28 Days of Black Cosplay is a celebration of not just cosplay, but of positive images. This is an effort started by Chaka Cumberbatch as well as many others of us to bring a positive light to cosplaying and raising self esteem. 28 Days of Black Cosplay is meant to give the world a look at the work we do and the inspiration we give to those seeking guidance. There are many people out there who are afraid to cosplay certain characters because too many times they have been told that they can’t simply based on the color of their skin. The aim of this is to squash that notion and let those who want to believe that they can be a character, do so without discrimination. It’s to show positive images and to let people know that they can cosplay whoever they want and not feel constrained because of their skin color.
This month, we will be featuring several cosplayers weekly, as they tell us why #28daysofcosplay is important to them.
Name: Dominique W.
From: Newark, NJ
Cosplay: Freddy Krueger
Photo by Carlos A Smith Photography
#28daysofblackcosplay is important to me, because when I see black cosplayers I become inspired to express individuality. It shows our youth in the black community that you can be what you want to be and have fun, For someone like me, I like to break racial and gender barriers.
Name: Ashley M.
From: Arlington VA
Cosplay: The Joker
Name: Mike & Raina M.
From: MD and VA
Cosplay: Mike(Injustce John Stewart) Raina (Star Sapphire Fatality)
Name: Justin Rodriguez
Cosplay: (Miles Morales) Spider-Man
#28DaysofBlackCosplay to me means that we cosplayers of color get some type of recognition on who we can cosplay, no matter what skin color we are. Not only that, to me #28DaysofBlackCosplay allows those who are of color who to set an example of stepping out of that zone of seclusion were a certain person whether it be male or female can play a character based on gender or ethnicity. #28DaysofBlackCosplay is a positive cosplay community tag that sends a message to those out there that there is a change happening in the real community in and out of cosplay and it is making a change for a bigger, brighter, and better community for all to enjoy and to create something new for the world, to accept change and to be recognized for something great!
Name: Wendell S (Scorpking Costuming)
Cosplays: Daddy Thanos, Cinderella, Deathstroke
What is it about taking the time to recognize Black cosplayers during the month of February? The answer is simple…. Representation! Representation is why I chose this picture of myself with my two kids… in most media you don’t see a high percentage of people of color represented even though we make up the majority of the world. In cosplay, that percentage becomes even smaller…
Taking the time to show that “We do this…” may inspire the next George Lucas or Steven Spielberg. It may help the person who wants to do… wants to be… get over their fears of being alone in a field they hold the deepest desire for.
Take the time to celebrate those who have joined in on this cause… and help build awareness and confidence for those who may be looking from the sidelines to become who they don’t yet realize they CAN be…
Name: Myron Abernathy (Smoove Cosplaya)
From: Atlanta, GA
Cosplay: Bishop (X-Men)
Name: ShockolateEnergy Cosplay
From: Detroit, MI
Cosplay: Biker Sailor Pluto from Sailor Moon
Photographer Credit: Red Lazarus Photography
#28daysofblackcosplay is highly important. It inspires our younger generation that they can be whomever they want to be in their own way. It’s also to show the whole world that this awesome movement, being black and liking manga, anime, comic books and syfy and everything is perfectly fine …. and we are here for generations to come.
If you want to see more incredible cosplay, just use the hashtag #28daysofblackcosplay on any social media platform (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr) to see some of the great work that cosplayers are doing.