The ‘Shades Of Cosplay’ Trailer Takes Viewers Behind-The-Scenes Of Challenges Black Cosplayers Face Every Day
Happy Black History month!
With the start of February comes new and exciting content. Up-and-coming rising star Cheyenne Ewulu is aiming to change the black nerd game for the better. Her film Shade of Cosplay gathers four Black Cosplayers to talk about their experiences with racism within the cosplay space and the changes that they hope to see in the future. Interviewees include Kira (Firaga Fox Cosplay), Chaka Cumberbatch (creator of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay), Camille Duale, and Kyle Mason.
Watch the trailer for Shades of Cosplay below:
“It’s 2022, and I myself do not cosplay anymore, but at the time of making this film, I was very passionate about it. And noticed how all of my friends of color, specifically my Black friends, would get treated within the community.” says producer Cheyenne Ewulu. “I remember one time I was cosplaying as Korra, from The Legend of Korra, and someone came up to me at a con and told me that I was a little bit too dark to be Korra. Keep in mind Korra is as brown as can be.”
Racism in the Cosplay community is still fairly rampant even today. I believe this film being released online could help spark some necessary conversations and give hope and inspiration to Black creatives within the geek space.