Radio host and TV personality Charlamagne tha God talked hip hop culture for at IGNITE’s Black History Month Real Talk event in the Student Centre at Humber College North Campus on Thursday.
The free event students was hosted by author and pop culture critic Dalton Higgins, who discussed southern hip hop dominance, black music culture and the New York Times Bestselling Black Privilege with Lenard McKelvey, known largely as Charlamagne.
Charlamagne hosts a well-known nationally syndicated Breakfast Club radio show where he talks to rookies and veterans of the hip hop world along with two others from a studio in the city of New York.
The host recently released a book on overcoming adversity called “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It”.
Higgins asked McKelvey everything from if he would have U.S. President Donald Trump on his show, to which he replied “no”, to his thoughts on the “#MeToo” movement of increasing allegations of sexual misconduct or assault against celebrities.
Charlemagne, 39, said that the movement was important to him due to having two daughters, explaining that “it’s just getting started” when Higgins asked him about the allegations moving to the hop hop world.
However, the radio host did say that there needs to be a “due process in the court of public opinion.”
This comes as multiple leading Canadian politicians have resigned over allegations related to sexual misconduct, harassment or assault, including most recently Ontario Progressive Conservative’s leader Patrick Brown.
Future of broadcasting
Charlamagne tha God during a question period near the end of the event said that the future of broadcasting lies in the Internet.
He noted that broadcasting was a broad term that included radio and other media forms, saying that “whatever the future is, the Internet has to be involved.”
McKelvey described a convergence of mass media from the traditional separation of media in the past, where radio and TV were independent of the Internet, but now the approach is that they are one in the same.
Another student from the audience told Charlamange that the opportunities for radio like his own Breakfast Club in New York were sparse in Toronto, to which Charlamange said that he believed in “the space time continuum” from Back to the Future.
McKelvey explained that if there is no “Breakfast Club” in Toronto that the student should not be discouraged and start one themselves, creating the opportunity to excel.
“You can’t rely on celebrity, I’m Charlamagne because I’m Charlamagne,” the host said.
Analysis: ’80 per cent’ are ‘devilish’
At the one hour mark, Higgins referenced a section in Charlamagne’s book called “working with the white men” where the radio host wrote that “a lot of oppressed peoples view white people as being devilish”, prompting Charlamagne to reference the “five per cent teachings”.
The Five Percent Nation was a U.S. revisionist movement that was started by Clarence Smith as a break off from the Nation of Islam, and stated that all black-skinned men were Allah, or gods, and black women were queens or Earths, according to Britannica.
“That’s not something I necessarily believe, because I don’t believe that anybody is inherently evil,” Charlamagne responded.
“You can submit your will to the God in you or you can submit your will to the devil in you.”
Higgins then referenced Black Privilege again, saying Charlamegne wrote that some “80 per cent of white people fit that description” of being devilish.
The radio host confirmed his belief to Higgins, the said: “not a hundred.”
This means Charlamagne believes about 1,025,600 people in Toronto are “devilish”, according to 2016 national census data, or 80 per cent of the 1.2 million people who identify as white in the city.
Higgins pointed out that the TV personality had white aides and white manager, which could be seen as “contradictory”, to which Charlamagne said it wasn’t.
“It’s all about being around good people,” the personality said, explaining that white people need to utilize their “privilege to combat prejudice”, as with any person in the majority, giving the example of straight men fighting gay prejudice.
He encouraged the majority to never be a bystander and to help the oppressed.
“You can’t tell me you’re a ‘good white person’ if you sit back and watch the evil white people do what they do.”
More details to follow. Images of the event from the Post.