Black Don’t Crack, Age-Defying Stars Who Look Great At 50-Plus

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Not everyone ages gracefully and there are some people you can look at and know their age right off the bat. Thankfully, whether it’s good genes or something else, there are celebs who do not show their age at all. Here are 12 black stars who look much younger than their true age.


Sade, 56

The reclusive British singer of “Smooth Operator” fame sold millions of albums in the 1980s. She appeared in a sultry cover photo for Ebony magazine several years ago, offering fans a rare view.
Birthday: January 16, 1959

Blair Underwood, 50

He found fame on NBC’s L.A. Law, and later won kudos for his role as a traumatized fighter pilot on HBO’s In Treatment. Respected for his generosity to many charities, he’s been married to Desiree DaCosta since 1994.
Birthday: August 25, 1964


Angela Bassett, 56

Bassett’s portrayed many real-life characters, including Rosa Parks, Tina Turner, Coretta Scott King — even Michelle Obama on an episode of The Simpsons. She’s been married to actor Courtney B. Vance since 1997.
Birthday: August 16, 1958


Lenny Kravitz, 50

The electrifying funk-rock star reached a new audience with a role in The Hunger Games, but he’s a musician above all. The above picture shows us that you can still get ripped at 50.
Birthday: May 26, 1964

Vivica Fox, 50

She is best known for her roles in the films Independence Day, Set It Off, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Kill Bill, Booty Call, Sharknado 2: The Second One and Juwanna Mann. Fox was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice season 7, which premiered on January 4, 2015.
Birthday: July 30, 1964


Peter Mensah, 55

Peter Mensah is a Ghanaian-English actor, best known for his roles in the movie 300, Tears of the Sun, Hidalgo, and Dead Space, and more recently on the Starz original series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance.
Birthday: August 27, 1959


Vanessa Williams, 52

She became the first African-American woman crowned Miss America. Seven weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of Williams. She relinquished her title and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Suzette Charles of New Jersey. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.
Birthday: March 18, 1963


Denzel Washington, 60

He is one of the most successful actors in the history of Films and has received two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical drama-war film Glory.
Birthday: December 28, 1954


Victoria Roswell, 56

Victoria Rowell is an award-winning actress, international lecturer, holds two doctorates – a teacher, advocate, mother, and former foster youth. Her New York Times bestseller, The Women Who Raised Me,” published by HarperCollins Publishers, received literary acclaim. Rowell also enjoys a literary book deal with Simon & Schuster for her popular soap opera novel series.

Rowell is an Emmy-nominated, NAACP-winning actress, who co-starred with Dick Van Dyke in the prime time television series Diagnosis Murder for VIACOM for eight seasons, as well as starring in Daytime television.
Birthday: May 10, 1959


Lynn Whitfield, 62

The peak of her acclaimed career arguably came in the form of highly popular but deeply troubled Follies Bergere headliner-turned civil rights activist Josephine Baker. In the HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story (1991), Lynn played the legendary entertainer with Emmy-winning gusto, a role that stretched her to the limits as she played the role from age 18 to 68. Earning an NAACP Image Award in 1992 for her role in the miniseries Stompin’ at the Savoy (1992), she later appeared in Pauly Shore’s comedy In the Army Now (1994) and went back to series TV alongside Bill Cosby in the short-lived The Cosby Mysteries (1994).

Lynn had an upsurge in the late 90s with roles in the films A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) with Martin Lawrence.
Birthday: May 6, 1953


Wesley Snipes, 52

Wesley Trent Snipes is an American actor, film producer and martial artist. He is best known for his role as the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy.
Birthday: July 31, 1962


Mario Van Peebles. 58

He made his feature film directorial debut in 1991 with New Jack City. This was followed by Posse in 1993, Panther in 1995 and Love Kills in 1998. In that period he also co-directed Gang in Blue with his father.

His 2004 biopic BAADASSSSS! describes the making of his father’s seminal film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.
Birthday: January 15, 1957

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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