ROAD TRIP ADVISOR
DEREK ‘FONZWORTH BENTLEY’ WATKINS
PRODUCER, MUSICIAN, AUTHOR, PHILANTHROPIST
Named by GQ magazine as the First Gentleman of Hip Hop, Fonzworth Bentley, born Derek Watkins, has an impeccable sense of style and manners that has earned him a reputation as a man of class and excellence and an expert in fashion and pop culture. He recently won the Guild of Music Supervisors award for Best Original song for Television for ‘Juneteenth’ which he co-wrote and produced. As a choreographer, Fonzworth Bentley was awarded a 2017 MTV “Moonman” award for Best Choreography for Kanye West’s hit song, “Fade”.
A graduate from Morehouse College with a degree in Biology, Derek is passionate about educating and investing in the next generation of game-changing entrepreneurs and innovators. He provides leadership coaching and leverages his vast network to assist them with capital and partnership opportunities. Derek serves on the Advisory Board for several early-stage startups and social enterprises led by award winning innovators of color.
As an award-winning writer/ producer to have worked with Kanye West, “Chance the Rapper”, “2Chainz”, Tracee Ellis Ross, Television smash “Grown-ish” and the upcoming film “The Wedding Year”, Derek is driven by a deep faith to inspire others. Therefore, he supports numerous charities and is a regular lecturer on the college motivational speaking circuit. These combined experiences led Derek to launch the Fonzworth Bentley Leadership Institute (FBLI), to provide educational and mentoring opportunities for people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.