Matthew A. Cherry’s “Hair Love” Wins Oscar After Predicting It In A 2012 Tweet
The power of manifestation! Former NFL’er Matthew A. Cherry‘s children’s book-turned-animated short – “Hair Love” – was nominated for the “Animated Short Film” Academy Award. The beautifully emotional short story surrounds a Black father and daughter duo, struggling to style the little girl’s hair while her mother is sick with cancer. “Hair Love” features the voice of “Insecure” star Issa Rae as the mother, while Gabrielle Union served as one of the executive producers.
Dreams are real, and so are tweets! In 2012, Matthew A. Cherry declared he and his film-making partner, Karen Rupert Toliver‘s, future with this tweet:
“@matthewacherry I’m gonna be nominated for an Oscar one day. Already claiming it”
And just as he predicted, “Hair Love” took the shiny gold trophy home!
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 10, 2020
Matthew addressed both the “Crown Act” – which is working to prevent against hair discrimination in schools and the workplace – and Kobe Bryant‘s legacy in his acceptance speech. Matthew A. Cherry is the second former athlete to win an Oscar, in the same category as his late predecessor, Kobe.
— Janai Nelson (@JNelsonLDF) February 10, 2020
??that @MatthewACherry was alongside #DeAndreArnold. DeAndre was told he couldn’t walk at graduation unless he cut his locks. The man next to him won an #Oscar and has locks, proof that hair will never define you. Damn amazing to have hair love! @Dove sponsored the teen’s trip. pic.twitter.com/Ah2ERKNDEW
— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) February 10, 2020
He, later, shared what would have been his full speech with his Twitter following.
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 10, 2020
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Written by Miata Shanay