Tony Betton, Jr., also known as T-REP, began his career’s journey at the early age of 9 expressing his feelings and experiences through writing and motivational speaking. Since then, he’s been quite literally everywhere making an impact as a performer, journalist and leader. Every step that he’s boldly taken through his life’s amazing experiences, opportunities, challenges and heartbreaks has only elevated his passion for success and strong desire to obtain every dream that’s on his vision board.
Called “The Renaissance Crowd Pleaser,” for being multi-talented and diverse, he has captivated audiences with his energetic, charismatic and fun personality. T-REP, which stands for “Tony - Representing Everything Positive,” has made and continues to make an impact on people of all demographics across the nation.
Through performance and leadership, T-REP shares his talents both in front of and behind the camera/mic as an entertainer, host, actor, producer and director, among other roles. He has shared stages at events with Usher, Ludacris, T.I., Mali Musik, Bow Wow, Travis Porter, Rich Kids, Young Jeezy, Kirk Franklin, Canton Jones, LeCrae, Congressman John Lewis, President Bill Clinton, Mayor Kasim Reed, Michael Strahan, Kenny Leon, Jermaine Dupree, Chrisette Michelle, Jacob Latimore, Soulja Boy and many more. He’s been requested to participate in special events for Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kandi Burress, Bernice King, Al Sharpton, L.A. Reid, Eva Marcelle, Ruben Studdard and others. He has hosted/co-hosted events, including Usher Raymond’s United to Ignite Awards with Ludacris. He is also an apprentice in the creative areas of photography and videography with Javier McIntosh of the McIntosh Bros.
More than just entertaining, T-REP has been recognized for his writing and leadership. At the age of 11, he was invited to be a feature columnist for two years for the internationally proclaimed Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine, which was distributed to over 130 countries. He is also a certified youth instructor with certification credentials from Emory University’s Goizeuta School of Business, The King Center and Usher’s New Look Youth Academy. Throughout his teen years, he has developed his leadership skills as a national youth leader with the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation, the Historic King Center, and Usher’s New Look Foundation. He has worked directly with Usher and Ludacris on various projects, such as World Leadership Conferences, Award Luncheons and Powered by Service trainings.
These experiences helped shape and prepare him as a motivational speaker, certified trainer, mentor and humanitarian. He works directly with world-changing organizations, such as TEDx Youth, Hosea Feed The Hungry, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, the Atlanta Press Club and the Global Humanitarian Summit.
Currently, a sophomore journalism major, public relations minor and a well-known and respected student leader at Georgia State University, this 19-year old, multi-talented, multiple-award winning ‘phenom’ is already making an impressive name for himself in broadcasting as a news reporter, celebrity entertainment correspondent and VIP interviewer. He’s interviewed some of the world’s most prominent community, religious leaders and celebrities including: former Ambassador Honorable Andrew Young, Usher Raymond, Ludacris, Wolf Blitzer, Wanda Sykes, Tye Tribbett, Martin Luther King, III, Shameik Moore and Dikembe Mutombo. With his knowledge and experiences, T-REP is using his talents as founder and host of his own show – The REP Zone, an online TV and radio show that brings the hottest news, celebrity hot topics, entertainment updates, special events and most interesting places. The show also features impressive movers and shakers of various industries, demographics and genres, famous and unknown, who are making a positive difference in their local communities or beyond. The REP Zone brings to light the awareness of issues, which are negatively or positively affecting youth and young adult generations, their futures and their destinies.
T-REP established The REP Zone as an umbrella to house various areas of interest with embedded multi-media platforms that are used to inspire, encourage and educate children, youth and young adults to follow their dreams and to use their versatile and diverse talents and skills to make a positive impact in their homes, schools, communities, country and the world.
The REP Zone is not only a multi-media platform for entertainment. It’s also a movement. A call to action. A state of mind of making positive choices that can make a difference and impact others. His passion and gift for motivating others, along with his love for media and entertainment, led him to the launching of his “What’s Your REP?” campaign designed to reverse the world’s perception that all of today’s young generation is a lost cause. This campaign brings to the forefront the many accomplishments of real life as well as celebrity young people who have beat the odds and are doing amazing things; as well as the leaders and organizations that support youth empowerment and provide mentorship.
T-REP has spent his life sharing lessons learned from his own mistakes and accomplishments, inspiring others to follow their dreams, while encouraging them to use their personal talents and skills to make a positive difference during a confusing and uncomfortable time that is shaking our world to its core.
Now, he will share his world and journey with you as a columnist for YBE Magazine in his new column “The REP Zone.”