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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!

The Band Lady A Filed A Lawsuit Against Black Singer Who Used ‘Lady A’ Before Them After They Realized ‘Antebellum’ Was Racist

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The Band Lady A Filed A Lawsuit Against Black Singer Who Used ‘Lady A’ Before Them After They Realized ‘Antebellum’ Was Racist

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In early July, the American country music group formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced that they would be dropping the name Antebellum as a response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. They said the change was meant to also be a step towards bringing about inclusivity.

Now they’re being ridiculed for disrupting another Black woman’s art.

Now, as Lady A, the country music band has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.

On Wednesday, the Grammy-winning group raised the brows of many after expressing these sentiments when it was revealed that they had filed a lawsuit in federal court after negotiations with Anita White broke down. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “the band is seeking a ruling that their use of the trademark ‘Lady A’ does not infringe on White’s alleged trademark rights of the same name. The band is not seeking monetary damages.”

The group whose line up includes Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood said last month that they regretted not having taken into consideration how the word antebellum relates to slavery.

White, who has performed as Lady A, complained publicly that the band never reached out to her before making the name change. White is a singer of blues and soul music for years.

The day after the band’s announcement, White who lives in Seattle, told Rolling Stone that she felt blindsided by the news. “This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done… They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time… It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it.”

According to the lawsuit, the band applied for trademarks for the name “Lady A” back in 2010.

The lawsuits says that the trademark, had been submitted for the use of entertainment services and for use on clothing and no oppositions were filed by any person or entity.

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the group said in a statement. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”

According to Billboard, the band isn’t asking for money in the suit, only a court declaration that they can lawfully use the Lady A trademark as well as that its use of the trademark does not infringe on any rights White may have under state or federal law.

Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Dead While Boating With Young Son

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Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Dead While Boating With Young Son

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“Glee” star Naya Rivera is presumed dead after going missing in southern California. The actress was on a boat in Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son when she went missing July 8 in Ventura County.

Authorities are searching for Naya Rivera after going missing.

Naya Rivera is presumed dead after her young son was found alone in a boat in Lake Piru. The lake is in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Rivera’s son was found asleep on the boat three hours after Rivera rented the boat for the mother-son outing. According to officials, the son said that he and Rivera went for a swim and that she didn’t get back on the boat. CNN reports that the child was wearing a life vest while an adult life vest was found on the boat.

The search was paused overnight between Wednesday and Thursday and resumed as a recovery mission.

Fans do not think that Ventura County Sheriff’s are doing enough in the search for the actress. Emotions are high as fans share their grief and shock at Rivera’s sudden disappearance. According to Deputy Chris Dyer, the water where the boat was found is about 40 feet deep and that wind is a big factor in that part of the lake.

Authorities have classified the search as a recovery in a signal that they believe Rivera to be dead.

A recovery mission means that authorities are looking to recover a body from the lake. The news has devastated Rivera’s friends and family who want her brought home safe. Her son is reportedly doing well and is with relatives as authorities search for his mother in the lake.

Celebrities are sending messages hoping for Rivera to be alive.

Rivera wrote a memoir titled “Sorry, Not Sorry,” which gives an intimate look into her life during and after “Glee.” The actress was open and honest in her memoir bringing up some of the darkest and toughest times she endured and how it shaped her in the years that followed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rivera’s loved ones.

This story is developing. mitú will report updates as they become available.

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