In CNN’s interview with Charlamagne tha God, the hip hop star vocalized some controversial views about the American Dream and what he calls “Black Privilege.” Though many may immediately jump to “white privilege” when hearing this term, Charlamagne Tha God clarified that it is more about opportunity to be proud of Blackness rather than feeling victimized. Charlamagne tha God feels privileged to be Black, and is open about embracing it rather than feeling ashamed or seeing it as a liability.
Charlamagne Tha God whose real name is Lenard Larry Mc Kelvey is an American actor, radio presenter, social media influence, television personality, and producer. In radio, he is a cohost of the Breakfast Club program, which features hip-hop music and the breakfast club while in television he is featured in Viacom.
Charlamagne also spoke about the American Dream as being originally structured for whites only, but can be claimed by any person who wants it badly enough. Having black skin does not mean the Dream is unattainable, according to Charlamagne tha God, but it will necessarily be redefined in the process. Having a defeatist attitude in regards to the American Dream is counterproductive, and does not honor those who have sacrificed for civil liberties.
Additionally, Charlamagne Tha God addressed the shift in hip-hop music in the past few years; the music has become more about social activism, which is actually more faithful to its roots than the music in the previous years. In a more racially charged political arena, Charlamagne tha God notes that many artists are returning to the roots of hip-hop and using the genre as a vehicle for social change.
With Obama as the previous president, many artists didn’t feel the need to focus on politics in their music, but with a controversial new president who seems to represent a more divisive society, Charlamagne tha God and other artists are seeing an opportunity to use their artistic gifts for the good of society. Read This Article for more information.
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