This month’s Arts, Beats & Eats is our 1 year anniversary! Come out and help us celebrate how far we’ve come and how far we are going.
Arts, Beats & Eats is a monthly networking mixer in the city of Philadelphia that contributes to the well-being of society through health initiatives and community service efforts. Arts, Beats & Eats is an event where individuals can grow personally and professionally. Monthly themes focus on “giving back” through toy, book, clothing and food drives. Other themes surround educating our guest on health, political and social ills that plague our community. Individuals are able to enjoy live art, network, spoken word, wine tasting and music while shopping local vendors.
I also will be doing Arts Beats & Eats Best Dressed Spotlight where I will give the best dressed gentleman of the night a style feature on Kings Rule Together.
Live Artist: Sharp With Art Group
Spoken Word Artist: Voices In Power
Symphoni Design Studio
Mary Ann’s Daughter
A Girls Best Friend
The Penn Relays is the first & oldest relay meet in the country. It has become a tradition here in Philadelphia which brings alumni & tourists here to watch the races and enjoy the city. This year Nike Sportswear has teamed up with Villa to give individuals a chance to not only be a part of this event but also a chance to add their own fashion sense to it as well.
Be sure to stop by Sneaker Villa on April 29th-30th at 1018 Market St to customize your own personal NIKE Sportswear x Penn Relays 2011 track jacket.
Myself and a few friends @ “More Then A Hoodie” Nike Sportwear event @Ubiq earlier in the year.
The award winning stage play VI Degrees written by Kash Goins has been running since 2008. Donja R. Love was the first director Kash let ensemble a new cast and crew. Donja and co-director Heather Thomas had a lot on their hands to bring this notable play to life. The best thing about working with Donja is that all of his plays have a powerful meaning behind them. VI Degrees is about the significance of H.I.V. in the black community & the fear we have with being truthful and honest to ourselves.
As my second time around being a costume director I’m learning that when styling a full cast of a play you must understand the character just as well as the person who is playing them. In this play there were 10 characters and each person has to look the part to make his/her character believable. With the help of fellow stylist Tiffany Pinkney, Kia Denise & Dougie Newton my job was a lot easier. Thanks guys!
The next play I will be working on is “How To Kill A Child & A Demon” written by Donja R.Love running Saturday May 21st (2pm & 8pm) and Sunday May 22nd (2pm & 8pm)
“What might there be in his bag?”
Try a laptop, books, magazines, iPad, iPod, charger, etc. When you’re out & about all day you need something to carry all of these things & why not have your bag be an extension of your style? It is not rare to see a man holding, carrying or having a bag around his shoulder as it once was. Any gentleman of style knows that a bag is a key style accessory and there are a variety from briefcases, bookbags, messengers, duffle bags and more. With a nice selection of bags they not only help compliment your outfit but keep your pockets from becoming too bulky.
Check out these Street Kings and their baggage
GoKash Productions and Recycled Love Productions present the award-winning stage play “VI Degrees”, with an all NEW cast, and all NEW director!
Donja R. Love has done it again and has brought me along as the costume director for his reenactment of the award winning stage play “VI Degrees” written by Kash Goins showing April 19th to April 24th.
This will be my third time working as a costume director with Donja as I styled The Nigga Files, System Report & now VI Degrees, Donja is a tremendous writer and director and working with him has been such an enriching experience. You do not want to miss seeing his creative vision come to life.
Check out VI Degrees on stage at:
The Adrienne Theatre – Skybox (3rd Flr.)
2030 Sansom St.
Sat 2pm and 8pm
Sun 2pm and 8pm
Tickets ($18 – $23), get yours now at:
CYL & CIROC ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA MIXER
This Saturday April 16, 2011 CYL will be having our first event. CYL stands for Complement Your Lifestyle. CYL consists of 6 individuals deeply passionate about our careers, which include Marketing, Image Consulting, Make Up Artistry and PR in the Fashion, Lifestyle and Entertainment industries.
We will be joined by our honored guest – Sylvia Harris, the first African American woman to win a horse-race in Chicago racing history, and author of Longshot: My Bipolar Life and The Horses Who Saved Me.
This will be an evening of laughter, enlightenment and bonding with a hand selected group of ambitious, successful and talented people.
The event is to take place at Union Trust Steakhouse, 717 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 10:00pm and will be hosted by the women of CYL, Brown Girls Run, HerFly and Stylish Thought.
Cocktail Attire preferred. Also – in the spirit of complementing lifestyles, entry and Ciroc cocktails are complimentary.
RSVP is mandatory.
I recently styled a photoshoot for my friend Evis who is the owner of a vintage store called I Luv Vintage Boutique. I Luv Vintage is a new boutique that sells an eclectic mix of authentic vintage clothing from the 40s-80s. The photo shoot was a mixture of American Apparel basics and authentic vintage clothing. With the help of local stylist Candance Whaley & Lacora (model as well) we were able to bring together everyone’s styles seamlessly. I Luv Vintage does on the spot styling to fit any and everyone’s personal style. The boutqie is located at 3624 Lancaster Ave. Phila. Pa 19104.
Also follow them on twitter at @I LUVVINTAGE
Photography: Samuel Eli
Stylist: Lacora Emerson, Candance Whaley and Myself
Wardrobe by Saleem of Cherry Pie Swim Wear & I Luv Vintage Boutique
I first saw the Rhode Island native Theo Martins at the Anml Hse 3 years anniversary concert/party here in Philly back in March. There were many artists that night but he was one of the ones that stood out to me the most. I had heard of Theo Martins before but his stage presence & his style of dress left a memorable stamp.
My good friend Tasha Bleu of Treu Bleu Imagery, who is a amazing photographer, recently shot a diverse and unique set of photographs of Theo. When it comes to being an artist you have to have a balance in all things from creativity, presentation, talent & style & Theo represents that. He is giving a breath of fresh air to the industry. I don’t know exactly what genre of music I would put him in, lets just say he is a Talented Young King. K.R.T.
Click to see Tasha’s amazing photos and learn more about Theo
Every first Sunday of the month Shaheed Rucker of Changemakers Org & Gianni Lee of Babyloncartel & myself host a social mixer called Arts, Beats & Eats. We like to bring out the best in our attendees from choices of music, conversation & even style. So I have been featuring the best dressed male every Sunday on my blog for a style feature (Check out last month winner Hamid Holloman).
This month I chose Erik Honesty. Erik is a boutique owner/producer/recording artist from North Philadelphia. What caught my eye the most was his accessories. The name of Erik’s boutique, which he just opened today, is Cultured Couture at 703 west Girard avenue. He will have the grand opening ceremony Friday April 29th so be sure to go check out his store.
If you would like to get a style feature come to the next Arts, Beats & Eats May 1st with your Sundays Best!
- Glasses: Christian Dior
- Blazer: Ralph Lauren
- Sweater:Ralph Lauren
- Pocket square: Hermes
- Shoes:Salvatore Ferragamo
- Scarf: Vintage
- Watch: Elgin
“You may not want to be a leader but if you have a following you must lead”
Don’t quote me on this but when I was 18 my icons were Allen Iverson, Andre 3000 & Kanye West. So to be considered an idol to a senior over in Lindenwold, New Jersey is a honor. I met up with the young King Rondel Parker, his friend Larry Hill & mentor Sam Colon in Downtown Philly after a brief discussion over the Internet on how I was a big influence in Rondel’s life after him noticing my feature in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
We meet up and I enjoyed every moment of it. We spoke on how I became who I am today, what I have done that sets me apart from my peers & any advice I had for him and his friends. I told him I was a hustler and whatever I wanted I went out & tried my best to get it.
I also wanted to stress the importance of getting an education. Many folks may not be as fortunate as me to succeed without one and the way the economy is going right now you need to have a backup plan. After my meeting with Rondel he decided to start a blog Hartavalyon and he soon wants to start a clothing line that represents the area where he is from. I feel blessed to have met Rondel. K.R.T.
“Before I met him”
“Last but not least….Kings Rule Together”
Accessories are becoming a key essential in mens fashion. Wearing a plain outfit can go a long way when you accessorize it well. Brandon Jones who is the owner of a accessories line called Successories recently asked me to participate in his photo shoot with 10 other creative peole which took place at Ubiqlife.
The meaning of Successories is that when you reach for success the sky is the limit. Successories is not your average accessories line, each piece tells a story for the wearer. They also provide custom pieces; of course I had to get a custom “KRT” piece done. Pieces include brooches, earrings, rings, bracelets, chains, hair clips, bow ties etc. You can catch Successories in Mitchell & Ness on top of Ubiq on 1509 Walnut Street Phila, Pa 19102. K.R.T.
- Jovi (Dj)
- Natasha Redd (model/actress/singer)
- Helado Chris (blogger/graphic designer/upcoming fashion designer LAVI$H SOCIETY COMING SOON)
- Stephanie Nicole (Marketing/Pr/bartender)
- Lil O (Hiphop dancer from Monster Squad)
- Lawrence Perry (owner of Orangeline Philly)
- Luis Marrero (Spoken word artist)
- Chill Moody (Hip Hop Artist)
- Cherrie Zheng (Style Blogger and Stylist for Neiman Marcus)
- Lafayette Kanard (songwriter, personal stylist, and HIV @ AIDS Peer Educator)
- Joshua Mayo (videographer, photographer, creator of the DAFTPHUNK clothing line, half of the ILLKIDS (producers), half of LAVISH SOCIETY, artist)
Words can not express the joy I feel when Arts, Beats & Eats is over. I get excited just thinking about the next first Sunday of the month. I believe my partners Shaheed Rucker of Changemakers Org & Gianni Lee of Babylon Cartel feel the same way. April is “Stress Relief ” as well as “Women’s Fitness” month, so we based the theme around those two initiatives. We invited Denae Parks a Philadelphia personal trainer who caters to women to speak on behalf of “Women’s Fitness Month”.
For “Stress Relief” Chris Timberlake owner of Knead of Touch Massage Therapy was on hand giving massages & yoga instructor Hadji Jones discussed the benefits of yoga. Hadji is running to be the first black male on the cover of Yoga Journal http://t.co/f7j4TjH, so please vote for him.
Live artist J.W. Hufnagle brought light to the event with the bright color palette he chose to use on his two live paintings. He also raffled off one of his paintings as well as 3 tees shirts from his clothing line Sweettooth Specialtees. Poetically Free aka Luis Marrero & Nice were the two spoken word artist that completed an enriching and captivating Arts, Beats & Eats!
- Nik C. Photography & Am.Be Make-up Artistry
- DJ Cutz
- The Shoe Dolls
- A Girl’s Best Friend
- Mijourne Jewelry
- B Madison Boutique
Be sure to attend the next Arts, Beats & Eats May 1st & every first Sunday of the month.
Arts, Beats & Eats is a monthly networking mixer in the city of Philadelphia that contributes to the well-being of society through health initiatives and community service efforts. Arts , Beats & Eats is an event where individuals can grow personally and professionally. Monthly themes focus on “giving back” through toy, book, clothing and food drives. Other themes surround educating our guest on health, political and social ills that plague our community. Individuals are able to enjoy live art , spoken word , wine tasting and fine music while shopping different local vendors.
This Month’s theme surrounds “Stress Relief”. Our guests will be educated on events and matter that cause and relieve stress.
I also will be doing Arts, Beats & Eats Best Dress Spotlight where I will give the best dressed gentleman of the night a style feature on Kings Rule Together.
Spoken word Artist:
Live Artist: J.W. Hufnagle
- Nik C. Photography & Am.Be Make-up Artistry
- Liv Free Clothing
- The Shoe Dolls
- Hadji Jones
- A Girl’s Best Friend
- Mijourne Jewelry
- B Madison Boutique
- A Knead of Touch Therapy