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Lenard "Charlamagne Tha God" McKelvey is an entertainment mogul who has earned a reputation as one of the most authentic voices in media over the last two decades. As a Radio Hall of Fame inductee, best-selling author, in-demand TV personality, and producer, he is a singular shaper of culture. 


An innovator and industry leader in audio, he is the co-host of iHeartMedia's The Breakfast Club morning show, which drives millions of listeners daily and also airs on BET. Charlamagne expanded his collaboration with iHeart to create The Black Effect Podcast Network, home to multiple chart-topping podcasts. Additionally, through his partnership with Audible and Kevin Hart, Charlamagne's scripted podcasts have won an Audie, Webby, and the prestigious duPont award. He is also the co-creator and host of the popular podcast The Brilliant Idiots.  

Charlamange is the author of The New York Times Best Seller Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It and the best-selling Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. His tremendous success as an author led to a partnership with Simon & Schuster Publishing, now home to his imprint Black Privilege Publishing. 

Charlamagne is an Emmy-winning producer through his production company CThaGod World. He has hosted several network TV programs, including the Stephen Colbert executive-produced Hell of a Week. 


Acting on his passion for mental health awareness, Charlamagne founded the Mental Wealth Alliance. The foundation works to destigmatize mental health in the Black community by expanding the pool of professionals in the health and wellness space.