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White Parents of Ethiopian Girl Create “Sesame Street” Jingle to Make Her Proud of Her Hair

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Joey Mazzarino of Sesame Street wanted to make his ethiopian daughter feel proud of her hair so he created the jingle I Love My Hair. www.naturallymoi.com

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Reported by Nigel Boys

Joey Mazzarino and Kerry Butler, adoptive white parents of Segi, an Ethiopian girl, knew nothing about taking care of a black girl’s hair, especially when she started to complain about her natural hair, so they looked for advice from Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter.

Mazzarino, the head writer and puppeteer for “Sesame Street,” went on to say that he didn’t even know how to take care of his own hair, so he asked Price’s husband, Gordon, a crew member on the set, how deal with Segi’s hair.

The puppeteer went on to say that he sometimes felt helpless when his wife would leave him alone with Segi and without the help of the Price’s he wouldn’t have had a clue of what to do.

However, after being told by Lisa what to do with the products Gordon would bring onto the set, the 46-year-old actor, writer, singer, voice artist, and comedian became confident he could help Segi and other African-American girls love their natural hair.

Mazzarino even came up with a catchy song, which was sung by a black puppet, while demonstrating different ways black girls can wear their natural hair.

The cute black puppet sings about how proud she is of her hair and the many ways she can wear it, with the help of puppeteer Kevin Clash and the voice of Chantylla Johnson.

Since its first airing on Sesame Workshop’s YouTube channel in October 2010, the original song has been altered and modified because of the online comments of its positive image for the black female community.
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In the 44th season of the show, a new bi-lingual version of the song, “Me Encanta Mi Cabello,” was performed by a Puerto Rican resident writer on the show named Armando, affectionately know as “Mando.”

In an interview with New York Magazine, the adoptive father said that he and his wife had expected to face issues as their child grew up because they are white and she is not. He added that when his daughter started wanting to wear wigs so she could have long, blonde, straight hair, he realized the problem might be bigger than he thought.

After talking with his executive producer, who gave him the go ahead to write something that might help other African-American girls, Mazzarino sat down and wrote the song which has seen immense success over the last few years.

Check out the cute song and video below:

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