April 8, 2016 – America’s First Gentleman of Hip Hop headlined a long-running Fort Valley State University lecture series. Philanthropist, author, actor and musician Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins, was the guest lecturer for FVSU’s John W. Davison lecture series on March 17 in the C. W. Pettigrew Center. The event was sponsored by FVSU’s Center for Retention Services and the Office of Campus Life.
Watkins told students to remain persistent in the face of adversity in order to reach your goals. Watkins is best known for being hip hop mogul Sean Diddy Combs’ personal assistant, and the host of the MTV hit reality show from G’s to Gents. He is currently the host of Lift Every Voice on the Black Entertainment Television Network.
Watkins was named by GQ Magazine as the First Gentleman of Hip Hop. He was the producer and host of the MTV hit show, From G’s to Gents, and the author of the New York Times self-help bestseller “Advance your Swagger: How to use Manners, Confidence and Style to Get Ahead.”