Charlamagne tha God stopped by the AT&T studio to talk with his Power 105.1 family member Angie Martinez about his New York Times bestselling book Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It. While Charlamagne has been promoting his debut book on a multitude of television and radio programs, his conversation with Angie is especially intimate. The two radio hosts have grown close over their time working together and have had similar career trajectories. They're both motivated self starters who built prominent careers in radio and then went on to become successful authors, as well.
Their fondness for each other is evident from the outset of the interview. "How are you feeling about this moment?" Angie asked Charlamagne about his runaway authorial success with a proud smile before immediately teasing him about wearing a vest on The View. Charlamagne went on to reveal that it's hard to absorb the full extent of his success, especially when people like Chris Rock tell him they're reading his book. If that wasn't enough, though, Charlamagne humbly revealed that even former first lady Michelle Obama is a fan.
Charlamagne and Angie had the pleasure of spending time with Mrs. Obama just last week. While Charlamagne was initially hesitant to discuss his encounter with the former first lady because he didn't think anybody would believe what she told him, Angie was there to confirm what went down between the two. "She said you're really funny," Angie prodded. "It's the first thing she said to you." In addition to enjoying Charlamagne's sense of humor, Mrs. Obama said she found the radio host to be very smart, too.
"That's Michelle Obama. Who would think?" Charlmagne said of the flattering encounter. "Those are the moments...I mean, my mom cares about those kind of things. My mom only cares about two things. I interviewed Dan Rather on my TV show once and she was like 'You kept calling him Mr. Rather. Good.' You know, she cares about stuff like that." One thing his mom doesn't like, which Michelle Obama must not mind, is how much he curses.
Charlamagne and Angie went on to discuss the evolution of their careers, what the difference between being "of the industry or of the people," and his failed rap career as Dizzy Van Winkle. Check out the full interview above, as well as Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create and My Voice: A Memoir in stores now!