Takin' It to the Street (Sesame Street, That Is)

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To kick off the 40th anniversary of the most famous street on television, first lady Michelle Obama made a guest appearance to teach kids about healthy eating. But before Mrs. O kicked it on Sesame Street, other black celebrities stopped by, teaching kids everything from the alphabet song to subtraction, making the Sesame Street soundtrack that much cooler.

Stevie Wonder brought the funk, performing a live rendition of "Superstition." Stevie's performance proved Sesame Street was a lot more progressive than many of us realized.


Who better than Richard Pryor to turn the alphabet into a comedy routine?

Not even Michael Jackson's charm could cheer up Oscar the Grouch.

Diana Ross gives Big Bird a self-esteem pep talk.

The street the Cosbys lived on is pretty familiar, but still second to Sesame Street.

Jada F. Smith is a senior journalism major at Howard University. She works as a managing editor for the nation’s only daily black newspaper, The Hilltop.

is an intern at The Root and senior journalism major at Howard University.

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