“Always remember if you can’t be happy for someone else’s success you won’t be blessed with any of your own.”
– Charlamagne Tha God
CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD
Charlamagne Tha God ended off the night by participating in an interview with the amazing Kéla Walker. The driving force the conversation was his New York Times bestseller "Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It". If you haven't already read "Black Privilege:...", I would suggest that you add it to your bookshelf today! Some would assume that Charlamagne's prosperous career as a radio personality is the reason for his book's success, but I instead think the book's success has a lot to do with its parallel to his character. The book is a bold, lone soldier attacking a long existing issue in the world, racial discrimination. Charlamagne, the radio personality has been that bold individual for years and definitely does not shy away from it in his book. He cleverly uses personal experiences that later evolve into a proclamation of five parts, as his "weapon" of choice hoping to partially reverse the psychological damage that racial discrimination has done to the Black community. "Dropping jewel after jewel", as Ms. Walker would put it, Charlamagne may be inspiring a generation of young black individuals to live every day with a new view of their place in the world, one that concludes that they too have privilege.
Alley (Powered by Verizon)
It was great seeing the Creative Collective team and Alley which is powered by Verizon, collaborate on an event of this magnitude. I'm sure the behind the scenes, brainstorming process did not take much effort being that both groups are working toward a similar goal of "bridging the gap between start-up businesses and corporations". Constructed spaces like this one allows for networking among multiple communities, moving this generation of young entrepreneurs one step closer to creating next-level ecosystems. They are also a lot of fun as you can tell from the images above.
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