Charlamagne Tha God announced the cancellation of his scheduled TimesTalk, a speaking event hosted by The New York Times, at which he was set to have a discussion about mental health in the Black community with Kanye West.
The conversation was supposed to happen in New York City on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
“Normalizing being mentally healthy is a conversation that I really wanted to have with Kanye because he’s been so vocal about his own mental health struggles,” Charlamagne wrote on Instagram. “Unfortunately I think to have that conversation with him right now would not be productive and a total distraction from the point of the convo which is to eradicate the stigma of mental health especially in the black community.”
The conversation was canceled after uproar over the cost of tickets, which were $100, and West’s behavior at the Oval Office last week.
The music producer had been vocal about living with bipolar disorder and revealed he doesn’t take his medication. During his meeting with President Donald Trump, West said he was misdiagnosed. “I wasn’t actually bipolar. I had sleep deprivation, which can cause dementia 10 to 20 years from now when I wouldn’t even remember my son’s name.”
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