Halloween may be the ultimate game of dress up but it’s also a great opportunity to make a statement. Many people did just that with costumes that were woke, conscious and all about being Black and proud. From heartfelt homages to Malcolm X and Angela Davis to a collective choice amongst your crew to channel the Black Panther Party, Halloween was about so much more than ghouls and goblins.
The Black Panther uniform has been a go-to for years being that it’s a simple, cool and timeless look to pull together. However, with the racial climate in America and even Beyonce’s very bold homage to the movement during her Super Bowl performance, the costume seems more relevant than ever. This year there was a plenty of respect shown to the Black Panther Party and leaders in the movement like Angela Davis.
Colin Kaepernick’s recent actions addressing and acknowledging the injustices Black people in America face have resonated with a lot of people and it was definitely evident this Halloween.
Long celebrated pillars of activism in the Black community like Malcolm X and Rosa Parks were also channeled.
And because Erykah Badu and Lauren Hill are arguably some of our favorite woke entertainers, there was a lot of love shown to them as well.
Nas even made a statement of his own, portraying the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, one of the most important figures in the Rastafarian belief system.
In short, this Halloween was extra Black y’all!