Black Fae Day was a dream that became a reality. Inspired by Kenji K’s post: JupiterJazz, declared May 8th to be Black Fae Day. Her invitation was extended to all other Black magical enthusiasts to join the celebrations. The day was dedicated to frolicking in pastels, meadows, and creeks. Faeries, gorgons, mermaids, elves, selkies, and so many more fantastic creatures came out for the festivities.
Teaming up with Brown Sugar Faeries, #BlackFaeDay is setting out to uplift BIPOC artists, creators, models, and photographers in the realm of fantasy x Cottagecore. Prepare to be whisked away to worlds of silk corsets, sunflower wings, extravagant headpieces, and picnics of mischievous joy. The Mad Hatter would be quite envious of the wondrous spectacle witnessed at these wonderful gatherings and photoshoots. I was lucky enough to be able to interview the creators behind this special day. Please enjoy!
Photo by Core Elements Photograph
- Please tell us about yourself! What’s your origin story and how has your Hero’s Journey been so far?
Jupiter Jazz: I’m your typical Black girl nerd. I love comics, anime, and cosplay. Introverted to a fault, so interacting with the black fantasy community in this way has been a challenge for me but I’m up to it. Prior to the Black Fae Day buzz, I had virtually no social media presence but I’m so glad others listened to my voice. Now I have had the pleasure of uplifting magical black voices for the last two months. It’s been amazing.
- What is Black Fae Day? What inspired it?
Jupiter Jazz: Black Fae Day is a celebration of Black people in fantasy, particularly the fairytale genre. The #28DaysOfBlackCosplay movement along with images of @flowersfromkenji, and the Brandy Cinderella Movie were my main inspirations when I made the initial tweet back on March 10th calling for a day we could all celebrate. The Black Princesscore & Fairycore community along with cosplayers were definitely the firsts to start sharing my tweet.
- What are your goals for this Day?
Jupiter Jazz: I want all socials to be flooded with positive images of carefree and magical Black people. We can be soft, magical, and heroic too. So why isn’t this reflected in popular media? Before this all began, it was so hard to find businesses and images that had Black creators or ambassadors as headliners. Even stock photos! I want more space for us. More progressive conversations and actions. And most importantly, more representation.
- WOULD YOU RATHER: Have wings from the universe of The Winx Club, W.I.T.C.H., Gargoyles, or the X-Men universe?
Jupiter Jazz: I would love wings from The Winx Club. Honestly, I had to sneak and watch the Winx Club and W.I.T.C.H. because I grew up in a very conservative- Christian household. My family laughs about it now, but I get my chance to openly have these fairy fantasies now. Winx Club wings would make my childhood heart leap for joy!
Aiysha Sinclair (She/Her)
Please tell us about yourself! What's your origin story and how has your Hero's Journey been so far?
Aiysha Sinclair: I’m Aiysha Sinclair the Creator, Author, and Publisher of Brown Sugar Fairies books as well as community curator. I began back in 2015 as an intuitive energy healer working with the fae. This led me to teach classes, and write original stories about them, based on my own research and tapping into the power of imagination.
So far, the journey has been wonderful. The community platform began in 2017 and has become a happy passion of mine to create a space that uplifts Black and Brown people within the realm of fae. I’ve connected with so many like-minded beings this far and am growing the BSF universe.
What are your goals for this Day?
Aiysha Sinclair: The goals for this day are to flood feeds, dress up, create, connect with the fae community and embrace Black joy through the magic of fantasy. We also had several fun giveaways for participants the day of.
WOULD YOU RATHER: Have wings from the universe of: The Winx Club, W.I.T.C.H., Gargoyles, or the X-Men universe?
Aiysha Sinclair: Ooh good question, I’ll go with the X -Men universe. I’m old school.
*Photos provided by interviewees
Social Media Links:
Facebook Safe Space Group: Black Fae Day
Facebook Ally Safe Group: Black Fae Day – Allies Edition