described cosplay maniac, streamer, TV host and Gundam pilot, Nadya has got cosplaying down to a fine art. Beyond her Black Widow and Sleeping Beauty re-creations, she has also dressed as the likes of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, Spiderman form the iconic franchise, and Asakusa from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

9. The Princess Lissa

Instagram: @theprincesslissa

Who says we can’t stan amateur latina cosplayers, too? Lissa has a fabulous portfolio – beyond her Elphaba from Wicked and Belle from Beauty and the Beast, she has also donned Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel from the iconic Disney movie Tangled, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.

10. The Latino Joker

Instagram: @latino_joker

Known in his everyday life as Carlos Velarde, the Latino Joker makes for one stellar Joker from Batman, and all-round horror character re-creationist. Let’s just hope we don’t bump into him in a dark alleyway somewhere, because his attention to detail is intense

11. Victoria Avalor

Instagram: @victoria_avalor

Hi, hey and hello Supergirl and Wonder Woman! Victoria has one fabulous talent for cosplay, and it shines through her other work – keep an eye out for Elsa from Frozen and Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family!

12. Nerdtastic Mel

Instagram: @nerdtasticmel

Mel has done some phenomenal work on the cosplay scene. Chuckie from Rugrats? Check. Nurse Joy from Pokemon? Check.

13. Cookiemodel

Instagram: @cookiemodel

Cookie has some serious talent when it comes to creating her own outfits. This Maleficent? All home-made. Amazing.

14. Zyraleecosplays

Instagram: @zyraleecosplays

Real talk: does it get much more mind-blowing than stellar cosplays of both Dora Milaje and Domino? Probably not.

15. Luvdinero

Instagram: @luvdinero

We stan a babe who can pull off a cosplay that’s even better than the original – and has the versatility to pull off the badassery of Domino, and a law-abiding know-it-all like Hermione. 

16. Chaiho Cosplay

Instagram: @chaiho_cosplay

This self-described “kpop trash” pulls off Wednesday Addams like it’s no-one’s business. For those Steven Universe fans out there, she has also cosplayed as one of the all-powerful Diamonds, too.

17. Cosacommotioncosplay

Instagram: @cosacommotioncosplay

If Marvel ever needs to find another person to play Gamora, they now know where to look.

18. Maryvampireprincess

Instagram: @maryvampireprincess

Raise your hand if you were a Neon Genesis Evangelion fan in the 90s! No? Well, you’re in luck, fellow anime fans, because there’s a reboot in progress. In the meantime, check out this divine Rei cosplay.

19. Denetrabfit

Instagram: @denetrabfit

Even though Denetra focuses on fitness for her day job, this cosplay makes us want to get fit. Imagine being so multitalented: having this bod, and pulling off a Goku cosplay like this? You know she has talent when she has her own fanbase making fanart of her timeless Dragon Ball hero interpretation.

20. Tatted_poodle

Instagram: @tatted_poodle

We all know that Halle Berry made the best Catwoman – even if her movie of the same name wasn’t the most popular. And it’s even better seeing Michelle channel this.

21. mynamesash_

Instagram: @mynamesash_

After seeing this brilliant Poison Ivy cosplay, it’s abundantly clear: we need a Poison Ivy movie, stat.

22. Moonlovingloser

Instagram: @moonlovingloser

Time for some LGBTQI representation, with Korra from animated series, The Legend of Korra! Frances is a prolific cosplayer, drawing her inspiration from animation and anime. 

23. Mapetitecosplay

Instagram: @mapetitecosplay

The caption says it all: “Storm, Goddess of Thunder and Lightning”. Thor, who? Mapetitecosplay has badass down pat – think along the lines of Wonder Woman from the hit movie, and Yoruichi from Bleach.

Which cosplayer was your favorite of them all? Has this inspired you to try cosplay, or are you already performing on the scene? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page by clicking the icon at the top of the page!

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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