New Disney+ Series Helps Young Black Girls Embrace Important Hair Care Ritual
When it comes to the books our kids read, the toys they play with, and the shows they watch, representation matters. Diverse characters help children of color feel more confident in their identity and can foster understanding and tolerance in white children. But according to research by common sense media, white people occupy 76% of leading roles in streaming and network television shows, despite making up only 60% of the population.
Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Amir “Questlove” Thompson of award-winning hip-hop group The Roots have answered the call for more diverse children’s programming. The pair teamed up with Disney+ to create Get up, sing, a series of musical animated shorts that focus on themes such as acceptance and empowerment. The series, which premiered in February, tackles topics related to race and culture from a child’s perspective and is designed to encourage conversation between children and their parents. Each episode lasts between two and three minutes, about the longest time you can hold a preschooler’s attention before they become completely agitated.
An episode, titled, Super Beanie, received praise from parents for teaching a lesson in caring for black hair. In the video, a group of black girls at a sleepover sing a song meant to teach their white friend how their beanies protect their naturally curly hair while they sleep. And because no one does like Disney when it comes to children’s songs, check out these Words:
“BBB-Bonnet, beanie, see my face? That’s what’s on it
From the time I go to bed until I wake up in the morning
When I stretch and yawn because a new day is dawning
I still have it, we call this super funky little performance beanie.
Believe me, these kids have bars.
Parents of children of color have taken to social media to share how happy they are to see this type of representation in children’s shows and how Super Beanie helped their children feel proud to wear their caps to sleep. Breanna Martin shared an adorable video of her daughter dancing to Super Beanie on instagram.
“That’s why representation is important!!! Seven was so excited to wear her beanie because she saw the other little girls on TV wearing one. You could see her reaction was like ‘hey I have one too 😍😄💃🏾🙆🏾♀️ “lol. So cute!” Martin said in his post. “I posted this on my TikTok, and these are comments from people saying this video brought them to tears. It’s a new day, and we’re embracing brown skin, natural hair, and experiencing total black .
Get up, sing Creator Latoya Raveneau hopes the videos will help inspire kids to start some of the conversations that are too hard for adults to have. “We always wanted these shorts to be uplifting, hopeful because we grounded them in this childlike optimism we can talk about all the things we can do to make the world a better place,” she said. . Explain.
In addition to his work on Get up, sing, Raveneau is also working on the the comeback from the hit animated seriesThe Proud Family, title The Proud Family: Stronger and Prouder on Disney+.