What’s My Opinion on NBA All-Star Weekend?


I have not watched sports often, but I heard about the NBA All-Star weekend and I had to watch it. Especially when I heard that LeBron James and Steph Curry were going to play against each other. However, I found out that Steph Curry was not the leader of the team playing against LeBron James, the leader of the other team was Giannis Antetokounmpo. I was interested in seeing the outcome of the game.

When the game began I was not entertained. It did not seem as if any of the players were putting effort into making points. I finally saw Giannis do a lay up and I told myself, “The warm up for this game is going to be slow.” I was disappointed because Giannis continued to do lay ups and dunks, and I wanted to see something new. I was ready for the first half of the game to be over to finally watch the second half. I was willing to wait for the second half of the game to see some action happen between the two teams. Thank goodness I did wait because the second half had more action than the first half.

The third quarter is when everything changed. Giannis’ team was winning but LeBron’s team was catching up. It was not until the end of the third quarter when LeBron’s team finally caught up. That is when everything became intense to me. I wanted to go for Giannis’ team because Steph Curry was on it, also, I wanted LeBron’s team to win. This was the intensity that I was looking forward to ever since the first half of the game began. I was kind of disappointed that it took three half’s in order for me to entertained. I was curious about what other fans were thinking during this half of the game. When the fourth quarter ended LeBron’s team won and of course Kevin Durant was the all star.

A twist to me was the ending of the game. When LeBron’s team won there were two groups of children who received money. I did not realize until that moment that the game was a fundraiser game. That is a great idea to raise money for a good cause. Let me remind all of you, this is my first time watching this game in a while. However, I was excited when both basketball teams were playing for a group of children. It did not matter who team won both groups of children received fundraiser money. This is a great lesson to children that no one is a loser, in the end we are all winners, as long as we do good things for others.

All in all, the game was not as entertaining as I thought it would be, but it was for a good cause in the end, so I can respect the reasoning for this game.

I was curious about other individual’s opinions about this game. There were happy and upset responses to the game. Some individuals were excited about the game. Some individuals said that the game was too boring or slow-paced to watch because no one was putting effort into the game. I agree with both responses.

The game was worth watching, and I am excited for March Madness.

Let’s Talk About Hip Hop


When fans of music talk about Hip Hop and Rap, most people will start to think about who’s the hottest rapper, or who has the best selling records on the charts. Hip Hop fans can also be quick to tell you their opinion on the newest sneaker releases and juicy celebrity gossip in the scene.

Many popular social media outlets that look to bring hip hop culture to a more mainstream audience, like New York-based Complex, never really seem to talk about the essence of Hip Hop culture.

The Zulu Nation along with Afrika Bambaattaa were one of the original pioneers to ever speak about the four elements of hip hop culture. I would be surprised if the generation of today’s hip hop fans can name the 4 elements that make up hip hop culture that date back the the early 90’s, so I’ll list them here for you:

DJing

Image courtesy of DJ AM

Any club-goer, or hip hop fan would know that DJs are responsible for keeping the crowd moving. That’s done either by playing a set before a rapper comes on to perform, or maintaining the pace while rappers take stage like the legendary DJ A-trak, who toured with Kanye West during the early 2000’s. Another great example is the famous DJ Adam Goldstein, best known as DJ AM, who was one of the first pioneers to bring celebrity status to the DJs of today.

MCing

Otherwise known as rapping, is one of the clearest elements of hip hop culture in today’s age of the culture. Who can forget the line; “Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to f**k with!”, as well the timeless track of “Rapper’s Delight” when thinking about the early emergence of hip hop music. Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” is arguably the first rap song to ever be recognized as a hit when it hit Billboard’s Hot 100, and peaked at No. 36 in 1980.

Image courtesy of SHG

Graffiti 

The overall aesthetic of the culture can be highlighted through graffiti murals. Graffiti culture is one of the most “slept on” aspects of hip hop culture. Back then, tt wasn’t just about vandalizing subway cars in New York; It was about self-expression and rebellion against cultural norms during the emergence of the sub-culture. Though graffiti is responsible for much national revenue being spent on cleaning trains and billboards, I still believe that graffiti and its art style is one of the most ignored elements. Its influence still lives on today through streetwear brands like Stussy, and The Hundreds.

Image courtesy of Stussy

Break dancing (Also referred to as, breaking)

Break dancing was a huge movement in the early days of hip hop. Music videos during the 80s almost always featured break dancing. Fast forward to the 90s and into the early 2000s and dancers became one of the highlights of music videos on MTV. When MTV launched America’s Best Dance Crew it was a huge deal both in the break dance world and the urban dance community.

Image courtesy of Red Bull

Overall, I feel like hip hop has finally made its mark on mainstream culture. With the rise of Soundcloud too, it is becoming easier for independent artists to display their talents to the world. The sneaker culture has also seen a rebirth and is making its way into the mainstream media as more celebrities are seen wearing the latest Jordan and Yeezy brand sneakers. Hip hop is here to stay, if you like or not. I just hope that as we move forward, we can appreciate its roots.

I hope to expand on each of these elements throughout the month and share with you all why hip hop means so much to me. Each of these elements have played an important role in my life through the roughest and happiest times. Stay tuned! ‘Till then, be easy.

-MiggySB

album1 by San Holo Review


While I am so thankful for every person, lesson, and opportunity that comes into my life, I can’t help but let certain scenarios get the best of me when I think about things that went wrong in the past; or better yet, ponder the unknown future- my future, and how it is entirely dependent on my daily choices. Sometimes I wish I could go back to rewrite my feelings and apologize for not listening enough, for not loving enough.

But I am an entirely different person today, and sometimes I find it difficult to forgive myself for my actions and the words that I said to others, and also to myself. During the dark hours and mini solitary road trips between Sacramento and my hometown, it’s thoughts like these that invade me from every crevice of my vividly twisted mind.

On one particular drive back home, I had no idea that a simple album could bring me immediate peace and comfort within my own vulnerability.

That particular album was, and still is, album1 by San Holo.

Some might be familiar with some of San Holo’s popular tracks and remixes which include “Light”, “The Next Episode (San Holo Remix)”, “Right Here, Right Now”, and “The Future”.

Don’t get me wrong; I love these songs. I’ve experienced them at beautiful raves where other DJs have snuck a San Holo song or two into their set, and they were completely amazing. But I think what differentiates this project apart from the rest is how it is honest, compelling, dramatic, reassuring, and peaceful all at the same time.

Close my eyes so I can see

All these lights are blinding me

This line from “show me” particularly resonates with me, and I instantly get goosebumps every time the wistful, euphoric melodies flow effortlessly into my ears. I see it as a comment on how the noise of society detracts from genuine and personal human interactions, and trusting your intuition.

Furthermore, I continuously look to find truth and meaning in my own personal life, searching for reality. I think I know what I want and how I want it, but most of the time, I am wrong because I often mistake other voices for my own. And I like to believe that others may experience this as well.

San Holo’s previous lyrics to an older song mirrors this paradigm as well:

Even if it makes me blind

I just wanna see the light

(“Light” | 2016)

Some other personal favorites from album1 include “everything matters (when it comes to you)”, “love (wip)”, “go back in time”, and “surface”.

This album means so much to me, and it reminds me to sit in the present and make peace with each conscious moment. I recognize that my unique path has led me to where I am, who I am, and who I will be tomorrow. Every time I listen to this album, it is as if time stops and melts into one giant channel of beautiful experiences that must be cherished before they escape into the universe once my time on Earth reaches its maximum.

San Holo created an incredible collection of enjoyable pieces with this work of art. I am so happy and thankful that I came across it in the box of CDs for reviews, and I hope you give it a listen as well.

Royal Rumble 2019 Review


World Wrestling Entertainment put on the 32nd annual Royal Rumble on Sunday January 27, an event that didn’t live up to my expectations.

Before the main show began, there were three matches on the kickoff show in which I only found one to be entertaining. This match was a fatal four way match for the Cruiserweight Championship that finished with the champion Buddy Murphy retaining his title. The crowd at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona didn’t seem too excited However, if this match were put in front of an NXT or 205 Live audience it would have been the best match on the show.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Asuka (C) defeats Becky Lynch   

The main show began with what was one of the best matches of the night and it featured many great moves. Lynch hit an exploder suplex off of the top rope while Asuka delivered a swinging neckbreaker to the floor on the outside of the ring. After multiple submission attempts, Asuka submitted Lynch with a modified version of the Asuka lock for the win.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship: Shane McMahon and The Miz defeat The Bar (C)

The next match was for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship between the challengers Shane McMahon and The Miz taking on The Bar(Sheamus and Cesaro). This contest was quite boring for the most part until the finish which featured a shooting star press diving body drop by 49-year-old McMahon onto Cesaro for the pinfall thus crowning new champions.

Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (C) defeats Sasha Banks

The third bout on the main show was between Ronda Rousey and Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship and I found this to be the best match of the night. Rousey hurt her arm early in the contest when she unintentionally hit the ring post. Banks took advantage of this, however, it wasn’t enough as even after multiple submission maneuvers it was Rousey retaining her title after hitting Banks with the Piper’s Pit slam.

Becky Lynch wins the 30-women Royal Rumble match

The first of two Royal Rumble matches of the night I found lacked action and dragged on a bit too long. Still, the ending of the match was phenomenal as Lynch replaced an injured Lana and won the match last eliminating Charlotte Flair. This will give Lynch a title match at Wrestlemania 35 on April 7, 2019. Due to the crowd reaction of Lynch’s victory, I believe this match should’ve gone on last.

WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (C) defeats AJ Styles

The finish of this match was terrible, which is unfortunate since the action in this bout was tremendous. Styles delivered the Styles Clash to Bryan and would’ve likely won if it weren’t for a returning Erick Rowan interfering and chokeslamming Styles. Bryan then pinned Styles for the victory.

Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (C) defeats Finn Balor

The last championship match of the night was for the Universal title between champion Brock Lesnar taking on Finn Balor and while I was glad this wasn’t a quick squash match like ones we have seen from Lesnar in the past, the finish was still a disappointment. Balor hit his finishing move, the diving stomp Coup de Grace, on Lesnar and when it looked as if the title was going to change hands, Lesnar kicked out and put Balor in a Kimura lock submitting him for the victory. This was a great bout, however, with how Balor has been booked as of late they could have made him look a bit stronger.

Seth Rollins wins the 30-man Royal Rumble match

In a match that typically features a number of surprise entrants and returns, it was only Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle that fit into those categories.

The lowlight of the match was when Nia Jax took out R-Truth and entered herself into the match at number 30. Some may have found this entertaining, but I for one did not. The Women’s Division has been booked so strong in today’s WWE and I found it unnecessary and quite honestly tasteless from the booking side of things.

The contest ended when Seth Rollins eliminated Braun Strowman after curb stomping him off the apron. Rollins will get a title shot at Wrestlemania 35.

Overall, Royal Rumble 2019 was a bit of a mixed bag. There were highs and lows in each the men’s and women’s matches, but there are moments that are definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.

Let’s Talk About Crossovers In Video Games


In popular media, crossovers happen all the time. The Simpsons had a crossover with Family Guy. Fairly Odd Parents had a crossover with Jimmy Neutron. However, in the world of video games the concept of having crossovers is hit or miss. With some video games having guest characters being unlock able, and other games featuring characters as cameos, it is very rare to see a video game franchise pull off a successful crossover.

This morning Nintendo held another online reveal to one of its flagship titles “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate” in the form of a 40-minute web trailer. Nintendo’s ability to connect to its audience via “Smash Direct” has been notoriously famous for new characters being revealed, generating hype around who’s going to be next to join the fighting games roster.

If we take a step back and examine the titles in the past that have tried to make a collaborate effort, there are only a few that stand out. The “Marvel Vs. Capcom” series was probably one of the biggest crossovers of all time in the fighting game community. The origins of Capcom’s versus collaborations date back to 1996 with “X-Men vs. Street Fighter”. With a simple roster of just 17 playable characters featuring the core super heroes from X-men and the core group of Street Fighter, the game found its success by appealing to such a broad audience.

Moving forward, Capcom rode its momentum publishing the “Marvel vs. Capcom” series which dominated the arcade scene in the early 2000’s. The game eventually reached a level of interest that planted its roots in the Fighting Game Community for the next few years.

However, Capcom has also released one of the biggest collaboration projects when it released “Street Fighter cross Tekken” in  2012. This crossover was a huge deal for fighting game fans. The hype brought so many people to Comic Con 2010 when it initially made its announcement. As time went on, many fans began to point out the flaws the game had; an auto-blocking feature, no unique character combos, and On-Disc DLC. The community was outraged to find out that unlock able characters were already on disc data, and the fact that they had to pay to unlock this content eventually brought an end to the overall interest of the game. I guess when it comes to fighting games, you live and die by the fans.

Fast forwarding into today’s modern times, Nintendo brings a refreshing take on the crossovers in their fighting game, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Today’s characters reveal brought the hype. The 40-minute presentation showcased its newest batch of characters; Ken from Street Fighter, and Incineroar from Pokemon, as well as the Piranha Plant from Super Mario. Yes, the plant from that lives in pipes from the Super Mario franchise is a playable character in this game.

Time and time again, we are witnessing Nintendo showcasing their ability to generate hype to a very broad and diverse audience. There is something that everyone can enjoy in this upcoming release of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Whether you are a fan of the Street Fighter legacy, Metal Gear Solid, or even Pokemon. The Smash Brothers franchise is guaranteed to bring enjoyment to its fans.

I am incredibly excited to see what direction this game goes. Its competitive scene has taken the fighting game community by storm, and I hope to be able to rekindle my passion for competitive play with this game.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review


THIS IS SPARTA! That’s right, the newest edition of Assassin’s Creed has been out for a while and people have been kick-flailing all about it and for good reason (you know… besides working out those thy muscles). I couldn’t help but find myself contractually obligated to produce a magnificent review of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, or what I like to call, the “Revenge of Leonidas’ Kick.”


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Now some of you may be asking, “what’s with all of the 300 movie references Adonis?… You beautiful man you…” To that I say: First, the commonalities are many, and second… it’s nice to be called beautiful every once in a while (men need to feel pretty too).

Both 300 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey take place in Ancient Greece. You play as a Spartan who loses their way after tragedy strikes early on in their life that leads you on an epic journey to find your mother. It’s basically the movies Home Alone meets 300. Speaking of mothers…


Battle of the Sexes
For the first time in Assassin’s Creed history, you are able to select what gender you will be (there’s another AC game where you got to play as both genders, but didn’t get to chose which for an entirety of the game.)

For the first time in a long while, I contemplated what gender to play as since I always play as male. I ended up choosing male anyway, but the fact that it arose in me that much deep/intellectual thought, still intrigues me.


So Many Cliffs… Too Little Time…
Now ask yourself, how does it feel to be on the wrong side of a flat-heeled sandal (being kicked off of a cliff)? If you are the remorse-kind, you just might save your arch supports for another day. One of the many new aspects introduced into the AC mix is the option of choice.

Though the easiest option might be to kick a higher-leveled foe off of the nearest cliff, AC Odyssey introduces dialog options where diplomacy and choice comes into play. Some of these options can get pretty complex and effect future game results.

For instance, one of the hardest choices I had was to either catch a baby murder who was going to escape or save a baby from a burning building… (Look below to see the end result).


Ladies, I’m Single…


Would you look who it is… My Old Nemesis…
AC Odyssey introduces the Nemesis system. Originally created by the developers of the “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor” the nemesis system creates enemies at random who each have their own personalities, weapon types, strengths, and weaknesses. It

humanizes and brings importance to, what could’ve been, mundane enemies. It’s nice to know that the people you are kicking off cliffs will have a digital family that will never skip leg day again.


Kicking Solves Most of Your Problems… Almost…
Though my favorite move in the game might not work on everyone, it certainly is useful so when in doubt… kick it out! I give Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 8/10 Spartan Kicks. What did you think of the game?

Did you find yourself Spartan-Kicking your way out of a tough situation? Let us know below, and for all of your future reviews, keep it locked to KSSU.

Is Venom as bad as Critics Say?



Venom (2018) (Sony Pictures)
Black Panther Spider-Man.. I mean.. Venom, released October 5th, 2018 to a slaughter of critic scores in the cine-plex. At the time of this writing, Venom sits at a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes which makes it officially a certified load of crap, but does that translate across all boards? Could viewers disagree with critics? Rhetorical; the fact of the matter is that fans and the average viewer alike agree that Venom is a smash hit and here are my reasons for the divide:

A Story Lost to Madness (And Funniness?)
Venom is absurd (the character and the film) but that’s not a bad thing! Quite frankly, the film starts at a bad pace and really doesn’t pick up until the 2nd act with the introduction of Venom himself. The majority of major blockbuster films are now suffering from an interesting concept of “Marvel-it-up,” which translates to “make all movies funny.” What happens when you try to make more things funny? Critics get tired of the same-old, but the average movie goer who takes a trip to the movies once a month doesn’t experience the same fatigue of “Marvel-itis” (yes I made my own word, sue-itis me).

What Makes this Redeemable?
Tom Hardy, despite some of his questionable roles (I’m looking at you Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises), is quite the extraordinary actor and certainly gets to flex his acting chops in Venom as both his roles as Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote, which he provides voice over work for. The bread and butter of this film is churned through the character interactions between Brock and Venom

Where did Sony Stumble?
Sony (the movie studio) has a bad habit of showing too much in their movie
trailers and some could make an interesting case for this film’s trailers ruining all of the best action sequences in the film itself. The surprise is that, although it is an interested marketing strategy, it shouldn’t be a pejorative to movie goers. It isn’t and shouldn’t be the “end-all, be-all” for a film to have a questionable trailer production team, but yet here we sit talking about it’s importance (so… hint-hint Sony…).

Isn’t Venom a Bad Guy?
The Anti-Hero isn’t that much of a new frontier. It was done recently by DC and the like (à la Suicide Squad, Spawn, DeadPool, Wolverine, Ghost-Rider…), but where does Venom sit on the hero-scale spectrum? Without getting too much into spoiler territory, Venom becomes a person (symbiote) whom the audience can get behind. In their own individual spin-off movies, of course they’ll be the hero to their story!

Should you See it or Not? Who Do I Believe?
No one! Believe no one! I typically love to get my media reviews from famous YouTubers such as “Beyond the Trailer,” and “Angry Joe,” (all of whom I highly recommend, both for entertainment and astute critical analysis values, which are credited to different demographics) but I’ve even disagreed with their views on different products of media. The best way to form your own opinion is to form it yourself (and listen to me of course).

What are your thoughts on the Venom (2018) movie? Did it surpass your expectations?

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The worst & best Halloween costumes I’ve seen


The worst Halloween costume I have ever seen is a banana costume.

When I was in high school I saw both a student dressed up as a banana and one dressed up as a banana with the peels split down. It was not funny to me until I sat down to hang out with my friend at a table.

When I looked up from my food, I saw the student dressed up like a banana with the peels split down running across the school yard getting chased by a student dressed as a gorilla. Not only that, the gorilla was roaring as it was chasing down the banana.

I realized that the other banana was hiding on the side of a building to avoid being chased by the gorilla and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Even though this was years ago, I could never forget the costumes of the three students because of that movie-style chase scene. Even without the hilarious chase between the bananas and the gorilla, I could not accept the idea of me wearing a banana as a costume for Halloween. Everything is not meant for everyone, and a banana costume is not something meant for me to wear.

The best Halloween costume I have ever seen was when rapper “The Game” dressed up as vocalist Jidenna for Halloween.

For those of you who do not know who Jidenna is, he made the hit song ‘Classic Man’ in 2015. The same year, The Game dyed his hair, wore a suit, and looked similar to Jidenna. The following year, Jidenna dressed up as The Game for Halloween by putting a fake tattoo on his face, wearing a baseball hat with comfortable clothing and jewelry. There was a similar resemblance to The Game as well.

These were such great Halloween costume choices for both celebrities because it has been over two years and it is still shared all over the internet. If any of you have not seen The Game and Jidenna dress up as each other for Halloween, I would recommend you take a look, it is bohumorous and mind blowing how similar they look.

If anyone has a great or horrible costume experience in mind please share your stories. I love Halloween and enjoy the stories that come along with it. If you do not have any humorous stories to tell, meet up with friends or family this year and make some amazing memories.

Have a great October!

A Nooner with The Ghost Town Rebellion


Today, Wednesday, August 29th, kicked off the first Nooner at Sac State.  Those of us that were not sitting through run-throughs of syllabi, or the awkward, “I’m (blank) from (blank), and my major is (blank)” speech, got to stop by the book store and hear The Ghost Town Rebellion perform.

The native Sacramento band ran through a solid fifty-five minute set playing mostly originals with some covers of songs by the Foo Fighters and Elle King. The set kicked off strong, with high energy, loud guitars, thundering bass, and banging drums.

Steven Martin, The Ghost Town Rebellion’s drummer, was quite the spectacle, slapping the cymbals and skins and then throwing his sticks away on multiple occasions.  For being in direct sunlight at noon in one of Sacramento’s hottest months, he did not stop or slow down his performance at all. Shawn Peters is the band’s singer as well as a guitar, trumpet, and kazoo player. He owned his chunk of the stage the entire set, and even strutted off the stage and took a solo surrounded by the crowd.

Speaking of the crowd, there was an issue I thought should be brought up.  Here we have a national touring band, local chaps that also play around town with big names, and the only advertisement I saw for this shindig were two signs that were easily lost in the sea of campus clubs and fraternity posters that are all over the place.

There was probably fifteen people there; tops.  The Ghost Town Rebellion brought their A-game too.  They kicked out the jams, threw out hats and shirts, gave away CDs and posters, poured out their heart and soul, and there were fifteen of us there. Bands playing at on our campus is an awesome experience that we get to have.  If we want more of it, we need to step up the attendance.

Now, sometimes it’s just impossible to make it to these events.  Luckily, for those of you that missed The Ghost Town Rebellion, you can easily find them online on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.  They have a couple of EPs and an album out, and according to Shawn Peters, they have another album coming out in November.

There is also a video for their song “Silver & Gold” which can be found here. If you find yourself looking to find a new local band to check out, you can catch The Ghost Town Rebellion around town if they’re not out on tour. They also happen to have a couple shows coming up here in Sacramento: Saturday, September 1st at Chalk It Up! and Saturday, October 13th at Old Ironsides.

If you are into any type of rock, I suggest checking these guys out.  They killed (in a good way) “Everlong” by Foo Fighters, and turned Elle King’s pop rock hit, “Ex’s and Oh’s” into a high-octane rocker. Their original songs were well written, well orchestrated, and well executed.  I am definitely looking forward to seeing these guys again and in the future, let’s get up, get out, and support the acts that come and perform on campus!

I Used To Cosplay in My Free-Time, But Now, It’s Just Depressing


Image courtesy of Hope Smith

I’ve been part of the anime fandom for years. I enjoy reading manga and being involved in discussions about current anime and poking fun at my friends who liked the ones that “weren’t that great”, or went down hill (I’m looking at you, Sword Art Online fans!).

I also have been involved in the cosplay community ever since 2008, and I’ve always loved seeing people put in effort each year at the conventions. I was amazed at how someone could spend so much time on a cosplay, that I wanted to take a stab at it myself.

In the past 9 years, I’ve cosplayed many characters: Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians), Nick Wilde (Zootopia), Danny Phantom/Fenton, Tadashi and Hiro Hamada, Bill Cipher, Dipper Pines, Sombra from Overwatch, Yuri Katsuki from Yuri on Ice, Sans from Undertale, Adrien Agreste from Miraculous Ladybug, Peter Pan, “Other Mother” from Coraline, Happy Tree Friends characters, Dark Link from Legend of Zelda, Kevin from Ed, Edd, and Eddy, Sock from the YouTube short Welcome To Hell, Nagisa Shiota from Assassination Classroom, Prompto and Noctis from Final Fantasy XIV, and more! I love to do a range of characters from different shows and video games.

Though, I have little money to spend and only so much time to put together a cosplay, I’ve found myself using clothing I already have in my closet to recreate a character. This is called Closet Cosplay (really original, huh?). I’ve been closet cosplaying for 8 years, and I only started getting sick and tired of it after seeing how much the community has thrashed my side-profession/hobby.

It’s really interesting how people will find anything to complain about, especially in a community that is supposed to have the nicest people. The toxicity of the community has pushed me over the edge multiple times, and it was only a few months ago when I decided it best for me to get out while I still could.

From body shaming to the minimal impact of one’s skin color, I find myself almost disgusted at the thought of judging a cosplayer by anything other than the level of craftsmanship they have. Even then, it is constructive criticism. It’s depressing to read about my community being so nasty to others within it, and I will not stand for it. I will back up the victim in any means necessary, because being shamed for cosplaying a white character, when your skin is darker, shouldn’t be reason enough to start a comment war on Facebook, nor say it to that person’s face.

I have a cosplay account on Instagram, and I’ve hardly touched it since summer because I didn’t feel welcomed in the community anymore. I am of African-American and Asian ethnicity. My skin is darker, but I will still get into any character that intrigues me.

I’ve been told, on multiple occasions, that I should stop what I love because I don’t look “exactly like Peter Pan”, or  I’m “too dark to cosplay Moana.”

I’m sorry; Since when do you run this account?

How people have the audacity to tell me to my face that I’m “too black to cosplay a Disney Princess, other than Tiana,” is beyond me.

I was a coward and ran away from what a lot of cosplayers deal with on a day-to-day basis. I’m sensitive when being critiqued, but strong enough to hold my own when it comes to something I love.

To the men and women who deal with people like this each day, I must say ‘thank you’. You deal with what I can’t, and that makes me no better than the people spewing hate your direction. but I will always stand behind you when the time comes.

Cosplay is meant for everyone. We’re all just a bunch of nerds who still play dress up!