In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, one can only stop and think of the reasons why today’s issues of race and politics are so forefront on the ballot. By no means were these issues introduced overnight, in fact, one can say that it really began catching steam four years ago during the last midterm elections. So, let’s go back four years, especially to follow the journey of one Bakari Sellers and his bid to be South Carolina’s first black elected state official (lieutenant governor) since the 1870’s.
Seller made waves on the news and in the democrat party as the youngest man to serve in the South Carolina House of Representatives back in 2006. Less than a decade later, Seller would throw his hat into the race, even with his career accolades and the trust of thousands Seller was, unfortunately, unsuccessful in his bid. After this time Seller would write a book titled “While I Breathe, I Hope” which covered the topic of being a black democratic politician in the south.
A film produced/directed by Emily Harrold and executive producer Charlamagne Tha God follows Seller’s campaign journey to become the first black state elected official. The Campaign was already an uphill battle as Seller was a strong proponent of removing the Confederate state flag from the front South Carolina’s state capital. It was not until 2015 that Seller would re-emerge in the public, unfortunately, this sudden reappearance was in response to one of America’s deadliest hate crimes, the Charleston church massacre. Seller’s appearance was not only due out of respect but to advocate for state congressman Clementa C. Pinckney who was killed during the horrible event. Today, Seller sits on CNN as a political commentator.
Charlamagne Tha God states that Seller’s life and career is one of the most important stories that must be told during these divisive times. Charlamagne Tha God is a household name in entertainment.
In production, Charlamagne runs his own company, CThaGod World LLC and co-host of Brilliant Idiots a favorite podcast. He has directed and acted in movies like Bodied (2017), on the run eating (2018) and Grow House (2017) to mention but a few.
Charlamagne Tha God is a writer and has a book titled “Black Privilege” which ranked sixth in the New York Times of bestselling hardback nonfiction on May 7 2017. Another book he has written is titled “Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me”. See This Article for more information.