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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Black muppet sings 'I love my hair'

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October

 Black women across the blogosphere are giving virtual high-fives to Sesame Street for the spunky muppet happily singing "I love my hair." It starts off with an empowering,  "Don't need a trip to the beauty shop, because 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? My hair!""

The video went viral this week as women like Jenee Darden, journalist and blogger at CocoaFly.com, gushed that she's been dancing around her house to the tune. She is, after all,  "the same little black girl who wanted her kinky hair to blow in the wind like Marsha Brady's golden locks."

Chris Rock's movie Good Hair explored this same theme, how little girls need to hear it more that they are beautiful just as they are and not spend endless hours in the beauty parlor and thousands of dollars getting "good hair."  But the writer of this song, who readers may be surprised to find is a man and is white, shares something with Chris Rock. He has an Ethiopian daughter and like Rock had grown concerned that his daughter wanted to look like Barbie instead of like, well, herself.

That's certainly a universal message for all girls.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Friday, October 22, 2010 7:50am]

    

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