If you DO NOT know who Charlamagne is, watch the short video below and then proceed..
All caught up? Good. There was something surreal about meeting and getting to hear from Charlamagne Tha God. On June 17th of last year, I began listening to Charlamagnes book, 'Black Privilege' via Audible. In it, he speaks about hitting his all time low and how he grew to be the powerhouse personality he is today. I felt like he was able to maintain a level of authenticity that many aspire to keep but lose along their journeys. He was very transparent about his childhood and shared a lot of industry gems he's learned on his climb. Like being unafraid of actually grinding. Like, ACTUALLY grinding. He even speaks about being an INTERN and how much it can actually work in your favor if you're willing to do the work.
Immediately after I finished the book I added the books cover to my vision board under, 'people I need to meet.' Only a handful of months later, I was invited to be a part of Charlamagnes speaking engagement in Chicago. One of my friends texted me..
.. "Check out Charlamagnes IG. You're on it!" I hadn't mentioned to anyone that I was invited to be a part of it as I didn't want to feel embarrassed if for any reason the event wasn't going to happen. Even though I'm a full believer of the law of attraction, I was still in shock and awe. They say you shouldn't meet the people you admire because they'll kill it for you but to be honest, his energy was the same as it was in the book. It was purposeful and full of intent.
Here are some key take aways from the speaking engagement:
Shout out to Boaz Space & the J Spot for making this event possible. I'm grateful for the invitation and your hospitality. Shout out the homies Mic Taylor & Radio Maha for the dope conversation & Donda's House for stopping by and supporting.
This past Thursday I attended the "All Eyez On Me" red carpet premiere with the Contexture TV team and my new intern Matt. I honestly didn’t know what to expect since I hadn't been to a red carpet premiere in a couple of years. The event took place in downtown Chicago, and I had probably no more than a couple of hours at most to; get to the mall, pick out an outfit, charge up my camera's & head out for the evening with a 45 minute drive in front of us. Here was the tricky party, It was close to 90 degrees outside but as we all know, you need a blanket inside of most movie theaters to weather the cold. The challenge? Dressing fashionable without ending the event drenched in sweat while semi-frozen or compromising freedom of movement because if my memory served me right, the red carpet would be fast paced. Thank god for Rue 21's clothing being of a wide variety, thin & most importantly, made up of a lot of "relaxed" fitting options. It took me less than 20 minutes to piece something together.
At the counter, it turns out the shorts were buy 1 at reg. price get another for $1 (offer expires tomorrow, June 17th, 2017) and the crew socks rang up at $1 a piece. Not to mention the "west coast" hooded button-up I found on clearance for $29 but rang up for a whopping $4 dollars! I know right? I don't usually go out of my way to save money but damn if my mom wouldn't have fainted at those savings. I high tailed it to the car,
changed & it all felt very effortless.
The event was jam packed with cast members, producers & many other Chicago influencers.
Shout out to the big homie DJ Protege, who arrived at the red-carpet with a beautiful arm piece & a super cut tux. Taylor Bennett was among the attendees as well as other local radio host's & DJ's. I took my compliments with NO grains of salt because I felt fresh af. I had a great time & can't wait to hit another premiere soon.
Shout out to Dometi, Contexture TV & Swank Publishing.
"All Eyez On Me" is now playing in theaters.
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