Individual Author Record
Cherry is a Chicago native.
Biographical and Professional Information
Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, and the Baltimore Ravens. In 2007 he retired and moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment. Now, he directs music videos and short films, including "Hair Love," the animated short film on which his book is based. Matthew was named to Paste Magazine's list of Directors to Watch in 2016.
In 2020, the seven minute animated short film of "Hair Love" won an Oscar for Best Animated Short.
Titles At Your Library
*Image Award, NAACP
*Windows and Mirrors from Black #OwnVoices Creators List, Publishers Weekly, 2020
*Starred Review, School Library Journal