Friday, February 11, 2011

Ode to Black Hair from Willow Smith

You've probably heard Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair," but did you know it was inspired by Sesame Street's song "I Love My Hair" released weeks before? (I blogged about it months ago here.) The Sesame Street version was a direct result of an adoption story (the creator is a White adoptive dad of an African girl who told him one day she wished she had straight blond hair), and Willow is continuing the trend. Forty million YouTube hits. Nice work, Willow--we need more positive hair reinforcement like this in the mainstream!

Of course, there's always the voice of dissent and bitterness when you talk about Black hair. The most recent viewer comment in response to the video is this: "Black women have an identity complex and thats why so many of them try to emulate white women by wearing perms,weaves, and even blonde wigs and blue contacts lol slavery really screwed you people up."

Sigh. That person needs whipped in the face with some hair--the braided and beaded kind.

1 comment:

Rueben Brock said...

I never would have thought of it, but my 17 yr old daughter does seem to get a strange sense of pride from loving this song. Perhaps, to her, its a celebration of her Black girl hair! Interesting.