12 Moms (And Grandmas) Who Prove That Black Don’t Crack

These women are aging gracefully both inside and out.

05/03/2016 02:49 pm ET
 
 
Scientific studies have proven that the old adage “black don’t crack” isn’t just an expression. Melanin really can slow the aging process for many women with darker skin by up to ten years. 

But “black don’t crack” shouldn’t only be about looking younger than your actual age. It’s about aging gracefully and fabulously, all while embracing the wisdom and beauty that comes with getting older. In honor of Mother’s Day, below are twelve stunning black moms (and grandmoms) in Hollywood who not only look amazing, but epitomize the strength, beauty and grace of black mom’s everywhere. Slay!

  • Angela Bassett
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Age: 57 

Children: 2

“Our culture is very youth-driven, but I think there is absolutely value and wisdom with experience. Youth is delightful, but experience is also. Your cute years will diminish, but have some wisdom left, some grace, some charm.” - Angela Bassett
  • Regina King
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Age: 45

Children: 1

“I have learned that there is beauty in always learning. There is freedom in admitting when you’re wrong. I hope that I’ll continue learning until the day I die, and that when I take my last breath, a lesson was learned right before it.” - Regina King
  • Lisa Bonet
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Age: 48

Children: 3

“[My age number] itself feels irrelevant to me. I look in the mirror and I see in this face all the life that has occurred.” - Lisa Bonet
  • Grace Jones
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Age: 67

Children: 1

[On plastic surgery]
“Absolutely not. I would not cut myself. No. No. My mom is 80 and doesn’t have a line.” - Grace Jones
  • Tina Lawson
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Age: 62

Children: 2

“I’m proud to be [62] years old and to not be putting limitations on my lifestyle. We can still be sexy and vibrant, fashionable, classy and fly until the day we die!” - Tina Lawson
  • Taraji P. Henson
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Age: 45

Children: 1

“I wash my face in the morning and at night. I drink a lot of water. You have to stay hydrated.” - Taraji P. Henson
  • Iman
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Age: 60

Children: 2

“Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are the basic essentials to maintain healthy skin. The skin you take care of in your teens and 20s is the skin you will inherit in your 30s, 40s and beyond.” - Iman
  • Phylicia Rashad
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Age: 67

Children: 2

“Everything you do, every thought you have, every word you say creates a memory that you will hold in your body. It’s imprinted on you and affects you in subtle ways — ways you are not always aware of. With that in mind, be very conscious and selective. What’s in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination. Put yourself, and your growth and development, first.” - Phylicia Rashad
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
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Age: 44

Children: 2

“As a young woman you’re thinking that everything you are on the outside — what your hair looks like, what shoes you’re wearing, how much flesh you’re showing — that’s the thing you believe makes you attractive. But as you get older, as a woman, it’s like, your wisdom is what makes you attractive.” - Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Diahann Carroll
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Age: 80

Children: 1

“The business of aging requires a great deal of thought, patience, information… I’ve really found that I had to sit down and take myself  through a learning period that I didn’t expect.” - Diahann Carroll 
  • Lynn Whitfield
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Age: 62

Children: 1

“Exfoliate. You get rid of the crud on the inside and you’ve got to clean it out. You’ve got to lighten it up. You have to. It makes life so much better if you get rid of all of the dead stuff. Same thing with skin. Same thing with bad memories.” - Lynn Whitfield
  • Tina Turner
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Age: 76

Children: 2 

“I found happiness for myself, and I think it’s because I desire nothing. It’s a journey. You’re born, you go through the journey, and then you leave the journey. How you manage the journey is very important. I stayed on track. I stayed on course. My wish was to arrive here where I am today in this frame of mind and this physique and this healthiness.” - Tina Turner
Original Post

  They left a lotta black women out.  Like Cicely Tyson...how can one forget about her....hell she's 94!  And Vanessa  Williams [the singer/Ms. America]  she's a gorgeous example of a beautiful black woman who don't crack.  Lemme see...Pamela Grier.....  But this list is good...except that it should have been longer.  But!  

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