What Is Black Privilege?: Charlamagne Tha God Talks About It In His First Book – Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Charlamagne Tha God—the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pissing People Off,” co-host of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and “hip-hop’s Howard Stern”—shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one’s truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness in his new release Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It. The book tour kick-off begins next week Wednesday in Charlotte, NC!

In a Salon.com article by D. Watkins, Charlamagne says he is not using the phrase “black privilege” as a way to say that black people in America have a special set of advantages that come with our skin like white people have. And he doesn’t mean it the way the term “white privilege” is used either. Instead he’s saying that being born black is a privilege that we need to embrace it. “I love being black!” he said. “Being black is a privilege!”

The book is said to be extremely motivational for all age groups and generations, but especially for the youth that are being reared in the hip-hop era! The book was ranked sixth in the May 7, 7 New York Times list of best-selling hardback non-fiction.


Lenard McKelvey, 36 known professionally as Charlamagne Tha God, is an American radio presenter and television personality on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club with DJ Envy and Angela Yee. McKelvey began hosting the MTV2 show Uncommon Sense in 2015. He began his career as a radio intern in South Carolina upon his release from prison. He went on to become second mic alongside radio host and media personality, Wendy Williams.  McKelvey narrates the BET show,  Inside the Label. He released his book Black Privilege published by the Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone in 2017.





In his new book, Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina to his headline grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Hillary Clinton, he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his (many) mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs. Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths. The book released April 2017 has a collection of quotes, stories and lessons that Charlamagne has personally used and is currently using  to survive the industry, corporate America and the streets.




Wednesday, May 31  6 p.m.


Concord Mills Mall

8301 Concord Mills Boulevard

Concord, NC 28027


Thursday, June 1, 2017   6 p.m.

Barnes & Noble

12405 N Kendall Drive

Miami, FL 33186

*Moderator TBD


Friday, June 2, 2017  6 p.m.

Barnes & Noble

5303 FM 1960 West

Houston, TX 77069

*Moderator TBD

New York, NY

Sunday, June 4, 2017; 12:15–1:15 p.m.

BookCon @ Jacob Javits Center

Autographing Table 9

655 West 34th St, New York, NY 10001

*Charlamagne Tha God signs Black Privilege @ BookCon with books available for sale by The Strand

New York, NY

Sunday, June 4, 2017; 4 p.m.

BookCon @ Jacob Javits Center

Main Stage (aka – Special Events Hall)

655 West 34th St, New York, NY 10001

*Charlamagne Tha God moderating BookCon event with Kevin Hart, author of I Can’t Make This Up (Atria).

New York, NY

Thursday, June 8, 2017; 3 p.m.

Hudson News @ NY PENN Station

8th Avenue & West 31st Street, Amtrak Level, New York, NY 10001


Friday, June 9, 2017  6 p.m.

Barnes & Noble

1805 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

*Signing only

*Call the specific store for details

Charlemagne Tha God answers questions from fans while signing his book “Black Privilege”. Get your signed copy at http://cthasignedbook.com


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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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