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Charlotte, NC, United States
I am on a journey -like you, I'm sure. A personal journey, a spiritual journey. A journey about passions, growth, and living. I don't have a good memory, but I value my experiences. It's very strange when you realize that you are being shaped constantly, but ultimately only remember some of the reasons why you are the person you're becoming. I find that when things resonate within me, writing about them helps me to better develop my opinions about them, and to remember them. Sometimes, it's the simple act of looking back and reminding myself where I've been that is all I need to move forward with confidence. That's why I write. Thank you for joining me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sesame Street Song: I Love My Hair

I am a little behind on blogging about this. If you haven't seen this video or heard about it, you must be as busy as I am. Or live under a rock. On Pluto. So here's your chance. You'll find the lyrics below.

Don’t need a trip to the beauty shop

'cause I love what I got on top.

It’s curly and it’s brown and it’s right up there!

You know what I love? That’s right, my hair!

I really love my hair.I love my hair. I love my hair.

There’s nothing else that can compare with my hair.

I love my hair, so I must declare:I really, really, really love my hair.

Wear a clippy or in a bow

Or let it sit in an afro

My hair looks good in a cornrow

It does so many things you know, that’s why I let it grow

I love my hair, I love my hair

I love it and I have to share

I love my hair, I love my hair!

I want to make the world aware I love my hair.

I wear it up. I wear down. I wear it twisted all around.

I wear braids and pigtails too.

I love all the things my hair can do.

In barrettes or flying free, ever perfect tresses you’ll see

My hair is part of me, an awesome part of me

I really love my hair!

Seeing that I started this blog with the intention to write about my hair, I think I have to write about this. I know every natural hair blog out there has a post on this, and I'm just another one, but there's a great message here. And there are so many things that I love about this video.

First and foremost, it's super cute. The puppet has the cutest giggle, and is going all out to show just how versatile her hair can be. I don't get all flashy and outrageous with my hair anymore, but I love how Sesame Street is telling kids to rock what they got. It's like a baby version of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair", which has a similar message. I think that this video is great for people to relate to, no matter what age or color, even though it's obviously geared towards little girls who are black. I love that the video shows all kinds of styles, and that they are all shown in a positive light.

I think it sends the right message to our little girls- of all races. Accept yourself for who you are, and others for who they are. People don't have to fit a mold and try to turn themselves into something they're not. That being said, I have nothing against perms or weaves, or any hairstyle for that matter. I did the perm thing, I shaved my head, I've done lots. Do I regret it or does it change who I am? Not one bit. I did what worked for me, and you do what works for you!

I also like the video because of the little girl who's the voice of this puppet. Chantylla "Chauncey" Johnson lives in Charlotte, so I have to shout it out! :) She's very talented, traveling around the country with musical troupes, performing on the big screen, and bringing life to puppets! I give her much props. She's only thirteen. If I had her confidence and skills at that age... well, I don't know what I would've done with them. Haha.

The last reason I love this song, and probably my biggest reason, is the story behind it. The man who wrote the song, Joey Mazzarino, wrote it as a tribute to his daughter, Segi. He and his wife adopted their 5 year old daughter from Ethiopia when she was a baby. When he saw how his daughter wanted straight, blonde hair like the dolls she played with, he recognized that something needed to be done to boost her self image. If showing a daughter how cool she is because of how God crafted her isn't great fathering, I don't know what is.

Mazzarino is serious about his daughter. I love that. I love adoption. Love, love, love it. There has always been a place in my heart for it, and I totally respect that he adopted this child, loves on her, and teaches her to embrace herself. I only hope I can be as good a parent to my kids. It also kinda stood out to me because of my affinity for Ethiopia too. My husband spent some time there last year, and we have a few adopted Ethiopian children in our church community. And wouldn't you know it- they all have fabulous heads of hair. And they rock it. I love seeing how people encourage their kids to express themselves and encourage them to be comfortable in their own skin. I see it more and more these days, and I hope it's more than a trend. I hope it's a revolution. A love revolution.

Mmmm. Anybody else thinking tibs wat or miser alecha? And a macchiato?


  1. Great post, thanx for the story behind the song. Didn't know who composed it and I guess I'm in the group that still thinks Will Smith's daughter sang the song. I'll be stopping by often, and do add your blog to our directory....

    Cee Locked aka Dreadlock Mamasita

  2. I'm also HEAVILY in love with adoption.Thanks for transcribing the words.Like you, I like how it mentions the versatility of non-straight hair.