Recap: ‘Kunta’s Culture’ Brings Art and Reeboks to Bens on U Street

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Reebok Classics with the help of Suite Nation’s Ian Callender and Rock Creek Social Club hosted “Kunta’s Culture” at Ben’s Next Door (1211 U Street) yesterday. The afternoon centered on fashion, art, music and education.

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While guests ate brunch and sipped on Hennessy cocktails, they were also treated to a fresh pair of Reebok Classic Leathers, some with the Gum Sole. Guests also enjoyed artwork from somewearmasks, graffiti artists Andrew Funk and Brian along with illustrator Rob G., which adorned the walls. (If you get a chance, stop by Ben’s this week. Their artwork will be up all week!

Rob G.’s illustration inspired by the event.


The deejay even played a Reebok-inspired playlist, which included tracks from King Kendrick, Swizz Beatz and others.


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The Mellowtones, a Jazz vocal club from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, opened the program with six soulful songs, including a rendition of “What’s Going On” from D.C. native Marvin Gaye.


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Later, Bens Next Door Creative Director W. Ellington Felton dropped a few tracks.

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Hip-hop artist Rapsody, who was featured on Kendrick’s latest album To Pimp a Butterfly, was featured front and center at the event. She sat down with Washington Wizards’ host Rodney Rikai for an intimate interview on her involvement with Kendricks project and the process of production.

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Washington Wizards’ host Rodney Rikai
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Victoria Jagger with Ian Callendar
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Beauty blogger Melissa Burgos
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WJLA anchor Jummy Olabanji
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Rapper Kingpen Slim

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After the event, Rapsody made her way next door to the Lincoln Theater where she performed alongside Kendrick for the first time ever.
Foto Credit: Courtesy of Suite Nation/Surpass Visuals