Idris Elba Proves Cool Is More Important Than Swag

At Very Smart Brothas, Damon Young unpacks the celeb's attractiveness and concludes that it's all about "being placed in a position that enabled him to be cool."

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At Very Smart Brothas, Damon Young unpacks the celeb's attractiveness and concludes that it's all about "being placed in a position that enabled him to be cool."

Well, it seems like Black women’s feelings about Elba are directly correlated to when they first saw him. Basically, my completely unscientific opinion tells me that the majority of the women who are gaga over him first saw him as Stringer Bell, while the majority of the women who don’t see what the big deal is first saw him in “Obsessed” or “Sometimes in April” or “Daddy’s Little Girls” — roles where he’s nowhere near as cool as he was on “The Wire.”

Now, if you were to ask those same Idris-obsessed women what exactly it is about him that saturates their panties, most would probably cite something having to do with his unmistakable and indescribable swagger. While I won’t say they’re incorrect, I think it goes a bit deeper than that ...

While thinking about how Elba’s hold over Black women’s ovaries is directly connected to him being placed in a position that enabled him to be cool, I couldn’t help but also think about how it applies to our dating and relationships lives. More specifically, how we put a premium on a man’s swagger and the effect it has on women even though his “coolness” actually matters much more than that.

Read Damon Young's entire piece at Very Smart Brothas.

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