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Fonzworth Bentley            

Musician, Author and TV personality; MTV's "From G's to Gents"

Named by GQ magazine as the First Gentleman of Hip Hop, Fonzworth Bentley, born Derek Watkins, is an artist and pop culture style icon. As producer and host of the hit MTV show, "From Gs to Gents," and author of New York Times best-selling self-help book "Advance Your Swagger How to Use Manners, Confidence and Style to Get Ahead," Fonzworth Bentley has achieved worldwide acclaim.

By age 2, this Atlanta native was studying the Suzuki method in violin and became the concertmaster at his performing arts high school before going on to major in Biology at Morehouse College. After working in the Genetics lab following graduation, he was recruited to New York by Ralph Lauren and began pursuing his entertainment dream. He caught the attention of top luminaries and began learning alongside Russell Simmons, Sean Combs and Andre Harrell. After Kanye West called desiring to produce music for him, Bentley began CoolOutrageousLoversOfUniquelyRawStyle (C.O.L.O.U.R.S.), his soon to be released album. His debut live performance was at Radio City Music Hall for CBS Fashion Rocks, and he has since headlined on the BET College Tour, performed on Celebration of Gospel, and his videos have played on MTV, 106 & Park, and VH1.

Bentley has acted in the films "Honey" and "Fat Albert," and he has been a guest on talk shows Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan OBrien, Wendy Williams, Chelsea Handler, The Today Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. At the request of, he is featured, playing the violin in the groundbreaking "Yes We Can" video and was a member of the chorus for the remake of "We Are The World."

He is a mainstay on the speaking circuit at churches, high schools, colleges and universities and created a curriculum piloted at Spelman College and Mississippi Valley State College, The Competitive Advantage, giving students necessary tools to empower them to stand out in today's global economy. With his upcoming album C.O.L.O.U.R.S., this artist, author, actor, producer and entrepreneur will continue to shape the world with his mission to educate and inspire others through projects in film, television and stage.


Fonzworth Bentley Resurrects His Music Career
Fonzworth Bentley—once famously known as Diddy’s well-dressed butler and later known as the dandiest of artists signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint—was supposed to release his debut album, C.O.L.O.U.R.S., four years ago.
First Gentleman of Hip Hop Fonzworth Bentley to speak at FVSU
The First Gentleman of Hip Hop, Derek "Fonzworth Bentley" Watkins, will be the guest lecturer Thursday at Fort Valley State University.
Fonzworth Bentley Explains How Kanye West And Gucci Mane Came Together For “Champions”
Mr. Bentley shared a great deal of knowledge in a Twitter Q&A with fans this afternoon
‘First Gentleman of Hip Hop’ Fonzworth Bentley speaks at Lane College
The Lane College singers opened up weekly chapel before the “First Gentleman of Hip Hop” Fonzworth Bentley gave an inspirational message.
Fonzworth Bentley, Faune Chambers Welcome Baby Girl | News | BET
Fonzworth Bentley, 39, and wife Faune Chambers Watkins are the proud parents of a baby girl, Us Weekly reports. The couple welcomed daughter Zoie Alecia ...

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