A Polished Man: The Honorable, Stylish, Well-Groomed Kid Saving Hero

As you all know, we're all about that gentleman life here at The Urban Gent. But beyond style, fashion, and grooming there's the actual manners, personality, and overall morals and ethics that is required to be a proper Urban Gentleman. To really, really be one you have to be a man of character and honor. 

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From  Chris Hemsworth, to Zac Efron, to NBA and NFL Players men with integrity and standards are fighting against child abuse and becoming Polished Men


I stumbled upon a photo of Zac Efron with his nail painted bright red, and thought to myself, 'Umm, okay, what's going on with this guy here.' I looked a little further and found out it was about a campaign called The Polished Man. The Polished Man, an extension of YGap, has taken on the formidable goal to end violence against children. They're challenging men to "nail it and end it." 1 out of 5 children are subject to physical and/or sexual violence before the age of 18. 

Recently, I've found myself learning more and more about the unfortunate abuse that happens to boys and girls in the entertainment industry. The girls we often hear about (ex. Woody Allen, etc), but the molestation of boys / young men by the hands of men is what constantly goes under the radar.  There's been so much said about rappers like Lil Wayne and Young Thug to R&B groups like Immature / B2K, and so many more being violated as children at the hands of their producers, managers, and/or label heads. You can read about that vomit-worthy underbelly of Hollywood, here. But if it happens in those arenas, you know it could be happening right next door at the homes, schools, churches, and sports arenas in your neighborhoods. It's vital to not turn a blind eye to this type of, well, demonic severely perverted behavior– whether it's family, friends, coworkers, pastors, principles, moguls, or whomever. Saving a child from a life of painful, potentially life-threatening, memories is exactly what a Polished Man would do. No amount of money, no amount of threats, would keep a man, especially a gentleman, especially an Urban Gentleman silent. Besides, saving a kid from abuse definitely wins you automatic entrance into heaven, valhalla (for my fellow Vikings fans), or whatever higher place you seek to go once your journey ends in this life. 

Read a little bit more below and find lots more information, here. 

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President Barack Obama is obviously a polished man

WHAT IS POLISHED MAN? Being a Polished Man means you don’t turn your back on the vulnerable. You raise your voice – and nail – to say, “not on my watch”. You embrace the smirks and know it doesn’t matter; there are worse things than being embarrassed by a little mani. Because nailing it isn’t about shouting the first round, or how much you lift. Nailing it is saying no to violence against children. 

**If you know someone that is a victim of abuse or you yourself are, visit this site, to report, get help, or learn more. 

Sam Hunt: A Day for Country Music + The Perfect White T-Shirt

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Country Artist Sam Hunt

A little chill country music from our boy Sam Hunt

"Got a girl from the Southside, got braids in her hair…"

A white t-shirt becomes an easy wardrobe staple for many small town men. When I think of Sam Hunt's style, I automatically envision a white t-shirt, but not your grandaddy's Fruit of the Loom shirt. Sam usually rocks a variety of more stylish, modern fitting tees. So here's a few of our favorite white t-shirts, perfect for an Urban Gentleman that likes to keep it simple…

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A Congressman’s Uniform: Fashion Interview with Ambassador Andrew Young

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Last month, I was personally invited to attend The HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta, Georgia. It was quite the business affair, the rooms overflowed with everyone from CEOs of multi-billion dollar corporations to bootstrapping entrepreneurs. There was ample opportunity for connections and nearly all attendees seemed to be in good spirits. It was here that I found myself informally chatting it up with the great Andrew Young. A leader, a trailblazer, a reverend, a congressman, a mayor, and ambassador… Young has lived quite a full life and seems to have no plans of stopping. 

What I thought would only be a small polite conversation, quickly turned into a full-scale reveal of his view on men's style and fashion. By the end of the conversation a crowd of smiling, well-engaged faces had gathered around us. So I figured I’d sum up what I learned first-hand about the style of this historical figure, and share it with The Urban Gentleman family. 
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The Style and Music of Michael Kiwanuka

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I found myself in the little town of Hapeville, Georgia today, working out of Drip Coffee Shop. As I was there preparing the final looks for a wedding I'm styling (the groom and groomsmen of course)  the song, "Cold Little Heart" calmly started playing in the background. The mood of the shop shifted from bustling energy to a sort of 70s haven of soulful soft rock. I decided to figure out who the person was captivating us all– I swore the song had to be from the 70s or 80s, but nope 2016. The artist is Michael Kiwanuka. After a mini youtube study session of his music, I make the preemptive conclusion that he's the UK version of our US country soul singer Leon Bridges. Some even say he gives them Otis Redding vibes. He's a talented guy, so today we listen to his music and analyze his style.

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