I recently collaborated with Director/Cinematographer/Editor Derrick Woodyard of Three Hands Media. We have worked on many projects in the past but we finally decided to do a solo project about myself. At first I was reluctant on doing the video because ironically I am camera shy, but once we started filming it became natural. I feel as though I could have elaborated more on certain topics, but since this was my first interactive video of myself, I wanted to show the directors and a King’s vision. – K.R.T.
Nationally Black Friday is known for sleeping outside of stores to get bigger and better televisions, ridiculously long lines, and guaranteed “ amazing deals.” In Philadelphia, Black Friday is known for being the day when the most sophisticated formal event in the city is held- Black is Beautiful.
This year was our fourth year hosting the event. Dj Ricochet and Live drummer/artist Populartyin provided the evening’s musical entertainment. Catered by the venue with great tasting delicacies. S.W.A.G. (Swag with Art Group), Acrylic paintings by Jay Taylor, Glass painting by Camille Safiya along with Photography Portraits by Nik C Photography adorned the space which created an atmosphere for what many have already described as an amazing event.
Shaheed Rucker, Curtis Bryant, Gianni Lee and myself would like to take this time to thank each guest for understanding our vision to allow individuals to gather and network in the name of art, entertainment, self expression and actually making it reality at this year’s Black is Beautiful event. We look forward to seeing you next year at Black is Beautiful 5 – K.R.T.
Check out the photography by Lamont D Nyce & Atiba Green from Black Is Beautiful 4 HERE.
“Black is Beautiful 4″
Black Is Beautiful IV is an evolving event on Black Friday that began in Philadelphia, Pa in 2007. Since then the event organizers and attendees have evolved and grown personally and professionally, assembling young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and athletes nationwide. Each year we have evaluated the event to elevate our guest experience.
This year we have reached out to local artists from the Tri-State area to display their art on the event’s main stage. In addition to adding an art exhibit, we reserved a private location for our supporters to enjoy a night at a secluded location. The private location will be disclosed to those who have purchased a ticket. The count on tickets is limited to ensure a safe and comfortable atmosphere. This event is a ticket only event that includes an open buffet and requires you to have formal attire. We look forward to you sharing this experience with us as we seek to enhance this tradition every year. – K.R.T.
For online tickets purchase here - http://blackisbeautiful4.eventbrite.com/
One of my favorite street wear stores in Philadelphia, Abakus Takeout , the Chinatown based brand just dropped their new look book for their fall/winter 2011 line. Known for their Chinese store front with sneakers hanging on the widows like ducks and and exclusive sneakers, their new line shows the more preppy side of the brand . The line features Ivy League theme Abakus sweatshirts covering all 8 Ivy League schools. They selected a great choice of scenery the fits the classic looks for the model. The only thing this store is missing is Chinese Takeout. – K.R.T.
K.R.T. Academy featured 19 guys including myself that created one of the most memorable moments of my life. Eager to let this story unfold, I cannot express enough how much joy that day brought. It was an honor that I was able to bring forth so many gentlemen for this project. K.R.T. Academy began, as a mere idea that I figured if it was going to happen, now is a better time than ever. I figured this was a way to highlight my styling abilities as well as other young Kings that I work with on a day-to-day basis.
“I’m married to this game!” - Amurri Lauren
Young Couture Magazine has been featured on Kings Rule Together in the past, as I introduced their newly developed online style publication whom featured The Young King. Based out of Philadelphia, this magazine features times-honored artists like myself, and some very creative and exclusive concepts. This past Saturday, November 12th 2011, Young Couture Magazine hosted their official launch celebration, sponsored by Sony, in the main lobby of the Comcast Center, located in Center City Philadelphia. Presented by Amurri Lauren and Luxury Light Photography titles, “Aesthetically Gifted”, Young Couture Magazine required all of their guest to be “Photo Shoot Fresh” for a citywide look book.
Check out the pictures from the event HERE.
A King’s Wardrobe:
I was invited to join the Premium British clothing brand Jack Wills, for music, games and gift bags for their Autumn University Tour at their largest store in the US – 1617 Walnut Street Philadelphia. The brand is aimed at university students both men and women. - K.R.T.
Check out the pictures from the event HERE.
“American Dreaming Mag”
Recent Pepsi Refresh Project award winner, American Dreaming Magazine, hosted their grand opening of its all new “Dreaming Building,” Friday November 11, from 7-11pm. The event celebrated the opening of the magazine’s innovative new office and storefront, serving as a subsidized co-op space for local up-and-coming artists, designers, photographers and aspiring entrepreneurs. – K.R.T.
Click to see the Photos from this event HERE.
“Originality, enhancement and overall swagger” – ABE Best Dressed
Arts, Beats and Eats is a event that is designed to bring out the best in its attendees from choices of music, conversation and even style. Promoting uniqueness and individuality, every first Sunday I scope the room looking for the guy that deserves the Arts, Beats and Eats Best Dressed Spotlight. Although, my blog highlights men fashion, my partner Gianni Lee, of Babylon Cartel, features the Best Dressed women on his blog.
Arts, Beats and Eats is an event that creates an escape from the mindset of people who believe there is no one else in the city that shares the same creativity or passion. Every first Sunday Shaheed Rucker, Gianni Lee and myself, create an atmosphere that allows people to bring forth their talents. Also, while contributing to the well-being of society through health, initiatives, and community service efforts. Our goal within the few hours of this event is for everyone to network, and leave not only inspired but with long term memories and relationships. -K.R.T.
Live Artist: Bariq Cobbs
Spoken word Artist: Ryan Brooks
Special thanks to the vendors and attendees as we look forward to you next month for our Arts, Beats and Eats ”Toy Drive” December 4th
During my trip to New York Fashion Week 2011, I had the pleasure of meeting Shana also known as @Queen_lovee. An inspiration to the fashion scene and with a powerful voice Shana is known not only for highlighting essential fashion topics but also educating her followers on other life skill topics, something that fashion bloggers rarely engage in. Shana featured me on her site. Check it out HERE .
Street style photo of myself in the streets of Philadelphia. Photo taken by Hannan Saleh
I had the privilege to photograph Marcus Sucram, the owner of the Skltn Magazine during one of my Street Kings series during the summer. I was intrigued by his look and eager to capture some stills of him. Always prepared for new ideas and challenge after maintaining communication, I allowed Marcus Sucram to interview me in the presents of my home. This was the first time an interview of this caliber was done. Needless to say, good things come to those with an open-mind. Now you can find me in the second issue of Skltn Magazine. Check it out HERE.
N3 Magazine is a digital publication reporting on all global trends, persons and events that are NOW, NEW and NEXT. I found out about them through a group on facebook. I’m honored to be featured on their site.