Former NFL star Matthew A. Cherry, who is also the creator of the Oscar award-winning short film, Hair Love, dedicated his award for Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars on Sunday night.
"'Hair Love' was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation, and because we wanted to normalize black hair," Cherry said from the Dolby stage on Sunday.
"This award is dedicated to Kobe Bryant," said Cherry per MSNBC. "May we all have a second act as great as his was."
The short film is voiced by Issa Rae, follows an African-American father's first attempt to do his daughter's hair. The inspiration from the film came from Cherry's desire to promote hair love among young people of color and was funded with a Kickstarter campaign in 2017.
"Hair Love was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation. We wanted to normalize black hair," Cherry, the film's writer, co-director and producer said.