1994 – Gridlock in Atlanta caused by Freaknik interfered with weddings, work schedules and even a prom. The free-form festival brought the central city to its knees. At its peak in 1994 and 1995, more than 200,000 mostly black college students would flock to Atlanta, causing massive traffic jams as men would literally get out of their cars to taunt, videotape or grope women. But by the time it ended in 1999, politicians and police had made movement in Atlanta so restrictive that for the students, Freaknik was hardly worth it anymore. “I was disappointed by what it became,” said Sharon Toomer, one of the founders of Freaknik. “Its original purpose was to be an annual event to encourage camaraderie between historically black colleges. It was a rare opportunity for black college students to get together."
During the 1982-1983 school year, Toomer was a freshman at Spelman College and a member of the D.C. Metro Club. Toomer said that as spring break approached the club planned a small picnic on campus for students who could not afford to go home. About 50 people showed up and enjoyed barbecue chicken, Go Go music and Parliament Funkadelic.
"It was very innocent,” Toomer said. “Even the name. Throughout the year, we had this thing about the Freak. There was a dance called "The Freak,” Rick James had a song out called “Super Freak,” and Chic had “Le Freak.” So we named it Freaknik. That was it. It was a sign of the music at the time.“Photo by Johnny Crawford from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution archives and text from a story by Ernie Suggs
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Yaya Han is a costume designer, model and cosplay entertainer based in Atlanta, GA. She started cosplaying in 1999, and since then has made over 300 costumes.
We asked Yaya to walk us through the process of making her Medusa costume!
When I was asked to be a part of Marvel’s Cosplay Covers project, I quickly started looking at alternatives to bodysuit based superhero costumes, since I knew the shoot would be taking place in June, in Hotlanta, and also for variety’s sake for the covers. Medusa wears regal, beautiful gowns sometime, and I thought it would look great with her big hair, so I combined elements from different illustrations and created my own interpretation of the character.
The dress had to be light and flowy, so I turned to dupioni silk. I made the dress with my overlock (serger) and sewing machine to ensure that all the edges and seams were nicely finished, and lined it to the hip. The sleeves are fully lined.
As a juxtaposition to the airy gown, I made the cincher out of thick gold vinyl, like armor. There is a layer of headliner foam under the vinyl, which gave it crisp lines when I quilted the fabric. The cincher is steel boned and lined with coutil.
The wig is 2 wigs sewn together. I wanted the volume over the length. For cosplay, it is incredibly difficult to handle an ankle length wig, so I thought hip length but sky high would be sufficient. Surprisingly, all these colors of red, purple and gold complement each other beautifully!