#BDOBookshelf: Charlamagne Tha God ‘Black Privilege’

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As one-third of the nationally-syndicated morning radio show “The Breakfast Club,” and through shows on MTV and MTV2, including his current weekly program  “Uncommon Sense,” Charlamagne Tha God has emerged as one of the most talked-about personalities in media. Over the years, through his brazenness and brutal honesty, he has irreverently stoked the ire of major hip-hop figures including Sean “Puffy” Combs and of course, via the interview heard and seen around the world with Cash Money Records’ “Birdman.” Nevertheless, hip-hop is not the only subject matter in Charlamagne’s interviewing repertoire; additionally, he has conversed with political and intellectual heavyweights like Hillary Clinton, Michael Eric Dyson and Minister Louis Farrakhan.

On the outside looking in, Charlamagne’s rise in the industry seems meteoric; aside from having worked alongside Wendy Williams (she gave him his first big break) in New York during her radio heyday, he was virtually unfamiliar to those outside the east coast.

In his New York Times bestseller, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It, Charlamagne Tha God relives his modest beginnings in the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, and how he used the peaks and valleys of his upbringing to create his own lane in radio and beyond.