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Bye Bye to some of the eye candy…

NOTE FROM NIOBIA: Sorry, ladies, but I had to remove a couple of my eye candy selections (initials W.S. and I.E.)  because of the large amount of traffic they were generating to my site.  As a internet junkie I hate doing a search on one thing and getting lead to something else. So….fans of these two sexy men have way more prominent and information filled sites than mine to get better info on them. LOL.

Sorry, ladies, but these two men are just too much eye candy. For real.

Best,

N.

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Eye Candy: Barack Obama

Politician, presidential hopeful, family man, affectionate and loving husband–I love all the touching photos of him and Michelle (awwwww), powerful speech maker, hope for a better America, and one good looking man…

(Bio taken from the Official Barack Obama for President website)

Early Years

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British.

Barack’s mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression, and then signed up for World War II after Pearl Harbor, where he marched across Europe in Patton’s army. Her mother went to work on a bomber assembly line, and after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii.

It was there, at the University of Hawaii, where Barack’s parents met. His mother was a student there, and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams in America.

Barack’s father eventually returned to Kenya, and Barack grew up with his mother in Hawaii, and for a few years in Indonesia. Later, he moved to New York, where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983.

 

The College Years

Remembering the values of empathy and service that his mother taught him, Barack put law school and corporate life on hold after college and moved to Chicago in 1985, where he became a community organizer with a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment.

The group had some success, but Barack had come to realize that in order to truly improve the lives of people in that community and other communities, it would take not just a change at the local level, but a change in our laws and in our politics.

He went on to earn his law degree from Harvard in 1991, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. Finally, his advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 2004, he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Political Career

It has been the rich and varied experiences of Barack Obama’s life – growing up in different places with people who had differing ideas – that have animated his political journey. Amid the partisanship and bickering of today’s public debate, he still believes in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose – a politics that puts solving the challenges of everyday Americans ahead of partisan calculation and political gain.

In the Illinois State Senate, this meant working with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. He also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.

In the U.S. Senate, he has focused on tackling the challenges of a globalized, 21st century world with fresh thinking and a politics that no longer settles for the lowest common denominator. His first law was passed with Republican Tom Coburn, a measure to rebuild trust in government by allowing every American to go online and see how and where every dime of their tax dollars is spent. He has also been the lead voice in championing ethics reform that would root out Jack Abramoff-style corruption in Congress.

As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senator Obama has fought to help Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised, while working to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who will need care after Iraq and Afghanistan. Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, he traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world. And knowing the threat we face to our economy and our security from America’s addiction to oil, he’s working to bring auto companies, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards in our cars.

Whether it’s the poverty exposed by Katrina, the genocide in Darfur, or the role of faith in our politics, Barack Obama continues to speak out on the issues that will define America in the 21st century. But above all his accomplishments and experiences, he is most proud and grateful for his family. His wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Malia, 9, and Sasha, 6, live on Chicago’s South Side.

 


TVOne will be broadcasting coverage of the Democratic National Convention from 8pm – 11pm and then an afterparty beginning directly after the convention coverage. Tonight Michelle Obama is the primetime speaker and personally I can not wait to hear her speech.

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Eye Candy: Blair Underwood

 

I love, love, love celebrating beautiful black men…especially one who is a fellow author.  In fact it was his Book Coverbook Casanegra that brought Blair Underwod to mind when I was thinking of my next selection of eye candy.  I LOVED this book.  It was character driven, plotted out skillfully, and descriptively written.  Mr. Underwood, along with his co-writers Tananarive Due and Stephen Barnes, did an excellent job with this book and I look forward to the next book in this sexy erotic mystery series.

Knowing Mr. Underwood has talents beyond his physical makes him even more sexy to me.

 

 

Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Marilyn, an interior decorator, and Frank Underwood, a United States Army colonel. As a result of his father’s military career, Underwood lived on bases in the United States and Germany during his childhood. Blair attended Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia. He went on to attend the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Underwood recently shot his feature directorial debut in Pittsburgh, the independent drama Bridge to Nowhere. The film, which stars Danny Masterson, Bijou Phillips and Ving Rhames, is the story of four blue-collar twenty-something men from North Pittsburgh who team up with a destitute prostitute to create a high-priced escort service. The dark story follows their rise and inevitable spiraling descent.

Underwood will be seen in three high-profile television projects in the coming season. He will star opposite Donald Sutherland, Peter Krause and William Baldwin in ABC’s highly-anticipated drama Dirty Sexy Money – as Simon Elder, a billionaire who tangles with the fictional Darling family. He will also star as a navy fighter pilot opposite Gabriel Byrne in HBO’s new drama series In Treatment. Additionally, he will reprise his recurring role of Mr. Harris opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the CBS’ award-winning comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine. Additionally, he is producing the TLC series Easy Money with his partner Tommy Morgan Jr. for their new Intrepid Inc. television production company. The first order of the series will follow a group of lottery winners in St. Louis, Missouri – coworkers at a social services office – who went from modest lifestyles to multimillionaire status. The viewer will see how their newfound fortune is affecting their lives for better or worse. Intrepid Inc. has several projects in development. He’s also co-executive producing the upcoming reality competition Stage Black for TV One.

This July he recently returned to the literary world – co-authoring the erotic detective novel Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Story with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes. The Atria fiction book has already been named the Essence Book of the Month pick and has been getting rave reviews from readers and critics.

Last year, Underwood starred in two films. He played an abusive boyfriend in Madea’s Family Reunion (Lion’s Gate) — the smash sequel to Tyler Perry’s hit Diary of a Mad Black Woman and the ‘IBM’ (Ideal Black Man) in Something New (Focus Features) – the romantic comedy costarring Sanaa Lathan.

Underwood recently portrayed Jesus in the audio book The Bible Experience. Since its release in October 2006 it has become the No. 1 audio Bible in history.

Blair also has five music videos to his directing credit. Married since 1994 and the father of three, he is involved in numerous charitable organizations.

Personal Quotes

“It’s so easy to sell your soul or sell out or cop out, and what it really comes down to is choices. If you have some kind of game plan, or at least a faith in your ability, it doesn’t matter if this town validates you or not because you’re already validated by your gifts. I just try to stay focused on what I have to offer.”

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Eye Candy: Tyrese

Tyrese is definitely a treat for the eyes.  This singer/actor /model obviously does his body damn well. 

A picture is worth a thousand words but here’s a little info on the brotha to show that he is more than a six-pack and a handsome face. (Still both are looking mighty fine, right?)

Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), often known simply as Tyrese or Black-Ty, is an American R&B and hip hop singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and former fashion model and MTV VJ. After releasing several successful albums, he made the transition into films, with lead roles in several Hollywood films, including Waist Deep, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Flight of the Phoenix, Four Brothers, Annapolis and his latest, Baby Boy, and Transformers.