Some might call him Charlamagne Tha God and some just might call him Charlamagne Tha Devil. Call him what you want but the one thing you can’t call him is unsuccessful.
The provocative media personality, author and producer, whose government name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, grew up in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. He is very transparent and outspoken about his troubled past as a teenager which includes: the selling and possession of drugs, a stint in jail as well as his connection in a sexual assault crime (for which he was cleared) more than 17 years ago.
Despite McKelvey’s troubled past, he managed to turn his life around after he attended night school and scored a job as a radio intern. He eventually found success as the second mic to Wendy Williams on her wildly popular radio show. After a falling out with Williams, Charlamagne began hosting the very successful The Breakfast Club morning show on Power 105.1 (New York) with fellow radio personalities, DJ Envy and Angela Yee. The show is at its all-time peak with celebrity guests (Hilary Clinton was once a guest) and listeners. Charlemagne who is often compared to shock jock Howard Stern, is known for his prolific and direct questioning of the show’s guests often on controversial, personal and sometimes embarrassing subjects.
In 2017, Charlamagne’s book, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes Those Who Create It, was published by Simon & Schuster. The book became a New York Time’s Bestseller and helped to propel him into the role as one of the leading voices in black culture. Charlemagne’s second book is entitled, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. In Shook One, Charlemagne shows a more vulnerable side to his personality. The book discusses the media personality’s struggles with being black in America and the anxiety that comes with it.
Whether Charlamagne Tha God is grilling other celebrities with tough questions on his radio show, producing his own content or writing the book on racism and its effects; he is not what he seems. The man is proof positive that one should never judge a book by its cover.
In May of 2016 the Chainsmokers released a new single called “Closer” which featured artist Halsey. This collaboration is a step away from their traditional musical collaboration, adding a more personal approach to this particular track. This move was to try and establish the DJs as true artist as opposed to faceless beat generators. They want to evoke more emotion into their work which contradicts the rather sterile sounds of their genre. The duo met through their shared manager and started working together immediately. They were able to make their partnership work because they compliment each others’ strengths and weaknesses. They also share similar values and push each other to be better artists. They duo says their success really comes down to having a willingness to try something new to say relevant. It can be hard to build a unique identity as a DJ, so taking risks like this is important in building a personal brand.
Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers bought a 1930s house in the Hollywood Hills about 2 years ago. Since then, he as truly made the house his home with his eclectic sense of style and architecture. Pall was drawn in by the mix of classic and industrial architecture. He got professional help when it came time to decorate and furnish his new home. He chose to work with New York interior designer Peti Lau for this renovation project. Her specialty is blending styles that are not usually paired together. She enjoyed working in a space that already was a blend of 2 unique architecture styles. It made her job more easy and also more fun. The finished product of the house was definitely unique and fit Pall’s personal aesthetic well. She worked with the existing space and changes to the house he has already made. Overall the space turned out exactly how he wanted.
25,000 in AC! Love you all for coming out to beachfest! pic.twitter.com/zecE9ecyiT
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) July 30, 2018
Albeit cheesy, the title of this blog is very true to form when it comes to renowned producer Lawrence Bender.
There are few film producers that are as successful and versatile as Lawrence Bender. It is impossible to typecast his film production style due to his wide range of television and film projects. Lawrence Bender has delivered a series of artistic, political, comedic, romantic, and action masterpieces spanning a career over 2 decades long.
Born October 17th, 1957 in Bronx New York, Bender’s early life offered no indication of his path in the entertainment world. In fact, Bender graduated from college with a degree in civil engineering. However, Bender decided not to pursue the engineering field and took up his passion for dance. Unfortunately, an injury ended his dancing aspirations. Bender began his career in the entertainment industry as a grip on the television series Tales From The Darkside in the 80’s. By the early 90’s Bender had begun a business relationship with Quentin Tarantino which led to his production of cult classic Reservoir Dogs starring Harvey Keitel.
Bender has produced several critically acclaimed award-winning pop culture classics including, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk Till Dawn, Jackie Brown, Good Will Hunting, The Mexican, Knock Around Guys, and, my personal favorite, Dirty Dancing Havana Nights.
Yes, Dirty Dancing Havana Nights is my favorite Bender movie because I’m a sappy girl, and I LOVE the drama and romance of revolutionary Cuba, an interracial couple, music, dancing, and sex!
To be clear, Bender’s career has not been limited to just film. He also has an impressive resume of impactful documentaries like the renowned An Inconvenient Truth, made famous by former Vice President of the United States Al Gore, multiple television series, and a veritable plethora of accolades within social, political, and charitable causes. The magnitude of Lawrence Bender’s career is profoundly impressive. This guy has done it all!