We Need To Make This Adorable “Hair Love” Project Happen

July 13, 2017  |  

 

Image courtesy of Matthew Cherry 

When it comes to representation, particularly in animation, we still have a long way to go when it comes to characters of color. And since Hollywood is not exactly bending over backward to make room for us, it’s never a bad idea to start and do your own thing. But the downside of working outside of the system is not having access to the system’s money.

Still, director Matthew Cherry is moving forward with an idea about a Black father doing his daughter’s hair for the first time. The short film is called “Hair Love” and it seeks to inspire Black children to take pride in their natural hair and show Black fathers who are present in their children’s lives.

You can watch Cherry explain more about it in the video below.

What I dig most about the project aside from the necessity of the story, is the fact that Black people are at the helm. Matthew Cherry will be tackling his first animated project and Vashti Harrison is responsible for the initial character designs and Peter Ramsey, who helped to executive produce Guardians of the Galaxy, is producing for this project as well.

They’re attempting to raise $75,000 (but really need $100k). The more money they raise the more quality they’ll be able to bring to the project.

If you’d like to contribute to the project, you can do so by visiting their Kickstarter page, here.

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