You weren't perfect Cloverfield Paradox, in fact there were a few things that simply made no sense. But you had my fav Gugu Mbatha-Raw (only Ruth Negga would have thrilled me more) and a diverse cast, and moments of odd humor and I could tell you were really trying and I appreciate that. And of course, a BLACK WOMAN STARRING IN A SCIENCE FICTION FILM, so I will be forgiving of your shortcomings.
That would be the race for the Best Costume Design Oscar, a trophy that no Marvel film has yet been nominated for. Superhero costumes and modern-day looks rarely get the credit they deserve from the Academy, since often the costume category defaults towards pretty period frocks. But I expect Ruth E. Carter’s dazzling Black Panther outfits will prove too good to ignore. Coogler and Carter have taken the fictional kingdom of Wakanda, where sci-fi futurism is rooted in African tradition, and created an aesthetic that isn’t just unlike any other superhero movie, but unlike any other movie, period. From the regal, intimidating uniforms of the all-female warrior clan known as the Dora Milaje, to the gorgeous gold-and-leather outfits donned by Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, to the breathtaking headpieces that showcase Angela Bassett’s regal hauteur, Carter has served looks that are instantly iconic.
CBS is going all-in on Star Trek. At the network’s Upfront today, it announced that it has expanded its order for its CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery up to 15 episodes and ordered a post-show series called Talking Trek. Oh, and they also released a trailer — which focuses on First Officer Michael Burnham (The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green) and Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), who start off on a desert plain and later get into a confrontation with some very expensive-looking aliens. Star Trek: Discovery will premiere this fall. -Vulture
When some people think of cosplayers—the enthusiastic fans of comics, movies, and TV shows who show up at conventions decked out in incredibly detailed recreations of their favorite characters’ looks—they tend to think of nerdy white guys in haphazardly put together ensembles.
As anyone who’s ever spent any time at a large con will tell you, though, the reality of the cosplaying community is much different. There are plenty of black and brown cosplayers out there proving, thread by thread, that nerdiness and fantasy-inspired fashion is, in fact, rated E for everyone.
For the past few years, in celebration of Black History Month, black cosplayers have gathered around the hashtag #28DaysOfBlackCosplay to show off their looks. Speaking to Black Girl Nerds, the members of Chocolate Covered Cosplay, an LA-based cosplaying group, explained what cosplay means to them artistically and how cosplaying as women of color in particular was a powerful form of personal expression in spaces that are traditionally thought of as belonging to white people.
“The bullying and the gate-keeping is what I hate most,” C3 member Angel Tenshi said. “We are all nerds; we should just enjoy our fandoms. I have Captain America’s symbol tattooed on my body, and people still come up to me and to try to quiz me on my knowledge of Captain America.”
Ashi_Chan, another C3 cosplayer added that oftentimes, she’s forced to deal with other fans referring to her cosplay as the “black” version of a character in a way that challenges the authenticity of her costumes. Conversely, she said, there are rarely critiques of non-black cosplayers who decide to color their skin to more closely look like a particular character.
“I have to explain why Blackface is wrong,” Ashi_Chan said. “There is very little intersectionality of race and culture. And that sucks.”
Looking at the 2017 class of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay shows that the members of C3 aren’t the only people out there fighting to make cosplaying more inclusive:
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Two icons of the music-video format have returned this Friday with light-up headpieces and underground post-apocalypse vibes and pretty catchy music. Do not call Missy Elliott and Jamiroquai nostalgia acts—they’re offering colorful and imaginative escape to the future.