The â€œSesame Streetâ€ Muppet video â€œI Love My Hairâ€ has gone viral. The video celebrates the hair and beauty of African-American girls.
Joey Mazzarino, head writer for â€œSesame Streetâ€ says his four-year-old daughter, Segi, served as inspiration for the video. Segi was adopted from Ethiopia. After noticing that his daughter had begun to have a negative self image - particularly about her hair -Mazzarino created the â€œI Love My Hairâ€ video.
According to The Huffington Post, â€œthe video features a brown Muppet with an afro proudly singing about why she loves her hair.â€
The song begins with these lyrics: "Don't need a trip to the beauty shop, because I love what I got on top."
In an interview with Jenee Darden for The Huffington Post, Mazzarino said â€œNothing against the beauty industry, but this is for my daughter. Everything in that song is what I want to say to my daughter. [I want her to know] you don't need to change. That's where you go to change so it just naturally felt like the place to start the song.â€
Mazzarino said he received a phone call a few days ago from a state-senatorâ€™s office. The woman he spoke with â€“ one of the deputiesâ€™ secretaries â€“ said "I'm an older African American woman and I started to cry when I saw it." Mazzarino went on to say that he feels great that the video has touched not only kids, but adults as well.
Mazzarino concluded the interview by saying the song comes from a place of love for his daughter.