A Van Lathan

A Van Lathan

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Lathan stood up and proceeded to verbalize his disappointment on Kanye’s statement and said, ‘While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives.’ He said that the African-American community was bereft of choice. He was clearly unbelievably upset and disheartened that Kanye, ‘morphed into something that is not real.’ Lathan received much love and support by speaking passionately and eloquently about his views. The live confrontation on TV with Kanye opened more doors for Lathan, with numerous TV and radio guest appearances.

Van Lathan Jr. is the Executive Producer for Two Distant Strangers, the 2021 Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short Film. He is the cohost of Higher Learning podcast along with The Bachelorette’s Rachel Lindsay and is best known as a former cohost and senior producer on TMZ Live. Whether on his podcast or media appearances, Lathan is best known for provocative interviews with influencers, celebrities, and politicians providing unparalleled perspective on key issues in society and entertainment. (Source: www.hachettebookgroup.com)


Fat, Crazy, and Tired isn't just about Van's ultimately unsuccessful journey to an Instagram‑able body and zen; it's about the unspoken personal battlefield of attaining and maintaining what American’s deem as good health. “Detox” cleanses? Weight loss pills? Celery juice? No, thank you. Van argues against aiming for 100% good health, and advocates for success to be considered 50%. He explores the real reasons behind our unending physical and mental health battles, how being “the Black guy” at work on TMZ overshadowed his identity and demonstrates how we can better understand our bodies by better understanding ourselves. With patience, compassion, and double doses of humor Fat, Crazy, and Tired provides a close look at how to really take control of your life: one step at a time.

A formerly chubby kid who self‑identified for much of his life as “the fat friend,” media personality and podcast host Van Lathan Jr. has struggled with physical and mental health his entire life. He was used to being his besties' wing man on the dating scene, the slack bench‑dweller at the gym, and his mother's biggest fan at every meal, especially whenever she served up her infamous mac and cheese with five different kinds of cheese. At 365 lbs, Van hated being fat, he found it harder than being Black! After dedicating years to improving his physical and mental health, with many ups and downs, in 2019 Van found himself in a shared slump with other Americans when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the George Floyd video was released—suddenly he was surrounded by carbs galore, binge-ing everything, feeling non‑stop exhaustion, and crippling waves of anxiety and depression. (Source: www.legacylitbooks.com)



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