Gabrielle Union invites teen banned from school graduation to Oscars

Gabrielle Union invites teen banned from school graduation to Oscars


A Texas teen may not be able to walk at graduation over refusing to cut his dreadlocks, but he is now invited to walk the red carpet at Hollywood’s biggest night as Gabrielle Union’s guest. 

Union formally invited DeAndre Arnold to the 2020 Academy Awards on Feb. 9 after news of the student being penalized for his hairstyle garnered national attention. 

School officials told Arnold, a senior at the public Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, that he will be banned from graduation unless he cuts his hair, citing a dress code policy on hair length limits.

The teen has subsequently received an outpouring of support from Ellen DeGeneres, Alicia Keys and Union.

More: Texas teen banned by high school from attending graduation after refusing to cut dreadlocks

Gabrielle Union attends "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Finale Red Carpet on September 18, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

Union invited the student to the Oscars in a video she tweeted.

“Hey DeAndre, I’m Gabrielle Union and I am one of the producers of the Oscar-nominated short film ‘Hair Love,'” Union said in the video, which first aired Friday on CBS This Morning. “When we heard about your story, and you just wanting to wear your hair the way you want, at school, and all this scrutiny that you faced and how unwavering you have been in standing up for yourself, we knew that we had to get involved.”

Union, reports have said, faced “toxic culture” at “America’s Got Talent,” including excessive notes on her appearance prior to her controversial exit. 

More: Gabrielle Union tweets about being thrown ‘under the bus’ after Terry Crews defends ‘AGT’


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