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Halloween 2018 Was An Example of Black Excellence

This Halloween, it felt like our favorite black icons heard we liked black excellence so they decided to be excellent in celebrating black excellence. It was like Inception but for black excellence. While countless women were putting together a Beyoncé costume, Beyoncé herself was finding ways to pay tribute to her own black icons. The singer slash god dressed as both R&B singer Toni Braxton and Olympian Florence Griffith–Joyner, the late Olympian who won gold and set records in the 100– and 200–meter dash that still stand today.

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Meanwhile, Yvonne Orj transformed into Monica Wright-Mcall (the reason I went to USC), Kelly Rowland supported the Black Panther Movement, Tina Knowles channeled Foxy Brown, Missy Elliot went as Missy Elliot, Lupita Nyong’o as Dionne, Usher as Andre 3000, Niecy Nash as Jennifer Lewis, and Nas as Michael Jackson. They were black icons with a dollop of iconic blackness.

There’s something special about getting to dress up like someone who looks like you. Scary Spice was the only role I was born to play, and I’ve been Tina Turner, Prince, Rihanna, Meghan Markle, and of course, Beyoncé for most of my Halloweens. This year, Black Panther and a new wave of representation in Hollywood has added fictional heroes to the list of real life heroes (Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, Lebron James, Colin Kaepernick, Arthur Ashe and the list goes on and on) that have been inspiring for years. Now, like everyone else, we have superheroes with indestructible suits, far far away galaxy travelers, and cartoon doctors to dress up as.

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We didn’t have superheroes so we made them is a common sentiment in the black community. We don’t have to dress up as super humans anymore but we’ve never not super. Halloween paid tribute to a people that can break barriers, make records, invent dance moves, fall in love on a college campus, and control Vibranium like the world depended on it.

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