Charlamagne The God Executive Producing Political Documentary


Entrepreneur and media personality Charlamagne Tha God is executive producing a documentary about Democrat Bakari Sellers’ 2014 run for lieutenant governor of South Carolina. 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. Also, he 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”.

‘While I Breathe, I Hope’ focuses on the challenges Sellers and other African-American politicians face while running for public office. Sellers rose to prominence in 2006, becoming the youngest African-American ever to hold office in the United States when he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. After 8 years of representing the people of South Carolina he gave up his seat in the house and set his sights on lieutenant governor.

Though he ultimately lost to Republican Henry McMaster, Sellers raised a number of politically charged issues on the campaign trail, including the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol building. These issues forced South Carolinians to rethink their heritage and what it means to be an American. It also raised the issue of race and the important role it plays in today’s political process.

“Bakari’s story is one that’s extremely important and needs to be told, especially in today’s political climate. He is one of the most important voices of our present and future,” Charlamagne Tha God said in a statement. “I’m really excited to be part of the project and to support my fellow South Carolina brethren.”

The film also follows Sellers as he reacts with horror to the June 2015 mass shooting inside a Charleston church. White supremacist Dylan Roof murdering 9 unsuspecting worshippers as they prayed inside the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. One of the victims was a friend and former colleague of Sellers, congressman Clementa C. Pickney.

‘While I Breath, I Hope’ will premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival in October.

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