Bob Marley, a visionary figure in the eyes of his 48-year-old nephew Charles Mattocks from St. Petersburg as a figure who would have likely transcended his renowned association with marijuana if he were alive today. Mattocks, a nephew deeply inspired by his mother’s tales of the legendary reggae star, believes that at 78, Marley might have sought alternative paths towards his spirituality, veering away from the once-entrenched association with the plant.
Bob Marley’s Nephew, Charles Mattocks, Champions Health After Departing Glitz of Music and Hollywood:
Preceding the premiere of the biopic “Bob Marley: One Love” on February 24, Mattocks, although unfamiliar with its content, hopes the film resonates with audiences as it did with him through his mother’s anecdotes of Marley. These stories fueled Mattocks’ transformation from a rapper and actor to a dedicated “health advocate.”
Departing from the glitz of his former career, Mattocks took on the mantle of health awareness, appearing on prominent platforms such as “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.” His focus shifted to producing documentaries and docuseries, delving into diverse health-related topics.
“Reversed,” a streaming docuseries spanning two seasons, delves into dietary domains like the keto and carnivore diets. Concurrently, “Eight Days,” another streaming series, follows individuals seeking alternative cancer treatments. Notably, his documentary “Trial by Fire” chronicles his mother’s battle with complex regional pain syndrome, a rare neurological condition.
Additionally, Mattocks’ documentary “The Diabetic You” sheds light on his own experience with diabetes, a diagnosis he received around 15 years ago. His forthcoming project centers on menopause, aiming to spotlight the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects women encounter during this transformative phase. Collaborating with Brandi Kasperski, Mattocks aspires to showcase expert insights and personal journeys.
Emphasizing his commitment to altruism, Mattocks aligns his purpose with his late uncle’s ethos, sharing Bob Marley’s sentiment: “If this life is just for him, he doesn’t want it.” This echoes Marley’s persistent advocacy for communal well-being.
Mattocks’ mother, Constance Marley, Bob’s 82-year-old sister residing in Ocala, shares a familial bond despite their disparate upbringing. The connection traces back to Norval Marley, their father, who played a minor role in their lives, as depicted in the documentary “Marley.”
Reflecting on his encounters with Bob Marley during childhood, Mattocks recalls meeting the global superstar twice. One memory resonates from a visit to the Mayflower Hotel in New York, where he found Marley amid a cloud of smoke. Another recollection centers around a conversation and an impromptu soccer match that ensued, encapsulating a brief yet impactful connection.
Mattocks vividly recalls a pivotal moment when Marley, stricken with cancer, lost his iconic dreadlocks. He recounts Marley preserving them, acknowledging their symbolic representation of rebellion, music, Rastafarian beliefs, and advocacy.
Despite differing religious beliefs—Mattocks’ mother being Jehovah’s Witness—she engaged Marley in discussions about her faith’s paradisiacal concepts. Mattocks perceives this exchange as a testament to Marley’s open-mindedness and constant quest for knowledge.
Bob Marley’s passing at 36 left an indelible mark on Mattocks, particularly during the crowded funeral in Jamaica, where he comprehended the magnitude of Marley’s global influence. Subsequently, he delved deeper into Marley’s music and persona, realizing the profound significance of his uncle’s legacy.
In his early twenties, Mattocks pursued a promising music career mentored by LL Cool J, releasing a rap album under the alias “Eddie Bone.” Hollywood beckoned next, offering Mattocks roles, notably alongside James Woods in the film “The Summer of Ben Tyler.” However, Mattocks opted for a quieter life in Tampa Bay, prioritizing family and a healthier lifestyle after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
Motivated by the lack of relatable representation for diabetes, particularly within the Black community, Mattocks redirected his focus, authoring “The Budget-Friendly Fresh and Local Diabetes Cookbook” and becoming a spokesperson for diabetes management.
Transitioning from entertainment to health advocacy, Mattocks has made significant appearances on national platforms, sharing his journey and advocating for holistic health practices. With an unwavering commitment akin to Bob Marley’s legacy, Mattocks endeavors to create a lasting impact that enriches the lives of others.
In his ongoing quest for altruism and communal betterment, Mattocks finds resonance with his late uncle Bob Marley’s philosophy, seeking to leave behind a legacy that transcends individual existence and positively impacts the lives of many.