In the entertainment industry, when a celebrity or star reaches a certain age in their life, they’re automatically considered old, or as some people would say, washed up. It can be a bit overwhelming when someone famous enters that 50-and-over age group, and it’s often hard for some actors to find work when they hit that pinnacle age.
We’ve all heard the saying “black don’t crack.” People with melanin skin have a higher chance of aging gracefully due to protection from ultraviolet rays thanks to darker skin.
These 10 black celebrities are sexy as ever, and prove that age is honestly nothing but a number.
10. Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz is mostly known for his eccentric style and his music. Since making a smooth transition into the acting world, Kravitz’s career expanded to a whole new demographic. At just 52, Lenny Kravitz continues to reinvent himself, as well as his career without missing a beat.
This next star makes us all rethink enrolling into law school.
9. Viola Davis
Award-winning actress Viola Davis currently stars as Annalise Keating in the hit ABC series How To Get Away With Murder, which has us all rethinking about going into the law field. At 51, Viola Davis is the only African-American actress to be a three-time Academy Award nominee.
8. Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood has been a heartthrob for many since his brief role on the soap opera series, One Life to Live in the late 80s. Since then, Blair Underwood has had major success in film, TV, and even Broadway. At 52, Underwood still has the vast majority of his fan base swooning.
7. Rachel True
If you’re a fan of the 90s cult classic film The Craft, then you’ll most likely remember the beautiful Rachel True. In the early 00s, Rachel True also starred in the UPN sitcom Half & Half. It’s hard to believe that the actress in only 50 years old.
6. Vanessa Williams
In 1983, Vanessa Williams made history when she became the first African American to win the title of Miss America. Since her pageant days, Vanessa Williams has made a name for herself as a successful singer and actress. The 54-year-old is still acting and active in Hollywood today.
This next star is so famous that he goes by just one name.
5. Leon Robinson
Leon is such a star for the black demographic that you automatically know who he is just by saying his first name. Leon Robinson has starred in many of our favorite music biopics such as The Temptations and The Five Heartbeats. Leon hasn’t aged a bit, and certainly doesn’t look his 55 years.
4. Denzel Washington
At 62-years-old, Denzel Washington is one of the most respected veterans in the acting world. The award-winning star’s career has spawned over three decades. Denzel Washington continues to win us over with his leading acting roles. He’s also helping pave the way for the younger generation of actors by being a mentor and friend.
This next actress continues to glow on and off the screen.
3. Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett has had a lucrative and successful career in the entertainment industry for nearly 30 years now. The 58-year-old actress continues to make her mark in this industry by not only acting but directing films as well. Bassett most recently starred in FX’s American Horror Story and WGN’s Underground.
The next two stars really bring the prestige.
2. Barack Obama
In 2008, President Barack Obama made history by becoming the first African American President of the United States of America. Throughout his presidency, President Obama showed grace, excellence, and charisma. He brought his own unmatched swagger into the White House. Now at 55, President Obama is still one of the coolest presidents we’ve ever had.
1. Michelle Obama
The 44th First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, was deemed one of the healthiest, as well as most-educated First Ladies the USA has ever seen. At 53, Michelle Obama showed many that you can still be sexy, classy and eloquent when you get up in years.
There are a lot of beautiful black stars over 50 who haven’t aged one bit. They’re still working in Hollywood, aging gracefully, full of life, and continue to remind us that you can still bre sexy over 50. These stars prove that you should never let your age define who you are as a person.
So, who are some of your favorite black celebrities who have reached the glorious ages of 50 and over?
Do you agree or disagree with the 10 beautiful and sexy black stars that were chosen for this list? Who would you add or replace to this list?