Urban Gentleman: Myron Rolle

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One of my best friends forwarded me this article– it aligns itself with the aura and the values of The Urban Gent. Myron Rolle: Rhodes Scholar, future neurosurgeon, NFL-first rounder, and true to heart Urban Gentleman/Renaissance Man is making fellow Urban Gents around the world very proud. And it’s not about the color of his skin, it’s about the the basic principle he steadily lives by, the principle of giving your best at everything you do and always making the most at every opportunity given. Yeah, that may sound pretty simple, but everyone doesn’t do it… but it’s what all men must do. When you get the time read the article on Myron Rolle here.

photos via ESPN The Magazine

Blast from the Past: Magic Johnson Larry Bird

March 25, 1979 Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, left, of Michigan State, and Larry Bird of Indiana State during a news conference in Salt Lake City.

Courtside Cool: 2009 NBA Playoffs, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Seal

I’m curious to see who’s going to win the championship…. I’m guessing LeBron and the Cavaliers. Yes I’m a Hawks fan, buuut I’m not in denial, lol, LeBron is pretty unstoppable. I’m just hoping we can win atleast one game against them (crossing my fingers for tonight’s game). Last year I was for the Celtics (after the Hawks of course), they won, and I’m pretty sure this is the Cavaliers year to win it all….

Check out some of the photos from the last few games,
who do you think has the best court side style?

Luke Wilson and Pete Sampras

Steph Jones and Jordin Sparks

David Arquette
Nice touch with the purple and yellow shoes.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Anthony Kiedis

Jeezy, T.I., and Nelly

Diddy, Jay-Z’s nephew, Jay-Z

Lil Wayne

Luis Scola#4 shoots the ball over Derek Fisher #2,
Lamar Odom #7, and Pau Gasol #16

Seal
Hmmm, perhaps this is how an urban gentleman should dress at all times, even at sporting events, lol… but seriously he looks very simplistically dapper.

Nelly and Jermaine Dupri

Maurice Evans #1 dunking.

Jay-Z and Diddy
They both actually look a bit sloppy to me, but I do like both their jackets and shades.

My pick… Steph Jones.
Very casual yet stylish.

Interview with NFL Tight End and Urban Gent Vernon Davis

I had a chance to interview Urban Gent Vernon Davis. The interview is full of alot of good stuff including workout tips and tips on how to maintain your dreads. Enjoy!

A little background: Vernon played football for the University of Maryland and now plays for the San Francisco 49ers.

—-THE INTERVIEW—-

So what have you been up to lately? What’s a day like in the shoes of Vernon Davis?

Vernon: Last weekend I attended ESPN the Weekend in Orlando, but on a typical day, I’m working out to get ready for the upcoming season as well as watching and supporting my brother Vontae get ready to be drafted into the NFL in April.

Does the daily routine ever get boring, do you sometimes wish you were doing something else?

Vernon: No, I am living my dream of playing in the NFL and playing football.

So if you weren’t playing football, what would you realistically be doing right now?

Vernon: If I wasn’t playing football I would be into fashion designing and interior decorating

I heard you were an art major in college, that’s different- what made you choose that over say Business or even something like Health? Let’s be honest here was it because you thought it would be easy A’s?

Vernon: Actually, I had a dream about art, and my counselor suggested I give it a try. After taking some classes, I loved it and switched majors. Art is relaxing and allows me to show my imagination and thoughts on canvas. I usually paint what I see at that time or images that just come to my mind.

I’m an artist… I feel like I’m an artist in every sense of the word- I paint, draw, design… music, photography, fashion, and design literally consume me and I couldn’t imagine life without those things… Who are you as an artist Vernon? Do you even really consider yourself an artist, if so, what type of artist are you?

Vernon: I definitely consider myself an artist. I have a creative mind and apply it as much as possible (in some ways even on the football field.) I see myself as a creative and unusual designer when it comes to painting, and I think outside the box with my fashion selections. I can’t imagine my life without art and/ or fashion.

What inspires you?

Vernon: My family. Because of them I strive to be well rounded and to be the best at everything I do.

I heard you were at New York Fashion Week? How fun! How did you like it? What shows or events did you go to?

Vernon: I had a blast! I joked with somebody and said this is like the Super Bowl for designers. I went to Organic, YIGAL AZROUEL, William Rast, William Rast After party, and Madea Goes to Jail premiere, LuxuryFashion.com party, and of course I did some shopping. It was my first Fashion Week, but it won’t be my last. It really fed my creative side.

Vernon Jones and Justin Timberlake at the William Rast Show. Vernon’s Wardrobe: shirt/sweater-Turnbull & Asser; scarf- John Varvatos; jacket Salvatore Ferragamo; belt- Prada; shoes Salvatore Ferragamo.

Of all the shows/events you went to what was your favorite? Why?

Vernon: I enjoyed all the shows, I loved Organic’s use of live models to show off the collection, and me being an artist I really enjoyed how Yigal used his collection and artwork together during his show.

Could you see yourself being a fashion designer? What would you name your clothing line and what type of clothes would you design?

Vernon: I could see myself as a fashion designer I would probably design suits and shoes. I don’t have a name for it but maybe could incorporate DUKE, the nickname that my family calls me, into it somehow.

In general who are your favorite designers?

Vernon: Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Ben Sherman, Organic, Dolce & Gabbana

How would you describe your style? Describe how it has evolved from let’s say high school to now.

Vernon: I prefer a certain fit in my clothes (not too tight, but not baggy), and I like to stand out a bit from the other guys. I’m not afraid to wear bright or unusual colors either. In high school I used to put fabric paint on all my shirts and cut holes in my jeans. I used to paint my sneakers too.

Vernon in New York City.
Vernons Wardrobe: shirt- Gap Thermal; scarf- John Varvatos; jacket- Louis Vuitton; glasses Louis Vuitton; belt- Louis Vuitton; shoes- Yves Saint Laurent


Is it hard to be an athlete and be stylish? Why or why not?

Vernon: It gets a little hard sometimes because a lot of brands don’t make their clothes big enough to fit me. Then again, I’m able to have things made or tailored, so It’s probably easier for us than it is for other big guys.

If you had to take the wardrobe and style of any person right now, who would it be and why?

Vernon: I would take the wardrobe of Kanye West because he thinks outside of the box and is very creative. I wouldn’t do the skinny jeans or the hair cut, though.

What’s your favorite trend right now? What do you do, besides reading The Urban Gentleman, to keep up with the current trends?

Vernon: To keep up with the trends I read all the men’s fashion magazines, GQ, Men’s Vogue, Esquire and Details. I also try to look at clothes that are different and how I can apply my own style to the designer whether it’s a well known brand or upcoming designer. My favorite trend is embellished jeans. Oh and I love how sneaker brands are being more creative too.

What tips can you give guys trying to stay in shape?

Vernon: Be consistent, get on a strict regimen, eat healthy and always include cardio.

What’s your general workout routine during your off season? Any favorite health foods?

Vernon: Usually, I train heavier during the off-season because during the on-season I really want to focus on injury prevention workouts. I usually work out three days a week — Monday, Wednesday and Friday — focusing on mostly upper-body work. I incorporate resistance bands quite frequently, which I feel has gotten me really good results.

In conjunction to my strength training, I incorporated Bikram Yoga classes. These yoga classes are performed in a room set at 105 degrees and 30% humidity. The yoga helps flexibility and strength without weights to reduce injury. The flexibility factor is especially beneficial considering my muscular build. It also helps mental focus while being fatigue, the same mental toughness and focus I need to have on the field, especially on a hot game day. With the yoga, I get a chance to strengthen my joints and ligaments and is actually training internally which keeps me fresh for the next progression of the training regiment.

I also incorporate Deep Water speed and conditioning training. I am inside the pool in 15-16 feet with a harness around my waist that keeps me afloat, with water weights on my ankles. I do a number of drills and water stretching first. I then must sprint in a running motion 25 yards at a time from one end of the pool to the other with some rest in between. This workout is low impact and puts no stress on my body. Again, its a long season and off season, so we want to stay fresh as possible.

Another workout that I love is called, KNOCK-OUT! Knock out can be compared to a one on one street basketball game, but it is done on the football field. Other athletes participate in this workout; there is a quarterback and defensive back or linebacker against a receiver or tight end. The ball is placed on the 3yrd line, the receiver (me) can only run 4 different routes. The defender can play however he likes. The receiver must catch the ball in a small window in the end zone. Points are rewarded to the person with the most points from catches in the end zone. Defense vs. Offense, the defense can get points from either catching interceptions or batted balls. This exercise helps concentration levels on the field, similar to the concentration you need to have in the red zone. The drill is fun and adds a competitive element to the workout, which I think is needed because I am a competitive person.

Usually, I’ll have egg whites, turkey sausage, fruit, and oatmeal for breakfasts. For lunch I’ll have some grilled chicken or a turkey burger with veggies, fruit and wheat bread. Between lunch and dinner it’s often a protein bar, and then my evening meal is pretty much the same as lunch.

Here’s a sort of random question, but what do you do to maintain your dreads? What products do you use?

Vernon: I use beeswax and I get my hair twisted every two weeks

Anything else you want to say?

Vernon: Hard work equals success. Just work and study your craft and God will open doors to bless you.

The Other King: Lebron James GQ Magazine

LeBron is always one of the first men that come to mind when I’m asked to name the “top ten best dressed athletes”… (Although, like one Urban Gent commented earlier this month, I think Chris Paul is headed for the number one spot… ). He humbly graces the cover of the newest GQ Magazine, and I must say good sir- you look dashing.

T-shirt by Rick Owens. Jeans by A.P.C.


Made-to-measure suit, $2,795, shirt, $325, and tie, $135, by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Pocket square, $55, by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Tie bar, $75, by Tiffany & Co.



via men.style.com

Courtside Cool: Taye Diggs

I saw this picture of Taye Diggs Courtside at a Knicks Game and thought it was cool- when guys dress like this it just shows alot of personality, dontcha think? Fedora, cuffed jeans, layered shirt, probably Oliver Peoples glasses… it actually looks like something Johnny Depp would wear. See guys, now I might not personally LOVE what Taye is wearing, but I feel like its cool- its not about following every trend it’s about developing your own personal style that fits you and your personality ya digg? (get it, taye diggs, ya digg… ok, i’ll stop)
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