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Old May 29 2014, 10:36 PM   #16
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Re: Levar Burton, does not age

Nichelle Nichols also looks amazing for her age. I mean yeah, she's aged, but out of all the original series cast (esp. out of those i've met recently) she's definitely showing the least signs of getting up there.
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Old May 30 2014, 12:38 AM   #17
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Re: Levar Burton, does not age

Asians, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders can also look much younger than their chronological age, as can a lot of Caucasians. I don't see anything racist in the observation, but it isn't really necessary to point out race in saying someone looks good for their age.
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Old May 30 2014, 12:51 AM   #18
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Re: Levar Burton, does not age

Why do we even need to mention "age" at all, instead of the much more complimentary, "s/he looks good!" minus qualifiers?
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Old May 30 2014, 02:22 AM   #19
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Re: Levar Burton, does not age

Obviously, it's the VISOR. While left unstated, an ancillary function of the device is to emit a periodic stream of er, Hrumphs, that transversely penetrate the corneal membrane and, through a not entirely understood process, eventually permeate the vast majority of blood cells throughout the body. The process has been observed to foster a prolonged state of superior general health, harmony, and satisfaction in most humanoids.
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Old May 30 2014, 03:24 AM   #20
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Re: Levar Burton, does not age

Many valid points. I guess I would sum it up this way. It's not what you say, but how you say it.
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Old May 30 2014, 04:24 AM   #21
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There is a physiological, and non-racist, basis for all this: people of recent African descent (all of us are descended from Africans, after all) have more collagen and melanin in their skin, which makes it more resilient.

And yes, Reading Rainbow was a great show. It would be wonderful if children could experience it again.
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Old May 30 2014, 04:42 AM   #22
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Good news then. Burton and Rainbow met their goal...yesterday. It is coming back.
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Old May 30 2014, 01:17 PM   #23
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Re: Levar Burton, does not age

LeVar Burton has, indeed, aged, as have all of the cast. It's kind of hard to believe and accept, I know, when there are celebrities like Demi Moore, for instance, who've been going to a good plastic surgeon, or whatever they've been doing. But even with that going for her, Demi would never be assumed to be under her late 30s, or under 40 even. I guess the TNG cast decided to age gracefully, for the most part, I don't know. But LeVar had a cool look when he was in TNG and there's just no way he could try that, now. It's a shame and it's not anybody's fault. Even actors get old and die eventually ...
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Old May 30 2014, 02:01 PM   #24
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Re: Levar Burton, does not age

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But LeVar had a cool look when he was in TNG and there's just no way he could try that, now.
I'll just be thankful if he never tries the look he went with in the video for Cameo's "Word Up" again.

Completely aside from some races maintaining youth longer, there's something in the water in Hollywood. Think about how many female celebrities from 25 years ago look like they haven't aged - and if they have, it was only to add a little character to their appearance and look even hotter. Cindy Crawford has only within the last couple of years really started to look a day over 25. It's very odd - and I want in on whatever it is.
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Old May 30 2014, 02:18 PM   #25
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^^^ that's righta. Actors are not average-looking people to begin with.
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Old May 30 2014, 02:26 PM   #26
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I didn't realize he is 57. Really, I didn't know how old he is. But, he looks good for 57!
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Old May 30 2014, 03:14 PM   #27
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Alrik wrote: View Post
Good news then. Burton and Rainbow met their goal...yesterday. It is coming back.
They've even gone twice as high.
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Old May 30 2014, 03:55 PM   #28
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There is a physiological, and non-racist, basis for all this: people of recent African descent (all of us are descended from Africans, after all) have more collagen and melanin in their skin, which makes it more resilient.

And yes, Reading Rainbow was a great show. It would be wonderful if children could experience it again.
THIS!

People need to remember that visible aging is a function of gravity and sun damage. People of color have more melanin in our skin, which helps to impede the aging process. Ontop of that celebrities have access to the best food, medical care and beauty treatments that money can buy, as well as living lives that are high in luxury and low on stress. All of that results in the prolonged appearance of youth...even without plastic surgery.
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Old May 30 2014, 04:02 PM   #29
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Re: Levar Burton, does not age

I am glad I dipped into this minefield thread, because it helped me discover Reading Rainbow is coming back. I LOVED!!!!! that show, and so did most of my peers. It was a show you could watch as a kid and no one would call you a nerd.
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Old May 31 2014, 03:13 AM   #30
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About to go thrice as high...
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