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Chicago Filmmaker Wins Oscar for “Hair Love” & Brings Special Guest Teen On The Red Carpet With The Team

Chicago filmmaker Matthew Cherry took home the Oscar for best animated short film for “Hair Love,” a six-minute short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

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Chicago filmmaker Matthew Cherry took home the Oscar for best animated short film for “Hair Love,” a six-minute short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

Matthew and the “Hair Love” team brought the Texas high school teen DeAndre Arnold who’s story has recently gone viral in the news for refusing to cut his locs. DeAndre was suspended for wearing dreadlocks and told he couldn’t attend his graduation ceremony in the spring unless he cut them in accordance with school dress code. Arnold, who has been growing his hair in locs since the seventh grade, has said that his hairstyle —rooted in Black pride, culture and sometimes religion — is a nod to his Trinidadian heritage.

As a surprise to Arnold, Cherry teamed up with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade (who helped produce this short film) to create a special video invitation for the Texas teen. On Oscar Sunday, DeAndre walked the red carpet and attended the full Oscar’s ceremony along with the “Hair Love” team. During the acceptance of their award, Matthew directed the following statement to DeAndre and the crowd saying, “I want to say “Hair Love” was done to normalize black hair.”

 

Alongside co-producer Karen Rupert Toliver, Cherry who also directed and co-wrote the film gave tribute to Kobe Bryant saying, “May all our second acts be as great as his”. Bryant and Glen Keane won the best animated short film Oscar in 2018 for “Dear Basketball.”

When speaking of the inspiration behind the short film, Matthew shares his personal story. As a former NFL player and graduate of Loyola Academy in Wilmette and the University of Akron, Matthew shared: “You have a situation where Mom may have to go into work early and Dad has to get the kids ready. The gender norms that existed back in the day aren’t really the same as they are now.

“I feel like everyone has to step up and get it done. Black fathers have had one of the worst raps in mainstream media as being portrayed as being deadbeats and not being involved.”

“It was important to us to showcase a black father that was young, that had tattoos. I think if you saw someone like him on the street, you would assume that wasn’t a loving father that does his daughter’s hair,” Cherry said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’re just trying to change the conversation, one project at a time.”

Our hair is an extension of ourselves,” Cherry previously told HuffPost speaking about the short film. “And the cool thing about this story is that it really represents pure love: what we’re willing to do for the people we love even when they ask us to do something we don’t know how to do.”

 

 

 

 

 

Tamara is the founder of ArtSoulRadio.com and a contributor for Ebony/Jet Magazine and other publications. She also works in TV/Film production and has a strong passion for the arts, community outreach, teaching and working with the youth. Learn more at www.tamarallyoung.com and follow her on social media.

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Bri Babineaux Releases Hope Through Her New Album “The Encounter”

In a time when our world seems filled with trouble, we all could use a faith pick up and Bri definitely delivers!

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Bri Babineaux is back with new music! After releasing her latest singles “We Want More”, “Worthy of It All” and her cover of the popular worship song “Oceans”, she has now officially released her new album titled “The Encounter”. In a time when our world seems filled with trouble, we all could use a faith pick up and Bri definitely delivers!

Every song carries sincere passion and a needed message that reminds us of the power of God’s Holy Spirit, his undying ability to do above all that we could dare ask for. This album will challenge you to draw closer to God and remind you of the faithfullness of His promises. This album is a necessary addition to your collection of music in every season!

Scroll down to stream two of her latest singles along with the full album. Leave your comments to let us know which songs are your favorites.

 

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Jonathan McReynolds Releases New Video For Latest Single “People” – Watch Here!

The message is simple and one that everyone can relate to and learn from… Just press play to listen and you’ll see what we mean.

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Jonathan McReynolds released a new video for his latest single “People”. The message is simple and one that everyone can relate to and learn from… Just scroll down and press play to listen. It speaks for itself. You’ll see what we mean. Enjoy!

 

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Ciara and Russell Williams Donate 1 Million Meals to Seattle Area During Corona Outbreak

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Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are donating one million meals to Seattle Food Lifeline to support their community during the coronavirus outbreak. They made an announcement Tuesday evening on Twitter  sharing their goal to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the Seattle area and encouraged others to both donate and to continue to practice social distancing.

In their one-minute video posted to Twitter, the couple announced that they’re partnering with Seattle’s Food Lifeline, an organization that distributes food to more than 300 food banks, shelters and meal programs throughout Western Washington.

Western Washington has been hit the hardest in the US so far by the coronavirus outbreak. So, this donation is coming to the perfect area at a great time of need. The Associated Press has listed Washington as having the highest number of fatalities in the U.S. at this time. We plan to continue to keep this area along with the entire nation and world in prayer during this time.  We will also continue to celebrate stories like this showing the power of kindness and giving back that are happening within our nation and the world. So, comment below or send us your story ideas. In a time like this, there’s always room for good news. Shoutout to Ciara and Russel for being two of the many taking the lead on moves like this!

 

 

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