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->''"Why is it that when a black man shaves his head he [[BaldOfAwesome looks like a super hero]], but when a white man does it he [[BaldOfEvil looks like a serial killer?]]"''
-->-- '''Creator/ChrisRock'''

In a show that deals with the police, military, or some other armed force of peacekeeping, there's a very good chance that TheLeader of the outfit--or at least the one everybody respects--will be a bald black man. Apparently, there is something about being both bald and black which makes a leader popular enough to be appointed, and that something doesn't work when you only have one of the two. It might be that the image invokes strong masculinity, a no-nonsense "get it done" attitude that lends itself well to the setting. This can also apply to leaders of other sorts of groups as well, as long as those groups are "good."

Possibly a form of a TokenMinority, if he's the only person of color present. See also BaldOfAwesome. His significantly less bald DistaffCounterpart is the BlackBossLady.

Please make sure the character is actually bald when you post him. The buzz cut is quite popular among black men and is not the same thing as having no hair at all, and thus UsefulNotes/BarackObama (for example) would not count unless he were to shave his head at some point in his term. There's a lot of space between "bald" and "afro".

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Joker in ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' is bald, black, huge, and the leader of the motorcycle gang known as The Clowns. It's not exactly a democracy, but it still works.
* Dutch in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Also a ScaryBlackMan.
* Basque Grand of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He's not the leader of the country, but he is a high-ranking officer (a Brigadier-General at the time of his death) and during his time as a ColonelBadass was Roy Mustang's immediate superior during the Ishvalan Civil War.
* Lordgenome from ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', although he leans a little closer to AmbiguouslyBrown and started out white and blond.
* Egil is tall, bald, black and has a goatee. He's one of Kirito's trusted friends while trapped in SwordArtOnline, and fights as well as he looks with a large battleaxe. In real-life, he owns a bar.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* Teferi, from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''.
** His baldness only becomes clear during Time Spiral; previously, his hairstyle was unknown due to his NiceHat.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the comic series ''{{Stormwatch}}'', [[BaldOfEvil bald white guy]] Henry Bendix is technically the leader, but for the most part, field commander and bald black guy Jackson King (Battalion) calls the shots. He takes over for Bendix as Weatherman, too.
* Patriot from ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers''.
* ''UltimateMarvel'': Ultimate NickFury, who was explicitly based off of Creator/SamuelLJackson with his permission, and played by him in the MarvelCinematicUniverse. (Fury is, of course, white and has hair in mainstream continuity.) Fittingly, the artists [[ArtEvolution started depicting him with a shaved head]] around the same time that he became the leader of ComicBook/TheUltimates; in his first appearance in ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', when he was still a S.H.I.E.L.D. field agent, he had a fade haircut.[[note]] Surprisingly enough, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness he wasn't always modeled after Samuel L. Jackson]][[/note]]
* From Marvel's ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' series, an (evil) example: Geoffrey Wilder, leader of The Pride.
* [[LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]], in his current bald incarnation, is the leader of the [[Comicboo/TheAvengers Mighty Avengers]], and in the past was the leader of both the Comicbook/NewAvengers and the {{Thunderbolts}}.
* Still from Marvel, [[http://marvel.com/universe/Lieutenant_Stone Lieutenant Stone]], leader of the NewYorkCityCops team [[http://marvel.com/universe/Code:_Blue Code: Blue]].
* For a non-superhero example, Reverend Harland Pepper of ''StuckRubberBaby''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The government agent Cobra Bubbles in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''. Lampshaded near the end of the movie, when [[spoiler:one of the aliens]] reminisces about a past meeting and comments, "You had hair then."
* The president of New Africa in ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Kenneth (played by ''VingRhames'') in the 2004 remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' is one of the main characters in a large cast and, being a police officer and former Marine, as well as one of the few calm and reasonable people in the mall, assumes something akin to a leadership position with in the group.
* Seen in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', where the President of the Federated Territories is both bald and black.
* The Squad leader from ''Film/ResidentEvil''.
* MichaelClarkeDuncan does a lot of this.
** The crime lord Kingpin in the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie. In the comics, he's white.
*** Obviously, only MichaelClarkeDuncan was big and bald enough, ''and'' a good enough actor, to pull off the role.
*** Legendary ProfessionalWrestling {{Heel}} Wrestling/KingKongBundy was going to play the Kingpin. He's six-and-a-half feet tall and weighs four hundred pounds (and he's white). The problem is, he wasn't that good of an actor.
** The rebel leader in ''TheScorpionKing''. Although that film IS a ClicheStorm.
* Almost any time Creator/SamuelLJackson is in anything. (Except ''Film/PulpFiction'', in which he has ''glorious'' hair, and the trope is instead covered by Ving Rhames as Marsellus Wallace.)
** Mace Windu in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels was the leader of the Jedi Council (while Yoda was the Grand Master of the Jedi Order) until he stepped down to concentrate on kicking ass in the Clone Wars.
** His recurring portrayal of SHIELD chief Nick Fury in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse movies, most notably ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* Morpheus in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
** Laurence Fishburne, again, in ''Film/EventHorizon'', this time as the captain of a spaceship.
* The leader of the Grammercy Riffs, an especially powerful gang in ''Film/TheWarriors''.
** On a smaller scale, Cleon of the eponymous gang. He doesn't last.
* In ''Film/LandOfTheDead'', a big, bald, black zombie leads the other zombies to march on Fiddler's Green.
* The trope is briefly discussed in ''Film/FacingTheGiants'' when the token minority teacher suggests that the coach may be getting hair plugs since the only white guy who is bald and looks cool is {{Kojak}}.
* Avery Brooks in ''AmericanHistoryX''. Yes, there's a theme going here.
* Perhaps the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' producers noted how well this trope worked with the character of [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Captain Ben Sisko]] (played by Avery Brooks mentioned above) when they came up with the character of the USS ''Kelvin's'' commander, Captain Robau in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek''. His ethnicity isn't given in the movie, though it is obvious he's a person of color (the actor is Faran Tahir, a Pakistani-American). Notable in that the character appears for less than 10 minutes and speaks maybe two paragraphs of dialogue, and yet is a full-fledged MemeticBadass.
* Dillon in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''. Granted, he's merely a leader of a small group of all-male convicts turned religious zealots, but still.
* ''Series/MondayMornings'': Dr. Jorge Villanueva, mostly known by his {{InSeries Nickname}}s "El Gato" or "Big Cat", is a version of this trope from a MedicalDrama. He's a legendary trauma surgeon and an excellent diagnostician. He's really a leader of his team and other younger doctors who look up to him. He's sometimes downright fatherly and PapaBear on people who would mess with his "cubs".
* Louis Gosset, Jr. as President Gerald Fitzhugh in ''[[Literature/LeftBehind Left Behind: World At War]]'', and as his military roles in ''[[Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman An Officer and a Gentleman]]'' and the entire ''Film/IronEagle'' franchise.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Major/General Kidd in Prayers for the Assassin
* Kingsley Shacklebolt becomes one at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' -- he even becomes Minister for Magic.
* Jon Arabin, or The Warwolf, in ''The Walrus and the Warwolf''
* Ajihad from ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'' is the leader of the rebel group.
** Ajihad is probably the most {{egregious}} example, considering that he is present in a world where ''nobody'' other than himself and his daughter are black (making his existence entirely inexpicable), and his only backstory is "he appeared mysteriously one day with his baby daughter, joined the Varden, and eventually became their leader". The only apparent reason for him to exist is purely for the sake of [[InvokedTrope invoking this trope]] (before having a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on him]] at the beginning of the second book).
*** Resolved in the Brisingr as the Nausuada's people are revealed and several people native to Surda are described as AmbiguouslyBrown. The introduction to Nasuada's tribe is a whole 'nother can of worms.
* Trask from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series.
* Spaceforce's Commander Tobias Judd in the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' series.
* In ''Blood Pact'', GauntsGhosts get a ScaryBlackMan assigned as an extra commissar.[[spoiler:[[BlackDudediesfirst No surprise he is also the first named character to die in the next book.]]]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Gunn, at least in his first few appearances.
** At Angel Investigations he's more like "Bald Black Big Guy". Subverted when he grows his hair out in the fifth season.
--> '''Gunn:''' "Heh, what'd you think, I was PrematurelyBald? ''(beat)'' I wasn't."
** He becomes one again in the comicbook continuation, ''After the Fall''. [[spoiler: Albeit an evil, vampire version]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has Captain Sisko. Interestingly, Sisko started out not being bald; he shaved his head around the same time he was promoted from Commander to Captain. The initial presence of hair on his head resulted from ExecutiveMeddling, as the production team didn't want Sisko confused with Brooks' previous work as Hawk on ''Spenser For Hire.''
** And he shaved his hair and got the goatee back because he was doing ''Spenser'' TV movies at the time. Which brings us to...
* AveryBrooks as [[http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl Hawk]] in ''Spencer For Hire'', from 1985 to 1988.
* The President of Great Britain in a ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[AnotherDimension Parallel Universe]].
* TJ, the Red Ranger during the second half of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. Also, more in the spirit of the trope, Colonel Mason Truman in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''.
* In addition to being a [[TeamDad surrogate dad]], Series/SesameStreet's Gordon will step up during a crisis.
* President Wayne Palmer in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.
* Any Jaffa leader from ''Series/StargateSG1''.
** Although there are several white and Asian leaders as well.
* [[MeaningfulName Onyx Blackman]] in ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'' is a Bald Black Despotic Tyrant Guy.
* Parodied by Creator/StephenColbert, who once cited black presidents as the number one threat to America. Showing clips from ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' and ''DeepImpact'', he claimed that clearly, whenever a black man is president, "something terrible happens".
* Ted Shaw, commander of the ''Antares'' in ''Defying Gravity''
* Sgt. James Doakes from season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.
* Principal Steven Harper in ''Series/BostonPublic''.
* Admiral Fitzwallace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on ''TheWestWing''.
* Sergeant Major Jonas Blaine, field commander of ''TheUnit'', is forced to go bald in a few episodes.
* The President in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is black and bald.
** He is played by MichaelDorn.
* Special Agent/[[ColonelBadass Colonel]] Broyles in ''{{Fringe}}''
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad'''s second season, Rongar, who had been bald and black all along, was revealed to be a prince (technically, exiled ex-prince) in his home realm.
* Cedric Daniels and Major "Bunny" Colvin on ''TheWire''.
* Mr. Moesby from TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody.
* Captain Roy Montgomery from ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is this and very much a BenevolentBoss. Also, very awesome.
* Principal Robin Wood in the final season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.'' Also, when he leads a Slayer squad in Cleveland.
* [[spoiler:Oenomaus]]/Doctore in ''SpartacusBloodAndSand''.
* Uncle Phil from ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. In the second half of the show, he's a district judge. Also, in the final season, the Republican Party recruits him to run for another political position, though he decides to drop out of the election. Besides these, Uncle Phil is definitely a strong leader within his family and becomes Will's father figure.
* In ''{{Chuck}}'', "Big Mike" Tucker is the bald, black manager of the Buy More—though he's really more of a figurehead as he's about as interested in doing any work as the rest of the staff (i.e. not very) and so it's Chuck who ends up doing most of the actual leading, in between saving the world, or the series of evil assistant managers.
* In season 5 of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', when [[TheLeader Hotch]] temporarily steps down, [[BigBrotherInstinct Morgan]] was briefly the team leader because [[spoiler:The Reaper was back to hunt down Hotch]].
* Lt. Malcom Barker in season 4 of ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''.
* Captain Marcus Chaplin, commanding officer of the United States Ballistic Missile submarine ''Colorado'' in ''Series/LastResort''.
* Walter Steele of Series/{{Arrow}} is a secondary character, but the CEO of Queen Industries.
* Aglaine the Druid Leader in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' though he was killed off pretty quickly. Helios was a villainous example.
* A man whose alias is known as Peter Collier on ''PersonOfInterest'' acts as the leader of "Vigilance", a group of organized anti-Government-surveillance [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]].
* ''{{Crisis}}'' has {{FBI}} Director Olsen, played by Michael Beach.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Former Interim Raw GM Jonathan Coachman
* Former Smackdown GM Teddy Long
* Ahmed Johnson
* Wrestling/TheRock after his 2011 return
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Casper [[spoiler:Orillion]] from ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}''. [[spoiler:He founded The Order, the so-called "terrorist group" that ultimately saved all humans in the Sirius Sector from a certain Nomad cleansing.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' games, "Representative Helmer", the leader of Second Miltia, is both bald and black.
* "Sarge" Redford in ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' has an unknown level of baldness (He wears a hat, but some hair can be seen otherwise, so he's at least not ''entirely'' bald for sure), but leads the rather bumbling squad, sometimes serving as the OnlySaneMan alongside Marlowe. Earlier teasers showed him as bald, though.
* Roland in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' games. By ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', he became a leader to the the Crimson Raiders resistance.
* The sort-of-leader of the IRIS [[LaResistance rebel network]] in ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', Hahn, is an extremely large, sort-of-black and sort-of-Asian man. (The ''actual'' leader, DaChief, is...elsewhere.)
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' has Zach Hammond, security officer and leader of your party. Hints are dropped that he might know more than he lets on...[[spoiler:until it's shown that it's Kendra who's actually the Mole. Hammond is just as much in the dark as you are.]]
* ''VideoGame/SecondSight'' gives us one of these as the head of the paramilitary organization you're allied with.
* Possibly subverted by DHS agent Brad in ''VideoGame/DeadRising''. He doesn't seem to have any authority over anyone besides his partner Jessie, and while he may be the one allegedly supplying food and essentials to the growing survivor population in the sealed Security Room, he doesn't hold a candle to Frank, who, blessed with incredible charisma, can lead large posses of frightened people through throngs of the undead.
* Michael Chain of ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}-GX'', leader of the Bloody Chain gang.
* Prophet of ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' is your squad leader, spending the entire game giving out orders using the radio.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', the player meets the Hidden Bek gang on Taris, led by one of these. The player and the Bald Black Leader Guy (depending on player choices) can end up helping each other out for mutual benefit. It counts because the Beks are more about security and brotherhood, while their rivals are just trying to take over the under-city.
** Also, Jolee Bindo. Not quite the leader, but as the oldest member of your party, he offers a lot of guidance and still kicks ass.
* Chris Jacobs from ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}''.
* Irving Lambert for most of the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' series...Yet he managed to get it back in Double Agent.
* Commander Gore from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''.
* Your commanding officer, General Claibourne, in the ''VideoGame/JauntTrooper'' series.
* Josh, the leader of the BSAA Delta team from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' gives us Reddas, the Pirate King of Balfonheim, [[spoiler:and ex-Judge Magister under the name of Foris Zecht]]. He's a bit on the AmbiguouslyBrown side, but completely [[BaldOfAwesome bald]] except for a fluffy white beard.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'' adds the character of Griffin, an energy-magnate-turned-post-apocalyptic-warlord living in the ruins of a city hit with a KillSat some ten years previous. Hypermasculine indeed.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/200px-Horace_Warfield_SC2_Head1_134.jpg General Horace Warfield]] from ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' may or may not be bald (it's hard to tell under the PowerArmor), but he is every inch a FourStarBadass.
* Coach from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' usually acts as the leader of the game's four man ensemble.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'''s [[spoiler:[[BigGood Tyrael]] is one after he voluntarily fell from grace to help humanity]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' (2012) has Kris Delaney of the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilised Subverters.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': Basilio is initially the ruling khan of the militant country of Ferox. Though after you beat his champion Marth in Chapter 4, DarkSkinnedBlond Flavia takes his throne.
* Admiral Briggs from {{VideoGame/Call Of Duty Black Ops 2}} is a four-star admiral in charge of SEAL Team Six, who spends much of the game giving you orders over the radio and chewing you out if you fail the optional strike force missions.
* Subverted with Frank Tenpenny in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': he's bald, he's black, and he's a leader...of an evil band of {{Dirty Cop}}s.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Ismail is a bald, black man who becomes the captain of the Black Guard of Vanna.
* ''TechInfantry'' has Abdul Johnson, Chairman of the Grand Council, and Rashid King, head of Internal Security and the power behind the throne. Both are Black Muslims, although their hairstyle is never quite made explicit.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode ''Tag Sale - You're It!'' begins with such a guy leading a squad of OSI agents. They're careful not to anger him, perhaps out of fear that he'll make them wear frilly dresses, which he seems quite intent on doing.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' - After a galaxy-rocking (literally) breakup with Shayera at the end of season two, ComicBook/GreenLantern John Stewart shaved his head in time for ''Unlimited''. The first episode of the revamp put him in leading a small team of greener heroes, and his status as founding member frequently made him a go-to guy in a crisis.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies examples of this in "Ass Burgers", which [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the frequency of the trope:
-->'''Leader:''' The world around us has turned completely to shit, but [[Film/TheyLive aliens are putting out a brainwave]] that keeps most people seeing a false reality.\\
'''Stan:''' Aliens?\\
'''Leader:''' [[Franchise/TheMatrix ...or robots from the future.]] Whatever.\\
(''later'')\\
'''Leader:''' (''firing shotgun'') [[Film/{{Blade}} You vampire sons-of-bitches!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', OldSoldier and FourStarBadass Panthro takes on this role in his debut. Having singlehandedly rescued the rest of the [=ThunderCats=] from a tight spot, he's incredulous at their lack of "adult supervision" and young king Lion-O's impulsiveness, in particular. Panthro demands they defer to him on a shared mission and refuses to acknowledge Lion-O as his liege until [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Lion-O proves himself in battle]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Roy in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is black in a family of bald men and the leader of his team, although he's a bit [[LargeHam more hammy]] and ''much'' [[DeadpanSnarker more snarky]] than usual examples of this trope. The King of Nowhere also qualifies (which is one of the reasons Roy was confused with him at on point), for what we seem of him in a flashback panel.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
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* MichaelJordan, arguably, is black and bald and was the uncontested leader of his team, his league, and, well, his sport's history.
** And after retiring (the second time), he became a team president with the Washington Wizards, ended up making ''another'' comeback with his new team, then later became first a minority owner and then the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, who coincidentally made the playoffs for the first time in their brief team history the year that he became majority owner. So yeah, he probably qualifies.
* Some leaders of African countries who fit this trope:
** [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Pierre_Nkurunziza_-_World_Economic_Forum_on_Africa_2008.jpg Pierre Nkurunziza]] of Burundi.
** [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/Yoweri_Kaguta_Museveni.jpg Yoweri Museveni]] of Uganda.
** [[http://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/12-king-letsie-lesotho.jpg King Letsie III]] of Lesotho
** [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/Jacob_Zuma_2010_%28cropped%29.jpg Jacob Zuma]] of South Africa.
** [[http://connectafrica.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/senegal-21.jpg Abdoulaye Wade]], former president of Senegal. His successor Macky Sall doesn't have a lot of hair.
* Howard Jones, best known for his tenure as lead singer of KillswitchEngage.
* As seen above, Ving Rhames, Tommy Lister Jr and the late Michael Clarke Duncan made their careers playing this archetype.
* Of all places, ''ice hockey'' gives us an example; Calgary Flames right winger Jarome Iginla. One of the NHL's true black superstar players, he's a six-time all-star, and in 2003 was named [[TheCaptain team captain]] of the Flames, the first black team captain of a major hockey team. At the time of his appointment, he had an Obama-like close buzz cut; now he has something more akin to a clean scalp.
** Winnipeg star Evander Kane may also count, though he isn't a captain, he is the team's offensive leader.
* New York Knicks former head coach Mike Woodson.
* Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker.
* A number of black film directors are this, among them Keenen Ivory Wayans, John Singleton, and Antoine Fuqua.
* Darius Rucker, lead singer of Music/HootieAndTheBlowfish.
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