ByVal Complex, writer at Creators.co
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Val Complex

Black History month is upon us, and it's time to celebrate with some awesome images and cosplay! Both and hashtags have been gaining serious traction. From the dailydot to CNN, the world is starting to finally take notice of black nerd/geekdom.

Heavy hitting cosplayer and writer, Harry Cosland over at Pop Culture Uncovered.com had this to say about the cosplay movement:

28 Days of Black Cosplay is a celebration of not just cosplay, but of positive images. This is an effort started by Chaka Cumberbatch as well as many others of us to bring a positive light to cosplaying and raising self esteem. 28 Days of Black Cosplay is meant to give the world a look at the work we do and the inspiration we give to those seeking guidance. There are many people out there who are afraid to cosplay certain characters because too many times they have been told that they can’t simply based on the color of their skin. The aim of this is to squash that notion and let those who want to believe that they can be a character, do so without discrimination.
Harry Cosland and Wife as Superman and Wonder Woman
Harry Cosland and Wife as Superman and Wonder Woman


Ash and Pikachu
Ash and Pikachu

To learn more about the hashtag (including some fantastic pictures) view here at Pop culture Uncovered.

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Digital design artist, and fellow Moviepilot creator, Alijah Villain, has gone the extra mile to promote diversity in comics and film. Last year, his was a smash, with 2 million hits.

Some of the reimagined heroes from 2014
Some of the reimagined heroes from 2014

This year Alijah is back again with an all new group of actors and heroes to explore with Black Superheroes Reimagined part 2!

Michael Jai White as Marvel's Wolverine
Michael Jai White as Marvel's Wolverine
Angela Bassett as DC comics Wonder Woman
Angela Bassett as DC comics Wonder Woman
Jamie Fox as Marvel's The Punisher
Jamie Fox as Marvel's The Punisher

With the point of in film for superheroes and famous characters alike, Alijah not only brings light to an increasing problem in Hollywood, but the need to diversify what we see in film.

I grew up watching Christopher Reeves as Superman. I loved it. He was my hero. As I watched more TV, movies, and other types of media, I noticed how the people that looked like me black men, black women were always exposed to roles that looked at them in a negative way. I could not ignore these facts. I noticed that I rarely found people like me, or people that I could related to in major superhero roles. My team and I created this project so kids growing up today know that it is possible and every race, culture, creed, and gender can be a superhero!

--Alijah Villain

For more Superheroes Reimagined view the original article on Moviepilot HERE

The point of 28 days of Black cosplay and Superheroes Re-imagined is not to take anything away from anyone else, but to show diversity is needed in all facets of entertainment. In addition, there is a need to acknowledge people of color. Comics and cosplay is something everyone can enjoy. It takes just a small effort to get involved. Upload your photo and use the hashtag. It's a positive movement for everyone.

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