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Black Don't Crack

Have you ever heard the expression, "black don't crack"? Take a look at these beautiful, black women over the age of 40.

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    Halle Berry, 44, is probably one of the first women that comes to mind when picturing gorgeous women over 40 - regardless of race. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Halle Berry (Photo: Getty Images)
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    The youngest Jackson sibling is now 44 but she doesn't look it. Wow. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Janet Jackson (Photo: Getty Images)
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    42 has been a fantastic year for Oscar winner Mo'Nique. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Mo'Nique (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Did you know reality star and actress LisaRaye McCoy, 42, is half sister of Da Brat? (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Supermodel Naomi Campbell might have just turned 40 but she's as gorgeous as she was in her 90s heyday - as long as she's not throwing phones or wearing blood diamonds, right? (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Naomi Campbell (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Kimberly Elise, 43, has won three NAACP Image Awards. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Lisa Gay Hamilton, 46, is a newlywed - having married husband, historian Robin D. G. Kelley, in August 2009. And if you're a theatre student at the CA Institute of the Arts, this actress could be your professor. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Holly Robinson Peete, 46, got her start in a small role on "Sesame Street" alongside her father Matt Robinson, the original "Gordon". (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, 43, got her start as a fashion model, and returned to modeling at 40 in a nude pictorial in Playboy. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Gayle King, 55, is Oprah's BFF and editor at large for O, Oprah's Magazine. King is slated to her own talk show on Oprah's OWN network. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    The elegant Diahann Carroll, 75, was the one of first African American actresses to star in her own TV series - 1968's "Julia". (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Elise Neal, 44, has worked with directors as varied as Spielberg, DePalma and John Singleton. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Elise Neale (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Natalie Cole at 60 is in better shape than she was in her youth, having conquered the addiction issues that plagued the early part of her career. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Natalie Cole (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Stacey Dash, 44, has always looked much younger than she is. Did you know she was 28 when playing Alicia Silverstone's best friend, Dionne, in Clueless? (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Stacey Dash (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Angela Bassett, still stunning at 52, continues to nail dramatic biographical roles. Recently she provided the voice for Michelle Obama on "The Simpsons". (Photo: Getty Images)
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    CeCe Winans, of the classic gospel family, will be turning 56 on October 8. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Did you know Winans is godmother to Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina? (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Chante Moore, 43, has another gospel album in the works. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Is it any surprise Oprah is on this list? (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Oprah, at 56, has decided to explore different endeavors, ending her long-running talk show. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Favorite TV mom Phylicia Rashad is 62. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Sheryl Lee Ralph, 53, originated Beyonce's role in "Dreamgirls" in the early 80s. Today Ralph still looks pretty fierce. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Sexy Sade, 51, is back on the charts with Soldier of Love. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Decades after being referred to as the "most hated woman in America" during her tumultuous marriage to Mike Tyson, things seem peaceful for Robin Givens, 45. Givens still acts, wrote a memoir and, the definition of "black don't crack", her striking model looks are intact. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Robin Givens (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Salli Richardson, 42, starred opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Theresa Randle, 43, looks too hot for the red carpet. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    At 40, Queen Latifah is at the top of her game. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    One of Tisha Campbell's early roles was in the film version of Little Shop of Horrors at age 18. Campbell, 41, is a TV veteran, probably best known for her roles on "Martin", "My Wife and Kids" and the House Party franchise. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Toni Braxton turns 43 October 7. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Some of today’s beloved actors and actresses such as Rosario Dawson, Mekhi Phifer, and Donald Faison can attribute the launch of their successful careers to the vision of executive Tracey Edmonds, 43, who recognized their budding star power. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Tracey Edmonds, smart, powerful and gorgeous. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Vanessa Williams, 47, vibrant on Broadway. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Victoria Rowell, 51, is rumored to appear in the third season of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta". (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Viola Davis, 45, was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for Doubt. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Lively TV actress Wendy Robinson is 43. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Newscaster Robin Roberts is thisclose to 50 but is more youthful in appearance than a lot of thirtysomethings. (Photo: Getty Images)
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    Niecy Nash, 40, has a serious side to her effervescent presence on "Reno 911!", "Clean House" and "Dancing with the Stars". She's the founder and spokeperson of M.A.V.I.S. (Mothers Against Violence In Schools). (Photo: Getty Images)