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.