Hair Love – in a very succinct nutshell – is about the celebration of black hair. The touching story features a black father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. NFL pro Matthew A. Cherry, who wrote and directed the award winning short, said he wanted to ‘normalise black hair’ stating the importance of representation.
The choice, to feature Blue-Ivy feels like somewhat appropriate and a wholesome victory for the 8-year old who has already faced discrimination in the past over her hair.
In 2014, at just 2-years old, a joke petition on Change.org called for Beyonce to brush Blue Ivy’s hair stating “This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls,” before adding “Please let’s get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy’s hair.” When faced with a barrage of complaints the petition’s creator remarked that it was all in jest saying ‘people just need to chill out.”
This overt expression of hatred towards black hair echoes Cherry’s call for representation as he speaks to a need to reframe the way we see black hair culturally, which he does by calling attention to the Californian law the CROWN act (an acronym meaning “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair”).
News of Blue Ivy’s audio debut has swept through the Twitter sphere with celebrities coming out in full support of the youngster. Among them is actress Gabrielle Union-Wade who tweeted:
“This is just the gift that keeps on giving!! Being able to hear Blue Ivy give voice to this masterful story is so awesome. They try to bury us, not knowing we are the seeds of strength and beauty. LOVE!”
Rapper Ze Taylor also tweeted:
“106 & park was suspended for ‘joking’ about her hair at age 2, now she’s narrating the audiobook of an Academy Award winning short film called ‘Hair Love’ at 8 years old.”
Cherry even chimed in himself saying:
“Good news! Anyone with a valid library card can listen to Blue Ivy’s narration of our Hair Love audiobook for free by visiting the digital library service @hooplaDigital.”
Hair Love is now set to be developed into an animated TV show called “Young Love” set to air on HBO Max.
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