Yet another Monday is upon us, and while some are already counting down to Friday, many of us are relishing the weekly trending topic #ManCrushMonday.
Here at The Root, #ManCrushMonday is more than buff bods and handsome faces; it’s a chance to look at a few crush-worthy men who have made headlines.
1. President Barack Obama prevents Michelle Obama’s “Marilyn Monroe” moment.
Recently while ascending Air Force One, President Barack Obama proved to the world that he is always looking out for his first lady. A sudden wind swooped under FLOTUS’ skirt, but being the dutiful and chivalrous husband that he is, President Obama made sure all was well as he kept the skirt in its rightful place.
2. Drake visits terminally ill teen cancer patient in Houston.
Over the weekend, the rapper granted the wish of a 15-year-old terminally ill cancer patient by visiting her in the Texas city.
Kennedy Brown, who attends Carnegie Vanguard High School, suffers from an inoperable malignant brain tumor. After Kennedy’s friends rallied behind her wish to meet Drake by creating the hashtag #drakeforken, the rapper took notice and made a special video for her.
But Drake didn’t stop there! According to ABC News, he paid Kennedy a visit and shared the experience on Instagram. “All these beautiful people #drakeforken turned into #kenfordrake I am so happy,” one of his posts read.
3. Alonzo Mourning to be inducted into 2014 NBA Hall of Fame.
Former NBA star and Georgetown University alum Alonzo Mourning will be inducted into the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Mourning will also become a board member of his alma mater.
“I didn’t understand the prestige of this university, the global prestige of this university,” Mourning said. “Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought as a freshman that I would be sitting on the board of that university. Now I’m rubbing elbows with CEOs and billionaires and individuals that helped change this world.”
Mourning will be joined in the Hall of Fame by former NBA star Mitch Richmond and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams.
4. Ex-NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha gives back.
Not one to actually “retire” after announcing his retirement in December, ex-Oakland Raider Nnamdi Asomugha is giving back to his community. Asomugha has been focusing his time on his foundation, which provides college visits for at-risk high school students from low-income communities.
Asomugha doesn’t take his dedication to Oakland, Calif.’s teens lightly. The Asomugha College Tour for Scholars is a project that he plans on maintaining. According to the foundation’s website, ACTS is an annual high school college tour and 18-month mentoring program that is dedicated to providing young people of color with an opportunity to visit campuses around the country.
“I believe that success is like a roll of film, and in order to develop you need exposure," said Asomugha, who is also expecting a child with his wife, Scandal's Kerry Washington.
So far, more than 130 students from the Bay Area and Los Angeles have participated in the program.
Yesha Callahan is a full-time writer and single mother living in Columbia, Md. She has written for BlogHer, Jezebel and The Grio and has been seen on HuffPost Live and TV One’s NewsOne Now With Roland Martin. She is currently the managing editor of Clutch magazine and is a former comedy and politics writer for BET’s Don’t Sleep! Hosted by T.J. Holmes. Follow her on Twitter.