HollyMoms, you’ve got to check out this video. Sesame Street‘s latest creation is aimed at young African-American girls in the hopes that they’ll embrace their natural hair.
Sesame Street has been educating children (and parents) since its debut in 1969. These days the colorful muppets, created by Jim Henson, are tackling a bigger issues than just the alphabet and counting. Now, one muppet in particular is getting a lot of attention for her song “I Love My Hair.” The video is as addictive as M&M’s, but it’s got some serious substance behind it, because it encourages little black girls to accept and love their hair just the way it is.
The creator of this video, Joey Mazzarino, used his own adopted daughter, Segi, for inspiration. “She’s like my little muse,” says Joey about the Ethiopian girl. When he realized that Segi began hating her own hair after playing with blond straight-haired Barbie dolls, he knew he had to do something — and the “I Love My Hair” video was born.
This week a remix of the video featuring Willow Smith‘s “Whip My Hair” went viral. Sure, the song is catchy and the video is cute, but we love it because of its self-acceptance message. So, go ahead and gather your kids, HollyMoms, this is one music video that will get your entire family smiling and singing.
–Amy L. Harper
Here is the original version:
And the Willow Smith remix: