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Charlamagne Tha God has made a career out of speaking the first thought out of his mind with an unflinching fearlessness that has garnered him some criticism in recent times. The Breakfast Club co-host and media personality channeled some of those strong stances into a new book, which serves as a real talk self-help guide and outlet for Charlamagne to empower others.

The New York Times profiled the South Carolina native, speaking on his new book Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes To Those Who Create It. While Charlemagne’s usual role as a slick-talking shock jock has been his trademark, he said to the publication that he hopes his book will inspire others.

From the Times:

Now Charlamagne, who is in his late 30s, has written a book, “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It” (Touchstone), that seeks not to tear down but to lift up. Organized into eight principles for success (Principle 5: “Put the Weed in the Bag!”) and sprinkled with pearls of wisdom the author calls “God Jewels” (Example: “Always be wary when someone over 40 calls you ‘son’ unless it’s your own father”), the book reads like a street-smart self-help guide.

“Contrary to popular belief, all I want to do is empower people,” said Charlamagne, whose given name is Lenard Larry McKelvey. “I grew up in a rural area. Books are what helped me transcend my circumstances.”

Check out the full piece by following this link and congrats to Charlamagne Tha God on the new work.

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