“Us” is a solid, almost old-fashioned thriller. What it isn’t, notably, is a movie that matches the sky-high expectations raised by writer-director Jordan Peele’s first film, “Get Out,” wildly enthusiastic festival buzz and its slick marketing campaign.
Jordan Peele is up to his old tricks.
This Is Us is a tearjerker, almost entirely because Milo Ventimiglia’s hair just looks that damn good. (A roster of great actors helps, too.) We put Ventimiglia front and center on our November cover, a bit cleaned up by comparison to his small-screen persona—but no less rakish.
Wondering how you can replicate his long locks for yourself? We got some pointers from Justin Virgil Gramelspacher, master barber at Blind Barber in New York City. (You can find him at the East Village and Moxy Times Square locations.) Here’s what Gramelspacher taught us about Ventimiglia’s hair, and, as an added bonus, about his equally renowned mustache, too.
The Kind of Hair You Need
You need to have moderately curly, wavy, or straight hair if you want to replicate this style (though the result will vary from one guy to the next), Gramelspacher says.
“It’ll need to be cut and styled based on your individual texture and density,” he says.
If you’re receding at all, don’t shy away from the look, either: He says that Ventimiglia’s cut works well on both a full or receded hairline.
What Kind of Regimen Does it Require?
You need to get yourself in a barber’s chair every 6-8 weeks in order to properly texturize the hair and reduce any bulk, Gramelspacher says. That seems counterproductive, but if you don’t clean it up as it grows, then you’ll suffer through a year of growth (and awkward hairstyles) until you reach the promised land.
He advises shampooing three times a week—no more, no less—before bed if it gets too dried out after a wash. (“This allows some of your natural oils to return overnight and your hair will be easier to tame in the morning.“)
How to Do You Style It?
“Long hair has to move but you still want it to hold a shape,” Gramelspacher says.
That means you want to avoid sticky or greasy hair products with high hold.
“For a low-commitment approach, comb sea salt spray (Verb Products Sea Spray) or clean-hold gel (Kiehl’s Grooming Solutions Clean Hold Styling Gel) through towel dried hair to set the shape, and let it air dry. Once the hair has dried, run your hands through it repeatedly to break up the stiff bonds that form. Don’t worry, the product will still be there, doing its job invisibly. Follow up with styling cream (V76 Grooming Cream Ultralight Hold) to give weight, nourishment, and separation to the hair.”
If you have thin or thinning hair, you should consider using a blow dryer (after the gel or salt spray, but before the styling cream). Gramelspacher says this is an effective way to increase density and volume.
And if you have curly hair: “Work a generous amount of anti-frizz cream (Living Proof NourishingStyling Cream) through towel-dried hair, and blow dry to activate and relax the curl for a wavier look.”
How to Transition This Cleaned-up Look Into a Grittier Style (like Ventimiglia’s character on This Is Us)
This style is kind of the longest it can be before things look a little too gritty. That being said, you can still grow it longer, but it’s advised that you continue seeing your stylist every 2 months to texturize the hair and clean up the ends—even if you want to look a little less refined. (Again, the goal isn’t to feel awkward during growth.)
How to Replicate Milo’s Mustache
Mustache maintenance is pretty DIY.
“Use an electric trimmer with a number 1 or 2 guard and rake downward, with the grain, along the mustache,” Gramelspacher says. “Repeat until the bulk is even and smooth to the face. Remove the guard and use the bare blade to trim any stray hairs that extend from the bulk along the lip line.”
In this case, less is more.
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Sometimes an artist doesn’t have to appear in their video to make an impact on the viewer. Today we get two such concepts.
First we have the visuals to Talib Kweli’s Jay Electronica and Yummy Bingham assisted visuals to “All Of Us” that showcases a Black man and his son’s racially driven struggle and the police abuse that comes with that.
On the other hand Young Thug enlists the help of a few deaf people and has them use sign language to help an entire part of society who isn’t familiar with his work hear him loud and clear in his Nicki Minaj assisted clip to “Anybody.”
Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Young Dolph, Lil Durk, and more.
TALIB KWELI FT. JAY ELECTRONICA & YUMMY BINGHAM – “ALL OF US”
YOUNG THUG FT. NICKI MINAJ – “ANYBODY”
YOUNG DOLPH – “KUSH ON THE YACHT”
LIL PUMP – “ESSKEETIT”
LIL DURK – “CROSSROADS”
JAZZ CARTIER FT. KTOE – “RIGHT NOW”
SNOWGOONS FT. MASTA ACE & STRICKLIN – “BENZ BEMA DREAMZ”
Here’s Liam Payne’s string-accompanied take on ‘What About Us,’ P!nk’s hit and one of the most moving singles of 2017.
(AllHipHop News) Acclaimed poet/artist Saul Williams has released the new book of poetry US (a.) along with a new music track titled Horn Of The Clock-Bike. The song will be included on his forthcoming album MartyrLoserKing which is scheduled for release in 2016.
[ALSO READ: Saul Williams Returns With “Burundi”]
After four years of living overseas, Saul Williams returned to the United States with inspired thoughts on race, class, gender, finance, freedom – everything that makes up America. US (a.) is available for purchase on Amazon.
Read an excerpt from US (a.):
…whispers the innocent sister. Her life barely missed her. Then Patience approached and he kissed her. Love’s like a transistor. Feelings have features. Innocent creatures distort what love teaches. Trade scriptures for preachers, communion for leeches. Earth’s mountainous speakers bombard and boom beat us. On guard to defeat us. You hate us. You need us. You are us. You reek us. The Martyrs and Seekers, sow questions and reap us. More grime than grim reapers. Designer diseases resolved to repeat us. You kill us. You eat us. You grow corn to feed us. You crowd us. You beat us. You crave us. You need us. You slaughter and bleed us. You tax us, harass us, pray, and then eat us. You slay us and feed us, from POTUS to penis, the aborted fetus, the corpses, the meat, us. Make sausage of Jesus. The law says to bleed us. We embody greed, lust. The wrong shepherds lead us.
Listen to Saul Williams’ “Horn of the Clock-Bike” and check out his upcoming tour dates below.
With summer literally right around the corner, the Hip-Hop climate is practically begging for new anthems. The brothers Rae Sremmurd have one potential solution already existing on their debut album Sremmlife (the same project that blessed us with “Throw Some More”, “No Flex Zone” and “No Type”).
To celebrate the release of their fourth single, a clever “This Could Be Us” meme generator has been devised, so social media users can remind the opposite sex know what they’re missing out on. Created by Ryder Ripps, the new app is easily accessible whether you’re on desktop or your phone and also allows for an easy share once you exercised your creativity.
As for the new track, it already poised to be the group’s third consecutive #1 hit on US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and is expected to dominate urban radio throughout the year’s hottest months.
Gain access to the “This Could Be Us” meme generator simply by clicking here.
Sremmlife is also available on iTunes.
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In this “Teen Mom OG: Featured Moment,” Maci Bookout opens up about Bentley’s reaction to her pregnancy news.
Friends and those who know me very well describe me as a bubbly, honest, loyal and a focus person. They also tell me that I know what I want in life and therefore, would go the extra mile to get it, so long I am not hurting others, myself or putting others at risk.
However, besides all the good things, I do get told by my colleagues that, I can be a bit of a risk take, which can be bad at time and teach me some hard lessons. Some mistakes in life, I do regret but appreciate as well, as I believe that only the smart ones can learn and move on.
I love cooking, walking, travelling and learning about or discovering new cultures. Even though, I like to be on the go most times, I also do enjoy a lazy day ( pampering ), where I just stay indoors, eat and have entertainment, example watch movies or TV – my favorite is documentary.
What I’m Looking For
I am hoping to meet a potential soul mate with a good heart. Someone who is honest, loyal, focus and fun to be with. A clean man is a big turn-on for me. A turn-off will not be the opposite because I believe that sometimes, a guy needs the support of a good woman to help him shine or take pride in his appearance. My turn -off is an argumentative guy, who will not listen and thinks that he's always right! To me, that is a sign of aggression.
I am not going to compare anyone to an Ex because, I do believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt, as everyone is different in their own way.
A guy who wants a relationship to potentially settling down and start a family would be very appealing, as I love the whole family-life thing. Family is close to my heart. I don't mind if he has children or not.