Vintage Yum! 15 Black Eye Candy Of Yesteryear

February 26, 2013  |  
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 Today, we have Beyoncé and Idris, but before they were heating up Google images, there was Eartha Kitt and Billy Dee Williams. With movie star good looks and the magic to make grown men and women cry, these 15 stars gave us nothing but sex appeal and our parents and grandparents loved it! Here are some of the best black sex symbols of yesteryear!

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Billy Dee Williams

“Oh Billy Dee” is what all of our grandmothers said whenever the mere shadow of this actor came on a screen. Billy Dee was so hot that Diana Ross couldn’t  stop acting with him, appearing with him in Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany.  Billy even made the hood-classic drink Colt 45 hot. Who else can do that?

Teddy Pendergrass

The early 1980s were made for Teddy’s Pendergrass’ sexiness. He commanded we turn off the lights and light a candle, and it was done. Only a hot man with a half buttoned silk shirt can tell a black woman what to do.

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Eartha Kitt

At a fabulous 5’4, Ms. Kitt made the  Christmas holiday hot and the bearded one blush with her hit, “Santa Baby.” She came back almost forty years later to throw that same hotness at Eddie Murphy in Boomerang. When you can keep your umph for that long, you deserve to be on a list like this.

The Jackson  5

Jackie and Jermaine were for the older girls. Tito was for the thicker girls. Marlon and Randy were for the youngins and Michael was loved by EVERYONE. From their Colgate smiles to their electric dance moves, this band of brothers gave every girl (and woman) something to scream for.


Donna Summer

Donna Summer moaned us to love in 1975’s “Love to Love You Baby.”  Her big hair, that disco ball, and those babydoll eye-lashes, made gay men, straight men, black men and white men lust all over this chocolate beauty.  The man upstairs returned her home in 2012 to bring disco-hotness back! She’s probably doing a great job.

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Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan? Oh yes, darling. She’s the original lady with the “cute face and slim waist.” Her smile made men melt and her singing chops made women groove. She’s a sweet and hot thang.

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Bobby Brown

It’s hard to imagine Bobby Brown as a sex symbol now, but back in the 19080s, this infamous air humper made the girls melt. He was confident, he could dance and he made the gumpy haircut look extra hot. He even bagged Whitney Houston in her prime. New Edition’s resident bad boy did all of that. Don’t forget.

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Lauryn Hill

It’s pretty weird to put Lauryn Hill and “yesteryear” in the same sentence, but it’s almost true. Back in the day, Lauryn Hill was the intellectual, poetic, dope chick with the dreads. Her effortless sexiness was everything the ’90s loved. Come back, Lauryn. Come back.

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Anita Baker

Anita Baker had a voice that was made for late night R&B radio.  Every word she sang turned someone’s father on. Anita had that sweet love.


Pam Grier

Foxy Brown! Oh, Foxy Brown! Pam Grier looked good in the 1970s, and will look good for eternity! Whether it was your father, your uncle, or your uncle and father’s father, Pam Grier was the woman for them back in the day.  The lady was the definition of hot.

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Tina Turner

When Tina was rolling on the river, we noticed her hotness, but it wasn’t until she asked us “What’s Love Got To Do With It” that we really drooled until we had no saliva left. Those legs? Gawd!

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 Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge was pretty. Dorothy Dandridge was a movie star. Dorothy Dandridge was Halle Berry before Halle Berry existed. Now, that’s hot.

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Al Green

You wouldn’t think Reverend Al Green was a hot tamale if you saw him now, but you better believe in the 1970s, Al was mmm mmm good.  Have you seen his Let’s Stay Together album cover? Wooooo!

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Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes is the old random black guy on red carpets now, but it was only two decades ago that he was the epitome of tall, dark and handsome. Poor thing should have kept up on those taxes.

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Paula Abdul

Paula made dancing with a cartoon hot. She choreographed moves to make even little Penny from Good Times hot. Her racial ambiguity was a turn on, too, but in the black community’s eyes, Paula was simply a hot woman of color!

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Phyllis Hyman

Where to start? Those lips? That body? Those eyes? That voice? That flawless skin?  The woman known as Phyllis Hyman was  S-E-X-Y! With her model good looks and her sultry voice, Phyllis is the unsung beauty that should have been in movies and make-up campaigns. Her sex appeal will live on forever. Believe that. 


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  • Donna

    Who in their right mind put Wesley Snipes on here?

    • danni

      Lmao thank you ma’am I was thinking the samething. Oh and MJ looks really creepy in that photo…

  • Issy

    I think Anita is beautiful, but her voice sounds like she has hawk spit in her throat!

  • Anna Banana

    Chaka kind of looks like Nikki Minaj here

  • Nunya

    It’s GUMBY, not “gumpy.”
    So when are y’all gettin’ that proofreader/copy editor?

  • Rochelle89

    I love it! Bobby Brown was popular in the 19080’s. He popularized the Gumpy haircut. Side eye….

  • pam pam pammmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  • kierah

    My dad used to love himself some Jayne Kennedy and Iman!

    • I just found out that Mariska Hargitay (Who plays Olivia on SVU) is Jayne Kennedy’s daughter!!

      • Miss Moore

        No she is Jayne Mansfield’s daughter (white actress/pin-up)

        • *Face Palm* LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! I had them confused!! Excuse me while I go get my life!!

      • Onaje Allan Gumbs

        Mariska Hargity is Jayne Mansfield’s daughter, NOT Jayne Kennedy.

    • David Armstrong

      Jayne kennedy was smoking hot!

  • JaneJane

    Ok, I was on board until Bobby (sorry he ain’t neva been all that even w/ New Edition) and Paula (#ColorPurpleSophiaConfused)…

    • Kenedy

      Bobby was a wee bit fine in those don’t be cruel days…cocky…but fine

  • Bree

    Really it was 14 sex symbol. Sorry Paula isn’t black. I swear Nicki looks so much like Chaka it’s crazy. She actually doesn’t look that different. She got great genes.

  • Taj

    Phyllis was absolutely stunning.

  • Keisha Samoht

    Don’t judge me for not being able to identify the other Jacksons, but who is that in front of Mike with that Grandpa blazer on?

    • Chevonne22

      Tito. Other than Mike, he has always been the most distinctive-looking. He looks just like Joseph.

      • Keisha Samoht

        oh okay…

    • Anna Banana

      I don’t know who the others are either

      • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N