My Box-Office Chocolates

In April 2003, Essence magazine published an issue with the headline “Box-Office Chocolates”. The cover featured Mekhi Phifer, Damon Wayans, Dennis Haysbert, Gary Dourdan, Don Cheadle, Morris Chestnut, Yasiin Bey (back when he was just Mos Def) and Omar Epps. Since then, I have be amassing my own list of Box-Office Chocolates (sometimes referred to as Box of Chocolates). There are names that go on and off the list, like Michael Ealy (who is currently off), but some names have remained from the beginning, like Gary Dourdan and Vin Diesel.

In April 2004, Essence published a similar issue with the headline “Hot Hollywood Men”. It featured Mathew St. Patrick, Carl Lumbly, Blair Underwood, Michael Ealy, Delroy Lindo, and Idris Elba. That’s when I drafted Blair Underwood, Michael Ealy, and Idris Elba to my chocolate team.

In July 2004, Ebony magazine published its “Hottest TV Hunks” issue, featuring Keith Hamilton Cobb, Henry Simmons and Sean Patrick Thomas on the cover. While Keith had always been on my list (from his Andromeda days), I picked up Sean.

I’m not always sure what gets someone on the list. If it was just about being sexy without a shirt – Morris Chestnut would ALWAYS be on my list. Sometimes its just a smile. That’s how Omari Hardwick made the list. Idris got on the list because of “The Wire” episode where he says he wears an XL. Vin Diesel got on because of Pitch Black, while Ernie Hudson got on because I saw Congo one time too many.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter who and/or how someone got on the list, just that having and compiling the list brings me joy. Don’t like my list? Start your own.

Who They Are and How They Made the List:

Adrian Holmes
"19-2"
Alimi Ballard
"Numbers"
Blair Underwood
His sexy
Boris Kodjoe
"Undercovers"
Brandon Jay McLaren
His sexy
Chad L. Coleman
"The Walking Dead"
Clark Johnson
"Nurse Fighter Boy"
Colin Salmon
"Resident Evil"
Colman Domingo
"Fear the Walking Dead"
Courtney B. Vance
His acting
D.B. Woodside
His smile
David Gyasi
"Containment"
Dennis Haysbert
"The Unit"
Denzel Washington
"Training Day"
Deon Cole
His funny
DeRay Davis
His eyes
Djimon Hounsou
His sexy
Dwayne Johnson
"Faster"
Eamonn Walker
"Othello"
Ernie Hudson
"Congo"
Gary Dourdan
His sexy
Idris Elba
"The Wire"
Isaiah Washington
"Romeo Must Die"
Jason Momoa
"Stargate: Atlantis"
Jesse L. Martin
His smile
Keith Hamilton Cobb
"Andromeda"
Lamman Rucker
"Why Did I Get Married?"
Lance Gross
His sexy
LaRoyce Hawkins
"Chicago P.D."
Laz Alonso
"Jumping the Broom"
Mario Van Peeples
"Posse"
Mekhi Phifer
His sexy
Michael Jai White
"Spawn"
Mike Colter
"The Good Wife"
Noel Clarke
"Dr. Who"
Nonso Anozie
"Zoo"
Omari Hardwick
His smile
Pooch Hall
"The Game"
Roger R. Cross
"Re-Kill"
RonReaco Lee
"Let's Stay Together"
Sean Patrick Thomas
His smile
Shemar Moore
His sexy
Terrence Howard
His sexy
Vin Diesel
"Pitch Black"
Xzibit
His sexy

 

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