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October 20th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

‘Sesame Street’ writer devotes hair tribute to Ethiopian daughter

The Sesame Street video “I Love My Hair” teaches young black girls that their hair is beautiful just the way it is. This morning, Sesame Street writer Joey Mazzarino shares how his adopted Ethiopian daughter's curly hair inspired the now viral video.

Filed under: Parenting • Pop Culture • Race
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  1. viva H Van Assen

    Our beauty has long been over look. If you're in San Francisco, stop by m show and see some really lovely woman. Many black woman love them self totally. I have witness this.

    The Texture of Beauty

    The Texture of Beauty is an exhibit of Images of Black Beautiful woman with natural hair from the San Francisco Bay Area.

    The entire month of November 2010 at the AWE Gallery located at 678 Portola Drive in San Francisco, CA 94127.

    You will have the opportunity to see The Texture of Beauty if you have not heard of it.

    You are in for real treat!!

    It has always been my goal to show Black woman who are comfortable in themselves and in no way feel that there hair is holding them back. And most important to show that Black woman are beautiful in all shades.

    As a Black woman I wanted young girls see that hair is hair and it doesn’t have to blow in the wind to be beautiful. And from the last page of my book it will tell you this.

    Love it; treat it like you treat your body. And be a witness that hair will not stop you from getting what you want.

    So please stop by on Saturday November 6, 2010 for the reception from Noon – 5:00 pm.

    And if you’re not able to stop by on that day mark you calendar for Friday November 12, 2010 between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. At that time there will be a Faith & Feminism Conference.

    Please remember we have free parking just next to the gallery so please come out and support local Woman Artist.

    Vanviva Image Maker /

    October 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  2. Rhonda

    More than 5 years ago I bought a book for my girls, it was also called I LOVE MY HAIR' by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley . I am happy that this video has gone viral and is getting all this media attention, however on the other hand it's sad that society has made african american and black females in general feel that they were less beautiful because of the texture of their hair. Even in animated movies like the Princess and the Frog..the Princess has 'european styled' hair. I'm happy anytime positive dialogue can emerge regardless of who initiates it, but I also think that it really sucks when the media acts as though Mr. Mazzarino has discovered some unknown portal in the galaxy of self-acceptance for black girls. The Media has long upheld the bias stereotype of beauty and it is unfortunate that this video will only be a 'KINK' in the tresses of main stream media ideals of who or what is considered beautiful.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  3. Carol V.

    I love the video of the muppet. It's really a message for all kids. Here's another great video about African American girls talking about loving their hair!

    October 20, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  4. Vicky

    Thank you for this for young black girls! How about our young black boys.. they need something like this also!

    October 20, 2010 at 11:28 am |