Morris Chestnut visits SiriusXM at SiriusXM Studios on December 13, 2022 in New York City.

In a world full of talented, respectable and well-rounded men who are also eye candy and “snacks”—we can’t forget about the more seasoned men a.k.a. “zaddies” who paved the way first. l


Now you already know we had to kick things out with forever 90s fine Morris Chestnut. If the Best Man or the other myriad of movies he’s starred in over the years haven’t convinced you that he’s still the standard for aging gracefully—then he’s definitely the prototype.

Larenz Tate attends the ESSENCE 15th Anniversary Black Women In Hollywood Awards on March 24, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.

Method Man attends the 4th Annual Celebration of Black Cinema and Television on December 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

I mean, come on. What more do I really have to say here? Between Method Man’s salt and pepper hair and his thirst trap-esque workout videos, he’s truly getting better with age.

Taye Diggs attends the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Another graduate from the school of 90s fine, I could probably credit Taye Diggs’ eternal fineness to both good genes and his playful energy (the latter of which is often on display on his Instagram and TikTok.)

Michael Ealy attends the premiere of HBO’s “Westworld” Season 3 at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 05, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

I don’t know about you but I’ve been in a personal (read: hypothetical) love affair with Michael Ealy’s pool blue eyes ever since I first saw him in Barbershop back in the early 2000s. And every time he pops up on my screen or on social media, I’m reminded that he truly seems to get better and better with each passing day.

Idris Elba attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.

I don’t remember when exactly Idris Elba came on the scene, but I know he’s been one of the finest faces and most talented acts to grace the big and small screen since he got here. That’s probably why he continues to look more refined on a daily basis.

Terrance Howard arrives to the 54th Annual NAACP Image Awards on February 25, 2023 in Pasadena, California.

Whether you know Terence Howard as Q or Luscious Lyon, what you should know is that he somehow manages to age backwards effortlessly and we all should be trying to figure out how he does it.

 Lamman Rucker attends the 54th NAACP Image Awards on February 25, 2023 in Pasadena, California.

Oh, Lamman. As someone who’s been in the same room with this man for an event, let me be the first to tell you: yes, he is this fine and ageless in person.

 Derek Luke attends the premiere of Netflix’s “A Jazzman’s Blues” at TUDUM Theater on September 16, 2022 in Hollywood, California.

I knew the minute I saw Derek Luke pop up in Antoine Fisher back in 2002, he was going to be around for a long time, due to his good looks and stellar acting chops. I’m happy to see both things have gotten more and phenomenal.

Lance Gross speaks onstage at 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola on July 05, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

There’s nothing gross about Lance Gross (I’m so sorry, it was right there. I couldn’t help it.) In fact, there are so amazingly ageless things about Lance Gross, someone ought to start a petition to change his last name to Lance Fine—because that’s exactly what he is, always has been, and always will be.

Omari Hardwick attends the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix’s ‘The Mother’ on May 10, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Omari Hardwick may have played a “Ghost” on TV, but I hope he never goes ghost on us because we need to figure out what keeps him looking so good year after year.

 Rick Fox visits Hallmark’s “Home & Family” on August 1, 2018 in Universal City, California.

I know a lot of y’all Aunties and older cousins are gonna be happy about Rick Fox being on this list. He could teach a masterclass on aging with grace.

Will Smith attends Paramount Pictures’ premiere of “Gemini Man” on October 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

They don’t call him Big Willy for nothing! From big blockbuster hits to his big personality—it feels like the Fresh Prince just went off the air yesterday. What’s your secret, Will? Philly cheesesteaks? Put us on!

 Laz Alonso attends the 9th Annual AAFCA Awards at Taglyan Complex on February 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Even though I have a faux beef with Laz Alonso for his role in L.A.’s Finest (watch it, if you haven’t already. Then come back and let me know your thoughts in the comments)—I can’t stay mad for too long. Look at him! What is aging? He’s clearly never heard of it.

Blair Underwood attends the 50th International Emmy Awards at New York Hilton Midtown on November 21, 2022 in New York City.

I know Morris and Taye were graduates from the school of 90s fine, but Blair Underwood had to have been a professor because it makes absolutely no sense for him to still look this good after this time. That melanin is something serious.

Shemar Moore discusses “S.W.A.T.” with the Build Series at Build Studio on September 20, 2018 in New York City.

Speak of another professor from the school of 90s fine, Shemar Moore was definitely the principal if, not the superintendent. And that bald head and salt-n-pepper goatee? 10/10, no notes.