Last night was all about movies, and interestingly enough, about hair. From an animated short quite literally called “Hair Love” taking home the gold to pop idol Billie Eilish’s green roots, the night was full of style statements. But perhaps the most powerful of all was director Mathew A. Cherry’s red carpet date.
The “Hair Love” director was joined by Deandre Arnold, a Texas high school student whose school told him he wouldn’t be allowed to attend graduation unless he cut his dreadlocks. Thankfully, this racist hair policy is not enforced on the red carpet, and Deandre fit right in among the hosts of celebrities and filmmakers that night.
It was an appropriate move by Cherry, whose short film centers around a Black father learning to do his daughter’s hair.
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#DeAndreArnold making his #Oscars red carpet debut is the #Oscars2020 content we need. DeAndre is the teen who was told he couldn’t walk at graduation unless he cut his dreadlocks. The #HairLove team @matthewacherry, @gabunion, & @dwyanewade invited him to join them at the Oscars tonight.
There’s just something so satisfying about seeing racists lose.