The iconic Stevie Wonder has been known for over 40 years as a former child prodigy of the Motown family, and became one of the most creative musical figures in entertainment during the late 20th century. Stevie’s critical acclaim as a musician stemmed from his songwriting abilities, multi-instrumentation skills, vocal range and hits like “Living in the City,” “Isn’t She Lovely,” and “Superstition,” to name just a short few. To date, Stevie has won 25 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One award Stevie Wonder unfortunately will never win as of the 21st century is an award for best hairdo and fashion statements.
Stevie we love you, but we do not love the bald-dread fade that has captured and un-snatched hairlines across the globe. Enough is enough; we need to address this. Dreadlocks as a hairstyle is one that dates thousands of years, and to some has religious connotations. It is a Rastafarian belief that knotted hair or dreads prevents energy from escaping through the top of the head and hair allowing strength of the mind, body and spirit. That’s lit, but Stevie’s dreads have long escaped their original placement on the forefront of his hairline. This Stevie ‘do has been years and years in the making and at some point there was hope the everlasting dreadlocks would soon dissipate. But as it stands today, following the 2016 BET Awards, here’s another award show and another dreadlock still attached to Stevie’s talented scalp.
The conversation isn’t one to denote individual style and expression among celebrities, individuals or persons of color alike, it’s simply to finally say, “Cut the damn dreads already!” As someone who has tried dreads and has gone bald before, I understand the grief in going rogue and nixing a full head of hair, but c’mon, what has happened with Stevie’s hair is just a dope Mr. Clean waiting to happen. If you’re thinking my position on the matter is a critical undertaking, think again. Black Twitter, too, is ablaze over the Stevie-style dreadlock mayhem. Nod your head at the Black Twitter gloriousness and read some of the best tweets below.
We need more people to speak up about Stevie Wonder's dreads— 650 luc (@ArchibaldSlick) June 10, 2016
I love Stevie Wonder but bro someone has to tell this man to cut his dreads off they barely holding on— Beam (@_beamincarter) May 23, 2016
Why won't Stevie Wonder just let them 4 dreads he got go— A'shantiMaría (@DreamForToday_) May 1, 2016
I'm just so sad and distraught at Stevie Wonder's hair... are whole dreads falling out? just take it Jesus— Dr. Spivey (@ryanneashleigh) April 26, 2016