7 Socially-Conscious Cuties We Adore

November 17, 2011  |  
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An intelligent man that stands for something is undeniably fine. If that something is his community, he is irresistible. Whether he’s an activist, artist or political leader, the intellectual depth and the courage to question the status quo that socially conscious man possesses is alluring. It doesn’t hurt if he’s easy on the eyes as well 😉 Here are 7 socially conscious cuties that we are crushing on.

Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is a professor at Columbia University, an author, a scholar and an activist.  He holds a PHD with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania and is one of the hip hop generation’s leading scholars on culture, education and politics. This socially conscious brotha is not afraid to stand up for up for what he believes in. He has passionately gone toe-to-toe with conservative talking heads like Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham on issues of politics and race. He has also taken a stand for Black women. When Slim Thug said to Vibe magazine that White women are superior to Black women, Dr. Hill wrote an open letter to him defending Black women as the loving, caring supporters that we are. He also takes time out of his busy schedule to work directly with Black and Latino youth. And uh… have you seen him. He’s gorgeous. Yup, we’ve got it bad.

Bryant Terry

This gorgeous eco-chef and author is a food justice activist who is passionate about working to build a more just and sustainable food system. This vegan cutie “has used cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections of poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity.” (www.bryant-terry.com) He has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and Emeril Green as well as on the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas For A Small Planet. A man who can cook, who is down for the community and looks like that? Yes, please.


This gorgeous rapper, author, and poet often incorporates messages calling for social and political justice in his lyrics and poetry. His songs and writings have touched the injustices directed at controversial figures like Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur. His work also often includes themes of black empowerment, self love and social consciousness. He’s not all talk though. This purveyor of “conscious” hip hop is the founder of the Common Ground Foundation. The foundation “is dedicated to the empowerment and leadership development of urban youth”  through career and educational mentoring as well as through creative expression. He’s about as delicious as a man can get.

Corey Booker

Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker, could have had any high-paying corporate job he wanted. He earned two degrees from Stanford University, a B. A. in Modern History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and completed his law degree at Yale University. However, he chose to move into low-income housing in Newark and organize tenants to fight for improved housing conditions. Since being elected mayor, the Honorable Mr. Booker has doubled the amount affordable housing, decreased crime and has worked passionately to make life better for his constituents.  In 2002, Mr. Booker founded Newark Now, a grassroots non-profit organization that connects Newarkers to useful resources and services in order to help transform their communities. Also, he’s a stone-cold fox. I’m just sayin’.  

Hill Harper

This talented and attractive actor is also an author who has written books that encourage youth to reach their fullest potential. His books Letters to A Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny and Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny illustrate his passion for motivating young people to build self-confidence and self-reliance. He also speaks at schools around the country, carrying his message of empowerment to urban youth and encouraging them to make good choices in their lives. If you haven’t noticed, he’s also fine as all hell and single!

Ben Jealous

This adorable activist is married, but we can crush on him from a respectful distance. Mr. Jealous is President and CEO of the NAACP and became the youngest leader to hold this prestigious office in 2008. As leader of the organization, he is a powerful advocate in the ongoing fight for civil rights in this country. His long history of activism stretches all the way back to his days as a student at Columbia University.  While he was a student, he worked as a community organizer in Harlem for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Before taking his current position, Jealous served as Director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International. While there he led efforts “to pass federal legislation against prison rape, rebuild public consensus against racial profiling in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, and expose the widespread sentencing of children to life without the possibility of parole.” He’s also quite a cutie. His wife Lia is a lucky lady.

Thione Niang

This gorgeous guy was born in Senegal and came to the United States  in 2000 with $20  speaking very little English. Through his hard work and perseverance,  he learned English, became a French teacher and began volunteering for political campaigns.  Now, he serves as the Chair of the International Affairs committee for the Young Democrats of America  and CEO of the Give One Project, “a non-profit global organization dedicated to engaging and empowering young men and women to strive for greater social, economic and political participation in their communities.” His strength and ability to achieve in the face of many obstacles as well as his commitment to giving back are admirable. He’s not bad to look at either. 😉

Who’s your socially-conscious crush?

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