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Radio Hall of Fame inductee and best-selling author Charlamagne Tha God - one of the most distinctive voices in modern culture - is poised to move the painfully stubborn needle on race relations in America. 

Introducing We’ve Got Answers, Charlamagne’s self-described "safe space for unsafe questions," where America’s most basic, sincere, and yes, at times, ignorant questions about Black America get unequivocally answered. With riveting, unfiltered conversation between today’s most prominent Black thought leaders in their field and author, James Altucher, We’ve Got Answers is essential listening for all. Its lasting power is derived from not only confronting hard truths, but providing a path forward. Are you ready to listen? 

We've Got Answers, features today’s leading Black experts and thought leaders in their field, including Nina Turner, Tezlyn Figaro, Bishop William Barber II, Eboni K. Williams, Corey Minor Smith, Dr. Claud Anderson, Tamika D. Mallory, Jamila T. Davis, Nuri Muhammad, Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, Eric Adams, Erika Alexander, and David Banner. 

©2020 Charlamagne Tha God (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Charlamagne Tha God on why we need honest conversation on race in America
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Charlamagne Tha God, also known as Lenard McKelvey, is one of the most potent, influential, and authoritative voices in media today. He is the outspoken, thought-provoking cohost of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club, heard by more than 4.5 million listeners each week. Charlamagne’s production company, CTHAGOD World Productions, discovers and advocates for original, emerging talent long before they become mainstream. A cultural architect and executive producer, Charlamagne is the cohost of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots. He is a New York Times best-selling author of Black Privilege and Shook One, which propelled him to become one of the world’s leading voices in the mental health discussion. Charlamagne was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in October 2020.

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James Altucher has written 25 books, including the best seller Choose Yourself and the recent Skip the Line. His podcast, The James Altucher Show, has been downloaded 80 million times. He's an entrepreneur, investor, stand-up comedian, and chess master. He was an adviser on the TV show Billions and has written for The Wall Street Journal, despite the fact that he has lost millions of dollars and gone broke many times.

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Hailed as the Shirley Chisholm of our times, Nina Turner is a motivational speaker, cable news commentator, and defining political icon. A former state senator from Ohio and former professor of African American history, Turner served as a national co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign. She is a founding member of the Bernie Sanders Institute, which is dedicated to transforming American democracy through research, education, and outreach. Before joining the Sanders campaign, Turner led the grass-roots organization Our Revolution, which Sanders founded to revitalize American democracy and empower progressive leaders.

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Tezlyn Figaro is the founder of the award-winning Tezlyn Figaro Communications Group, providing counsel to some of the most influential political, social, and cultural leaders in America. Figaro is the host of the Straight Shot, No Chaser podcast on Charlamagne Tha God’s Black Effect Podcast Network on iHeart Radio. She is seen weekly in more than 35 million homes on national cable networks such as The Black News Channel, Revolt Television, and National Fox News. As a gifted orator, Figaro shares an independent and nonpartisan political analysis, allowing her to connect with a diverse audience without compromising her calling and authenticity.

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Bishop William Barber II is the president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, bishop with the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary, the pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the author of four books on social justice. Barber delivered the homily at the inaugural prayer service at the National Cathedral, celebrating the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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Eboni K. Williams is the host and executive producer of REVOLT Black News, which airs on REVOLT TV, founded by Sean "Diddy" Combs. She's also the host and executive producer of the iHeart Media podcast Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams, which appears on The Black Effect Podcast Network. Williams is a regular guest on The Breakfast Club and a cast member on Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New York City. She holds a BA in Communications and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a JD from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

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Corey Minor Smith is a thought leader in the social justice space with a primary focus on mental health and wellness advocacy in communities across the nation. Smith produces radio round-table conversations with youth and community members to discuss ways to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Smith earned a BA in English and a master’s in education, specializing in guidance and counseling, from Bowling Green State University. She earned her JD from the University of Toledo College of Law. She is the first African American to be elected to a citywide position in Canton, Ohio.

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Dr. Claud Anderson, noted forensic historian, critically analyzes the social and economic dilemmas facing Black America and crafts solutions for them. He is president of PowerNomics Corporation of America, Inc., one of the most successful Black publishing companies in the nation, and has built and owned radio stations, and the largest indoor fish factory in Maryland. He served as assistant secretary of the US Department of Commerce under President Jimmy Carter and was the education coordinator for Florida under Governor Reubin Askew. Anderson is also president of The Harvest Institute, a national Black think tank and advocacy organization.

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Tamika D. Mallory is a nationally recognized social justice activist, organizer, and movement strategist. Her front-line bravery and heroic servitude continue to fuel a global movement inspiring millions around the world to get involved in the fight for racial and social equity. Mallory made history when she helped shepherd the largest single-day demonstration in US history, the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, serving as one of its four national co-chairs. Most recently, she co-founded Until Freedom, an intersectional social justice organization, and wrote the highly anticipated forthcoming book State of Emergency, birthed from the urgent declaration she made in the opening of her speech during the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis.

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Jamila T. Davis is a motivational speaker, community activist, and the author of several books intended to empower the young and the old. In 2008, she was sentenced to 12 ½ years for bank fraud. From behind bars, Davis embarked on an intense journey of inner healing. She earned a college degree and is currently working on a doctorate. Through her writing and activism, Davis is devoted to spreading her inspirational message to the communities that need it most.

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Nuri Muhammad, student minister of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, joined the Nation of Islam in 1992 at the age of 17. He serves as resident minister of Mosque #74 in Indianapolis. Since his appointment, the mosque’s membership has quadrupled and expanded to a new and wholly renovated, expanded state-of-the-art facility. Muhammad typically visits 40 to 60 cities a year to speak in high schools, prisons, churches, and community events. His talks have received millions of views on social media.

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Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble is a pioneering psychologist, scientist, media contributor, author, and speaker. As founder of the mental health nonprofit The AAKOMA Project, Inc., she translates complex scientific concepts (developed over 20-plus years as a disparities researcher at Duke and Georgetown medical schools) into useful, everyday language for communities of color. A sought-after mental health expert and thought leader, Breland-Noble’s media work includes hosting her new video podcast Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee, which addresses mental health issues among youth, young adults of color, and marginalized communities.

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For three decades, Eric Adams has served the residents of Brooklyn as borough president, state senator, police officer, and coalition builder. In November 2017, he was reelected for a second term as borough president. Born in the borough’s Brownsville neighborhood and educated in the city’s public school system, Adams is committed to ensuring Brooklyn’s bright future by helping its citizens reach their full potential.

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Erika Alexander wears many hats: actress, trailblazing activist, entrepreneur, creator, producer, and director. An all-around boss, she is co-founder and chief creative officer of Color Farm Media, described as the “Motown of film, TV, and tech,” a media company that develops and produces scripted and nonscripted content for film, television, and streaming and podcast platforms. Alexander is beloved for her iconic acting roles as Maxine Shaw ( Living Single), Detective Latoya ( Get Out), Cousin Pam ( The Cosby Show), and Perenna ( Black Lightning). Currently, she stars as Linda Diggs on Wutang: An American Saga and Barb Ballad in Run the World.

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David Banner, CEO of A Banner Vision, is an internationally recognized Grammy Award-winning music producer, recording artist, and actor with more than 26 films under his belt. The Mississippi native is an entrepreneur dedicated to preserving culture, economic empowerment, and freedom of expression. Having earned a business degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge before embarking on his career in entertainment, Banner encourages underserved youth and creative minds to pursue professions “behind the scenes.” He leverages his affluence and influence to help leave the world in a better place than he found it.

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White folks we better listen to this.

I'm 67 years old and always thought I was not a racist or privileged. In my head, the jury is out on the former but settled on the latter. Back in the '60s and 70's I thought I was a forward-thinking liberal and above any racist views and actually had fights with my 'elders' about their bigotted and prejudiced opinions and actions. I was all anti-war and anti-racist. I worked in various industries which brought me into close relationships with all sorts of people of color and never experienced, first hand, any personal issues or problems in our business or personal dealings. BUT, after listening to Charlamagne and James I realize how "asleep" I was. These two guys and the folks they asked the questions of has made me realize how bad and screwed up our systems are. I urge every white man and woman to listen to this and make their children and family members listen to this. I'm retired and have no kids, but plan to mention this Gem to everyone I know. ( I also wish I could go back in time and drop this on my 20-year-old self!) God bless Charlamagne, James, and all those contributors.

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Banging my Head Against the Wall

Most of the answers laid out in this book make the problem worse. Don't trust doctors because they're racist, isn't an answer to increases mortality in black communities. Personal responsibility and hard work are never once mentioned, the only answer is to blame white people and hope the Government fixes your problem, but it won't, because even by your guy's admission the government is racist. Also the Klan would love your black ethno state concept, you guys should mail them a letter.

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Insightful in parts... but mostly divisive

I'm a white male, who lives in a primarily white area in the Western United states. I've lived in other countries for years, have lots of black friends in Panama, Tanzania and a few other locations and a few here in the united states, limited simply by the demographics of where I live. I'm an independent voter, don't watch the news, but prefer to be governed by small local government with minimal federal influence. I lived for about 5 years below the income poverty line after college and know the desperate feelings of wondering how to stretch $100 to pay for groceries, utilities, etc. for a small family with 2 kids, I never used medicaid, food stamps or any other government assitance other than perhaps an undeserved tax return, because I felt it was important for me as an individual to "figure it out". Since then, I've worked myself out of that hole into a comfortable living from a career that had nothing to do with anything I'd studied in college. I've never had a black friend that complained about racism or white privilege and so the argument for Black lives matter was intriguing to me and I decided I'd listen to this book to try and gain a greater appreciation and empathy for the perspectives that are behind the movement.

A little over half of this book is simply angry people venting without much consideration of an opposite perspective. The interviewer felt like a bit of a push over and mostly lobbed softballs for the duration of the book. If I'd felt persecuted and perceived wrongly over a lifetime, I'd probably feel angry too, but the way issues and resolutions were addressed, seemed abrasive and irrational in many instances. Many arguments were not constructive and it was challenging to try and not mentally take offense at extremely broad statements attributed to whites without regard for history, perspective or individuality. To simply classify white people as ignorant of all black plight and having all this perceived advantage simply because they are white, was hypocritical at times, given the notion that many didn't want to be judged by the simple fact that they were black. Many of the comments made in this book, especially when they are loud and aggressive are quite racist against whites in general, but I'd encourage white readers to not just write off everything as vitriol, Especially where calmer heads prevail. I did laugh at the argument of simply yelling: "Black people can't be racist" and then taking offense when the interviewer challenged the assertion. All races can be racist and the sad story is that racism from either direction only tends to breed more racism. After listening, I felt that the primary issues today had a little to do with actual racial issues, but a lot to do with the current culture of black communities and the differences with the white communities surrounding them.

I really appreciated that several of the interviewees were calm and rational about their perspectives on issues and were striving for solutions. In particular, I really appreciated the approaches of Eric Adams and Bishop William Barber. Eric Adams had some great suggestions on getting police more involved in the communities and helping them to understand the communities, along with educating the public on how to interact with Police so the unnecessary violent interactions can be mitigated.

I also appreciated the explanation on how slavery can be attributed, at least to an extent, as having had a negative impact on a black person's ability to get started in a capitalist economy and how some of the culture in today's black communities still have some behavioral roots in slavery. I found this perspective more objective and enlightening to me. I disagree with the notion that anybody's major problems can be attributed to 7-10 generations ago. That's screams scapegoat to me. My ancestors were poor as dirt, discriminated against for religious reasons, which I don't feel has had any bearing on my current life situation and ability or opportunities.

What bothered me was a lot of the discussion on compensation for atrocities committed against their ancestors. Many of my personal ancestors came to the U.S. after slavery was abolished and the fact that less than 4% of white families in the U.S. even owned slaves and that many of them opposed slavery is not giving credit to individuals, but making class observations from only a racial perspective... which again is racist, is it not? Not to mention, look at what has happened to Native American reservations. The 2 most racist things the country ever allowed were 1. to allow slavery to exist and 2. to just buy off the Native American tribes by paying them money and putting them on reservations. Their culture has been in large part destroyed, because we killed their incentive for individual performance by providing monthly stipends to the tribes. Ambition + opportunity is the recipe for success. Handouts don't work- don't believe me?- look at the stats on most lottery winners.

The national government's role in this needs to be smaller. You can't solve a nation's problems when the local communities have different problems that need to be solved. The only role of the national government should be to make sure that the current playing field rules are fair and that they are objective. Beyond that- community leaders are so much more effective at coming up with solutions that work for local people.

The main issue I have with this book is that it focuses so heavily on differences rather than commonalities and solutions. Want employers to quit screening based on black names? The culture has to quit using the race card every time a black person is fired. If a white employer hired a black person in the first place, they almost certainly not racist. But when they fire them for poor performance, we can't immediately call it a racist act. Every time the race card gets played- this culture creates a little more of a stigma, causing concern for the white employer about hiring another black person because they don't want to deal with a racial lawsuit and the resulting reputation fallout if the person doesn't work out. You want to know why it's harder to get a resume with a black name reviewed?- by using the race card, we've simply made it easier to fire the white guy. So even if they're not racist, it's a simple matter of risk/reward assessment analysis. Most white men don't have a problem hiring black people, they fear having to potentially fire black culture.
On the flip side- recognize that there are some cultural differences in hiring- in the NBA, 75% of the players are black and the average black player makes over double what the average white player does? If it were the opposite- ask yourself- would we be playing the race card? Sounds crazy right, but my point is, the race card shouldn't be a thing. Merits win out, Sports is a testament to that. I'm happy for Lebron James, he's done great and he's a fantastic player. I mourned Kobe's death and have used his story to try and inspire my own children's ambitions.

By always making everything about race in our discussions, we keep building walls that makes it difficult for others to climb over and work in fellowship on actual problems. If we really want "Black" lives to matter, we have to quit making it about "Black" and "White" and make it about being good neighbors and allowing space for us all to be friends. Together we can look for ways increase opportunity and pathways to success in communities, but we also have to stop leaning on the scapegoat of race as the cause of each failure or success. The solution is to get up and try again, not to point a finger. I'm not speaking of blacks alone, I'm talking about politicians, whites, blacks, the Homosexual and heterosexual communities, all Americans. We have to quit pointing fingers, and start asking "What can I change?". Looking at Michael Jackson's proverbial "Man in the mirror" as our first and only option.

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Excellent Project. Learned so much

First off let me say that I loved listening to this project. I could not stop listening to it once it started. So much information and inspiration to act. I’m going to get involved in local politics and ask legislators questions I have never had the balls to before because I live in a RED state and have never felt like having a voice would make any difference. Listening to this has changed the way I feel on that. Only critique on the entire project is that there we’re some inaccuracies in Dr. Claude’s interview. He is exceptionally more intelligent and educated than myself so I am going to chalk it up to a mishear on my part but he said, black people are the only people that were actual slaves, in correlation to an edict made by the Vatican in the 1480’s. Egypt had slaves, china’s Great Wall was built by slaves, the Norse people made slaves of each other and the rest of Europe. Those were all civilizations well before the 15th century. Slavery seems to have been an abominable stigma of humanity since we put value on any commodity obtained through labor. Also, it doesn’t seem to make sense to say politics as we know it was invented after capitalism in the 15th century when we have countless examples of it in Roman and Greek writings. Politicians have been abusing their power for gains since centralized government was invented.

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Essential Listening.

Truly a beautiful, wonderful, powerful, and truly necessary resource. An absolute good. A way forward.

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Feeling more hopeless

I chose this audiobook in order to get some direction on what I can do to help alleviate (or make sure I wasn’t causing) the problems mentioned. I did not want to continue listening after two chapters but I did finish. Only one perspective is discussed and in my opinion no answers were given to the issues discussed. It was a complain session. I did learn many things so it was useful to me.
I am an average Joe. I have no power or influence beyond my family. After listening I feel I’m damned if I try to do anything, blamed that I haven’t done enough and persecuted for learning the same erroneous history but not knowing better.

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Raw, Beautiful, And Genuine Conversations

“Real change happens in the heart.” The questions presented are thought-provoking and made me dive into the minds, hearts, and lives of the ”other.” A great listen.

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Didn’t live up to the billing.

Was expecting a discussion that challenged ideas and arrived at sometimes inconvenient or uneasy answers and instead it turned out to be a stand in for political interests. Was better off listening to segments from Charlamagne’s Breakfast Club. Really disappointed.

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This was the best audible I have heard this far.

Absolutely loved it. it was very informative.
Very well done. Job very well done family.

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Powerful!

Boy we've been through and cont to go to through soo much as a race. As someone who considers myself "woke" I almost passed over this series thinking I've heard it all before...so many different points that I've never considered. Lots of times I had a lump in my throat but if nothing else David B and Dr. Alfiee brought home the fact that we really could be worse of mentally but we are resilient. I hope I live to see the day that we have the right box to stand on in order to see over the fence! Thanks Charlemagne and James!

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excellent more information like this please

should be on all school curriculum all over the world and adult classes but most of all politricsters need educating

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Very good listen

well done Uncle charl for putting all this together. Many Jewell's were dropped but what stuck the most was reparations in form of land!!

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  • 04-07-21

CHARLAMAGNE HAD SUMN TO SPIT

Its really worth it. Not all people have balls to talk about racism. Just buy it okay. Buy it.