K.R.T. Academy

K.R.T. Academy
October 30, 2011 Curran

310866_10150360945956896_532395729_nWelcome to K.R.T. Academy, a school of universal learning with an exclusive student body of young gentleman of all ethnicities. K.R.T. Academy is a place where young Kings come together to learn from one another with the aim of utilizing each other to build one another up.

K.R.T. Academy is the breeding ground for the modern day Renaissance man. A man who encompasses well-rounded traits and capabilities and portrays characteristics that run the gamut of nerd, rebel, jock, prep and mentor. These archetypes representing the collegiate male at K.R.T. Academy combine to bring together differing groups and create a world where unity and togetherness is key. 

“Smart is the new cool”


The stereotype of a Nerd is someone who is awkward, studious, and/or unattractive and has an interest in intellectual endeavors. Nerds are often being picked on for being smart as though it is a bad thing. Oft-times being smart is looked at as being uncool. Nerds tend to associate themselves with other like-minded people, who reinforce the need for scholastic achievement. And they know that spending more time studying & learning than partying is key to achievement. Scholastic excellence is a tenet that is celebrated at K.R.T. Academy and being a nerd is revered as a positive and not a negative.

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“Who said breaking the rules was a bad thing”


Attitude like Huey Newton and style like a young Malcolm X.  Looks can be deceiving and the rebellious man is proof of that. Having a bad guy appearance doesn’t mean that you are a criminal. These guys are the oposite of how they look. Rebels simply don’t follow the social norm of how an everyday gentleman must think and dress. Being different is now becoming more trendy than ever and people are starting to notice how individuality, breaking the rules and dressing on your own terms is the new status quo. At K.R.T. Academy individuality is a must, creativity is a prerequisite and rebelling in dress and thought is vital to the K.R.T. lifestyle.

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“Good Sportsmanship and Competitive spirit are the makings of a winner”


Here at K.R.T. Academy we believe that sportsmanship and a good-natured competitive spirit are not just necessary endeavors of men but prized qualities of winning men. Jocks are often viewed as the “It” guys on campus, parading their male bravado and accolades. Instead of fostering the stereotypical macho male, at K.R.T. jocks are seen as the standard of physical discipline, collaborative teamwork and passion for achievement. Additionally we want to dispel the myth of the arrogant, womanizing athlete and instill a code of ethics and respect on and off the court.

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“Polish, Poise, Perfection. The K.R.T. Gentleman” 


K.R.T. Academy is synonymous with the finer things in life. Our dedicated student body is continuing the legacy of their forefathers and taking the extra step to create a lasting legacy for themselves. By taking pride in the details whether it is wearing an immaculate uniform or running for Student Body president, K.R.T. Gentleman are bred to appreciate their good fortune and instead of bragging use their fortune for the benefit of others.

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“A protector and a lifelong friend”


We pride ourselves for the mentors we have here at K.R.T. Academy. Their knowledge is profound and we have hand picked some of the best and the brightest to groom these young Kings into leadership roles. Our focus at K.R.T. Academy is to take on many endeavors and challenges that will help our students to overcome any fear of failing but if so failing forward. Learning from their mistakes and teaching others how to do it right the next time. The purpose of these mentors is to instill the gifts into these young Kings and make them use it appropriately.

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K.R.T. Academy is the lifeline that will bridge the gap between what many young men are striving for and what they will eventually achieve. It is my hope that Kings Rule Together and K.R.T. Academy will serve as the sounding board for the next generation of enterprising, purposeful and eager young men who are poised to take over the world. – K.R.T.

Top: Uncool Chuck, Darren Meadows, Curran J, Sabir M. Peele
Bottom: Taji Nahl, Clifton Wilson, Brandon Wright, Ricky Yong, Maurice Rainey, Dara Han, Ontario Armstrong, Andrew Smith, Fellipe Cardoso, Erik Honesty, Josh “Dizzy” Dzime-Assison, Jamel Ransom, Yasin Nahl, Shaheed Rucker and Tony Rogers

Styled by Curran J. 
Photography by Luxury Light Photography  

Comments (67)

  1. A.Smith 8 years ago


  2. Mel 8 years ago

    That was a good day good look king

  3. Erik 8 years ago

    Mean post!!!

  4. Carol 8 years ago

    Curran and Ricky in the same shot–my two handsome buddies…..made me smile

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you Carol

  5. Larry Hill 8 years ago

    As entertainin’ and captivatin’ as it gets; it makes one question what role they would play at that academy

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      I agree, I took a lil bit out of myself and incorporated it into each and every character in K.R.T. Academy. I think we all have similar traits of each group just some stand out more then others.

  6. Domino Mack 8 years ago

    love this concept,this is the dopest school I have ever seen …… AMAZING keep up the good work Curran it will soon pay off….. s/o to Yasin Nahl hes a wonderful model…..

    much luv

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you Domino & yes Yasin is great model with so much potential

  7. Natalie Kenney 8 years ago


    This post was both inspiring and something fresh. Keep up the good work. Your grind will turn into you Shine..SHOUTOUT TO UNCOOL CHUCK X RIGHETOUS REBEL..UPCOMING DESIGNER

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      “Grind will Turn into shine” I like that, Thanks Natalie for your comment

  8. Scott 8 years ago

    Dope concept bro. Good Work King!

    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you Scott

  9. Kristen Hart 8 years ago

    Mr. Swint I am soooo proud of you and all of your acomplishments. I love to see young brothers doing positive things and setting positive trends!!! Continue to set your goals high and reaching them.

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you I really appreciate it

  10. Kamal M. 8 years ago

    It seems like everyone else said exactly what I felt after looking over this post. Very well done, sir.

    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      means a lot that you still commented knowing that everyone already took the words out of your mouth.lol Thanks Kamal

  11. Joan 8 years ago

    Brilliant, love this post sir

    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you Joan

  12. J. Haynes 8 years ago

    From the well excuted concept to the meticulous nature of the layout, this post is absolutely phenomenal. Your hard work is definitely evident in this piece.


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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thanks you J.

  13. Uncool Chuck 8 years ago

    being apart of this shoot was one of the highlights of my young life and i thank curran for allowing me to take part of this. had i a great time that day i look forward to more positive and inspiring work from each of the students at K.R.T academy

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thanks King. I’m glad you were able to be apart of this. I remember it like it was yesterday when I stopped you in front of rittenhouse and asked you if you wanted to be involved. Really means a lot bro keep up the great work.- K.R.T.

  14. Dakkar 8 years ago

    love it!

  15. faith215 8 years ago

    Love this, I always leave your site motivated and inspired.

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Glad I am able to inspire you. Kings Inspire Queens thank you

  16. Tiffany 8 years ago

    King Curran, You have done it again!! Yet another quality post with meaning, inspiration, and great photography. Wonderful job…I love this!

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you Tiffany. now it’s time for your blog to do some inspiring! – K.R.T.

  17. Fascinating as usual! Encompassing unified style with a collective group of ideas, very smart! Overall, COOL CONCEPT! KingsU!!p

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you Art. Kings Inspire Kings. – K.R.T.

  18. Jaywan 8 years ago

    This is great 🙂 Very cool and refreshing. I’m gonna share this on twitter maybe it will inspire some of my followers.

    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you in advance for sharing this. Much respect King. – K.R.T.

  19. LindaL 8 years ago

    U amaze me!! Everyone looks sharp. Let me know when your yearbook gets published hehe. Hope u the best Curran. =)

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      lol a K.R.T. yearbook would be interesting, thanks – K.R.T.

  20. Kanisha P 8 years ago

    Love the concept and the styling. Great job!

  21. Cari 8 years ago

    Hey, this is awesome. Very excited to see what K.R.T. will bring to young men and indirectly to young women. You have embodied different personas that many can associate with without fear of being outcasted. Very refreshing and inspiring….Kudos!

    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you Carl. You comment is to the T. – K.R.T.

      • Cari 8 years ago

        Haha did you call me Carl, it’s Cari : )

        • Author
          Curran J Swint 8 years ago

          no I just put a capital “I” instead of a lower case “i”.lol

  22. Dr Cutty 8 years ago

    Good work brotha your ambition will pay off & take you to the top… You have great fashion sense and the game is lacking that, please put some of these young guys on fashion & style lol… Peace!

  23. Lacora Emerson 8 years ago

    Curran, sometimes you just simply leave me speechless. One thing that I admire about you is that once you have your mind set on something and nothing can break that focus….you’re off to somewhere big….Stay persistent.


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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you Lacora “Queens Inspire Kings” – K.R.T.

  24. MJ 8 years ago

    this is extremely dope and a form of motivation. I like the movement Curran is building in Philly. This is similar to the Black Ivy credited to S.E. and BKc. I would love to broadcast this to my viewers on T.G.I.F. Society.. really inspiring

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you MJ and I would love for you to share this with your following. – K.R.T.

  25. iQuell 8 years ago

    This is great post! Displays the versatility of our aspiring generation

  26. Norma 8 years ago

    Amazing , amazing ,amazing. You guys all have style and the classic look of a gentlemen. Gives a great example of how a grown man should dress. No sneakers and printed tees here , just a great way to express style in 2011. Love it.

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Love your response Norma Thanks – K.R.T.

  27. EMIL ACOLATSE 8 years ago

    This is a wonderful project that is being acheieved. I completely support. Great vision and creativity of fashion and representation of postivity for young males to follow.

    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thanks King – K.R.T.

  28. Ashley 8 years ago

    The thought and the time that you put in your post really shows. Confirmation of the motto that I live by “quality over quantity”. I love the pictures and the overall message the post is depicting.

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you very much Ashley “Queens Inspire Kings” – K.R.T.

  29. Catherine B 8 years ago

    lol! I loved this whole idea concept and styling! Telling you your gunning for a Kings Rule the World!

    But I enjoyed seeing you styled as the “Rebel” with the basketball! lol


  30. Indiya Meadows 8 years ago

    I LOVE THIS!!!!!

    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thanks – K.R.T.

  31. Willremainanonymous 8 years ago

    Was Street Etiquette’s “The Black Ivy” the inspiration for this concept?

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      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      The inspiration I got from Street Etiquette was from the quality of their work and the unity. That is what K.R.T. is all about. We all are doing the same things just saying it another way “Kings Inspire Kings” – K.R.T.

  32. Karlito P 8 years ago

    WOW this is really nice. I love the concepts, clothes , everything. Very Inspiring ..

    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you for taking the time to view this spread, means a lot. – K.R.T.

  33. Asha Renee 8 years ago

    Impeccable styling and even a better foundation it’s built on. Kudos!

    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thank you Asha – K.R.T.

  34. Excellent concept. Looking forward to seeing more from you.


    • Author
      Curran J Swint 8 years ago

      Thanks Meaghan. Much more to come – K.R.T.

  35. Lindo 8 years ago

    I really like what the jocks are wearing. Decent idea and executed well

  36. jonah 8 years ago

    nephew is a natural….excellent delivery of a vision!!!

  37. Kay 7 years ago

    It’s very refreshing to see young black men united,talented and classy as you all are! Keep up the excellent work


  1. iFashion 8 years ago

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  2. […] 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. […]

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