ONYXCON, the largest convention in the Southeast celebrating the impact, contributions, and presence of the African Diaspora in REALMS OF IMAGINATION through the popular arts, hosts the inaugural
HALLOWEEN – THE HARVEST COSPLAY / COSTUME PARTY
on Saturday Oct 31st, 2015 at the DECATUR ART HOUSE in Decatur, Ga..The event features BUDDYFOLKS from WRFG-FM/ I-N-I Radio’s Soul Rhapsody, Belly Dancer SAMEERAH SAGE, plus the mega band collective WOLF PACK featuring KEBBI WILLIAMS.
This has been a longtime coming for Atlanta the Black Hub of south that holds a dual distinction as host to quite a few conventions and events centered around fetish role-play and costuming. But for the city too busy too hate, Black ‘Geeks’ exists as a marginalized and mostly under served sub-group by the likes of Dragoncon, Momocon, and the L5P Annual Halloween Festival. I get it, those events are for everybody in the name of diversity, but all we wanna know is where the party at and can we bring a gat (ala Nick Fury, Django, or Jack Spade)?
For those not in the know, Cosplay is a contraction of the words costume and role-play and it has been everyday activity in the Black Community for years. From the mystic preacher types emoting Daddy Grace, the mojo bag toting Bluesmen, or old school Superfly wannabes to the popular fashion trends that are aesthetically a cross between DC comics new 52 costumes and Pirates of the Caribbean, often our personal sense of style, flavor, swag and self image comes by way of the archetypes we imitate. Walk in any nightclub and I promise you’ll bump into more than a few former high school friends doppleganging the likes of Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj.
Despite black folks own internal tribalism, Cosplay is not just for our geeks. Its a fun opportunity for channeled expression that goes beyond a costumed house party or masquerade. What’s more it lends itself to the re-purposing of the traditional Halloween dress up customs as an educational experience about Black History like John Lewis did earlier this year at SDCC when he cosplayed as his younger self on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. Its also a chance to festively honor our ancestors, after all that was the idea behind the so-called dead returning to life in the October 31 festivals throughout the world on which Halloween is largely based. The Onyxcon’s website ties it together rather eloquently.
Masking (Cosplay) is an ancient tradition. It is a deep transformative process that roots back to humanity’s 1st manifestations of such energy on the continent of Africa. Through masking, spiritual and natural bonds were physically defined in adornment, dance, and ritual. At ONYXCON we take this foundation tradition both seriously and with a focus on community learning and FUN!
So whether your thing is Steamfunk/Afropunk, Afrofutrism, Black Sci-Fi, Superheroes, Historic Legends & Icons, or Straight Up Hood Star Status check out The Harvest Cosplay/Costume Party at the Decatur Art House, 619 E College Ave Suite E, Decatur, GA 30030, on Sat Oct 31st 2015 from 9pm to 2am.