On July 8, Matthew A. Cherry took to Twitter for an announcement: “#YoungLove coming soon to HBO Max.”
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) July 7, 2020
The streaming service ordered a 12-episode series from Cherry, based on his Academy-Award winning short film “Hair Love.” “Young Love” will dive into the world of the Young family, even featuring pet cat Rocky, who we first were introduced to in the animated short.
The film highlighted the intimidation a father might feel about doing his daughter’s hair for the first time. Through the series, we’ll learn more about African American millennial parents Stephen and Angela as they raise their daughter Zuri. The show will tackle multi-generational dynamics, social issues and balancing careers, marriage and parenthood.
“I am beyond excited to continue telling the story of Stephen, Angela and Zuri and further explore the family dynamics of a young Black millennial family,” Cherry said.
On his website, Cherry notes the story of “Hair Love” came from a lack of representation in mainstream animated projects. More importantly, he wanted to inspire hair love among young men and women of color.
“Young Love” is just one development of Cherry’s multi-year agreement with Warner Bros. Television Group. We can expect much more from him across Warner streaming platforms, cable channels and broadcast networks.
Cherry’s career in entertainment began after playing in the NFL as a wide receiver. He has directed dozens of music videos, for the likes of Snoop Dogg and Chloe X Halle. In 2012, Cherry’s first feature film debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in 2012. He has also directed episodes of various television shows, including “Black-ish” and the upcoming reboot of “Saved by the Bell.”