Matthew A. Cherry Shares Why Being Recognized at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards Means Just as Much to Him as the Oscars

Matthew A. Cherry is no stranger to award shows.

The former NFL player, producer, director, Oscar winner, and my personal “tweet-it-and-receive-it” goals achiever spoke with The Root on the red carpet of this year’s NAACP Image Awards about the importance of showing love to black folks, attending Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Gold Party, and more in the video above.


Check it out and be amazed by both his moisturized locs and his blackest moment since winning an Academy Award for his animated short, Hair Love.


Jessica Moulite is an award-winning Video Producer at The Root passionate about dismantling unjust societal power structures and all things Black culture. She's also probably watching “Living Single.”



Winning an Academy Award means writers, producers, directors, cameramen, special effects experts, lighting experts, speech coaches, and hundreds of others cooperated on a project, gave away lots of swag to members of the academy to buy votes, and cornered a trophy.

An NAACP means you’ve advanced the condition of the human race.

I’d rather earn the NAACP award too.