‘Hair Love’ makers bring Texas toe, who was banned from his own graduation because he refused to cut his dreadlocks, to the Oscars
- DeAndre Arnold, 18, made headlines last month when his high school forbade him to do his own graduation because of his dreadlocks
- He was invited to Sunday’s Oscar awards by Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union
- He was also invited by Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver, the makers of the Oscar-winning animated short Hair Love
- Arnold’s story received national attention and ended up at the Ellen Show
- “I am strong because of the support system I have behind me,” he said
- Cherry said: “We wanted to show people how good he is of a child, but there is no reason why people should check us on her”
- In his Oscar acceptance speech, Cherry argued for the Crown Act, a law in California that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyle or texture
A high school in Texas who was told that he could not participate in his graduation ceremony unless he cut off his dreadlocks was an honored guest at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night after his story received national attention.
DeAndre Arnold, 18, made headlines last month when Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu forbade him to do his own graduation because he refused to cut his long dreadlocks.
The school said his hair was too long and violated their school policy.
Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and the makers of Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver, invited Arnold to the star-studded Oscars ceremony.
Hair Love eventually won the Oscar for best short animation film. The seven-minute short film that tells the story of a black father struggling and finally taking control of his young daughter’s hair.
Texas teenager DeAndre Arnold, 18, who was forbidden to attend his own graduation because his dreadlocks were too long, shone when he appeared on the red carpet at the Oscars on Sunday evening after being invited by Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and the makers of the short animated film Hair Love
Arnold shown in a green suit next to the makers of Hair Love Karen Ruper Toliver (third from the right) and Matthew A Cherry (second left)
Cherry posted a photo with Arnold on Twitter before attending the glamorous award ceremony and said, “He certainly is. We have his back ‘
“It means to us that he is here with us. We wanted to show people how good he is of a child, but there is no reason why people should check us on her, “said co-maker of Hair Love and former NFL player Matthew Cherry.
“I am strong because of the support system I have behind me,” said Arnold.
His story has received national attention, urged the Texas Legislative Black Caucus to make a bill that prohibits discrimination based on hair textures and styles commonly associated with race, and ended up in the Ellen show where singer Alicia Keys gave him a Check of $ 20,000.
Keys said that she and Ellen, in collaboration with photography company Shutterfly, invested in his ‘greatness’ while she presented a check to support his ambition to become a veterinarian.
Speaking of Ellen, Arnold said he did not want to cut his hair because it is “really important” to him and has meaning in his father’s Trinidadian culture.
‘It is part of our culture and our heritage. And I really wanted the school to be a little open to other cultures and at least try to tell us a few things. Don’t just lock us out, “he said in the show.
The makers of Hair Love Karen Rupert Toliver and Matthew A. Cherry won the Oscar for best short animation film and argued for the Crown Act in their acceptance speech, a law in California that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyle or texture
Cherry and Toliver presented themselves victorious with their Academy Awards
On Sunday evening, when the makers of Hair Love Matthew Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver spoke their thank-you speech, they pleaded for the Crown Act, a California law that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyle or texture when they accepted their prices.
“Hair Love was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation and we wanted to normalize black hair,” Cherry said while the audience cheered.
“There is a very important problem there is, the Crown Act, and if we can help make it work in all 50 states, it will help stop Deandre Arnold, who is our special guest tonight,” he added to it.
Arnold’s story received national recognition and ended up in the Ellen show. Keys said that she and Ellen, in collaboration with photography company Shutterfly, invested in his “greatness” while handing over a check to support his ambition to be a veterinarian
Without code: ‘Every day that I went to school, I was always in dress codes. But the thing with them is, if it had been abandoned, I would no longer have dress codes, “Arnold said