Matthew A. Cherry’s ‘Hair Love’ Picked Up by Sony Animation

BlacKkKlansman Executive Producer Matthew A. Cherry is teaming with Sony Pictures Animation to bless us with, “Hair Love” an animated short film.

Cherry a Chicago native and former NFL wide receiver took to Twitter to make the big announcement:

Hair Love raised $300,000 on Kickstarter, the most any short film, animated or not, has ever achieved on the funding platform.

In addition to hitting the big screen, Hair Love will be available in book form in May. According to Penguin Random House, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

The description reads, Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.

Im so overjoyed for this, representation is imperative, little kinky, coily, and curly haired girls seeing themselves on screen and in books allows them to feel accepted and to dream. Dream BIG!

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The City Of Brotherly Love Give Meek Mill His Own Weekend

The City of Brotherly Love has given Meek Mill his very own weekend.

Philadelphia City Council honored the rapper on Thursday with a proclamation and announced March 15, 16, and 17 will now be known as Meek Mill Weekend.

Via NBC Philadelphia:

City Council President Darrell Clarke made the proclamation Thursday morning. He was joined by State Sen. Sharif Street in praising Mill, whose legal troubles catapulted him into national stardom as a criminal justice advocate and critic of mass incarceration.

Meek this post on his social media page:

‘Atlanta’ Season 3 Has Been Delayed

Donald Glover has been making so many moves out in these streets.

He’s been doing SO much that FX just announced the upcoming third season of ‘Atlanta’ has been delayed.

via THR:

FX chief John Landgraf revealed at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Monday morning that the Donald Glover series is behind schedule.

When the network renewed Atlanta for a third season last June, it was expected to return in 2019 — but it’s become clear that’s no longer possible.

“I don’t know whether we’ll have Atlanta or not. The writers are back working right now, thank God,” said Landgraf, before PR boss John Solberg confirmed that “it won’t be for this Emmy cycle.” Joked Landgraf to the reporters in the Langham Hotel ballroom: “If you wanna see me cry, you can just come backstage.”

With Atlanta out of Emmy contention this year, it clears a path for other strong contenders including Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the final season of Veep. The Georgia-based series, which Glover has described as a passion project of his, has previously won FX two Emmys, two Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, on top of being a steady performer for the network.

“As you might imagine, Donald Glover is sort of the king of all media, and he just has had an incredibly complicated life. He’s had personal things he’s had to deal with, from injuries to other things I’d rather not say publicly that just have to do not with his personal life but his extended family,” Landgraf further explained of the delay. “So I think one of the things that is just a reality of television today is you have to wait. We have so many things now that don’t cycle back on a regular basis. … From my standpoint, I wish for the fans as well as for us that we could get everything back on an annual basis but, again, you just have to make a decision about quantity over quality at a certain point — and we’re just erring on the side of quality.”

Colin Kaepernick , Dave Chappelle , And 6 Others Will Receive Harvard Black Culture Awards

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle have been selected, along with six others, to be saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to Black history and culture.

via Page Six:

All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.