Oscar Winner Hair Love Started as a Kickstarter

February 19, 2020 by  
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Karen Rupert Toliver, lead producer of Hair Love, the animated short capturing hearts everywhere, just became the first Black woman to win an Oscar for an animation, The Atlanta Voice reports. 

The film’s meteoric rise has been captured worldwide. Inspired by videos of Black fathers doing their daughters’ hair, filmmaker Matthew Cherry launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 to fund the short film. The response was overwhelming and broke records for crowdfunding on the site, with Cherry and his team raising nearly $300,000, 3 times more than their initial funding goal. 


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This week I am starting an Underwriter’s Drive for support for my Youth Entrepreneur Incubator. This means I’m looking for people who can give $25 or more to help underwriter the meals and trips for the next few months. I think together, we can make a difference. It’ starts on Thursday.

My class is for Jr High school kids, and it’s twice a week, after school. We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays twice a week for 90 minutes. At the end of class in May, they will graduate with certificates and do a presentation/pitch on their business.

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