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Matthew A. Cherry

Born: Chicago, Illinois
Connection to Illinois: Cherry is a Chicago native.

Biography: 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.

  • """Hair Love"""
  • -- Image Award, NAACP
  • -- Windows and Mirrors from Black #OwnVoices Creators List, Publishers Weekly, 2020
  • -- Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • -- Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022

Primary Literary Genre(s): C:CHILDREN; Fiction

Website: http://

Selected Titles

Hair Love
ISBN: 0525553363 OCLC: 1100111244

2018 Kokila

A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.--