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Black History Month: “Hair Love” with author Matthew A. Cherry at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures


Gayle Anderson premiered Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry’s book signing event on Feb. 26 at the Academy Museum.

Created with New York Times Best-selling illustrator Vashti Harrison’s “Hair Love” book was inspired by Cherry’s short film of the same name, which won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. The Oscar-winning short can be seen at the Academy Museum.

Tickets to this special event include a copy of “Hair Love” and the chance to have your copy autographed by Cherry. Plus, you can also join the museum before the book signing, for story time and a screening of “Hair Love” at 10 a.m. as part of the museum’s “Quiet Mornings” program. Visitors receive $5 off when both tickets are purchased in the same transaction.

“Quiet mornings” create an environment for all visitors to enjoy less sensory-stimulating spaces with subdued lights and sounds. Museum staff are available to suggest areas for self-guided exploration and play before museum hours. Museum educators are available for guided “Gallery Highlight” experiences that are interactive and adaptable to many learning styles.

Schedule for Saturday February 26:

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Calm morning access to the gallery

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session 1: Story time and screening of the short film of “Hair Love” (2019)

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Session 2: Story time and screening of the short film of “Hair Love” (2019)

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Screening of the film “Soul” (2020)

Noon – 1 p.m.
Book signing with Matthew A. Cherry

Matthew A. Cherry:
Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry is a Chicago native and former NFL wide receiver who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. His animated short, “Hair Love” (2019), follows the relationship of an African-American father, his daughter, and his hair. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2020. hair love was also adapted into a picture book for Penguin Random House. Upon its release in May 2019, it became a New York Times Bestseller and nominations for a Goodreads Choice Award and an NAACP Image Award. Cherry is currently working on her first animated series, The The Hair Love spin-off, Young Love with HBO Max.

In 2020, Cherry was listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40s in Media and Entertainment. In addition to having previously served as a consultant for MonkeyPaw and executive producer of Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed BlacKkKlansman (2018), Cherry has also directed several television episodes, including for shows Black-ish, Saved by the Bell, Abbott Elementary and Kings. of Napa. He is also an accomplished music video director, having directed videos for artists including Michelle Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg and Common. At the 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Cherry won Music Video of the Year for Michelle William’s “Say Yes.”

If you have any questions or need help planning your visit, please email [email protected]

Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry
Dedication of the book “Hair Love”
Saturday February 26, 2022
Academy Film Museum
6067 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036
[email protected]

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Gayle Anderson at 1-323-460-5732 or by email at [email protected]

This aired on KTLA 5 News on February 21, 2022.