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Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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“Charlamagne thinks that just because he's wise about race stuff he can say whatever the f*ck he wants about women. That's now how it works dude. Nice try. And stop asking questions about my butt.” --Lena Dunham
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About the Author
- Publisher : Atria Books (April 18, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501145304
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501145308
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Okay, obviously, I am not a Black man. I'm Mexican-American, middle-aged with a herd of children and find myself at a point in life where I feel like everything is falling apart. As I listened to this book, I felt like I was sitting in a room and he was telling me what was wrong with me, how I got there, but most importantly that I had the power to get myself out and into a better situation. I was driving on the highway on my way home from work and his last chapter had me crying. The kind of cry you have when you thought you had run out of tears and where you feel it in the pit of your stomach. He put a new hope where I thought I had none.
Was this book funny? HELL yes. I laughed so many times. I learned a great deal about Charlamagne and his life experiences and how he got to where he is today. One of the most important takeaways for me, there were many, but what really stood out to me was when he discussed finding your "However". This was powerful to me. You need to read the book to find out what it is, but I promise you, it is life changing.
I'm doing what I've never done before with this book. I not only bought the audible version, I just ordered the hardcover for home and the kindle version so it's on my phone at all times. There are many parts of this book I want to read over to cement into my mind.
Charlamagne, if you read your reviews, I hope you know that you have helped me in a very powerful way. I had been praying for guidance and God in his wisdom lead me to purchase your book and it is one that will be prominently on my bookshelf, in my headphones and on my iPhone. Not only that, you have opened up another world of books I need to look up, ones you mentioned in your book.
In chapter 2, titled, PYP (Pick Your Passion, Poison, or Procrastination.) Lenard discusses that there are 3 P’s that you can choose in life. Passion which leads to prosperity, Poison which leads to pain, and procrastination which leads to nowhere because you’re waiting for success to find you. I love the way he broke down his success to its simplest form for the reader to relate. When choosing career path you need to be hungry and passionate about what you want to achieve. You also need to mindful of picking something you’re passionate about a not what someone else decided for you. This could be the biggest pitfall and lead to a poisonous decision, of following someone else dream. You should never wait on opportunity because you will be waiting for a long time.
Another one of my favorite chapters was, chapter 4, There Are No Losses, Only Lessons. The main point of this chapter is, you should not care about any perceived losses in life as long as you learn something from them. “Always look for the lesson in any situation you think didn’t go your way. And most importantly, understand that your plan isn’t necessarily also God’s plan for you.”( McKelvey) In the marketing world, this reminds me to never give up when someone doesn’t see your potential or vision. Always take something from these lessons, and make yourself better.
After reading through all 8 chapters, this wasn’t a single point I didn’t agree with. Every chapter was so well written and broken to the simplest for everyone to understand! The books main point is that there is Privilege in being Black, and how to access your privilege. I love that there is a book that was written for me, in terms and language that I can understand. But I can’t stress enough, how important this book is and that everyone can learn and take something away from this. I’ve followed the author for at least 10 years, and I’ve seen him put his chapters in use. Whether it was on his radio show, TV shows, podcast, etc. I’ve seen him lead by example to prove and drive his point home. This was a great read and I highly recommend it to everyone!
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Only thing is I've been telling him this stuff for years, he takes no notice, he reads it in a book...boom! it's news. The joys of parenthood.
Talent we have in abundance, but capital to start off business we lack in a major way.!!!