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We Know Black Don’t Crack! Allure Survey Finds Black Women Believe They Age The Best

March 20th, 2013 - By madamenoire
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From BlackVoices

We’ve all heard and seen shining examples of the age-old adage, “black don’t crack.”

Thanks to good genes, lots of ultraviolet ray-shielding melanin, natural oils and some say the grace of God — many black folk enjoy a youthful appearance way past the age others start to experience winkles, age spots and sagging skin.

Well, that notion was part of Allure’s first-ever anti-aging survey in the April 2013 issue, and the results show that most African Americans do indeed celebrate their age-defying looks.

The monthly publication polled 2,000 women and men on the modern perception of aging attitudes and behaviors. The survey yielded interesting insights about sex (it gets better as you get older), the ideal age (everyone wants to be 31) and going gray (we’re not fans), to name a few. And when it comes to which ethnicity thinks they age the best? African Americans have that in the bag.

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Wait, You’re How Old?! Male Celebs Who Aren’t True to Their Age

January 9th, 2013 - By Ashley Page
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No one ages the same way thanks to genetics, lifestyle choices, stress levels, and so on. However, when you’re part of Hollywood, it’s all about looking your best 24/7, which usually means being able to look young and fresh. Looking at some celebs, you can tell immediately that they’ve aged way too much, while others are still walking around with a baby face even though they’re much older. Here are 14 male celebs who don’t look anywhere near their real age.

Can You Believe Their Age? 15 Female Celebs Who Defy Their Real Number

January 8th, 2013 - By Ashley Page
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Age is really just a number but sometimes that number can be a good reality, or a harsh one. Some celebrities are blessed with amazing genes and don’t look anywhere near their real age. On the other hand, Mother Time isn’t nice to everyone and there are some celebs who look much older than they really are. Here are 15 celebrities who defy their true age, either for the better or the worse.


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Sofia Vergara

Usually when the age of 40 hits, most people, especially women, are left to deal with dreaded wrinkles. However, by looking at Sofia Vergara, you’d never know that she is 40. Her face and body combined just scream youth.

You Already Know Black Don’t Crack:15 Female Celebs Who Are Over 40 But Don’t Look It

September 14th, 2012 - By Ashley Page
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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 15 black female stars who look much younger than their true age.

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Halle Berry

Mom, actress, and model Halle Berry looks amazing at the age of 46.

Dayummm…They Look Good For Their Age: Celebs Who Prove That Black Don’t Crack

May 22nd, 2012 - By Marissa Ellis
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Even though Black don’t crack, we all know it’s a hyperbole. In fact, even though Black women age WONDERFULLY, there are still certain individuals who age better than others. Could it be their skin regimen or just pure ‘ol genetics? We wonder. But in any case, we’ve included 7 Black women who you may have not known to be so much older than they appear. We tried not to include the obvious ones but we threw in a few for good measure and for your viewing pleasure.

Black Don’t Crack: Men Who Look Darn Good For Their Age

March 1st, 2012 - By MN Editor
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We’ve often highlighted the Black women and celebrities who look darn good for their age on our pages but now, it’s time to highlight the men. Although many men do look better with age, some don’t seem to age very much at all. You’d probably never guess the real age of many of the following male celebs:


Age: 53

Now we know he don’t look like nobody’s daddy.

Why Are Black Women Attacked? Simple: Black Don’t Crack

October 27th, 2011 - By MN Editor
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"Rachel Zoe, 40 and Kimberley Elise, 44"

By Ramona X

In the past couple of years, the ego of Black women in this country has taken a very defined hit. Every other week, a story about the low marriage rates amongst black women emerges, painting us in a very negative light as women who are lonely, doomed and undesired by all men, including our own.

And let me tell you something, the abundance of articles and books pointing out our dubious plight is not only based on marriage statistics, it’s rooted in something more deeply psychological that many refuse to acknowledge.

I’m not going to go on a whole long Isis-Papers –inspired soliloquy on why black people are so hated and so loved at the same time, but let me just share with you what the primary, subconscious reason is for all this hate: Black don’t crack. That’s right, the fact that black women do not age as rapidly or get attacked by wrinkles at a relatively young age is a source of jealousy of our melanin-challenged counterparts. And as we all know, jealousy breeds contempt.

Laugh if you’d like. It’s the truth. This subconscious envy of a people, who have a relationship with the source of energy that doesn’t wrinkle them to death, who can spawn and influence world culture by their very natural existence, is real. But let’s take this discussion down a notch and allow me to explain how Black women are being attacked because of this subconscious contempt of our melanin.

I’ve been around Black women all my life so it came as a surprise to me when I discovered that many of my non-White college classmates and, later, my twenty-something co-workers were investing in expensive Estee Lauder anti-aging creams. This panic of aging and the idea that beauty had a fast-coming expiration date was an overshadowing theme in many of their lives. In contrast, any discussions about beauty at my Sunday brunch outings involved sharing hair care tips and recommending moisturizing conditioners.

Another epiphany struck when I was discussing this idea of how it seemed more acceptable for white women to “get around” as opposed to Black women, who were judged for being sexually free, with a Black guy friend of mine. He joked that it was okay for white women since they had a shorter shelf life. In other words, they were aware of their dwindling beauty and had to capitalize on their youthfulness fast.

Although he was joking, there seemed some truth to it. By the time many white women hit age 30, they look their age. A 30+ Black woman, on the other hand, will most likely look like she’s still in her 20s. Age is just a number but for many ladies, how you look at your age feeds into how you feel about yourself, your level of confidence, and not feeling insecure if you’re still at the club past your ideal marrying age.

Black women certainly don’t remember to be grateful for the fact they’ll look good for many years past their 21st birthday and their 40th for that matter, but many on the outside are resentful of it. I don’t blame ‘em. When I gaze at white celebrities like Rachel Zoe sometimes, who at 38, looks ten years older than 45-year-old Halle Berry and 44-year-old Kimberly Elise, it makes me grateful. When I’m 45, I’ll probably look as youthful in the face as Berry, who although looks good for her age, is not an anomaly in the Black community.

Things I’ve Figured Out as 30 Approaches

July 27th, 2011 - By The Manifesto
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In mere weeks I’ll say hello to the “Dirty 30.”

I generally believe that any age that isn’t 18, 21 or 65 is arbitrary. But it’s fascinating that I’m hitting this landmark birthday right at a time when my life is going through significant changes.

Unsurprisingly, I’ve been thinking for some time about what it means to be “all growed up” and how I wish to tackle life going forward. All I have now is an inchoate mass of ideas that I think strike a good life balance, ever evolving though they are:

Black Don’t Crack; It’s a Fact: Beauty Tips

July 22nd, 2010 - By madamenoire
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The Original Supermodel: Iman, 53, is as lovely today as when she first graced the catwalk.

By Charron Andrus The phrase “Black Don’t Crack” has been thrown around in our community for years.  It’s most often used to describe the tendency for African American women to retain their youthful appearance, even into advanced age.

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When Things Fall Apart (on Your Body)

June 17th, 2010 - By Danielle Kwateng
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Black don’t crack, but boobs do fall. There’s no bigger sign of your time, than noticing what was once up, is on the way down. Exercise not only keeps your internal clock ticking, it’s also a great way to keep all your parts perky for years to come. We broke down most common places where sagging occurs with suggestions to improve, so follow us…

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