There are some big changes coming to the streets, Sesame Street to be exact. The show will begin its 46th season and instead of tuning into PBS for new episodes you will need to turn the dial to HBO. Yes the same network that brings you hits like 'Game of Thrones', 'True Blood' and 'Girls' is the new home of our beloved muppets.
Along with a new channel, Sesame Street has added a new character to the mix. Yes the fuzzy and huggable Elmo is getting a new babysitter. Her name is Nina and she is played by the musical theatre actress Suki Lopez. Yup she is a Latina!
Growing up I loved Sesame Street. It was my favorite show as a kid because Maria reminded me so much of my mom. She was smart, caring, funny and could fix anything. But most importantly she looked like my Mom.
Same big black puffy 80's hair, same dark eyes, and same brown skin color. We can't argue that kids needs to see people who resemble them on television. It helps kids with self worth so a new Latina character on Sesame Street is awesome right?
Maybe just putting a bilingual Latina character is not enough anymore. The character Nina is Elmo's babysitter, works at the bike shop and the laundromat. And even though these are great jobs in the community some feel that Sesame Street is missing an opportunity. The organization 'Latinas Think Big' feel that if Nina was also pursuing a college degree or running her own business she could be a great role model and a better representation of Latinos today. I have to say that I agree.
'Latinas Think Big' has gone as far as to start a petition. You can sign the petition at Change.org