Archive for August, 2008

Gentleman Art: Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley born in LA, but based in NY.

The Urban Gentleman is not only well-groomed and dapper he’s also cultured. So as an urban gent you should be up on a little bit of everything from politics to great books, and especially great artists.

One of my favorite artist of our time is Kehinde Wiley. His paintings purely inspire me- they make me think outside of myself… his art is just that deep. Check out this excerpt about Wiley:

Wiley’s paintings often blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation. Rendered in a realistic mode –– while making references to specific old master paintings –– Wiley creates a fusion of period styles, ranging from French rococo, Islamic architecture and West African textile design to urban hip–hop and the “Sea Foam Green” of a Martha Stewart Interiors color swatch. Wiley’s slightly larger than life size figures are depicted in a heroic manner, as their poses connote power and spiritual awakening. Wiley’s portrayal of masculinity is filtered through these poses of power and spirituality.

He charges from $12,000-$40,000 per painting, when I’m balling out of control I’ll be sure to buy one. Until then we can check out his art at The Studio Musuem in Harlem (New York) or at The National Portriat Gallery in Washington D.C.

Check out some original Kehinde Wiley art:

You can check out more Kehinde Wiley HERE.

Vote the Urban Gentleman for the Weblog Awards

Hey Urban Gentleman Readers,

I have recently been made aware of the Black Weblog Awards. I know my blog is pretty fresh, but I’ve been putting in alot of work this summer and I think it would be cool if I could win. Nominations started on the 1st, so I’m about 14 days late, but why not try? Nomination Voting ends on the 17th so make sure you vote now…

Choose The Urban Gentleman for:

18. Best New Blog
25. Best Style and Fashion Blog
30. Blog to Watch

Click HERE to nominate.
(in all 3 categories put the url in the blanks:

Thanks so much- love you guys!

*If we don’t win this year, we’ll try again next year:-)

Be Smooth: Basic Skin Care for the Urban Gentleman


For some reason somebody created the myth that men don't need to do worry about skincare… "Lever 3000 and Suave is all I need" are words that have been echoed by many- and I must say, "It's sad, oh-so sad". A man doesn't need 20 cremes to take care of his skin, but please guys you can do better than Lever, Suave, and Old Spice.

First off everyone has a different type of skin, some of you may have really dry skin while others may have really oily, sensitive, normal, or problem skin- it's important to realize what type you have. Once you realize it you can buy products that are best for your type of skin.

There are a few key products that most men should use and own:

1. Palmers Products: Shea, Cocoa, or Olive

The realness of it all is that Shea Butter, Coca Butter, and Olive Oil are GREAT for the skin of people of color. If you want smooth, bump-free, stretch mark free (yes men get stretch marks too, especially if you work out) then it's all about these products. Palmers has the best range of products from oils to lotions to cremes to soaps they have it all. And the price of their products are great! Where to buy: Walmart, Target, Walgreens (most drug stores), and online.

Try this:

After washing your body in the shower, rub some Palmers Coca butter oil on from neck to toe then rinse it off. And once you step out the shower dab yourself dry instead of harshly rubbing the towel against your body… I promise you'll see a difference within a week or so.

2. Jack Black Products

They have such a comprehensive range of products that fits all skin types and complexions. There are many men who absolutely swear by Jack Black (I've met a few).
Where to buy: Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Sephora, and online.

Try this:

After washing your hands put on some Jack Black Hand Healer. It's the perfect product for men who work out alot and have rough hands from lifting weights, it's also great for guys who always work outdoors or have jobs that leave their hands rough and dry. I suggest carrying some in your car and having one at home.

3. The Art of Shaving
Oh how I love the name… it just sounds like it's good, huh. Like Jack Black, The Art of Shaving carries products that are great for all skin types. But the difference is that this brand specializes in products for shaving, every gentleman should own atleast one Art of Shaving product.
Where to buy: The Art of Shaving Store, Nordstrom, online.

Try this:
Many men, especially men of color, tend to get ingrown hairs and lots of bumps when shaving.
If you run into this issue then dab some Ingrown Hair Night Cream before going to bed.

Other Good Products:
4. Lab Series
5. MenScience

Try these:

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For ALOT more Men's Skincare products go here.


What are your favorite skincare products?

G’s to Gents on MTV

Some of you may have noticed the lack of G’s to Gents posts… well, I slightly lost interest.
But I will try to post a “catch-up” article sooner than later… maybe, we’ll see;-)

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