Book Review: Black Privilege – Charlamagne Tha God

Now Charlamagne tha God isn’t everyone’s cup of tea โ˜• for sure, but I for one am a fan of his work as I find him to be brutally honest, refreshing and entertaining on his radio show The Breakfast Club (which you can watch on line on YouTube if you are not in the US)๐Ÿ˜Š However is he a good author? I wasn’t sure but my friend Leah had raved to me about the audiobook, so I decided to give his book a try ๐Ÿ™

Overall I found the book to be an entertaining and interesting read. I love to read biographies from successful people (you can check out some of my previous posts on Trevor Noah’s Book – Born a Crime or Shonda Rhimes -Year of Yes or Michelle Obama’s -Becoming) . I enjoy reading about their journey through life and the lessons they learnt and mistakes they made along the way.

In the end, I found the story of Charlamagne Tha God to be an inspirational and captivating one, he has achieved a lot and made many many mistakes which can be used as life lessons for us all ๐Ÿ™ He was that drug dealing thug, with two stints in jail before the age of 18 and now he has become one of the most well known radio personalities in the US and across the world (I am in Trinidad, a tiny island in the Caribbean and I know about him).

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The book highlighted some of the main principles that he learnt throughout his life. It is separated into chapters each highlighting one of these life lessons which include It’s not the size of the pond but the hustle in the fish, F your dreams and Put the Weed in the Bag ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚Interesting names I know but he really explains what he means throughout the chapters in true Charlamagne style, i.e. he does not sugarcoat… anything ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Some of my favorite quotes from this book include:

The truth might hurt, but it’s always helpful. Nobody wants to hear they’re fat as f and need to lose weight, or they’re not as talented at something as they think they are. But just because they’re lying to themselves, doesn’t mean you have to lie too……..๐Ÿ˜ณ

It might have looked like I was taking losses, but I refused to adopt a loser’s mentality. A true winner values their integrity no matter what the fallout๐Ÿ’ž

When someone offers to help you, tell them exactly what you want. Don’t beat around the bush. If you’re not crystal clear about what your ask is, chances are you won’t get anything (my fav) ๐Ÿ˜Š

Success is a process: there are no cheat codes, no life hacks, no shortcuts, and no half steps. Opportunity always comes before money, but sadly a lot of us don’t recognize it unless there’s a paycheck attached. Don’t make that mistake. When you’re just starting out, put yourself in the position to be a part of the process and THEN get that Money! ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ต

I believe one reason people are looking for shortcuts, instead of opportunities to do the work and be productive, is because social media has given them a false sense of value. …. So let me say this very clearly, being active on social media can amplify the work you’re already doing, but it is not work unto itself ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Sometimes you got to give people today so you can have tomorrow ๐Ÿ’ฏ

This book is available on Amazon at a cost of US $10.29 (paperback) and at our local bookstores. I paid $135 TT for mine in Charran’s Book Store.

Much Love and happy reading!

Celly