The first time I saw Charlamagne on television was on MTV’s The Guy Code, where he was one of the panelists who dissected the male makeup of pop culture. Charlamagne stood out for his quick wit, humor and often brutal takes. From this rather humble beginning, it gradually evolved into a media powerhouse. I asked him what motivates him to keep pushing and aiming for the top and he told me that the more access he sees, the more he realizes he can do more. For him, putting himself in a position and not limiting himself has helped him rise in the media industry.
“The more you access things, the more you see the sky is the limit. And a lot of that stuff, I don’t push for. I always put myself in a position to level up,” he shares.
One of the defining points of Charlamagne’s early career was after he sadly lost his job after an interview with the hip-hop legend. Sigel beanie. For many people new to radio, such a dismissal could have brutally shattered their confidence, however, Charlamagne was not a regular media personality. I asked him if this experience gave him the confidence to continue and his answer was simple and straightforward. “I didn’t have a plan B” he tells me.
For Charlamagne, radio was all he knew and there was nothing he could turn to, so he was always going to come back. “What most people call perseverance, I just don’t have a plan B. I was a kid from South Carolina who wanted to do something positive. The radio internship was the most corporate thing I’ve ever done.”
Unyielding and unbroken, even not getting fired could change his love for radio. After being fired, he was still looking forward to the next opportunity to take his career to the next level.. “I didn’t know anything but radio so I had nowhere to go. I loved radio and was waiting for the next opportunity.” said Charlamagne.
Perseverance comes with success and Charlamagne would become a top media personality, famous for butting heads with the big and powerful in entertainment. His famous The Breakfast Club is an important part of American pop culture and its success is not without some heavy accusations, especially from black communities. I asked Charlamagne what he thought of his show’s early consumer reviews. “It comes with the territory,” he tells me.
“There’s no one on this planet doing anything significant that doesn’t elicit any form of criticism. If they didn’t talk it would have bothered me, but as long as they talk it’s fine.”
During his illustrious career, Charlamagne has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in entertainment. While he’s made a name for himself as a hardball player, over the past two years Charlamagne has become more and more likeable and less dismissive. I asked him if this subtlety comes with age and he confirms it.
“The therapy made me more empathetic towards people and when you get older you learn that most of the things you hear about people are mostly wrong. to deal with young people who are trying to understand so that I’m more patient and want them to grow just like I was helped to grow when I was younger.”
Charlamagne is a man who has known the toxicity of working in the media. His experience led him to seek help and therapy and he now offers similar assistance to young black men through his Mental Health Alliance initiative. Charlemagne tells me about losing friends to suicide, and his conversation with loved ones of the late rapper Nipsey Hustle inspired him to ask for help. The sobriety and awareness that comes from therapy helped him decide to help other black men deal with their emotional and mental struggles.
For an individual who is outspoken in his thoughts, Charlamagne is reaching greater heights in his career at a time when public commentary is heavily subject to the inclinations of different groups. I asked Charlamagne how he managed to figure it out and he told me it was a matter of emotional intelligence.
“Intent matters and my intent is never to offend. The reality is you can’t control what might be offensive to people. I might say something that I consider harmless, but it might offend people. others. So it’s all a matter of intentions.”
With his Comedy Central Show A hell of a week receiving a second installment, I asked Charlamagne what viewers should expect and he told me a lot of great content.
“More conversation. We’ve changed the show to a panel format, so I’m the one having good conversations and exchanging ideas with other people.”
Charlamagne has hosted Nigerian music stars on his previous shows and I asked him if Nigerians should expect some of their superstars on Hell of a week. He replies “Absolutely!”
“I love Nigerians. On my show MTV Base ‘CHARLAMAGNE AND FRIENDS’ which evolved into ‘UNCOMMON SENSE’ my DJ was a Cuppy Nigerian DJ. I didn’t even know who she was before, but we met at the Roc Nation office and we’re thrilled. It’s just amazing to see the things she’s accomplished.”
The second season of Charlamagne Tha god’s Hell of a week on The comedy Central is set to deliver another rich experience with the media personality who knows how to deliver unique perspectives to educate and entertain viewers.