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!