Former NFL Player Challenges The Stereotypes Of Black Fathers Through Children’s Book ‘Hair Love’

hair_love_cover_finalA few years ago, former NFL player-turned-filmmaker, Matthew A. Cherry noticed a plethora of viral videos of young African American fathers styling their daughter’s natural hair and bonding with them in gender nonconforming ways.

The videos were far more popular than similar social videos about black fathers connecting with their sons. And that struck Cherry as interesting. Cherry said thousands of users engaged with the videos because people “think this is an anomaly and they have never seen this before.”

“I saw this as a double-edge sword and wanted to normalize it,” Cherry said. Check out the full story here.

By Andrea Henderson, St. Louis Public Radio


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