Hair love, Sesame style

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  1. Posted October 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I approve of the intentions of the video maker. But somehow I think that little African American girls are going to realize that there’s no need for counterpart videos with white and Asian girls. I would have. I sent a friend, a mature adult, as am I, a copy of this video, and she said, wistfully, “I wish I loved my hair.”

    I’ve been wearing mine natural for several years, but it’s a challenge at times.

    • Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Just because it’s a black Muppet expressing her love for her hair doesn’t mean the message doesn’t apply to everyone else. Yes the issue of hair in the black community is a long-standing one, but the beauty standards at the root of the “good hair” discourse affect all of us. Maybe this video should be looked at as an anthem to natural, beautiful hair for everyone.

      • Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

        “[T]he beauty standards at the root of the “good hair” discourse affect all of us…”

        They affect black women with bushy, kinky hair MORE. This is one of those issues where to universalize an issue is effectively to trivialize it.

  2. Posted October 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    So Cute.

  3. Posted October 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I love this! Although I am not part of an ethnic minority, I can really relate to this. Dealing with my bushy, curly hair was always such a struggle growing up; it’s nice to have something affirming my curls for once.

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