https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cosmic-cosplay-jam-at-bsam2016-tickets-24267650195 (for COSMIC COSPLAY tix)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-speculative-arts-movement-2016-bsam2016-tickets-22583994335 (for convention & film festival tix)
What exactly IS cosplay?
Ok, here is the boring definition of it, via Wikipedia:
Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.
Now…. What is BSAM cosplay?
Well, at BSAM, aka Black Speculative Arts Movement, we focus on AFROFUTURISM, ASTROBLACKNESS, BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION, HIP HOP, JAZZ, AFRICAN CULTURE, etc. Therefore, while anime is cool and fun, we aren’t really doing our cosplay to highlight that.
BSAM more focused on highlighting our OWN culture and our OWN creators of the African diaspora. And that’s honestly where the fun comes in! You can dress as Yoruba priestesses, Witch doctors, Run DMC or Salt n Pepa. You can dress as the goddess Yemaya or tthe emcee Remy Ma, Malcolm X or Professor X, lol. You can dress as a FELA dancer or a FAME dance crew! Keep it creative and keep it FUN! And yes… If you still want to do anime, of COURSE you can!
While you’re standing around being dope, the convention closes out with the one and only SA-ROC who will be having the stage LIT! What is better than THAT? It is also not a REQUIREMENT to cosplay to attend. Come as you are, if you just wanna be on your NATURAL flyness, lol.
This is a two day convention filled to the brim with culture! Hope to see you all at #BSAM2016 ! Black comic book vendors, MECCAcon International Film Festival, artists, panels, workshops, book readings, and of course, the COSMIC COSPLAY JAM!