A new Sesame Street video is teaching a powerful lesson to many young African American girls to embrace their hair as it is.
The video of an African American muppet dancing and singing "I really, really love my hair" has gone viral on YouTube, garnering over 300,000 views.
Joey Mazzarino, the head writer of Sesame Street, wrote the song "I Love My Hair" with his daughter Segi. He and his wife adopted her from Ethiopia when she was one-year-old.
He said he penned the anthem after noticing Segi's odd behavior when playing with Barbie dolls.
"She would look at Barbies and really want the hair," he explained. "She just wanted blonde hair. She didn't want it curly. She really wanted it straight. I was really starting to worry."
Mazzarino decided to address the issue, but not only for his daughter. He realized that if it was something Segi worried about, other little girls probably did too.
"I just want kids to know their hair is beautiful," Mazzarino said. "I just hope little kids, little girls see this and really feel positive and great about themselves."
The song's simple message of self-acceptance has reached girls all over the country.