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

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. 

Inspired: Richard Oakes & Native American Style


For the lack of a better term, I like how Google keeps us "woke" whether we like it or not. I don't know whose idea it was to start changing the look of Google.com everyday, giving us both new art and new knowledge, but I appreciate it m'am or sir… thanks. Today they shined light on "chief" Richard Oakes. 

Born in New York in 1942 and died (murdered) in California in 1972 at the young age of 30. Richard Oakes, A man with great presence and focus on celebrating his heritage,  is known for creating one of the first Native American studies departments in the nation, and leading an occupation of Alcatraz Island in the late 1960s. He wanted a Native Peace Corps, a national Native university, and a confederacy of Native nations able to defend and expand upon their status as free, independent nations. I hope all his dreams will still come into fruition. 

My great grandfather is Native American, so I've always been interested in the Native culture. For nearly a decade now, since my teens, I've been integrating Native prints into my style both through clothing and decor. I'm not the only one though, many American designers like Ralph Lauren consistently draw inspiration from the Native American culture. The colors, prints, and styles connect us all with these native lands so it's easy to see why it's so loved. If you'd like to add a few pieces to your wardrobe check out the selection below. Also, If you want to learn more about contemporary Native American activism, check it out via the Zinn Education Project, here


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Friday Vibes: Yo-Yo Ma, Thou Shall Prosper, and Ties


An Urban Gentleman must read, acquiring knowledge is key

As a kid I listened to Jazz music, Classical music sounded, well, spooky and scary for some reason. These days, I find myself listening to classical music just about every morning. I especially appreciate the cello… today was no different. Yo-Yo Ma's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 played in the background as I finally finished the list of my next books to read. A.G Gaston's book was on the the list and a few similar reads will accompany it. I just re-listened to Thou Shall Prosper for the 2nd time, a book I recommend for those who would like to wisely acquire wealth using Biblical principles.  

Yo-Yo Ma

We'll compliment the music with ties, just to keep things classy, see below:

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Blessings by Lecrae + Urban Gent Gym Style

My current warm up and cool down gym song…. 


Blessings by Lecrae

Urban Gentleman Gym Style

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