Charlamagne Celebrates Essex County College Wellness Awareness Day

Charlamagne is flanked by Essex County College’s Alfred Bundy, left, and College President Dr. Anthony E. Munroe

Photo by Victor Colon, Essex County College Graphics Department

Essex County College hosted Wellness Awareness Day in style with headliner Charlamagne tha God, the New York Times bestselling author and popular host of Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club, meeting with nearly 400 students filling Smith Hall. The student program was held October 24.

Charlamagne was interviewed for 30 minutes by the College’s Alfred Bundy, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement, on both his latest book, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. and how he has dealt with his anxiety and other mental health issues. Following the interview, he was joined onstage by Dr. Zoya McCants, the College’s Clinical Director of the Wellness Center. Both he and Dr. McCants fielded questions from the audience.

Essex County College’s President, Dr. Anthony E. Munroe, presented Charlamagne with a College gift bag. “Charlemagne’s mission to help everyone who deals with the challenges of anxiety and mental health issues is truly commendable,” Dr. Munroe said.

Charlamagne brought his own gifts to the College, signed copies of Shook One. Eighteen lucky students received copies, his second New York Times bestseller, and met him on stage.

“If you are experiencing mental issues, it’s ok to not be ok, we all experience trauma,” Charlamagne told the audience. “But it’s not ok to not stay ok.”