Yesha Callahan

Joey Mazzarino’s Message To His Daughter Through A Little Brown Muppet

For the past two weeks a little brown puppet from Sesame Street has been making waves on the internet.  The little girl muppet is singing praises for her hair. Something that a lot of grown women till this day can’t do.  When I first saw the video, I thought to myself what would influence a writer on Sesame Street to come up with such a song, and the first thing that popped into my mind was maybe someone did it especially for their child.  Today I learned about Joey Mazzarino, head writer at Sesame Street and his adopted daughter from Ethiopia. Mazzarino’s daughter, Segi, wanted long flowing hair, but he wanted a way to reassure her that her hair is perfect the way it is, so he came up with the song as a tribute to his daughter’s hair.  I think this story shows that there people who are involved in trans-racial adoptions that are willing to teach their children their history, culture & the ability to embrace their differences and to be proud of who they are.  Not only is Joey Mazzarino able to touch his daughter, but he’s also touching millions of other little girls that seem to think they need to emulate the standards of beauty shown to them by various Barbie dolls and media portrayals.  Will there ever be a time when a message like this isn’t needed? We’ll never know, but we can only be thankful that the message is being delivered in such a succinct way.


Don’t need a trip to the beauty shop,’cause I love what I got on top.
It’s curly and it’s brown and it’s right up there!
You know what I love? That’s right, my hair!
I really love my hair.
I love my hair. I love my hair.
There’s nothing else that can compare with my hair.
I love my hair, so I must declare:
I really, really, really love my hair.
Wear a clippy or in a bow
Or let it sit in an afro
My hair looks good in a cornrow
It does so many things you know, that’s why I let it grow
I love my hair, I love my hair
I love it and I have to share
I love my hair, I love my hair!
I want to make the world aware I love my hair.
I wear it up. I wear down. I wear it twisted all around.
I wear braids and pigtails too.
I love all the things my hair can do.
In barrettes or flying free, ever perfect tresses you’ll see
My hair is part of me, an awesome part of me
I really love my hair!

  1. October 19, 2010 - Reply

    The time messages like this won’ be needed is when black women and men value their self worth devalue white beauty standards and stop shopping at Korean beauty supply stores.
    With that said, I like the video but I’m sick of it.

    • October 19, 2010 - Reply

      @Tafari

      I’m sick of the “remix” Whip My Hair mash up. Hey! Korean beauty supplies have come a long way..they now have kinky natural fake hair too!

      • October 20, 2010 - Reply

        @[flahy][blak][chik]

        Are you serious? WOW. Being a natural I didnt know this since I don’t frequent the Korean beauty supply houses. I refuse to.

    • October 19, 2010 - Reply

      @Tafari

      Maybe if messages like this were out back in the day, maybe it would’ve helped black women and women value themselves a little more and they wouldn’t be shopping at Korean beauty supply stores today. imjustsaying.

      • October 19, 2010 - Reply

        @Flunkit

        But they did have similar messages..
        James Brown, “Say It Loud, I’m Black & I’m Proud”..
        Afro-Sheen
        Black Power Movement
        etc..etc…
        You’ve seen Crooklyn…the one little girl liked her braids & beads…and her aunt couldn’t stand them…

        • October 19, 2010 - Reply

          @[flahy][blak][chik]

          That aunt was a hot mess. And I love when they killed that dog. That was funny as hell! 1.. 2.. 3.. the devil’s after me….

  2. October 19, 2010 - Reply

    won’ = won’t

  3. October 19, 2010 - Reply

    The back story made me love the original video even more! Kudos to that father for his worldwide message. 🙂

    • October 19, 2010 - Reply

      @Miss Dimples

      He wins “Dad of the Year”!

      • October 20, 2010 - Reply

        @[flahy][blak][chik]

        Imagine how different we would feel if our parents instilled subconscious self-esteem by teaching us to appreciate our hair instead of making it like everyone else. This father could have easily taken the approach of “Let me help her get the hair she wants” instead of his “Love what you have” lesson. #AllKudosEverything!

  4. October 19, 2010 - Reply

    Such a great act of fatherhood

  5. October 20, 2010 - Reply

    I so agree with Tafari, I like the song, but I’m sick and tired of us having to PSAs about our hair, our skin and whatever else.
    bty… I loved her braids in the movie Crooklyn, that was me in the Summertime until I was about 12

  6. October 24, 2010 - Reply

    Good to see that he is teaching his child to love the hair she has…when you think about it the extreme we go thru to conform is more difficulty then just appreciating what we were born with…

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