There are those who know exactly what they like. Their tastes are carved in stone and nothing else will do. When it comes to men, I’m a fan of aesthetics and beautiful male representation. Dark black skin is like nothing else in this world. This week’s Man Candy Monday is dedicated to the Darkest Berry.
I find myself whipping and turning my head at these gorgeous dark complexioned men roaming the streets of New York. There are African and Caribbean neighborhoods in New Jersey that rival the ones in New York. I can’t seem to escape being caught off guard by the shadows, suppleness and intrigue of very dark men.
There are far too many images of black men as beasts, or of effeminate muses and not enough images of black men simply being men. This compilation shows dark complexioned men, some may remind you of your grandfathers and uncles. Others may remind you of that cute crush you had back in the day. Others may not be anything more than a walking piece of art.
This image is of Senegalese wrestlers.
Peter Mensah was born in Accra, Ghana, and comes from an academic family. He was born to parents of Ashanti origin. He has practiced martial arts since the age of 6. You’ve seen him in 300, Spartacus, GI Joe, and Transformer movie franchises.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London. His parents are Nigerian, of Yoruba origin. He has a law degree from King’s College London and a Masters in Law from the University of London. He is fluent in several foreign languages including Yoruba, Italian, and Swahili. He can “get along” in a few other languages, including French.
Djimon Gaston Hounsou is a Beninese American actor and model. As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards. My very first memory of him was as the leading slave character in the Steven Spielberg movie Amnistad.
I see so many hues of brown, black and red undertones that I would love to paint him.
Don Cheadle’s professional career is a long standing one filled with award nominations but his most valued work is that done on behalf of human atrocities. In 2013, Cheadle won the Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the “House of Lies.
I knew not to even attempt to have a MCM discussing dark skinned black men without including Morris Chestnut. This actor has been around for decades and considering his physique in all the men’s fitness magazine he’s going to be around (and gorgeous) for decades to come.
Beautiful and enchanting eyes. I would pay good money to have his clean and clear skin.
I’ve always thought tribal cuts were intricate and a thing of beauty. The presence denotes class, culture or tribal affiliation. The man who has the honor and privilege of donning cuts such as these paid a high price in time, and pain, to obtain.
Before Tyrese became synonymous with nonsense dating advice, there was Tyrese the crooner and model. This dark luxe brother gave me life when I first saw him in the Coke a Cola commercial that he snagged while at an audition with a friend. Regardless of his personal life, I still think he’s a gorgeous Black man, and his voice is still churned with pure butter.
Bernic Mac was definitely gone before his time. A tall, proud dark skinned man from Chicago, ILL, he made it no secret that he was ‘Dark and Lovely’. He married his high school sweetheart and is the father of one daughter. Through interviews and his biography book he made it clear that he loved his complexion and his beautiful brown wife and their chocolate baby girl. He made a point of wearing finely tailored suits made in the style that caused Black men from the mid West to be fashion icons.
A clone to Tyrese Gibson, Tyson Beckford stunned the high fashion modeling world with his dark skin and Asian shaped eyes. He is one of the word’s most recognized male supermodels to this day after having spent more than twenty years giving the camera a once over with his image. He i a mix of Jamaican-Chinese and Panamanian bloodlines.
Who in the world is Stringer Bell? I would soon find out because every black woman I knew, and some no black women were harping on about this particular character on HBO’s “The Wire”. Apparently, the British actor playing the role was all that your eyes ever needed to see in life, and I’ll now agree. Idrissa Akuna “Idris” Elba is an accomplished award winning actor of television and film as well as a noted club DJ and occasional musical performer.