The term “Cosplay” generally refers to costume play and involves people dressing up as characters from anime, manga, books, movies, tv shows, video games and more. The term “cosplay” came into existence in Japan in 1984. Since then, it has grown in popularity with Comic Cons and other conventions that invite cosplayers to come dressed up.
#28DaysofBlackCosplay is a hashtag that was started in 2015 by Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley. The hashtag was created to create a space for African American cosplayers. Since 2015, it has grown in popularity and has been a way to show that African American cosplayers are a large part of the cosplay community. The hashtag was started in February, as it is African American History Month, but it is used throughout the year as well. For many years representation of African American cosplayers has been absent, and this hashtag highlights their amazing work and empowers them.
If you’re interested in cosplay or would like to gain inspiration, simply google #28daysofblackcosplay and look at all the awesome costumes that come up! Also, you can check out these books on Cosplay at the library to learn how to make your own.