It’s definitely all of those things. Each episode features an interview with guests such as Chef Kwame Onwuachi on learning to cook, Magic Johnson on mentorship, Dionne Warwick on her morning routine and more.
But to label the Renaissance simply as a “lifestyle and culture podcast” is to underestimate its substantive contribution to a much larger, incredibly important and often neglected conversation about mental health.
The December 2 episode of Rose features a very gritty and honest interview with Charlemagne Tha Good, the hugely popular radio presenter and television personality and judge of cultural and political influence.
It’s practically a public service announcement about the importance of transparency with mental health, and one that everyone should hear. In the episode, Charlemagne shared that he had been dealing with panic attacks and anxiety for years before he got help. “I started going to therapy in 2016 because I was losing it,” he says.
That someone within Charlemagne’s reach had taken on the mantle of a mental health advocate – a role he said he initially resisted – and championed the importance of therapy would do wonders to break the stigma of mental illness that for years overcame color, gender, class and generational barriers.
It’s all good — but stigmas around mental health persist and resources aren’t always accessible or affordable, especially in communities of color.
Charlemagne, in his conversation with Rose, said that he realized with the help of Taraji B. Henson says advocating for mental health is what he wants in his life. “I want to help black people heal, especially black men,” he told Rose.
And over the past few years, Charlemagne has already touched upon core topics, including the impact of his father’s perverse view of masculinity, the trauma of systemic racism and the misconception that success in his career would ease his anxiety. Charlemagne’s conversation with Rose is a continuation of this work – and a byproduct of progress in our society.
Having fought my own mental health battles recently, I know first-hand how important these discoveries are.
Then something magical happened. We started sharing our experiences, battles, tips and tricks. The world that opened up to me was changing my life. Now, I can’t believe I was moved by my daily thought, my paralyzing anxiety was normal, or that I had to do it all silently on my own.
As a result, I became very frank and unabashed. She began starting sentences on Twitter with “My therapist says” before sharing her excellent advice on everything from reducing social media triggers to parenting with less guilt.
Charlemagne has an important message that I hope everyone gets a chance to hear, and I’m so grateful that someone like Galen Rose is giving him and others the platform to share.