Black teen who was told to cut dreadlocks invited to the Oscars & given $20,000 from Ellen

DeAndre Arnold, a senior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, in southeast Texas, was suspended and told https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/black-texas-teen-told-cut-his-dreadlocks-order-walk-graduation-n1120731 unless he cuts his dreadlocks to meet the school district’s dress code, he and his family has said.

His story has drawn national attention and an outpouring of support, including now from actress Gabrielle Union.

“Hey DeAndre, I’m Gabrielle Union and I am one of the producers of the Oscar-nominated short film ‘Hair Love,’” Union said in a video to Arnold that aired Friday on “CBS This Morning.”

The team behind “Hair Love” are the latest celebrities to express support for Arnold. Ellen DeGeneres and Alicia Keys surprised the teen with a $20,000 scholarship toward his college tuition on an episode of “The Ellen Show” that aired Wednesday.

 

 

Author: Malea Howard

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