Five Minutes in Heaven: A Black & Brown Men Appreciation Gallery

Black and brown men are truly epic. They shape the notion of "cool" for their entire world with their talk and style of dress.

While some become NBA All-Stars, others set precedents in the courtroom. With President Barack Obama at the forefront, they are even becoming leaders of the free world. But when you turn on the news, or you scroll through Twitter, a different story is painted. Stories of men, and even boys as young as 13 years old, being slain by brute police force. Memes highlight the worst of character, while there is just so much more to the lives we see caricatured.

We love and appreciate the black and brown men in our lives, as well as the ones that make us swoon as they steam up our screens, make us move to their beats, and make us so proud. 

Enjoy five minutes in heaven scrolling through photos of some of our favorite sexy black and brown men. 

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1. Billy Brown


Showers with Nate be like #htgawm

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Billy Brown 

Billy Brown is not a household name, but for How to Get Away with Murder fans, he is the man who makes Thursday nights sizzle.

2. Colin Kaepernick


My Brother! United as One! @e_reid35

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Colin Kaepernick

We love a woke bae. Colin Kaepernick was already a standout on the San Francisco 49ers, but it's his activism that makes him sexy. The quarterback has taken heat for taking a knee to honor Black and brown victims of police gun violence, and stirred up pride at a fever pitch among his peers and fans who support him. 

4. Common


One of the most prolific voices in hip-hop, Common is not only a beautiful man, but the way he uplifts women in his verses makes you feel like a queen. 

5. Omari Hardwick

Omari Hardwick

Ghost fans will have to wait until next summer to see more of Omari Hardwick on Power. Until then, swoon over his activism and advocacy for domestic violence survivors. 

6. Morris Chestnut


On a Q& & A Panel at @essencefest 2016.

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Morris Chestnut

We've been day one fans of Morris Chestnut, and he just keeps getting with time! 

7. Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

He may play a sports agent on Ballers these days, but we're living for his soft side. His photos with his baby daughter on Instagram will give you all the feels. 

8. Usher


Usher has been #MCM status since middle school. 

9. Drake



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Wheelchair Jimmy is long gone. When Drake debuted the hard body on Instagram, he went from boy to man.

10. Odell Beckham Jr.


I luhhh you bae...

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Odell Beckham Jr.

The New York Giants wide receiver won hearts with that boyish smile and one-handed touchdowns. 

11. Idris Elba


What's up #NYC!! Pumped to be here at #Superdry34ST kickin off our fresh new collection #idriselbaxsuperdry!

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Idris Elba

His smoldering good lucks and sexy accent are the stuff of daydreams!

12. Romeo Santos



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Romeo Santos

The King of Bachata and newly minted ROC Nation Latin boss makes us proud, and his smile makes us weak.

13. Maluma


Gala de nominaciones para premios 40 principales España.

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This Colombian singer is heating up the radio and hearts with his irresistible hits. 

14. Nicky Jam



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Nicky Jam

This hottie Boricua keeps it sexy with his reggaeton beats. 

15. Laz Alonso


Turn that frown upside down... With brown.... #transformationtuesday #pregala #shenanigans #gala #greenroom

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Laz Alonso

With leading star good looks, Laz Alonso has been a Prince Charming on the big screen for years. 

16. Lance Gross


@truthin2d asked to take my Photograph...The outcome..

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Lance Gross

With chocolate skin and a bright smile, Lance Gross is a modern day Prince Charming. 

17. Nathan Owens


#NYC creative director: @noradilia @guyaroch #WilhelminaModels

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Nathan Owens

A tall, dark and handsome underwear model... this is not a drill. 

18. Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams stole our hearts at the BET Awards when he stood up for Black and brown lives. Woke and gorgeous is seriously the best combination. 

20. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

Wepa! The famed NY Giants wide receiver is back after missing two seasons due to injury. We're so happy to see his sexy salsa back on the field. 

21. Carmelo Anthony


Trust The Process. Enjoy the Journey. Embrace Your Destiny. #StayMe7o

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Carmelo Anthony

It's incredible to watch Melo transition from NBA megastar, to a role model with a message of activism. He keeps making us proud. 

22. Al Horford


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Al Horford

He keeps courtside looking sexy. 

23. Stephen Curry


S/O to @byslr for the look last night

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Steph Curry

The NBA Champion is role model on and off the court. And who can resist his adorable family?

24. Victor Rasuk

Victor Rasuk

You won't miss this cutie in 50 Shades of Grey

25. Mack Wilds


ready for today's scene. #shotsfired

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Mack Wilds

This Dominican triple-threat has boyish good looks and incredible talent. 

26. Robinson Cano


Happy new year for everyone

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Robinson Cano

The New York Mets player makes the outfield look so good. 

27. Chris Brown


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Chris Brown

He may be in the headlines for his bad boy behavior, but we can't deny his talent. 

28. Dwyane Wade


Good day of work from @risenation to the court with my brother @kingjames ... #oldheadclub #weworklikewedonthave3rings

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Dwyane Wade

He's an NBA champ, in any city. 

29. The Game


Rome wasn't built in a day. @hosofilms #LosAngelesKing

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The Game

Good girls just can't resist tatted-up bad boys. 

30. Nas


Young Esco

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The godson of Queensbridge is the epitome of sexy.