Wow. My Power Girl costume has gotten such an awesome response. Thank you all for every comment, email, like, share, etc. I’ve been given so much love and support since I’ve started cosplaying. I really do appreciate it, more than I can express in a post like this. Thank you. xx
A few shots in my Power Girl costume! No professional photos of it yet so pictures around my apartment will have to do for now. :) The rest of the photos are on my facebook! This costume was really fun to make/put together. Still need to make boot covers but I can’t wait to wear this to another convention!
Growing up is always tough. But there’s something unique about the black girl nerd experience. There’s no prototype for the black girl nerd; no famous fictional adolescents whose path we could mirror and cling to. I think many of us had to go our own way, figuring everything out as we went along because it felt like we were the only ones. For me, it felt like isolation heaped atop a pile of…
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I’ve joined quite a few dragoncon groups. A flickr page titled “Black Geeks of Dragoncon 2014” popped up on my timeline. The album has over 200 photos of black cosplayers. Costumes ranging from Catwoman to Green Lantern to black Jesus. All black. All kicking ass. All unapologetically existing in a primarily white space. The first few comments were just about how cool it was to see more minorities in geek/nerd things and poc talking about the con in general. Then there came the inevitable comment, “I don’t want to be a troll, but it seems like if you were all about inclusion, you wouldn’t have a separate post for just one kind of geek. Geeks are geeks are geeks, no matter their skin color or cultural heritage.” When things like this pop up there are always comments about color blindness, us all being geeks or how minorities shouldn’t exclude themselves, etc.
Most of the comments weren’t overtly negative, just a lot of ignorance. Finding people with shared experiences and interests are hard, and I don’t think that most white geeks/cosplayers get that. You give me a room full of black geeks and I can assure you that the majority of them have been told at least once that they were “acting white” for liking nerdy things, or absolutely yearned to have more than 3 characters from a current comic book series who actually looked like them or worked insanely hard on a cosplay only to be told that they look awesome for a black _______ “mary jane, catwoman, superman, black widow, etc.” but it’s just not screen/comic accurate. I automatically feel attached to anyone who can tell me their favorite X-Men or can quote their favorite line for Watchmen, it makes me unbelievably happy to be apart of such a neat community of geeks. But as a queer person of color I also want to see more people like myself in these spaces, welcomed in these spaces. Because yes we’re all geeks but being geeky doesn’t automatically stop you from being prejudice, or homophobic, or sexist, or a general asshole… We still live in a society where being a straight white dude is considered the default. Where it’s a million times easier for cosplayers who look like Jessica Nigri to find acceptance in this community than a fat woc and the idea of a black Captain America can send the internet into a tailspin. Representation is important, it’s so important seeing people similar to yourself in these spaces and in the media. That’s why when fat cosplayers, or gay gamers, or black geeks make it a point to find people who share these identities it’s not a slight to anyone, it’s just minorities in a community trying to make safe spaces for themselves.
I had such a great time at Dragoncon. It was my second year and i’m already starting to plan for next year. I met such amazing people and felt such a sense of community. I’ve been to a few conventions but I’ve never experienced anything like it. I was so excited to see more people of color this year and hopefully the number continues to grow. It’s nice to see more diversity at these conventions and people who stray from the conventional idea of geek. Well anywho stepping off my soapbox now. Should be uploading photos from Dragoncon to my facebook soon. Hope everyone is having an awesome week!
Tomorrow morning I’m heading to Nerdigras! This is my second year going to this pretty awesome comic book convention and I am unbelievably excited. Though I have * a lot* to do tonight I know this weekend is going to be totally and completely worth it. My costumes this year are really cool and I found some nice panels to go to. I’ll definitely be posting pictures from the Con here when I come back and should be updating pretty regularly on my instagram.
If any mutuals are going message me so we can meet up!
I’m cute as fuck. After pride last week. Now I’m chained to my sewing machine trying to finish these costumes.
AT BONBERI, we try to avoid traditional over the counter medications and generic supplements in favor of preventative and natural remedies. Especially around the colder months, there are natural boosters we rely on to avoid the dreaded cold and flu season. Over countless years of testing, there are mainstays we stock up on and return to again and again to keep ourselves fit and healthy. It goes without saying, that one person’s pleasure is another’s poison, so please contact your health care professional, because everybody’s body is different. While some may have success with the items listed below, others may not. Mindfulness and listening to what your body needs should always come first, so please take that into consideration. We hope you find this list of our essentials and favorites as helpful as we have.
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Magnesium - This versatile supplement is best used before bed to relax the mind and body for sleep. Magnesium also helps assist the bowels and ensure regularity. This high absorption chelated version is especially good.
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AZO Cranberry - This one is for the ladies. Extremely handy and effective for UTI’s, these little tablets taken with water help to flush out symptoms and infection.
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Sun Chlorella - We bring this on our travels always! When you can’t find a green juice or smoothie to start your day, Sun Chlorella is a fantastic supplement. Powerful and potent greens on the go.
Papaya Enzyme - This gentle chewable enzyme can be taken anytime after meals to help break down food and ease digestion.
Essential Woman - Another one for the girls, this liquid capsules provides all a woman needs by way of a multivitamin for vibrant health.
Udo’s 3 6 9 Oil Blend - Many people like flax oil, or cod liver oil, we really love this vegan blend by Udo’s. Two tablespoons in the morning, or blended in a salad dressing, either way you’re ensured to get the ideal balance of Omega 3s and 6s for your body.
BioSil - This powerful little droplets condition your skin and hair while also lubricating and strengthening your joints.
Vitamin D Drops - Many people living in the Northern Hemisphere are Vitamin D deficient, especially those of us in the Northeast. Just a few drops a day gives you exactly what you need. Added benefits of Vitamin D include increased energy and a feeling of happiness.
Maca Powder - We love adding a tablespoon of Maca to our smoothies and juices. It gives you energy and helps you to focus. It can also be a powerful stamina boost for both men and women ;)
Sunwarrior Ormus Powder - Grown at high altitude in rich volcanic soil, this flavorful and potent probiotic green powder is great in smoothies and juices.
A few pictures I took in my Uhura costume. The rest are on my facebook page. My dad is a huge fan Star Trek fan and I remember growing up thinking how cool it was that this lady who looked like me was on tv going on all these great adventures. Uhura is such a dynamic, beautiful, smart character. Seeing black women written as well rounded characters, who are capable of being powerful as well as loveable is so important, especially in a genre that means so much to me. So yep, pretty much going to love Nyota Uhura forever and always.
A few photos I took in my Catwoman costume this past weekend with my friend M. I had so much fun screwing around at the top of this parking garage with her. Hopped up on Nutella frappuccinos and house music. Such a good time. I have the rest of my photos on my facebook.
Thor is going to be a woman and I am so freaking excited about it. The announcement was made this morning on the View, which was a pretty random place to announce it…. But still! So much excitement! I like my comic book heroes complex, and my favorite story arcs are when characters make mistakes and face tough decisions. The fact that Thor makes such a huge error that he is no longer worthy of Mjolnir, and that Jason Aaron is writing the series makes me so giddy! I’m really enjoying Aaron’s ‘Thor: God of Thunder’ series and can’t wait to read the new series.
Also on the comic front I’m re-reading Mister X, and seriously this is Dean Motter’s best piece of work. It’s such an interesting and complex story. The idea that the city was created as a sort of paradise and instead turned the inhabitants into sleep deprived maniacs is kind of awesome. Plus the weird noir/classic sci-fi feel is a really nice change from comics created recently.