Talk about a Black man magic moment. The Texas teen who made headlines last month for refusing to cut his locs for school walked his first Oscars red carpet last night. DeAndre Arnold walked alongside Hair Love director Matthew Cherry, who also rocks a crown full of locs.
Matthew’s five-minute animated film received an Oscars nomination for best short. He, along with Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade, publicly invited DeAndre to attend ahead after he was suspended for his locs that he has worn for years. His mother Sandy withdrew him after the school said he must cut them to return or else be sent to alternative school.
“Since DeAndre Arnold’s school didn’t want to let him walk at his graduation because of his hair, we figured that he should walk with us on the red carpet at the #Oscars as our special guest,” said Matthew.
DeAndre has also received an outpouring of support, including a $20K scholarship from Alicia Keys and Ellen DeGeneres.
Beauty brand Dove sponsored the tickets to the Oscars, along with wardrobe, hair and makeup for Deandre and his mother. As a founding member of the CROWN coalition, Dove has been at the forefront of conversations regarding anti-hair discrimination.