Chicago-bred film director Matthew A. Cherry is on a mission to increase the representation of Black characters in animated films. Two years ago he launched a crowdfunding campaign for a short movie called Hair Love, and it was recently announced that he has joined forces with Sony Pictures Animation to bring the film to fruition, Deadline reported.
The story is centered on a Black father named Stephen who attempts to do his daughter Zuri’s hair for the first time, the news outlet writes. Through their interaction Stephen gains a better understanding of how to do his daughter’s hair and encourages her to embrace her natural coils. The film was designed to promote hair positivity among Black youngsters and also defy stereotypes about Black fatherhood. Cherry wanted to change the negative narrative about Black fathers being absent from their children’s lives. He says he was inspired to create the film after seeing viral videos of Black fathers attempting to do their children’s hair.
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