Former NFL Wide Receiver Is Creating An Animated Short Film Celebrating Black Fathers Doing Their Daughter’s Hair
August 13, 2017
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Former NFL Wide Receiver Is Creating An Animated Short Film Celebrating Black Fathers Doing Their Daughter’s Hair

“Hair Love” embraces natural hair and uplifts Black dads.Matthew Cherry

For Black women across the globe, hair is the unifying thread that connects us all. We’ve experienced the trends, difficulties, criticism, appreciation, and love that often follows Black hair like an asterisk behind a lengthy sentence.

What’s more, many Black women remember the days of getting our hair done by relatives — whether it be a mother, sister, auntie or even a father.

I remember the time I was still a child who woke up extra early to get my hair done by my mother in the mornings. However, for one week, my mother went away on a vacation with her sisters and the responsibility to do my hair was bestowed upon my inexperienced yet willing father. Although I don’t remember how my hair turned out, I do remember the myriad emotions I read on his face during the process.
My nostalgia for getting my hair done by my father and the importance of celebrating Black hair are the two main reasons why Matthew Cherry’s short animated film Hair Love caught my eye on Twitter.

Having raised over $200,000 (and counting) for the five-minute film about a father tackling his daughter’s natural hair, Hair Love is bound to be a movie that becomes a must-see for all minorities, and Cherry is soon to be a household name.

As his Kickstarter campaign for the movie approaches its deadline (only two days to go), Cherry took a minute to speak with BET News about the importance of his film and where he hopes to go from here.

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Written by Rachel Herron
(Photo: Hutton Supancic/Getty Images for SXSW)