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30 Historic Beards So Hot Your Head Will Explode

"Historic" as in black history, that is. But good beards should be enjoyed by all.

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1. This beard, which is the richest of all time.

Mansa Musa was worth roughly $400 billion, and ruled Mali as emperor from about 1312 to 1337. Watch the throne.

2. This beard, belonging to the first recorded free black person to set foot in what would become Canada.

Mathieu Da Costa took frequent trips for trade and exploration, and later worked as an interpreter for French explorers Pierre Dugua and Samuel de Champlain when they reached Canada in 1604. 🎤 Where dey at doe?


4. This beard, belonging to the first black person elected to public office in the United States (and Langston Hughes' great-uncle).

John Mercer Langston was elected town clerk of Brownhelm, Ohio, in 1855. The year prior, he was the first black man to become a lawyer in Ohio. He later represented Virgina in the U.S. House of Representatives.

5. This beard, on the first African-American to serve in the United States Senate.

In 1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first black man to serve in the U.S. Congress. He resigned after a year. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

6. This beard, belonging to the first black state governor.

On Dec. 9, 1872, PBS Pinchback began his term as governor of Louisiana.


8. This beard, awarded a patent for an automatically opening and closing elevator door design in 1887.

With U.S. Patent 371,207, Alexander Miles is cited by many as the inventor of the modern elevator. Going up (on a Tuesday)!

9. This beard, which performed the first successful open heart surgery.

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the pericardium surgery in 1893. And long before Grey's Anatomy made diversity ~cool~, WIlliams founded Provident Hospital, the first medical facility to have an interracial staff. #blackexcellence

10. This beard, which co-founded the NAACP and was the first black person to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard.

What didn't W.E.B. Du Bois do? Scholar, activist, educator, author, historian...He wrote the book; he is the book.

11. This beard, which you know but how many hot, young pics have you seen of him?

(It's orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, in case you weren't clear.)


12. This beard, which has barssss.

John Stewart Rock was the first African-American lawyer to be admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was also a dentist and abolitionist, and helped assemble the first officially recognized black unit in the Union Army during the Civil War. Can't stop, won't stop.

13. This beard, which is literally "The Real McCoy."

Elijah McCoy studied engineering in Scotland as a teenager. He had 57 patents, and the term "The Real McCoy" comes from his steam engine lubricator, which revolutionized the industrial machine industry in 1872.

14. This beard, which studied at the National Academy of Design in 1918.

In addition to being ~ruggedly~ handsome and having a poppin' curl pattern, William H. Johnson was a painter who became famous for his Scandinavian landscapes and primitive scenes of black life.

15. This beard, one of the creators of modern jazz.

Facebook: theloniousmonk

Thelonius Monk's unique improvisational style and trove of jazz standards has made him the second-most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington. Catch this beard on the piano "Round Midnight," baby.


22. Thie beard, which won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.

August Wilson was a playwright whose work included a series of 10 plays known as "The Pittsburgh Cycle." Each is set in a different decade, depicting the African-American experience in the 20th century.

23. This beard, which started a revolution by saying, "Fuck tha police."

Young Ice Cube made a protest song with N.W.A. in 1988 that's just as relevant almost 27 years later. He had a good day in between now and then, though.


25. This beard, one of the last real emcees left in the world.

Common is ageless. He just won a Golden Globe for Best Song and is in the race for an Oscar as well. Is there any other handsome face with a beard on it that deserves it more?

26. This beard, belonging to the youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory.

Mike Tomlin is the first black head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and is among the youngest head coaches in any of the four major North American professional sports. Bonus: He looks like sexy ass Omar Epps.

27. This beard, which you can see five nights a week in the house band for the iconic Tonight Show.


Amir "Questlove" Thompson is drummer, DJ, virtouso. This modern-day music historian gives us all a little pride every time we see him rock his trademark black-fist afro pick.


28. This beard, belonging to the brand "King James."

Lebron James — at 30! — has a $20 million salary, earns $42 million a year in endorsements, has two NBA titles and four MVP trophies, and is a future Hall of Famer. And he's just as savvy on the court as off.

30. And this beard, which probably belongs to the next James Bond.

But currently belongs to Idris Elba, the star of your nastiest dreams.