Matthew Cherry, a Chicago native and NFL wide receiver-turned-movie director, received an Oscar nomination for his short animated film “Hair Love”. “Hair Love,” was released in the summer of 2019 in theaters and later came out in December 2019 on social platforms. The film has more than 10.8 million views on YouTube. In addition, “Hair Love” has an accompanying picture book that is a New York Times bestseller.
The film is about a black father doing his young daughter, Zuri’s hair for the first time. "Even though the film features an African-American daughter and her dad, I think it's a universal story. Parents everywhere can relate to it in the same way. Kids of all ethnicities can see the humanity in this film. To me, it's an important story because representation matters,” Cherry said. @matthewacherry@bemergence@bemergence@bemergence#blackexcellence#matthewcherry#supportblackauthors#hairlove#blackhairlove#blackfathersmatter#supportblackfathers#supportblackfathersmakingadifference