Sesame Street still changing lives today
By Thomas Antonelle
Now a father of two, Joseph Mazzarino has transformed the way young African-American girls feel about there hair.
“I started to notice when she was four that she was having a problem with her hair and she wanted “princess” hair, and I started to think this was a unique problem to us because we are white parents with an African-American daughter, and then Chris Rock’s film came out, “Good Hair,” and we thought, oh, wow this is actually a broader issue.”
With Sesame Street being a source of information for so many young children, the long time Sesame writer felt it was important to finally bring this issue to light, in a Sesame Street way.
“We had finished writing for the season, and I asked my executive producer if I could try to write this song real quick and we can slip it in the schedule somewhere. She said sure.”
A few months later, the video has become a youtube sensation with over four million views today and there was even a remix done by Willow Smith, the daughter of Will Smith.
Mazzarino has been with the Muppets since 1989 and has been a writer and puppeteer since 1990.
Having two young daughters, Joey has definitely won the “coolest dad award.”