In 1989, rocker Lenny Kravitz grooved and grunted his way right into the hearts of fans worldwide by commanding the stage with his raspy vocals, sexy bad boy image and crazy guitar skills.
Over 20 years later the ladies still go nuts over any mention of Lenny. He still has “the edge”, yet he’s only gotten smoother. Rock on, Lenny, rock on!
Admit it. You doodled “Mrs. Fresh Prince of BelAir” on your junior high school book covers hundred of times. It’s okay, we all did. Will Smith (and his character) were gorgeous, funny and popular. What more could a girl want back then?
Our prince grew up to be the king of the big screen — starring in more summer blockbusters than we can even count. One thing is for sure: Will Smith and the “Summertime” will always be the perfect combination of sexy and fun.
Look what we dug up. It’s British actor Idris Elba looking rather enticing at a press event way back in early 2002. Fans got six seasons of weekly dates with Elba’s The Wire character Stringer Bell, and with each year that passed, their obsession with the chocolatey, hunky Brit only grew.
Today, Elba is one of Black Hollywood’s most in-demand leading men and top choice on the ladies’ celebrity crush list. The best part: He’s totally humble; a trait not easy to come by in today’s sex symbols.
Do you remember exactly where you were the first time you saw model-turned-actor Boris Kodjoe laid across the pages of your favorite magazine donning Perry Ellis and Dolce and Gabbana undies? We do, and we won’t soon forget it.
Boris still brings his flawless physique and perfect smile along on the red carpet when he promotes his latest movie projects, but his sexiest quality to date is his devotion to his wife, actress Nicole Ari Parker, and their two kids.
For eight years we drooled over and fantasized about Shemar Moore’s character Malcolm on daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. He was or husband in our heads and we loved it.
Moore’s fan base has grown and grown over the years — right along with his yummy six pack and biceps. If we didn’t know better, we’d swear he’s aging in reverse. Every single time we catch him shirtless and tanned to perfection on the Miami shores we just want more and more.
When actor Blair Underwood brought headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins to life on NBC’s legal drama, L.A. Law, his female fans tuned in to get their weekly dose of his deliciousness for seven years. You know you cried when the show ended.
Can you believe this man is 49-years-old? Yeah, we’re scratching our heads on this one, too. Blair just gets more debonair by the minute.
Yes, it’s true. The ladies really do love cool James — especially the rapper’s smooth looks from the ’80s. He needed love and we give him all of ours.
The only thing that has changed on LL Cool J over the years is his signature hat style. That smooth skin, winning smile, and those kissable lips have all stayed beautifully in tact.
Our teenage love affair with actor Morris Chestnut began when we crushed on his football star character Ricky in John Singleton’s 1991 classic Boyz In the Hood. He was smooth, charming, and always ready to dazzle us with that gorgeous smile both on and off screen. Little did we know, he had only just begun to shine.
With less hair and more memorable onscreen roles in classic Black romantic comedies like The Best Man, The Brothers, Two Can Play That Game and The Best Man Holiday, Morris solidified his spot on our ultimate heartthrobs roster.
In the late ’90s, when actor Michael Ealy launched his acting career in Barbershop, female fans got a glimpse of his steamy stare and knew right away that they were in big trouble. It was love!
Exactly how much do we love Think Like A Man Too star Michael Ealy? Let us count the ways: 1. He’s über talented. 2. He’s got beauty and brains. 3. His boyish charm only gets more irresistible over time. We could go on and on, but there’s no need. This photo says it all.
Singer Maxwell’s smooth brand of Neo Soul was exactly what the doctor ordered to help beat the heat in the summer of 1996 when he released his debut album Urban Hang Suite, which with a little help from female fans, went on to sell over 2 million copies.
After taking several years off, Maxwell debuted a sexy new close-cut and released his latest album BLACKsummers’Night on July 7, 2009. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Albums Top 200 chart and he reemerged to reclaim his throne and permanent place in his loyal fan’s hearts.
Back in the late ‘80s and early ’90s, there wasn’t anybody rapping who looked as cool as Common did doing it. His expert MC abilities only sweetened the pot.
We watched Common evolve from an underground rapper hungry for his big break to one of the most successful and praised hip-hop artists in the industry. (And a White House performance alum and actor as well.) Common, honey, you’ve matured so nicely. Keep dreaming and believing.
After successfully shedding his youthful image by hanging with Diddy for a year, singer Usher Raymond reemerged on the music scene in the early 2000s with a sexy new persona his female fans went wild for and a string of sultry, hot singles.
With one chart-topping album after the next, Usher’s star rose fast, and we watched him blossom into a debonair darling and the president of today’s Hollywood Gentleman’s Club. Who wants to get close to this “Good Kisser?”
A shirtless, sweaty Omar Epps plus a game of one-on-one with Sanaa Lathan plus Me’Shell NdegéOcello’s “Fool of Me” equaled a love scene so romantic we cried, laughed and totally fell in love.
Omar’s not taking it to the hoops anymore on camera, but the Resurrection star has still got game. Hello cutie!
When Stella Got Her Groove Back, so did we. Taye Diggs used that steamy stare of his and those luscious lips to hold his own next to Angela Bassett (shower scene anyone?), and he went on to steal the show in role after role.
Taye makes our hot chocolate list every single year. Don’t you just love his grown and sexy swagger?
Remember when Eddie Murphy ruled the stand-up stage? Even then it was tough to keep our eyes off the funny man with a plan.
Eddie Murphy still looks as youthtful and engaging as he did the moment we first saw him emerge on the stand up stage.