Audiobook: 7 hrs 46 mins; Released 2017
Most may know him as one-third of “the most dangerous morning show”, Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club but many may not know how Lenard McKelvey a.k.a Charlamagne Tha God got to be in the position that he is in today.
In the biography, Black Privilege, Charlamagne gives the reader an idea of the kinds of things that goes on in his mind. There are parts of the book that make you wonder “is this guy serious” and others where you come to the conclusion that maybe he doesn’t have them all. But as the book continues Charlamagne, or Uncle Charla as he has been dubbed, recounts many childhood memories; his brief rap career (that thankfully never took off); his relationship with many well-known industry people, which gradually lead to his position in broadcast and his relationship with his wife. There’s also a portion of the book where he speak about how he came to be known as Charlamagne.
Overall, the book was both informative and entertaining. By the ending I felt as though I personally knew Charlamagne.
*** Since the publishing of Black Privilege, Charalamagne has gone on a many of press runs (that are worth a YouTube search) and is set to release another book at the end of October.
Currently, his book Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me is to be released on October 23, 2018.
Length: 336 Pages
Shonda Rhimes. Most may know her for her TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday) line up on ABC but for this project Ms. Rhimes took to paper to share another kind of story and this one didn’t involve any medical staff or scandals.
In her book The Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes details her childhood (to the best of her recollection) and as the book progresses, often with her reminding the reader that she likes to make up stories, she explains how saying one 3-letter word to any opportunity that came her way changed her life. I believe that no matter what your goals are in life this book will push you one step further. You don’t have to be any one particular person to feel like you can relate to what’s being said. By the end of this book you’ll be jumping off of your couch, pumping your fist and maybe even the book in the air, ready to say yes! to any challenge that comes your way. Seriously! I mean, that was my reaction. If you’re feeling stuck in life or even if you’re successful and you just need a pick me up read Shonda Rhimes book it’s worth it.
Length: 282 Pages
You may know him from The Daily Show on Comedy Central but before then he was just a street hustler going no where fast. Trevor Noah, in his book Born a Crime, recounts his days before being the well-known comedian that he is today. Life in South Africa didn’t come easy for Noah but he made it by becoming a disc jockey and a petty theft. Written as if he were presenting this book to an audience at one of his stand-up comedy shows Trevor Noah will make you laugh and (if you’re sensitive) cry. I’m not kidding! This book is worth the read.
Audiobook: 7 hrs 28 mins ; Released 2016
Angie Martinez, in her memoir My Voice, details her life as she went from just a Hip Hop junkie, just discovering the genre, to being a staple in the Hip Hop culture. By the end of me listening to this book I was actually considering buying a physical copy to add to my mini library. The book was written in a fashion where you aren’t overwhelmed by what is being recounted. Some people can go on and on about their life without actually saying anything but Angie Martinez kept me entertained and enlightened. Even with information, that by no means is new, she didn’t draw it out and make it dry. I recommend reading or listening to this book.