Charlamagne Tha God on Why Getting Fired is a Blessing and Finding Success with Dr. Oz [Photos]
Charlamagne Tha God
By Jack Barnes
Later today Dr. Oz is joined by “Hip-Hop’s Howard stern,” Charlamagne Tha God. He has called out everyone from Nicki Minaj to Hillary Clinton and he doesn’t plan to filter himself any time soon. Charlamagne will be discussing how being brutally honest has not only helped his career but his health too. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
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On why we shouldn’t follow our dreams, Charlamagne shares: “I don’t say toss your dreams. I say F your dreams, because a lot–I’ll tell you why, though. A lot of times when you’re, like, a young African American growing up in the hood, we see people that are successful, but the people that we usually see that are successful are, like, the rappers or the athletes or some form of entertainment. A lot of times I tell kids, you know, F that dream, because it’s really not your dream. You just see it working for somebody else. So being that you see it working for somebody else, you go chasing that, but you don’t really realize your full potential and you don’t find what you’re here to really do, you know.”
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On why he’s gotten fired four times from radio, Charlamagne reveals: “I guess because I’m brutally honest. But you know what, a lot of it didn’t have to do with anything I actually did on the radio. It was actually because, like, it’s just like anything else, they bring in new program directors and those guys just wanted to bring in their own people. So a lot of the times, it wasn’t really my fault. Maybe, like, twice out of the four. Two times out of the four, it probably was my fault… I’ve always prided myself on being a model citizen off the air, you know what I mean? Like, I try to treat everybody with respect, like, ’cause I come from being an intern. Plus, I was raised on a dirt road in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. I treat the custodian the same way I treat the CEO, so I always show love to everybody.”
On embracing your privilege, Charlamagne reveals: Out of millions of sperm, “only one gets to that ovary and–and makes us who we are as human beings so it’s a privilege to be alive. So regardless of what society tells you, if I was born a black man, yo, I’m going to own that. I’m going to embrace that. I’m going to find power in that. It is privilege in me being a black man ’cause you got to think I grew up in a poor area on a dirt road. I didn’t have no money so the only thing I had was black pride. The only thing I had was feeling like, you know, my black is power. So whatever you are, I think that you should find privilege in that and that’s what I did with my blackness so black privilege.”
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