I’ve talked in the past about the concept of good hair. I’ve mentioned my own hair quite a bit lately, but I’m thinking on a larger scale, specifically about good hair as related to black women and girls. It seems that society’s vision of good hair is long, sleek hair, and many black girls and women struggle to attain that standard. Heck, I think we all do at some point in life.
I’ve seen quite a bit of this cute Sesame Street video over the past week or so, and I just posted a link on my FB page. I thought I’d post it here, too, for those who don’t follow me there. [If you’d like to friend me, just leave me a comment and we can connect – I love my bloggy friends!]
Here is the story behind the video – it just so happens that the head writer at Sesame Street is the adoptive dad of an Ethiopian daughter.
Liz recently linked to some criticism of the video over at This Week in Blackness. I have to admit that I had some thoughts about whether the video was showing the girl truly loving her hair as it was or whether she was also trying to reach that long, sleek standard with extensions.
Happy Girl Hair has a post on the video as well.
I, for one, love that a show like Sesame Street is addressing the issue and showing a young black girl loving her hair. I imagine this is the message most viewers will embrace, especially the target audience of children. I agree that perhaps a couple of the shown hair styles could have been left out, but I’m not going to criticize what a Muppet is doing too much.