#BIPOCVampDay Creator Interview

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#BIPOCVampDay is Sept. 17-19 and we talked to the creator of the event, Jamila C. of Black Bettie Cosplay.

Midwest BSFA: How’d you get into cosplay? 
J.C.: I have been doing costuming for a long time. I studied it in college and sewed from a young age. I learned that people were dressing up to conventions after I graduated and wanted to continue making costumes as a hobby.

Midwest BSFA: How did you come up with the idea for #BIPOCBVampDay? 
J.C.:
I was inspired by the Black Fae Day event this year. As someone absolutely obsessed with vampires since childhood, I’ve always noticed a lack of Black and POC vampires in the media despite the diverse lore that actually exists around the world. Also, I know many BIPOC friends that have experienced backlash for being Black and cosplaying as a vampire. This day is to encourage more representation and showcase all the amazing vampire mythology and characters that do exist but aren’t at the forefront.

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Interview with Jennie Wright of The Sankofa Experience

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The Sankofa Experience kicks off at People’s Liberty in Over-the-Rhine next month. The first half of the programming – Feb. 2-24 – explores the Harlem Renaissance while the second half – March 7-24 – explores the dawn of the age of hip hop. We recently talked to Jennie Wright, Chief Imagination Officer of The Sankofa Experience, about how she and her crew tie speculative fiction, African-American history and the Afrofantastic together for this imaginative programming. Continue reading “Interview with Jennie Wright of The Sankofa Experience”

Cowboy Bebop Online Costume Contest Finalists Announced!

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Midwest BSFA and Airship Ashanti are sponsoring a Cowboy Bebop online costume contest and we’ve narrowed the contestants down to four finalists! Check out the finalists and visit the Facebook invite for the concert (https://www.facebook.com/events/1215545841880985/) to vote in the poll for your favorite cosplayer!

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Interview with Cosplayer/Podcaster Sistah Geek

CqWyUBBVIAEylzrCosplayer/geeklanthropist Sistah Geek, co-host of the Wakanda IV Lyfe podcast, is co-presenting a steampunk character building workshop with our fearless leader at the Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts (MECCACon) at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16! We talked to her about comics, steampunk, not letting mansplainers drain you and being a geek who gives back.

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