With all the controversy surrounding Halloween costumes every year, we felt like folks could use a little help in discerning what is and isn’t appropriate attire.

And we’re not talking about black folks.

Can NPOC respectfully revere their favorite black celebs through costume without being offensive? Yes…if they follow a few simple rules.

Here are a few simple guidelines to pulling off an awesome ensemble without catching a fade and some examples of celebrities doing it right:

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