Born and raised as Lenard (Larry) McKelvey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Charlamagne started his journey to becoming a leading media personality when he got a job as a radio intern while attending night school. After various stints on-air in South Carolina, he landed a life-changing opportunity to become second mic to legendary radio icon Wendy Williams. Then in 2010, Charlamagne helped establish The Breakfast Club, the most successful hip hop show in radio history. He helms the morning show alongside co-hosts Angela Yee and DJ Envy. Charlamagne is also a philanthropist, a New York Times bestselling author, and cultural architect. He is committed to building an inclusive empire designed to inspire, empower, and elevate the next generation of thought leaders.