Category: Radio Personality

Charlamagne tha God gets real about mental health

The television and radio personality is opening up about his past struggles and his hopes for the future.

In a recent interview with The Undefeated:


Charlamagne tha God: ‘My narrative has completely changed’

, the popular radio host discussed his second book, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me. The book’s title is a reference to a Mobb Deep song, “Shook Ones.” The second half of the title pays homage to a Geto Boys’ song, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me.”

The 39-year-old spoke openly about the mental health problems that lead him to seek out therapy. Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are several of the issues he’s learning to contend with.

Charlamagne tha God named one of his book chapters “Blackanoid,” a portmanteau for black and paranoid. It’s an experience he feels is quite relatable in America today. He touched on a number of factors that currently hold his focus, including the #MeToo movement. He voiced his support, as father and a husband, for making the world a more female-friendly place.

The television personality also touched upon the controversy enveloping the NFL. He threw his support behind the players and their cause. But the Dallas Cowboys fan made it clear that he won’t be watching any NFL action this year. He said his conscience just won’t allow it.

Charlamagne tha God noted that he has grown more introspective as he’s grown older. His focus has shifted from that of his 20 or even 30-year-old self. He opened up about his fears, mainly revolving around past fights, racism and getting attacked. He also expressed regret about the consequences of his past indiscretions, like dealing drugs to a mother in his native South Carolina.

The Breakfast Club star made it clear throughout the interview that his narrative has evolved over time. He sees things differently nowadays and his focus revolves around mental health, his family and social issues.