This book is an autobiography that starts by looking into the childhood of the author, Lenard McKelvey (aka Charlamagne Tha God). He grew up in South Carolina in a trailer park with his Jehovah’s Witness mother and a dad who lived on the edge. In the book, he talks about important lessons learned from growing up poor in a small town. He started off as a nerdy kid who later got side tracked and started misbehaving. He sold drugs, got expelled from school and got arrested several times. Though he misbehaved a lot as a kid, he was still able to make it. Today he is one of the most successful black radio personalities in America, a TV show host, a husband and father to two daughters.
The book focuses on how despite the odds being against him as a poor black boy in America with a drug addicted father with people around him going down the wrong path, he still turned his situation around. To many the title “black privilege” might not make sense to a lot of people, because black people seem to be the least privileged in America. Charlamagne was able to show that BLACK PRIVILEGE is what you make of it. You might say you do not have much but as long as you are healthy and able-bodied, you have a lot more than many people in the world today.
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He also talks about how he learnt to never let opportunities pass him by, never being too focused on money and learning to work for free if you had to. He speaks on being fired 4 times and also how he worked with Wendy Williams and later fell out with her husband Kevin Hunter. He also talks about altercations he had with rappers and rumours about Jay Z getting him fired.
The best part of the book, in my opinion, is when he talked about his wife & kids and how they make him truly feel accomplished. He has known his wife since he was 16 years old and the Ups and Downs of their story are quite entertaining. His parents’ divorce and father’s infidelity also seemed to have an impact on how he treated women in his life and he was very transparent about that.
Overall I will recommend this book to everyone who is probably going through challenges. The book has taught me to never reduce my life to any situation, there is always a way as long as you believe in yourself.