Archive for March, 2011

POWER by 50

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Years ago when someone heard the name 50 Cent two things usually came to mind: the catchy opening line, "Go, go, go shawty, it's your birthday, we gon' party like its your birthday…" -and- the fact that he was shot 9 times and somehow miraculously survived. Now when someone hears the name 50 ("cent" has been semi-officially dropped) they almost instantly think– Vitamin Water, million dollar tweets, and businessman. Curtis "50" Jackson is sorta like the Donald Trump of hip-hop– in terms of his diverse portfolio and growing knowledge in business. For him success isn't based upon where you came from, but about honing in on a "skies is the limit" type mindset. And that's sort of what his fragrance POWER is all about– embracing your inner power to be successful.

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I've always been partial to light and airy, yet masculine colognes. So when I initially smelled POWER I wasn't overly blown away, but once the scent lingered awhile I was impressed. POWER by 50 is a traditional, masculine fragrance, and like its name the scent is full of powerful bold notes– so only 2-3 sprays are needed for a lasting effect. The bottle's design alone will make you want the cologne,  in fact, the sturdy and luxe look of the flacon was inspired by 50's favorite watch– a Piguet.

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Cologne Details:

TOP NOTES: lemon leaves, black pepper, and artemisia

MIDDLE NOTES: dark wood, coriander, and nutmeg

BASE NOTES: patchouli, musk, and oak moss.

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Audemars Piguet Men's Watch

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Lupe Fiasco, LASERS

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If you haven't already, be sure to purchase Lupe Fiasco's LASERS. Lupe, quite simply, is one of the best rap artists alive. Strong statement? Nah, not even a little bit… don't y'all get tired of empty lyrics and repetitious auto-tuned beats from so many rap/hip-hop artist? I know I do. So for us "un-basic" people Lupe feeds our "famished from the lack of real rap" souls. And as usual he mixes intellectual lyrics with rhythmatic alternative beats, and tops it all off with that classic Lupe styley'all know what I mean. I can certainly hear the "slightly more mainstream than raw" sound of the music that many Lupe-heads have talked about, but this is obviously the labels doing… which I'm okay for one album– hopefully it'll open him up to a wider group of fans (which I believe is Atlantic's plan). So, the moral of the story is: purchase LASERS (amazon, itunes) and while your at it go ahead and get Food & Liquor and The Cool if those two albums are somehow not already in your ipod.

For more Lupe, check out his website.

I wanna go ahead and start the "Lupe Fiasco — Best Rap Album" Grammy 2012 campaign. As long as Andre 3000 and Cee-Lo aren't nominated as well, then my vote in that category will always be for Lupe (the) Fiasco.

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Kenneth Cole AWEARNESS Poncho

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Kenneth Cole is partnering with HELP USA to raise "awearness" about the impact of HIV/AIDS on the homeless with the launch of a limited edition rain poncho.

The nylon unisex hooded poncho is reversible blue camouflage to solid black and tucks into a self-containing pouch, making it easy to carry around (briefcase, purse, backpack, or car).

“Military was one of the season's biggest trends so here we put a modern twist on camouflage. We created a unique unisex piece just in time for spring showers,” – Kenneth Cole

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Buy the poncho, here.

Retailing for $60.00, the poncho is available exclusively at Kenneth Cole retail stores nationwide and at kennethcole.com now through May 30th, 2011. During this time, 100% of net profits from the sale of the rain poncho will go towards funding housing for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. The mental health and emotional issues of dealing with an HIV diagnosis can often contribute to the patient becoming homeless. As a result, HIV is found in the homeless community in epic proportions throughout the United States with a median rate of HIV prevalence that is three times higher than the general population.

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Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, is being recognized as an official “Change Agent” by AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole Foundation, for his passion for social change and ongoing work with HELP USA. A “Change Agent” is a social activist who strives to help educate and encourage others to get involved. The Mayor’s passion for politics and justice was instilled at an early age by a family committed to change. Booker lives his politics, often in unconventional and creative ways. His drive and commitment is an inspiration to audiences across the country.

“This is not a crisis we should resign ourselves to, but understand that we could actually do a lot about this,” says Booker. Watch the complete interview with Mayor Cory A. Booker, here.

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Men and Plastic Surgery: Most Popular Procedures, Celebrities, and More

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Nearly 1.1 million men had some type of cosmetic procedure done last year.

What does Kim Kardashian, Heidi Montag, and Nicki Minaj all have in common? Butt implants (obviously some bigger than others, lol), breast implants, nose jobs, lipo, and the list for Heidi and Kim goes on and on and on (and on). So clearly, plastic surgery is relatively common for women, especially when they're trying to be famous, but what about men? Do guys ever go under the knife when they're on the search for fame? Well, that's what I've wondered from time to time. And after being sent numerous emails from the PR offices of plastic surgeons looking to be featured on The Urban Gentleman, I decided hey, why not ask them a bit more about the topic of men and plastic surgery.

The bulk of men may not be looking to pay big bucks for a bigger backside like Kim K. did, but they are paying for other things… A Manhattan plastic surgeon gave us the rundown:

Average number of men who get plastic surgery: 500,000+ every year. "In an average year some thirty-five percent of my patients are male (and that number is increasing). They span all ages and all professions. This is a very large population and represents a cross section of men of a certain socio-economic group in a position to consider cosmetic surgery."

5 popular / common plastic surgery procedures for men: Microsuction of double chin and jowls, liposuction of love handles and belly, removal of enlarged breasts (gynecomastia), removal of lower eyelid bags (blepharoplasty), nose-reshaping (rhinoplasty)

Average costs of those 5 procedures: Between $5,000 and 10,000 depending on what is necessary. Costs can be lower depending on the doctor and location (it's possible to get liposuction for just over $2,000 in some states)

Other common cosmetic procedures for men (average costs): Laser hair removal ($400), hair transplant ($4700), botox ($300), microdermabrasion– removes dead skin ($180), chemical peel ($600), skin-resurfacing– removes damaged or wrinkled skin layer by layer ($1900).

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This guy underwent otoplasty– pinning back of the ears.

Top cities where men receive plastic surgery: "New York City, L.A.,and Miami." He also stated that it's more popular in the south than the north, including Texas, buuut I don't know about that. Overall cities that are wealthier and put alot of focus on physical traits have high numbers of men getting some type of procedure.

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According to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), the number of men who have had minimally-invasive procedures has gone up almost 50% over the last 10 years.  The most popular minimally-invasive procedures are Botox, filler injections, and laser skin resurfacing treatments.
 

Most difficult and time-consuming popular men's plastic surgery procedures: "Hardest surgery to do well is nasal refinement, which require a great deal of aesthetic judgment, skill and most of all, experience. The most time consuming is body surgery to tighten skin after significant weight loss. This often involves extensive skin removal and 'tailoring'.”

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For years there have been rumors that Jamie Foxx lowered his hairline (via hair transplant)

List of male celebrities with plastic surgery: This particular Manhattan plastic surgeon didn't want to reveal the names of his male patients, but said it included prominent government officials, media moguls, successful businessmen, and entertainers of all sorts. That was waaaay too vague, so I just googled it (of course)…

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Polo Booster, Pittsburgh

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downtown Pittsburgh, Ralph Lauren sweater, button-down, corduroys, and boots; TUG pinback/badge

Sometimes you'll put an ensemble together and later on realize that you look like an old school polo booster kid– that's what happened here, lol (unintentionally RL from top to bottom, I even think the socks are RL…). We were in Pittsburgh last week, too busy to really hit the city, but we made our way to a few spots. One worth mentioning was a vintage spot in Squirrel Hill called Avalon Exchange. Unfortunately I left my camera the night we went, so there aren't any in-store photos, but we purchased a few pieces– vintage Wrangler vest, lightweight baseball jacket, creme Members Only jacket for the Spring, and a few other pieces. (oh, and shout out to all the Steelers fan– the only time I see that much black and yellow in one place is when I'm at a Georgia Tech game, and even then I see more old gold & white than black and yellow).

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