‘I Love My Hair’

I Love My Hair – is a delightful video made with children in mind, letting them know how beautiful their natural hair is.  The popularity of this video is an indication that this is indeed an idea that is long overdue.

This idea and concept was written by Joey Mazzarino,  the head writer of Sesame Street, is also a Muppeteer who wrote the song for his daughter. Mazzarino is Italian. He and his wife adopted their 5-year-old daughter, Segi, from Ethiopia when she was a year old. (From NPR)

But this story has touched so many, not just children, but adults are also experiencing a visceral experience watching this video, many women exclaim they have been moved to tears, as is evident in this story from stylelist at AOL.

We’ve long known that children don’t do as you say, they do as you do.  So for those who want their children to love their natural hair, you have to celebrate your own natural hair and expose your children to environments that nurture and foster self love and self pride.  Here at Khamit Kinks we have been making true believers out of our little ones from the beginning.  They come into the salon scared, tender-headed and they leave us beaming with smiles.

In the case of the Mazzarino family, it is apparent that they are going out of their way to make sure that their adopted daughter has a sense of own natural beauty.  This is especially necessary in the case of any parents adopting a child from a different culture.  It is their responsibility to make sure that child has a true sense of their heritage.

Above is the re-mix version of this video produced by Will Smith.  It’s cute and funny, but not as poignant, sweet or educational as the original.

There are some folks out there on blogs about this matter who became indignant as they asked. “why has it taken Disney and Sesame Street so long to have creations that celebrate African [American] images”.  My thought is, why is it that we think and expect others to do this for us, to celebrate our beauty?  We have enough creativity, wealth, and know-how to create our own vehicles that celebrate us, our culture and our beauty.  Weigh in and tell me your thoughts on this matter.  In the meantime, enjoy the show and spread the joy and beauty to the children in your life.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I love my hair and I love the videos. We do need more positive images for our children to embrace our culture and beauty. Thank you for sharing Anu.

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