New Sesame Street video offers young girls a gloriously positive self-esteem boost

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I’ve always loved "Sesame Street." The show taught me my numbers and letters as a child and did the same for my two children just a few years ago. It’s also instilled a lot of important lessons in all of us. And even though my kids are now 5 years old and 8 years old, it can still entertain them enough to give me a few minutes to make a phone call or send a few emails.

And now I love "Sesame Street" even more, thanks to a recently aired segment about loving your hair. It features a little girl puppet singing “I love my hair. There’s nothing else that can compare with my hair. It’s a part of me.” I think about all the curly girls I spoke to for "Curly Girl," and the horrible hair-related traumas they suffered as kids and think that a segment like this could have saved some of them from a lot of pain. Myself included!

I hated my hair growing up and spent so much time despising it and wondering why it wasn’t golden, long and bouncy like the women and girls I saw on TV. It made me feel like I was different and strange. After all, if I wasn’t why wasn’t there a girl with messy brown curls on "The Brady Bunch," "Partridge Family" or any other of my favorite shows? Thanks to "Sesame Street," little girls today don’t have to think that way. To see a curly role model dancing away and loving her wild curls will probably change many little curls the world over—or at least it’s a start. Imagine learning your 123’s, ABC’s and how to love your hair? Now that’s an educational show!

Read more and see the video here.

Michele Bender
I Love My HAIR! This was encouraging for both little Black boys and girls. My son looked at the vid and said she has hair like you mommy! I love it.

I'm less optimistic about this video than many. It' kind of boring, and I think that it's going to register with little black girls that their hair is so different that it was deemed they needed a special video. I would have. I wear my hair naturally, but still feel ambivalent about it. I also grew up in the "Black is Beautiful" era of the late '60s and '70s. A lot of black people wore Afros, including myself, although the style wasn't very flattering, until it was no longer fashionable. Boosterism is nice, but action is better. How to do it? Don't ask me, but I am doing what I can.

That is wonderful! :-)