The “Hair Love’” universe is expanding. Matthew A. Cherry, the creator of the beloved animated short that celebrates Black hair, has embarked on a new animated television series where the family-friendly short ended.
The trailer was released on Sept.13, revealing the character’s debut on the small screen. Its first season will consist of 12 episodes, with the first four released on its premiere date of Sept. 21.
Its new show, premiering on streaming platform Max, will depict the original family from the Oscar-winning short as they go about their everyday lives in Chicago, Cherry’s real-life hometown. Issa Rae and Kid Cudi will lend their voices as parents to the original protagonist, Zuri, NBC News reported.
This new story takes place two months from where the short film left off, with the Insecure star and creator playing Angela Young, a natural hair stylist and vlogger. Cudi will play Zuri’s father and Young’s partner, Stephen Love, a music producer. As for the starring role of Zuri, she will be voiced by Brooke Monroe Conaway, a young actress from Baltimore.
Cherry spoke to news outlets about the purpose of this new project and how it will highlight modern-day Black families.
“The thing I think is really unique about our show is that it’s centered around Black millennial parents,” stated Cherry. “Typically, in animated shows, the parents are more boomer, more established in their careers, and the idea of exploring millennial parents was cool because they haven’t really achieved their dreams yet. They’re still working toward their goals, but they want to be present in their kid’s life.”
Additional cast members include Loretta Devine and Harry Lennix as the parents of Angela Young, incorporating an intergenerational conversation to its anticipated viewers.
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Source: Black Enterprise