Video Throwback: NUMB/ENCORE, Linkin Park & Jay-Z

Midnight Snack: K’naan, FIFA World Cup Anthem

It’s always nice to listen to “feel good” music.

Louis Armstrong: A Kiss To Build a Dream On

Be a Gentleman, and make it a night (or day) she can remember.

  

Sometimes just doing the classic cliche’s for Valentine’s Day is enough to make the day perfect. Dig up some classic songs that will make any girl feel loved, stuff like Louis Armstrong. (You can never go wrong with Louis Armstrong)

Roses, Dinner, Dancing. (Jewelry if it’s in your budget)

If you deem it too cold to go out– get flowers delivered. If you order before 1pm, you can get flowers delivered same day Here.  Then get dinner delivered from a local restaurant… I think the heart-shapped pizza’s are sorta cute (only if done in addition to a really thoughtful gift). Most pizzeria’s are offering them, so just check. Then watch a romantic movie…. there will be tons on today. Or  you can get a Netflix online subscription (find a nice romantic-comedy or something) then hook your laptop up to your tv. I found directions on how to do that on youtube.
Let us know what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day….

UPDATE: Valentine’s Day Poll
 
Question: What Do You Want For Valentine’s Day?

Answers:

Nothing, Valentine’s Day is for women
  32 (35%)
 
Any thoughtful gift
  19 (21%)
 
A nice back massage, and some “nookie” will do
  30 (33%)
 
Clothing, Apparel, Jewelry, or Electronics, Etc.
  9 (10%)
 

Men’s Red Carpet Fashion: 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Kid Cudi, Jonas Brothers, Travis Barker, Trey Songz, Jay-Z, and more Celebrities.

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
For the most part the guys looked good, everyone kept with their usual look or style. I just hate that once again the show proved that receiving a Grammy doesn’t mean what it used to, the people who deserve it never seem to win (ie. Black Eyed Peas should have won Album of the Year).
Check out our collection of celebrities at the 2010 Grammy Awards, on the red carpet, at the show, and after:
Trey Songz
keep reading to see LOTs more pictures and The Best Dressed

One of Chi-town’s finest, singer Common
Common, fresh as usual
 
The Jonas Brothers, always seem to be the most elegantly dressed at award shows
Update: Someone mentioned today that they thought their pants were too long– and yes they are if you want a more classic fit and break. Joe’s pants are decent
Jonas Brothers: Nick wore a Gucci suit with David Yurman jewelry. Joe wore a suit by Dolce and Gabbana, a ring by David Yurman, and watch by IWC. Kevin wore a Lanvin suit with David Yurman jewelry.
Busta Rhymes utilizes a couple of trends in his look:
velvet, velvet bow-ties, and marching band jacket.
Grey’s Anatomy actor, Jesse Williams
Singer Maxwell 
His suits always have the best fit

Comedians Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg of The Lonely Island
Linkin Park 
Wacky musical group LMFAO 
 
Musician, Producer David Guetta and wife Cathy Guetta
David is wearing D&G’s signature marching band jacket 
 
 
Musiq Soulchild, though shiny,
he actually looks quote dapper in his purple and gold
John Legend
Somehow the mesh shirt works with his leather tie and steel gray suit.
Kid Cudi
He keeps it simple and clean, but could have tailored the jacket much better. Idk, I think Cudi’s getting too comfortable with the suit and opened button shirt look. I’d like to see him in a perfectly tailored suit and tie.

Kid Cudi sporting the same “secret society” ring as Kanye West and Jay-Z

Ricky Martin wearing Dolce and Gabbana

Actor Simon Barker sporting Oliver Peoples.

Adam Lambert


Travis Barker and his son Landon
I love it, I just wish Trav would have chosen different shoes

T-Pain less blinged than usual– which is a good thing

Akon

Akon showing a little love and support by wearing a  Lady Gaga shirt

Mario Lopez
Sean Paul
Mike “The Situation” and Nicole “Snooki” from Jersey Shore
(I had to post this because that show is hilarious).
Ne-Yo in a black suit, dress shawl, white skinny tie, and his  signature fedora,
  the gray flower on his lapel adds a nice touch, but was unnecessary
 Usher
Usher displays the classic mixture of prints that perfectly compliment his 3-piece cotton suit. He wears Tom Ford up top and finishes the look with distressed wing-tips (as seen below).

A khakish-grey suit and vest, with white piping and black buttons that coordinate with his shirt, tie, and pocket square. The more I think about it, the more I realize that when you dissect alot of Usher’s wardrobe choices over the past few years it’s easy to see that he’s actually one of the best dressed men in Hollywood. He and his stylist really pay attention to the details– from the socks to the pocket square. He truly dresses like a southern gentleman.
Lil Wayne kicks it back stage.
Rapper Eminem performing on stage
Drake
Lil Wayne
Singer Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand
Rapper Mos Def backstage, displaying the varsity trend
Rihanna and Jay-Z
Jay looks great in classic black and white, with a small flower on his lapel. I love a subtle black on black pinstripe silk suit– flawlessness.
Green Day members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool pose backstage with their award for best rock album for 21st Century Breakdown

The guys of the Black Eyed Peas with their usual avant-garde style.
Musicians Will. i.am, Taboo and Apl.de.ap


Apl.de.ap, a front view of his unique hair

a back view of his hair

Maxwell kissing his grammys– he actually deserved his.


Best Dressed from the 2010 Grammy Awards:
Trey Songz, Maxwell, Usher, Jay-Z were immaculately styled.
Jonas Brothers- are always the best dressed group/crew.

Urban Gentleman favorite wardrobe pieces:  David Guettas painted boots, Mos Def’s simple baseball varsity jacket, and Usher’s distressed wing-tips.

Midnight Snack: BoB aka Bobby Ray, No Man’s Land

One of the hottest artist in the country right now is from Atlanta, Georgia
His name? Bobby Ray aka BoB.
(eastside (of atlanta)……. (represent). lol.)
He can sing, rap, produce, play the guitar, piano, cello, etc etc etc.


From his mixtape “B.O.B vs Bobby Ray”.
Get more BoB here.

1st Annual Urban Gentleman GENTLEMAN AWARDS, Best of 2009

We thought it would be fun to start the new year with our first ever GENTLEMAN Awards. This isn’t an event (yet) just an annual tradition we’ve decided to start that will give worldwide web recognition to the best of 2009.

Best Trend: the Plaid Shirt

An extension of Clodhopper: Farmer’s Delight, the plaid shirt made a permanent fixture into the lives of trendsetters everywhere. The plaid shirt made it easy for people to look cool this year. When in doubt on what to wear, one only had to put on a plaid shirt, denim jeans, and pair of their favorite shoes– be it TK Society Supras or Common Project loafers.

Best Accessory: the Wayfarer

Like the plaid shirt, instantaneous style and swag was brought to those who wore wayfarers this year. And though it started with the traditional Rayban wayfarer other eyewear designers have created modified versions of the wayfarer that make choosing the perfect pair quite difficult these days.
 

Best Brand: Levi’s

Jeans are a basic essential for every person in the modern world, and this year their importance was magnified by popular trends (such as summer rolls, plaid shirts, and skinny jeans). Levi’s is one of the few brands that can be seen on the most frugal working-class person to the most lavish pompous celebrity. The mixture of popular trends and Levi’s classic brand image made the jean company one of the best in 2009. They continue to develop their styles with each passing year, while keeping their price-points low and quality high… everyone should own a pair of Levi’s.

Best Designer: Etro

From their handsomely diverse models to their one-of-a-kind patterns and motifs, leave it to Etro to do fashion as it should be done. In a year of unwanted gloominess from messed up economies its only right to give the best designer title to a label that brought us happiness through opulently colorful designs.

Best Dressed Musical Artist: Kid Cudi

He’s the face of our assorted swank and you guys voted him as having the best style. Kid Cudi has had a great year, so why not top it off by giving the man on the moon best dressed musical artist.
Celebrity Urban Gentleman of the Year: Zac Efron
It’s like he made the Rihanna transformation, he went from having a cute Disney teeny-bopperish persona to dapper masculinity. Zac is always hitting the gym, trying new looks, and most importantly he continues to bring forth consistent well-put together style (which includes top-notch grooming.) He doesn’t over do it, but does just enough to keep him on anyone’s best dressed list… he’s sort of like the mini David Beckham. I’m curious to see how his style matures in 2010.


Local Urban Gentleman of the Year: (two way tie)
Jamie Ryan McFarland & Kendrack Lewis

We get alot of submissions for Local Urban Gentleman, and though we appreciate everyone’s eagerness and want to be the next Urban Gentleman very few people  submit clear clean obviously stylish photos. Jamie Ryan McFarland– our first overseas local gentleman exemplifies the type of submissions we like to get for local urban gentleman. Read more HERE.

Handsome southern educator Kendrack Lewis is also one of our favorite Urban Gentlemen to date. His style is exactly what our founding editor had in mind when she first created The Urban Gentleman. Read more HERE.

Icon of the Year: Michael Jackson

He is was literally the most famous person in the world, the most influential artist, and a true humanitarian– our planet suffered a huge loss when Michael Jackson passed away this summer. He’s the King of Music and will be forever missed. Rest In Peace MJ.
Tribute posts: Michael Jackson: The American Idol.
                      Trends to Remember: The Fashions of Michael Jackson.

Person of the Year: President Barack Obama
Whether you had the majestic opportunity to vote for him or not, we all must admit that this man being president has literally changed our world– for the better. President Obama inherited one of the worst financial situations ever and constantly faces hate from the unfortunately ignorant, but still manages to be the perfect example of what a man should be and continues to develop into one of the best world leaders this world has ever seen. Oh and let’s not forget he won a freakin’ Nobel Peace Prize. He’s obviously not perfect, no one is, he’s going to make mistakes, but he has a good heart and for that reason the world continues to support him. Go here to keep the support up.

Let us know your best of 2009: best trends, styles, celebrities, moments, etc. And feel free to tell us the worst of 2009 as well.
Happy New Years everyone! Be safe tonight and don’t drink and drive.

Best of 2008.

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