Includes a Copy of My Vanishing Country
Wednesday, 7:30 pm May 20, 2020
7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT
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Media personality and host of The Breakfast Club Charlamagne tha God will interview Bakari Sellers on his memoir My Vanishing Country. Sellers made history in 2006 when he became the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African-American elected official in the nation. Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, My Vanishing Country is an eye-opening journey through the South’s past, present, and future.
Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just twenty-two years old, he defeated a twenty-six-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in the state of South Carolina. Sellers is a CNN political analyst and served in the South Carolina state legislature.
Charlamagne tha God
Charlamagne tha God
Born and raised Lenard Larry McKelvey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Charlamagne Tha God has risen to become one of the most potent, influential, and authoritative voices in media today. He is the widely coveted, outspoken, thought-provoking co-host of the hottest nationally-syndicated radio show in the U.S., ‘The Breakfast Club,’ heard by 4.5 million weekly listeners and televised daily on Revolt TV. He is an executive producer with his own production company, ‘CThaGod World,’ and co-host of the popular podcast, ‘Brilliant Idiots.’ His YouTube Channel, CThaGod, is one of the fastest-growing on the platform and features in-depth one-on-one conversations with artists such as Kanye West and Ed Sheeran.
As an author, Charlamagne has cemented his ability to translate his personal plight into sonic narratives that educate, empower and inspire. ‘Black Privilege,’ in addition to being named a New York Times bestseller, was awarded Audible.com’s bestselling book of the year. ‘Shook One’ has helped Charlamagne become one of the world’s leading voices in the mental health discussion, as he publicly shares transparent truths about his struggles with anxiety.
As a widely sought after guest, Charlamagne appears frequently on daytime, late night, and cable news shows and networks including Seth Meyers, CNN, The View, MSNBC, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His persuasive voice and pioneering perspective have made him one of today’s most important, and sought-after personalities, with a gravity and culture-shifting perspective that can be felt around the world.
My Vanishing Country
By Bakari Sellers
Published by HarperCollins
Anchored in Bakari Sellers’s hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, My Vanishing Country illuminates the pride and pain that continues to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation. Sellers traces his father’s rise to become a friend of Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King, a civil rights hero, and a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to explore the plight of the South’s dwindling rural, black working-class—many of whom can trace their ancestry back seven generations.
In his poetic personal history, we are awakened to the crisis affecting the other “Forgotten Men & Women,” whom the media seldom acknowledge. For Sellers, these are his family members, neighbors, and friends. He humanizes the struggles that shape their lives: to gain access to healthcare as rural hospitals disappear; to make ends meet as the factories they have relied on shut down and move overseas; to hold on to precious traditions as their towns erode; to forge a path forward without succumbing to despair.
My Vanishing Country is also a love letter to fatherhood—to Sellers’ father, his lodestar, whose life lessons have shaped him, and to his newborn twins, whom he hopes will embrace the Sellers family name and honor its legacy.
About this series
Our On America series explores issues important to all Americans as we approach the 2020 election. Who are we? Who are we becoming? How do the stories we tell shape who we are as a nation?
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