by Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton
“It’s absolutely ridiculous… But I didn’t invent that. I just asked for it.”
In another case of attempted theft of Black culture, The New York Times credited Kansas City Chiefs football player Travis Kelce for creating what we have been wearing for years: the “fade” haircut. Yet, knowing the origins or at least knowing HE didn’t come up with it, the Super Bowl-bound Kelce cleared it up for the white folks that he wasn’t responsible for the style.
A video clip posted by Vegas Sports Today on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, revealed the comments as Kelce laughed at the notion that he created it, and he also brings up that this abomination was brought up at the beginning of Black History Month.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous. And to do it on Feb. 1 and throw me to the wolves like that. That was just messed up, man. I don’t want anything to do with that one. I got a good fade if you need it, though. I get a No. 2 on top with a high to mid fade with a taper in the back. But I didn’t invent that. I just asked for it.”
Travis Kelce confirms he did not invent the taper fade.
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Hopefully, that puts to rest another feature of our culture to be taken and mislabeled by others who seem to love taking from us to credit those who have nothing to do with the origins.
NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe and fellow NFL Pro Bowler Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson discussed the topic after they also heard about The New York Times’ misrepresentation. After reading an article referencing the media outlet giving the Chiefs player all the credit for the “fade,” Sharpe and Ocho Cinco had to speak on it.
“So, New York Times, so that’s how you start Black History? Giving Trav, and that’s my nephew, you gonna give him credit for the fade? We’ve been seeing the fade for years!” Sharpe stated.
Props to Kelce for clearing that up!
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Source: Black Enterprise