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Lillian Hope - "Cosplaying for the Culture" (Episode 108)

“I feel like nerd culture, even pop culture in general, sometimes…isn't as welcoming. If you cosplay a character and say, ‘But I want to try it with my natural hair,’ people are so quick to criticize and gatekeep in a way that’s terrible...Even liking [certain] things…Now it’s a lot more accepted…but back then it was taboo to like anime and be Black at the same time, which makes no sense to me.”

And I say, “Hey! What a wonderful kind of day!” as we chat with actor, cosplayer, and content creator Lillian Hope! We talk about why the Millennial generation is so nostalgic, why she got into cosplay content creation, and why Black Nerds Matter.

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Follow her on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Watch her ABC Nightline feature here.


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