Over the past few years, cosplaying has become a very big part of the geek community. Cosplay is short for “Costume Play” – dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character).
For three years now, black cosplayers have been participating in #28DaysOfBlackCosplay, which was created by cosplayer Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley. It is a hashtag dedicated to celebrating black cosplayers during Black History Month.
When speaking with Forbes during an interview, Cumberbatch-Tinsley said, “It’s really about celebrating black cosplayers of all ages, all sizes and all skill levels.”
Cumberbatch-Tinsley had no idea that her little project would blow up.
“People loved it,” she told Forbes. “I initially intended it to be more of a Facebook event, but it quickly spread over to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr as well.” she said. “It was like wildfire. I had no idea how well it was going to be received!”
She also encourages other people to tag their favorite black cosplayer with the hashtag so that more than just 28 people get featured.
This year Cumberbatch-Tinsley created a schedule for everyone who wants to participate.
— ⚡️Pink Ranger Chaka (@princessology) February 1, 2017
Check out some of the participants this year!
— Black-Alpha Foxtrot (@LamontUBigDummy) February 1, 2017
— Jamie Broadnax (@JamieBroadnax) February 7, 2017
I even decided to participate this year!
— Geeks of Color (@GeeksOfColor) February 3, 2017
This is a great use of social media because it’s spreading positivity while also highlighting some awesome cosplayers! If you’re interested in joining or looking up more cosplayers use the hashtag #28daysofblackcosplay!