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Oct 1 - Sesame Street's first Black female puppeteer
 

 
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It wasn't until September 2021 that Sesame Street — which started in November 1969 — got its first full-time Black female puppeteer. That's when Megan Piphus Peace joined the cast full time and landed the role of Gabrielle, a 6-year-old puppet on the classic children's show.

This month, as she marks one year working with Sesame Street, she's decided to dedicate her career to entertainment.

"I'm so glad I had the opportunity to be on Sesame Street and encourage other kids to dream as big as their imaginations will allow," the 29-year-old tells NPR's Weekend Edition. "I always dreamed of working in television, but I never imagined myself being at Sesame Street."

A Passion for Puppetry

Her interest in puppetry and performing started when she was a child.

Piphus Peace says a woman at her church invited her to a puppetry conference where she first learned about the art. She saw female ventriloquists who would sing and tell stories with their characters.

She went home and told her parents she wanted to learn ventriloquism.

"I had never seen a ventriloquist before. And at the time, I didn't realize that Shari Lewis, one of my idols ... was a ventriloquist until I was much older because she was so good," Piphus Peace says.

Lewis, the original puppeteer of Lamb Chop, performed puppetry and ventriloquism on television for decades, most notably on The Shari Lewis Show and the PBS program Lamb Chop's Play-Along. Piphus Peace grew up watching her work.

"Lamb Chop was my friend and Shari was just her friend too," she laughs.

Piphus Peace watched tapes, got her own puppet and started entertaining her classmates.

"I realized I found my passion in making children laugh and smile through puppetry."

Becoming the show's first Black female puppeteer

Her journey to Sesame Street was preceded by Kevin Clash, a Black male puppeteer who started with the show in the 1980s. It wasn't until 2021 that a Black female puppeteer would do the same.

"It's a matter of representation," Piphus Peace says. "It's not very often that you see women puppeteers in general and also Black women puppeteers. I can probably count on one hand the number that there are."

She first performed with Sesame Street in 2020 as part of a special with CNN. Then after a year of training in what she calls Muppet-style puppetry, she formally joined the cast in 2021.

Piphus Peace says she hopes that by being the first Black female puppeteer on the show, more doors will open for women and people of color.

She notes that the show has had Black women in other production positions "who have been woven into the fabric of Sesame Street over the years." That has inspired her to become a producer one day.
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This story is not super new, visit this link but I saw this thread about the pain in a puppeteer's eyes and had to offset it with the positive.

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 2 months ago '04        #2
tonyblunt 
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So they JUST now hiring a black woman for a position you can't even see...Idk what im supposed to make of this.

A big deal or like them random a*s stats they hit you with in sports now



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 2 months ago '10        #3
lltreyll 
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boy is the bar low. I didn't even know Seaseme Street was still a thing.
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 2 months ago '14        #4
Sphynx 
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Dope
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 2 months ago '21        #5
maybehood 
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 tonyblunt said
So they JUST now hiring a black woman for a position you can't even see...Idk what im supposed to make of this.

A big deal or like them random a*s stats they hit you with in sports now

Yeah it sounds crazy, but are there really that many people even fu*king with puppets professionally? It’s like playing with dolls to me


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 2 months ago '15        #6
Bronx Sasquatch  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 tonyblunt said
So they JUST now hiring a black woman for a position you can't even see...Idk what im supposed to make of this.

A big deal or like them random a*s stats they hit you with in sports now

Democrat Pandering.
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 2 months ago '18        #7
TexasPlayaMayne  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x22
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 tonyblunt said
So they JUST now hiring a black woman for a position you can't even see...Idk what im supposed to make of this.

A big deal or like them random a*s stats they hit you with in sports now

The funny thing is it was created for black people or by black people. One or the two.

I heard some race sh*t regarding the history of this show not too long ago Lol

 2 months ago '07        #8
Damagegadget  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Guess who wrote the Sesame Street song

 2 months ago '07        #9
Ein Sof  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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Why her puppet gotta be brown? Why not purple or something?
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 2 months ago '18        #10
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 2 months ago '17        #11
1Oh 
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 Bronx Sasquatch said
Democrat Pandering.
Shouldn't this be America pandering? America is supposed to be "the land of opportunity" for everyone. This story should be celebrated no matter what political party you're in because it represents the American values that we aspire to uphold... or at least we used to.

Now ppl are scoffing at the very existence of a single black woman breaking the status quo, like it's a bad thing, or grounds for suspicion. Why is there even a political side against this story?




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 2 months ago '16        #12
DeadPresident  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Could’ve sworn Sesame Street was created in Harlem??

 2 months ago '05        #13
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 1Oh said
Shouldn't this be America pandering? America is supposed to be "the land of opportunity" for everyone. This story should be celebrated no matter what political party you're in because it represents the American values that we aspire to uphold... or at least we used to.

Now ppl are scoffing at the very existence of a single black woman breaking the status quo, like it's a bad thing, or grounds for suspicion. Why is there even a political side against this story?




Detractors are acting like there are millions of puppeteer jobs and a million Black female puppeteers applying. That's NOT the case.
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 2 months ago '05        #14
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 maybehood said
Yeah it sounds crazy, but are there really that man people even fu*king with puppets professionally? It’s like playing with dolls to me
Because you are ignorant

 2 months ago '21        #15
maybehood 
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 Dun Language said
Because you are ignorant
Are you a puppeteer? My bad

 2 months ago '05        #16
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 Bronx Sasquatch said
Democrat Pandering.
You live in the Bronx n*gga


 2 months ago '05        #17
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 maybehood said
Are you a puppeteer? My bad
I'm a fan of any form of art and puppeteering Is a art...the art of manipulation and animation with your hand and a puppet

And I'm sure you can't do it


n*gga sh*tting on puppets...I know you had a fu*ked up childhood bro
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 2 months ago '21        #18
maybehood 
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 Dun Language said
I'm a fan of any form of art and puppeteering Is a art...the art of manipulation and animation with your hand and a puppet

And I'm sure you can't do it


n*gga sh*tting on puppets...I know you had a fu*ked up childhood bro
Bro I know I’d be a better puppeteer than your a*s

 2 months ago '05        #19
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 maybehood said
bro i know i’d be a better puppeteer than your a*s

my n*gga dont play games with me
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 2 months ago '13        #20
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 tonyblunt said
So they JUST now hiring a black woman for a position you can't even see...Idk what im supposed to make of this.

A big deal or like them random a*s stats they hit you with in sports now

Could be a bunch of Asians back there playing the puppets, who really gives a fu*k.

 2 months ago '05        #21
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 lltreyll said
boy is the bar low. I didn't even know Seaseme Street was still a thing.
Me Neither, My Kids Don’t Watch It…To Be Fair, Its On HBO Max

 2 months ago '21        #22
maybehood 
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 Dun Language said
my n*gga dont play games with me
What’s gonna happen if I do? You gonna make a puppet YouTube video?



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