( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Director Matthew A. Cherry Wanted the World to Know and See Real Life Encouragement
The Short and Animated Film “Hair Love” won an Oscar on Sunday. “Hair Love” is about a father who puts a lot of effort with styling his daughter’s hair, but eventually tells his daughter to embrace her hair and love it. The short animation is a representation of what a lot of individuals, who are from different cultures go through. There have been people fired or not even hired because of their hair and people are tired of the discrimination.
‘Hair Love’ was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation,” Cherry said. “We wanted to normalize black hair. There’s a very important issue that’s out there, the CROWN Act, and if we can help to get this passed in all 50 states, it will help stories like DeAndre Arnold’s — who is our special guest tonight — stop to happen.”
Cherry wanted to let the world know that discrimination is not right and there is no harm with embracing your hair. Cherry invited Deandre Arnold to the Oscars, who went viral a couple of weeks ago because his high school was not going to let him walk and graduate, because of his hair. “It means the world to us to have him here with us,” Cherry said. “We wanted people to see how good of a kid he is, but also there’s no reason people should be policing our hair.”