NBA players went on a strike for Black lives on August 26, just three days after Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a police officer named Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This shooting comes only two months after George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and others were killed by police, sparking nationwide protests. As Black people nationwide attempt to grieve and continue protesting police brutality and racism, former Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade made his own statement by incorporating the symbolic Black Power fist into his hair.
Wade shared the new hairstyle on Instagram with nine Black fists as the caption. Since bleaching his hair in May, Wade has experimented with different colors and designs. He first debuted fire engine red hair in late May and flames in red, orange, and yellow hues in early July.
The retired basketball player left his platinum blonde hair completely bare of color except for the raised Black fist that shows proudly on the back of his head. This latest dye job was completed by the same 17-year-old stylist and hair colorist, Jared Esquerra, who did Wade’s previous flames hairstyle. In fact, Esquerra previously completed a similar look on his own hair in late May.
The raised fist has historically served a symbol for human rights, and during the Black Power Movement, it became one that represented Black power and resistance. It has been used countless times before to make political statements, like in 1968 at the Mexico City Olympic Games where Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest while accepting their metals.
Wade’s latest hairstyle serves as another symbol of Black resistance as the community continues to fight against oppression in hopes for a better world.
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