Professional Troublemaker

By Luvvie Ajayi Jones

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Join New York Times bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones as she brings you thought-provoking conversations with professional troublemakers who have taken action, done scary things and rocked the boat to an audacious life. A professional troublemaker is a truthteller, change agent and trailblazer. They are committed to disrupting what is unjust for the greater good. They take up the call of the late, great John Lewis, who charged us to “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” They are ordinary people with the extraordinary habit of choosing COURAGE in moments of FEAR.

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Own Your Purpose (with Thasunda Brown Duckett) - Episode 15
01:01:33

Today on Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is in conversation with Thasunda Brown Duckett. This is an encore episode from a previously aired conversation on Rants & Randomness that we just had to re-share as part of Archive April. 

At the time of this interview, Thasunda was serving as the CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, but earlier this year she was named as the president and CEO of TIAA and is the first woman to serve in that role. Thasunda is at the top of her game in her career and is a mother of four, proud wife, proud daughter, and just overall noir pixie dust carrier. 

In this interview, Luvvie and Thasunda talk about her upbringing, how she became the woman who cared so much about talking about money, especially when it comes to Black women and how you can diversify your life as a portfolio. 

Apr 13, 2021
Go Unafraid (with Bozoma Saint John) - Episode 14
00:51:11

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is bringing back a conversation she had with her guest Bozoma Saint John back in 2018. We’re reaching back into past episodes of the podcast you may have missed and sharing great conversations with Professional Troublemakers as part of what we're calling Archive April.

Though she’s now the Chief Marketing Officer for Netflix, at the time of this interview Boz had just left Uber and was taking on a new role as Endeavor’s Chief Marketing Officer. We talk about why she must bring unfiltered #NoirPixieDust into boardrooms and how she made her own lane at brands including Pepsi, Apple, Uber and Endeavor, and why bringing her real self into the C-Suite gives her an edge. Boz also shares why there’s no room for imposter syndrome in her life and why she’s her own biggest supporter.

Let us know what your favorite interview has been from our past archive, and check back next week for a new interview!

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to order Luvvie’s second New York Times bestselling book PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

Apr 06, 2021
Give the Praise (with Jason Mayden) - Episode 13
00:58:22

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, host Luvvie Ajayi Jones is talking to legendary shoe-designer and President of Fear of God Athletics, Jason Mayden. In this episode, they discuss Jason’s journey from designing girl’s names in bubble letters to designing shoes for Nike at 21. 

Jason describes his design strategy as “looking for the narrative”. Instead of looking at other products for inspiration, he sees products as artifacts that tell a story. And when it comes to presenting these ideas, he has had to kill impostor syndrome and advocate for himself. They converse about the urge to give in to impostor syndrome, the process of recognizing mediocrity, and the realization of belonging in a room. 

Jason describes Professional Troublemaking as being an accomplice--not an ally---and believes the world needs Professional Troublemakers in order to take risks and say the inconvenient thing at the inconvenient time. Kick back in your favorite kicks and enjoy this episode of Professional Troublemaker with iconic Chicagoan, Jason Mayden. 

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

Mar 30, 2021
Be Less Apologetic (with Kimberly Blackwell) - Episode 12
01:15:24

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to CEO of PMM Promotions and communications powerhouse, Kimberly Blackwell. As another honorary “almost-doctor”, Kimberly talks about her pre-med beginnings and journey to entrepreneurial success. We engage in conversation about building wealth and legacy,  working toward meaningful goals, and trusting your team. 

Kimberly also delves into being an advocate for community, having positive women to be vulnerable with, and the strength she has found in her friends like Luvvie. We get into the good and the challenging parts of living in your purpose unapologetically. Grab a notebook and a pen, and get your life with the latest episode of Professional Troublemaker. 

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

Mar 23, 2021
Use Your Platform (with Sue Bird) - Episode 11
00:54:43

This week on Professional Troublemaker, I’m talking to superstar basketball player Sue Bird.

You may know Sue as one of the most recognized and heralded basketball players of all time, which is reason enough to have a conversation. But my team and I wanted Sue on the podcast because Sue was one of the forces behind the “Vote Warnock” t-shirts the WNBA was wearing this summer to throw their support behind now Senator Raphael Warnock after his opponent Kelly Loeffler (and co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream) came out against Black Lives Matter. 

During our conversation, we talk through Sue’s experience coming up through high school and college, and how she’s committed to helping the players who are coming up behind her. She also touches on how team sports taught her valuable lessons like how to be disciplined, how to get along with others, and what it means to set and achieve goals. 

Listen and enjoy as we talk with Sue Bird about using your platform as a Professional Troublemaker! 

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second New York Times best-selling book, wherever books are sold.

Mar 16, 2021
Own Your Success (with Nicole Walters) - Episode 10
01:02:58

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to Nicole Walters. Nicole is the founder and CEO of a multi-million-dollar personal development and business education empire. After quitting her corporate job on livestream in front of 10,000 people Nicole uses all the skills and knowledge she learned in the corporate world and specializes in business development training and strategic coaching for emerging entrepreneurs and established business owners. She works with everyone from stay-at-home parents to small business owners, and her transformative resources help everyday entrepreneurs build a legacy they will be proud of.

Nicole is blessing us with the information she shares in this episode. Just effortless gems dropping all around. You see her out here running her business and on her new show on USA Networks, but in this episode she shared some amazing stories we’d never heard from her before. How she’s been this professional, gifted entrepreneur from the time she was small, how she strategically mapped out her corporate career before quitting her job to step into her real purpose as the CEO and Founder of Inherit Learning Company. And we cannot wait for you to hear the story about her experience during #ShareTheMicNow. It’s too good. 

Mar 09, 2021
Fight Your Fear - Episode 9
00:21:33

How would our lives be different if we were given permission to be disruptors for the greater good? How far will we have gone if we already knew that our jobs aren’t to shy away from big things but to run towards them? How dope would our legacy be if we knew that FEAR is natural and we’re actually supposed to do the things that scare us? 

You can’t have courage without fear. You’ve already got the first step to having courage – you’re afraid. Don’t stop there. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t put shame around being afraid. It’s natural, so move forward anyway. Fight your fear.

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual is out today, everywhere books are sold.  

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

 

Mar 02, 2021
Be the Queen (with Elsa Majimbo) - Episode 8
00:51:58

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to comedian and social media sensation Elsa Majimbo. Pre-global pandemic, Elsa was a journalism student with just over seven thousand followers. Fast forward a few viral videos later, and Elsa is out here with a Fenty endorsement and major corporate partnerships, taking meetings with actors and musicians she's looked up to for years, releasing her own ASMR song about snacks on Apple Music and Spotify, all while millions of people around the world waiting for her to drop her next video. 

Elsa is making her voice heard through her comedy, which is amazing. And she’s one of those people who was born to speak out in the world - which is why you might be surprised to hear her talk about how she’s actually shy and quite reserved. But her sense of abundance and gratitude and joy for everything she has the opportunity to do right now is infectious and such an example of what is possible if we feel the fear and start doing the thing we want to do regardless.

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

Feb 23, 2021
Take the Mantle (with Tarana Burke) - Episode 7
01:25:44

In this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking with someone who is the literal walking definition of what a professional troublemaker is. She’s a truthteller, she’s a disruptor, she’s a trailblazer and a change agent – activist, author, and speaker Tarana Burke.

In this Fear Fighter February conversation, Luvvie and Tarana talk about what it was like for Tarana growing up and all the paths she walked down to end up on the one she’s on right now, the pain of being misunderstood when you’re trying to make the world a better place for everyone and how Tarana has learned to lean into vulnerability more as she continues to do her work. They also discuss Tarana’s upcoming anthology co-edited with Brené Brown, You Are Your Best Thing as well as Tarana’s memoir, coming later this year in 2021.

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

 

Feb 16, 2021
Run Your Race (with Eunique Jones Gibson) - Episode 6
00:52:29

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is sharing the audio from an IG Live conversation she had with Because of Them We Can founder Eunique Jones Gibson. Part of Fear-Fighter February, this conversation was so filled with inspiration to help people fight their fear and live audaciously, we had to share it here on the Professional Troublemaker podcast as well. Eunique is the publisher and creative mind behind not only Because of Them We Can, but the creator of the wildly popular game #CultureTags. She was our first guest on the podcast, and we’re thrilled to have her back on the show. 

In this episode, Luvvie and Eunique discuss how they show up and give each other courage, why no one can really steal one of your ideas, why it’s important to run your own race when it comes to going after your dreams, and what steps to take first when you’re bringing one of your ideas to life.

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

Feb 09, 2021
Mind Your Own Body (with Gabourey Sidibe) - Episode 5
01:19:08

This week on Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to award-winning actress and writer Gabourey Sidibe. After breaking on the scene as the title character in the Academy Award-nominated film, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, Gabby has gone on to create memorable characters on several seasons of the Emmy Award-nominated anthology series “American Horror Story.” She has also appeared in the Golden Globe Award-nominated series “The Big C,” and on the smash-hit series “Empire.” Gabby is also a director, with several television episodes and short films to her credit. Her critically acclaimed first book, "This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare," was released in 2017.

In this episode, Luvvie and Gabby are discussing the amazing story of how Gabby became an actress in the first place, the wild connection through a viral video they didn’t realize they had until this conversation, why vulnerability is vital and the need for self-care and boundaries in tumultuous times.

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.


Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

Feb 02, 2021
Normalize Therapy - Episode 4
00:32:11

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is reflecting on the recent passing of her therapist of four years, and how that has caused her to reflect on the importance of therapy in her evolution over that time. Luvvie is talking through some of the feedback and comments she has received after writing about her therapist’s death on AwesomelyLuvvie.com, and how things are going now as she continues to figure out how to process the death of the person who helped her process life. 

Luvvie is also talking all about the importance of therapy for everyone trying to show up as their full selves in this world and shares the reasons everyone should get therapy, how to find a therapist (including resources on finding one) and challenges listeners to start therapy if they aren’t already working with someone.

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

 

Jan 26, 2021
Use Your Voice (with Cynthia Erivo) - Episode 3
01:24:46

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to multiple award-winning actress and singer Cynthia Erivo. Cynthia is a Tony®, Emmy® and Grammy® Award-winning actress, as well as Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and SAG nominee. She played Celie in the West End and Broadway revivals of the musical “The Color Purple,” and was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in “Harriet," She currently appears on the HBO series “The Outsider,” and will soon play Aretha Franklin in National Geographic’s “Genius: Aretha,” airing in March.

During their conversation, Cynthia and Luvvie are talking about how she landed her life-changing role in the West End revival of The Color Purple and why she almost didn’t get the chance to audition, as well as how she’s continued to grow and thrive in a business that is difficult to handle.

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

Jan 19, 2021
Take Your Shot (with Jessica O. Matthews) - Episode 2
01:25:59

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to the Founder & CEO of Uncharted Power,  award-winning scientist Jessica O. Matthews. Her list of accolades is amazing. Jessica has two degrees from Harvard, Forbes 30 Under 30, Harvard Scientist of the Year, listed on over 12 patents and patents pending, including her first invention of the SOCCKET – an energy-generating soccer ball she invented at the age of 19. But Jessica is a professional troublemaker, not just for all she’s accomplished, but that she is committed to solving big problems and refuses to let people suffer or live a life that is less than if there is a way to solve the problem.

During their conversation, Jessica and Luvvie are talking about what pushed Jessica to start down this path of working to revolutionize energy and infrastructure, why she considers God to be the biggest investor in her life and career, and why Black women will save the world if they’ll step up and start taking the risks they need to take.

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

Jan 12, 2021
Make Good Trouble - Episode 1
00:09:54

Welcome to the Professional Troublemaker podcast. As we’ve been preparing to launch Luvvie’s new book Professional Troublemaker into the world, we’ve been auditing and examining everything we do. We want to make sure that the content we create and the things we offer are the best of what you need to do better. 

In this episode, Luvvie talks all about where this new name comes from, defines what a professional troublemaker is, and why it is so needed right now. You’ll get a peek into the kinds of interviews we’ll be bringing you and what you’ll be learning alongside Luvvie as we dive into these amazing conversations.

We’re here to bring you thought-provoking conversations with amazing people who have taken action, caused good trouble, and consistently shown up with the courage and confidence they needed to become the fear-fighters they are today. You’ll get the inspiration and action steps you need to take up space and stand in who you are so you can step out into the world and do big things.

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Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalTroublemaker. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram! Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

Jan 05, 2021
Move Forward - Episode 53
00:08:22

On this episode of Rants & Randomness, we’ve got a big announcement. As we’ve been preparing to launch Luvvie’s new book Professional Troublemaker into the world, we’ve been auditing and examining everything we do. We want to make sure that the content we create and the things we offer are the best of what you need to do better. 

When we looked at the podcast, we realized something. Rants & Randomness had grown up too. 

We weren’t doing the rants anymore. And the interviews have become more and more focused on dope people who are out there trying to leave the world better than they found it. They’ve made the choice to be professional troublemakers, and we were diving deep on what that means and how they did it.

So… ANNOUNCEMENT. Rants & Randomness is adulting. Same dope interviews, still Luvvie learning alongside her guests in these amazing conversations, but we’re giving it a new name. Starting January 5, 2021 – on Luvvie’s birthday – this podcast will be called Professional Troublemaker. 

If you’re already subscribed, you don’t have to do anything. We’ll have a new thumbnail picture in the podcast app, but all the prior interviews will still be available. The heart of the podcast stays the same. Luvvie will keep bringing you amazing people who she believes are trailblazers and change agents. We’ll keep having epic conversations so we can learn together what it takes to become a professional troublemaker and walk that out every day.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode?  Email podcast@aweluv.com with feedback or questions!

 

Dec 23, 2020
Keep Going (with Cari Champion) - Episode 52
01:17:48

This week on Rants & Randomness, Luvvie is talking to veteran TV journalist and host Cari Champion. After working for nearly a decade at ESPN where she served as a SportsCenter anchor and host of ESPN Two's First Take, Cari made history earlier this year with her move to VICE TV, working alongside co-host and former guest of this podcast, Jemele Hill, as the first Black women to host a late-night cable show. Cari is also the host of her own podcast, called The Brownprint and she co-hosts The Titan Games, an athletic competition show with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

During their conversation, Luvvie and Cari talking about her growing up, how she got her start in journalism and then moved up the ranks and got to ESPN, how she learned that sometimes the thing you’ve worked so hard for isn’t what you hope it will be, and how she shows up being a Black woman who embraces other Black women in a world that's often not doing that.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And make sure you pre-order her new book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual 

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Nov 10, 2020
Stay Vigilant and VOTE - BONUS Episode 13
00:12:26

In this episode of Rants & Randomness, we’re talking all about Election Day in the United States. We’re talking about the importance of voting, what to watch for and be aware of today as you go vote, and why we need to be patient and vigilant today and for the next few weeks.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Nov 03, 2020
Demand More (with Abby Wambach) - Episode 51
01:14:44

This week on Rants & Randomness, Luvvie is talking to Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion. Abby was the US leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s’ World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of Forward: A Memoir and Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power and Change the Game, as well as the author of the recently released young readers edition of Wolfpack.

During their conversation, Luvvie and Abby discuss how she grew up in a household of 10 people and became a professional athlete basically at the age of five, how getting sober changed everything for her, and what she has learned post-retirement that she walks with now. 

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual, and make sure you pre-order her upcoming book PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear-Fighter Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Oct 20, 2020
Make Your Voice Heard (with Stephanie L. Young) - Episode 50
01:09:31

On this episode of Rants & Randomness, Luvvie’s guest is Stephanie L. Young. Stephanie serves as chief officer for culture, communications, and media partnerships at When We All Vote, a nonpartisan voting initiative launched by Michelle Obama. She has years of communication experience in the public and private sectors with organizations such as the Obama White House, where she worked for years, Congressional Leadership, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and BET. 

During her time in the White House, Stephanie served in two critical roles as associate communications director and then as the senior public engagement advisor. In these roles, she led the press strategy around domestic policy announcements and created and managed critical relationships for the president in the African-American community.

During this conversation, we discover what Stephanie’s childhood was like, about how she started her career, how she was able to get a job at the Obama White House, and what she's doing now that has traces to what she used to do when she was younger.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Oct 13, 2020
Go Your Own Way (with Brandon Stanton) - Episode 49
01:25:30

In this episode of Rants & Randomness, Luvvie is talking to storyteller and photographer Brandon Stanton - the man behind Humans of New York. 

After being fired from his job as a bond trader in Chicago, Brandon moved to New York City to start Humans of New York in 2010. The website and social media accounts feature portraits of people in New York City and their stories. He's the author of two number-one New York Times bestselling books, Humans of New York, and Humans of New York: Stories, and his latest book, Humans, comes out on October 6, 2020.

As of this airing, Brandon just finished up a week of sharing Tattletales from Tanqueray - a series of stories and images following up with Stephanie, aka Lady Tanqueray after his photos of her went viral last year. Luvvie and Brandon are talking about all that series and talking to Brandon about his story, how he started doing this work, and when he decided to use this platform in this way. 

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Sep 29, 2020
Love Yourself More (with Devi Brown) - Episode 48
01:07:01

On this episode of Rants & Randomness, Luvvie is talking to wellness expert, author, podcaster (and according to Luvvie) magical unicorn Devi Brown. 

Devi is the Chief Impact Officer at Chopra Global, and is certified in Primordial Sound Meditation, Spiritual Psychology and Energy Healing. She regularly teaches in LA, as well as leads retreats and events internationally. After over a decade of working in hip hop entertainment as a radio and TV host, she answered her calling to become an advocate for women of color in the wellness space. Devi’s company KARMA BLISS is devoted to spiritual connection meant to aid in the healing of generational trauma. Through her best-selling book Crystal Bliss and her podcast Dropping Gems, Devi’s work is rooted in sharing tangible healing modalities with millennial and generation Z women of color in support of whole-life enhancement.

This is a healing and beautiful conversation where Luvvie and Devi are talking all about how Devi transitioned from a huge career in hip-hop radio and broadcasting to doing the work she does today, why healing your inner child is vital (and how to go about doing it) and how we can find our way to our own spiritual practices.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Sep 22, 2020
Wait for Your Harvest (with Austin Channing Brown) - Episode 47
01:24:04

In this episode of Rants & Randomness, Luvvie is talking with the brilliant Austin Channing Brown. Austin is a speaker, writer, and media producer providing inspired leadership on racial justice in America. She is the author of New York Times' bestselling I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - recently chosen as a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick -and the Executive Producer of web series The Next Question.

This is an amazing and energetic conversation, talking about everything from how Austin grew up, how she got her first name, what she does to make sure that she’s finding rest in this stressful world, and how she became this voice, this person that ended up writing a book that hit the New York Times bestseller list two years after it came out.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Sep 15, 2020
Step Toward Your Destiny (with Tiwa Savage) - Episode 46
00:48:10

In this episode of Rants & Randomness, Luvvie is talking to Nigerian pop star and Afrobeats queen Tiwa Savage. With more than two decades in the music industry, Tiwa is having a huge moment right now. She wrote and performed a song on Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift album and the Black is King visual album, made her US television performance debut, and just dropped her latest studio album, Celia. Named after Tiwa's mom, Celia is packed full of songs you want to listen to and dance to, and that will help you feel better about the world. 

Listen in as Luvvie and Tiwa talk about the ups and downs in the music world, how motherhood has affected her music, and how moving from Nigeria to London as a child changed her entire life.

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Sep 01, 2020
Hold Yourself Accountable (with Sophia Bush) - Episode 45
00:45:40

In this episode of Rants & Randomness, Luvvie is talking with her friend Sophia Bush. In June, Luvvie was one of four founding members of an online initiative called Share the Mic Now where 50 Black women took over the accounts of 50 white women for the day, getting billions of views around the world. Sophia shared her IG account with Luvvie that day, and this episode is taken from a live conversation that they had the next day on IG Live.

This episode is an excerpt from that IG Live conversation, which so many who saw it loved because it was a peek into Luvvie and Sophia’s relationship and how they work together from their respective platforms to do good in the world. Luvvie and Sophia are talking about getting over the paralysis of perfection, speaking up, what spending your privilege looks like, and why these conversations about privilege could actually save lives if we’re paying attention, and why we gotta commit to standing up for each other in more visible ways. 

And if you love this conversation, don’t miss this week’s episode of Sophia’s podcast, Work In Progress. Luvvie is her guest, and they have an amazing conversation that continues what they talk about in this episode.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual, and pre-order her new book, PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear-Fighter Manual now!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Aug 26, 2020
Fight Your Fear – BONUS Episode 12
00:29:57

On this episode of Rants & Randomness, we’re sharing an excerpt of an IG Live Luvvie did last week on fear and imposter syndrome. Luvvie had a recent conversation with her boo Bozoma Saint John (@badassboz) on how imposter syndrome changes and shifts during your career and the LuvvCousins in LuvvNation and folks who saw the live on Instagram had a lot of follow up questions about it.

This bonus episode goes into those follow up questions and has Luvvie preaching on how imposter syndrome is something you always need to fight, why you need to accept your calling before you get shamed into it, and how find the confidence to share your dreams with others.

After you listen, don’t miss the chance to sign up for a follow up class on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 pm Central. Visit FearFighterClass.com for more information.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual! And be sure to pre-order PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear Fighter Manual, Luvvie’s second book, wherever books are sold.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Aug 18, 2020
Be Authentic (with Dr. Yaba Blay) - Episode 44
01:01:52

On this episode of Rants & Randomness, we’re sharing an excerpt of a Chat and Chill Luvvie had with Dr. Yaba Blay. Chat and Chill is a gathering Luvvie will hold with her community on LuvvNation on Friday nights. Everyone grabs their snacks, shows up at the computer in their coziest auntie robe, and hangs out for great conversation. 

This episode is an excerpt from one of those great conversations. We’re bringing you Luvvie’s chat with Dr. Yaba Blay (@fiyawata). She’s a scholar, Professional Black Girl (@professionalblackgirl) and in this conversation, Yaba and Luvvie talk about exploiting our privilege for the greater good, sisterhood as a verb, and giving ourselves the permission to succeed.

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Aug 11, 2020
Do The Thing That Feels Bigger Than You (Behind the Scenes on Luvvie's Next Book) - Episode 43
00:51:49

On this episode of Rants & Randomness, we’re sharing a recent IG Live where Luvvie is diving into the behind the scenes of getting the book deal for her second book, getting it written in the middle of a pandemic, why a book proposal is the most critical thing you need when it comes to writing a book, and is answering questions on the tools and processes that helped her get it done. If you have something you want to get done, and it’s sitting on your heart (whether it’s writing a book or not), make sure you listen to this episode.

Write your book with Scrivener: https://luvvie.me/scrivluvv

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Aug 04, 2020
Speak Up for Yourself (with Gabrielle Union) – Episode 42
01:02:26

In this episode of Rants and Randomness, Luvvie is having a conversation with Gabrielle Union - actress, activist, and author. She's been speaking out about injustice throughout her career, as a leader and advocate for inclusion in the Entertainment industry. She is also a champion of breast health and combating sexual violence. Gabrielle talks about being a Black woman in Hollywood – why those big hit movies early in her career didn’t change much for her career trajectory and what her experience as a judge on America’s Got Talent taught her about the projects she will choose going forward. Luvvie and Gabrielle also talk about what it’s like to be a parent and stepmom and how Gabrielle is crushing that role.

You can follow Gabrielle on Twitter (@itsgabrielleu) and Instagram (@gabunion)

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Jul 15, 2020
The Weary Weaponizing of White Woman Tears - BONUS Episode 11
00:15:36

A white woman feels challenged or uncomfortable about something a Black person said or did. Instead of using her words, she cries. Instantly. No matter what the initial catalyst of the situation is, she ends up being appeased, pacified, and pampered.

In this bonus episode of Rants and Randomness, Luvvie is revisiting a previously published piece that starts getting shared on social every time another Becky weaponizes her tears against a Black person.

READ: About the Weary Weaponizing of White Women Tears

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Jul 07, 2020
Build Your Brand (with Rory Vaden) - Episode 41
00:35:09

In this episode of Rants and Randomness, we’ve got a little bit of a twist. Instead of Luvvie doing the interviewing, she’s the one begin interviewed. After being a guest on his Influential Personal Brand Summit and podcast, Luvvie wanted to share this interview from Brand Builders Group Co-Founder Rory Vaden. Rory and his team at Brand Builders Group specialize in helping people get clarity on their purpose and uncover their uniqueness so they can use that to serve the world. Luvvie is talking all about her 17 year journey as a writer and speaker and shares all the things she has learned with Rory and with you.

If you want to take your personal brand to the next level, take Rory and his team up on their special offer for Rants listeners for a FREE brand strategy call. Visit freebrandcall.com/luvvie and get signed up for your free call to get clear on how to build more influence, impact and income.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – InstagramFacebookTwitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

May 05, 2020
Blow Them Away (with Courtney A. Kemp) - Episode 40
01:03:38

In this episode of Rants and Randomness, we’re sharing an interview that was so good, it needed to stand on its own. Today, Luvvie is talking with Courtney A. Kemp. 

Courtney is a television writer and producer. In 2014, she created the Starz series, Power, the most-watched original series on Starz with millions of viewers. She was also a writer on shows like The Bernie Mac Show, The Good Wife, and Beauty and the Beast. Courtney is one of the most powerful women in television. In this conversation with Luvvie, Courtney dropped so many gems that this interview needs to stand alone. Be sure to listen and share.

So, also check out our other standalone interviews that I've done on this podcast. Rich Dennis (Episode 20), Yvette Noel Shure (Episode 23), and Thasunda Brown Duckett (Episode 29).

You can follow Courtney on Twitter (@courtneykemp) and Instagram (@courtneyakemp)

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Mar 31, 2020
Consume the Room (with June Ambrose) - Episode 39
01:04:34

In this episode,, Luvvie is feeling good about learning on Instagram that one of her followers sharing that named her daughter after Luvvie. She rants about finding out that we are learning in the wake of COVID-19 that hand washing was not happening for far too many people, and gives a PSA to WASH YOUR HANDS. And since we need some good trash TV to watch right now, Luvvie is spotlighting Love is Blind on Netflix in case you need some can’t-look-away, bingeable TV while you're socially distancing. Luvvie’s guest this week is fashion designer, author, celebrity stylist and unicorn, June Ambrose.

You can follow June on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@juneambrose)

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Mar 17, 2020
Be An Advocate (with Kim Foxx) – Episode 38
00:57:08

In this episode of Rants and Randomness, Luvvie is feeling good about Renegade dance creator Jalaiah Harmon getting the props she deserves for creating the dance and is loving seeing her perform everywhere from the NBA All-Star Game to Ellen. She rants fighting the FOMO that pops up when we think we need to be on all the social media platforms. Luvvie is pointing her random spotlight on her favorite apple juice – Martinelli’s – because it’s the best and she loves it. (not sponsored – it’s just that good) And this week, she chats with Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx.

You can follow Kim on Twitter (@KimFoxxforSA) and Instagram (@kim_foxx)

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Mar 03, 2020
Spend Your Privilege (with Brittany Packnett Cunningham) - Episode 37
01:11:18

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about Hair Love winning the Oscar for Short Animated Film and that Parasite was the first non-English language film to win Best Picture. She’s also feeling good about getting to write a piece in The New York Times. She rants about disinformation and how we're so quick to spread fake news and news that's not accurate or well thought out. And it’s critical to be aware of this in an election year. Meanwhile, Luvvie is spotlighting the Netflix documentary She Did That (featuring Luvvie and four other amazing Black women entrepreneurs). Finally, she chats with educator, organizer, NBC Contributor and writer, Brittany Packnett Cunningham.

You can follow Brittany on Twitter and Instagram @MsPackyetti

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

 

Feb 18, 2020
The 5 Stages of Social Media Grief - BONUS Episode 10
00:27:12

We forget that life is short. Until something reminds us that life has to be lived loudly and urgently. That waking up and starting a new day each morning is a privilege. And we need to treat each other better. 

On this bonus episode of Rants and Randomness, Luvvie walks through The Five Stages of Social Media Grief when a celebrity dies. There are so many ways we can do better in this space and this episode is here to start a conversation around how we can do better.

READ: The Stages of Social Media Grief of Celebrity Deaths

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Feb 04, 2020
A Guide to Group Travel - BONUS Episode 9
00:51:49

Good group trips don’t just happen. They're planned. And Luvvie is adept at planning trips from 3 people to 30.

In this BONUS episode of Rants & Randomness, Luvvie is partnering with Airbnb and breaking down the do's, the don'ts and the crucial things you must remember to plan an amazing group trip with friends or family, where people don't end up hating each other.

(And when you've got that trip planned and you're ready to start packing, check out Luvvie's Travel Essentials page to get the full list of her travel must-haves from our previous bonus episode).

Read: 10 Airbnbs Luvvie Ajayi Jones is Loving, Not Judging

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Jan 21, 2020
Grant Yourself Grace (with Tai Beauchamp) - Episode 36
01:14:18

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the holiday season finally being here! She rants about the over-glorification of homeownership and the pressures we put on ourselves to buy. She speaks of the benefits of renting and how we can all afford to take a second look at our finances to see the options that work best. Meanwhile, Luvvie is spotlighting Humans of New York. Finally, she chats with influencer, public speaker, media personality and entrepreneur, Tai Beauchamp.

You can follow Tai (@taibeau) on Twitter and Instagram.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Dec 10, 2019
Push Past Your Walls (with Jessamyn Stanley) - Episode 35
01:14:17

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about her second book deal, The Fear-Fighter Manual! In this follow up to her first book, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual, Luvvie will tackle fear and expose the life limiting havoc this emotion can inflict on our lives when it goes unchecked. She rants about how oversaturated the TV streaming services market is, Disney+ being the latest culprit. Luvvie gives a special shout out to Lit Brooklyn, one of her fave candle companies. And, she steps into a fascinating conversation with Jessamyn Stanley, Author, Activist and Founder of The Underbelly Yoga. Jessamyn’s classes provide a body positive approach to yoga, encouraging her to students to ask, “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?”

You can follow Jessamyn Stanley on Twitter and Instagram! And, learn more about her industry disrupting fitness app, The Underbelly Yoga.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

 

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Nov 26, 2019
Do Good Work (with Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche) - Episode 34
01:15:24

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling great about being the cover girl for Munaluchi Bride Magazine’s fall 2019 issue. She rants about tantrum-throwing adult-toddlers that feel the need to announce when they “officially unfollow” someone. And she spotlights the Podcasting 101 video series she’s hosting with Sean Rameswaram, in partnership with Google and PRX. She then dives into an amazing conversation with Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, award-winning teacher of financial education and founder of The Live Richer Academy. Tiffany’s work in empowering women to lead financially healthy lives is game-changing.

Follow Tiffany on Twitter and Instagram (@thebudgetnista)! Check out her Live Richer Academy, and The Budgetnista website!

This episode is brought to you by Queen & Slim, a film by Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas. In theaters everywhere on Nov. 27!

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Nov 12, 2019
The LuvvJones Wedding (with Akeshi Akinseye) - Episode 33
01:28:33

Luvvie is back and is now a wife! In this episode, she talks about how she married her favorite person, in two ceremonies in one day. It was a whole production, and in this episode, she answers questions people have about how she and Mr. Jones were able to pull all that off. Her guest is the wedding planner extraordinaire, Akeshi Akinseye, CEO and Creative Director of Kesh Events. The two take a deep dive into the process, discussing budget, realistic planning and how Akeshi makes magic happen, like she did for the #LuvvJones wedding.

Follow Akeshi and the Kesh Events team on Instagram (@KeshEvents) to keep up with their work!

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Wedding Vendor List

Planning/décor/design: @keshevents | Cinematography: @yameanstudios | Photography: @keshalambert | Bridal stylists: @segungele @andrea_pittercampbell | Groom’s escort/stylists: @ijaysanchez @ldellyoung | Bride and Groom’s traditional clothes: @bimmms24 | Bride’s gown: @pantorabridal | Groom’s tux: @garconcouture | Reception dress: @topefnr | Makeup: @jazzemakeup | Bride’s hairstyling: @lovingyourhair | Bride and Groom barber: @illustrious_cuts | Stationery: @bydamistudiosnyc | Music: @djbonsu | Bride’s entrance song: @cynthiaerivo | Saxophonist: @yinkasax | Violinist: @nktheviolinist | Gele: @omogeadumaradan | Alaga: @ceceliapeters_ | Jewelry: Priti Design Co. | Catering: @blackfoxceo @africanamobilekitchen | Yogurt: @sweetkiwiyogurt | Chocolates: @Phillipashley | Mambo sauce: @capitalcityco | Rental: @ellierosechicago | Roses: @tessacorp.roses | Venue: @moonlightstudioschicago

Oct 29, 2019
Be Free (Toni Morrison Tribute) - BONUS Episode 8
00:05:23

In this special tribute to the legend Toni Morrison, Luvvie explores the impact Ms. Morrison had on her as well as the life-changing effects the book Sula had on her as a young eighth-grader. 

Luvvie pays homage to the utter glory we share by being alive in a time where Ms. Morrison’s truth-telling gift elevates us all to do better. And so, Luvvie takes a moment to honor Toni Morrison: First of Her Name. Architect of Words. Acclaimed Author. Teller of Truths. Shifter of Culture. Netter of Nobel Prize. Writing Domino. Legendary Laureate.

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Aug 09, 2019
Travel Essentials - BONUS Episode 7
00:44:54

In this BONUS episode, Luvvie talks travel and fun with her 11 key essentials for pre-packing. With so many things to see, do, and discover, people can forget how to travel well. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or a first time traveler, having a detailed travel packing list can make all the difference in preparing for your trip. As an avid traveler, Luvvie has optimized the routine of packing to a science and is ready to share the secrets to avoiding the worst-case scenarios.

Take a look at Luvvie's Travel Essentials page to get the full list and names of her travel must-haves from the episode.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Jul 09, 2019
Say Yes (with Elaine Welteroth) - Episode 32
00:45:11

In this exciting episode, Luvvie and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-chief, Elaine Welteroth herself are in conversation about her new memoir, More Than Enough. An instant New York Times bestseller, Elaine unpacks lessons from childhood and her journey to find herself and inspire the next generation. From growing up with interracial parents, to being in an on-again, off-again relationship and her strong-willed quest to land a magazine internship, Elaine drives the conversation on race, humility and transformation.

Follow Elaine Welteroth (@elainewelteroth) on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with her story!

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Jun 25, 2019
Do Your Best (with Jovian Zayne) - Episode 31
01:18:07

In this special episode, Luvvie has a candid conversation with coach, facilitator, speaker and consultant, Jovian Zayne. Nothing shy of living a purpose driven life for herself, Jovian shares childhood stories of holding spaces for others even at times when it was not convenient. A recognized thought leader, Jovian shares with Luvvie the things that have driven her to inspire people of all generations to celebrate and active the power of their purpose.

Follow Jovian Zayne (@Jovianzayne) on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to follow her story!

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have you joined LuvvNation? It’s a safe space in a dumpster fire of a world. In this digital Wakanda, the boldest, most awesome community on the interwebs support each other, give loving side-eyes and are generally just amazing! When social media is not doing its best, LuvvNation is where you can go exhale!

And check-out Luvvie’s eSchool, The Do-Better Academy. It’s where she will be sharing actionable tips on how to level-up your professional life. Her first course, The Public Speaking Master Class just closed, but stay tuned for updates on other offerings. Sign-up now at Dobetteracademy.com!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Jun 11, 2019
Passport Privilege is Real - BONUS Episode 6
00:26:30

In this BONUS episode Luvvie reflects on the passport privilege of being a United States citizen. With it, she can travel to 185 countries without drama. Yet as a dual citizen who also holds a Nigerian passport, she knows first hand what it means to have a passport that gives way more challenges. Luvvie also shouts out the often terrifying, sad and just plain wrong tales from her digital community (known as LuvvNation) about the sacrifices and drama they have faced with getting visas or negotiating how the world will treat them with non-US passports. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who travels or is impacted by travel.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

May 28, 2019
The Do-Better Academy by Luvvie Ajayi Launches - BONUS Episode 5
00:03:19

New York Times best-selling author, writer, podcaster and speaker Luvvie Ajayi** announces the launch of her eSchool, The Do-Better Academy (DBA). DBA will focus on teaching people how to thrive in business and career, through a series of courses with the mission of giving students actionable and concrete takeaways they can use to level up professional. Her first series, on Public Speaking launches May 29!

You can get first dibs on doing better at an incredible price for the value. New topics and courses will be introduced and all courses include lifetime access and a private course-based community within Luvvie’s online social network, LuvvNation.

Sign up for the waiting list at DoBetterAcademy.com.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

May 24, 2019
Learn The Craft (with Ruth E. Carter) - Episode 30
01:10:51

In this episode, Luvvie and Academy Award winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter have a conversation about what it really takes to be the best in your field. Ruth shares stories about her grind, her grit and the glow up. Her work ethic and ability to be a good listener are just a few of the foundations of the career she built over the years that bought her home an Oscar for costume design in 2018 for the blockbuster, Black Panther.

Follow Ruth E. Carter on Instagram (@therealruthecarter) and Twitter (@iamruthcarter).

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

May 14, 2019
Own Your Character (with Thasunda Brown Duckett) - Episode 29
00:59:22

In this special episode, Luvvie has a candid conversation with Thasunda Brown Duckett, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking. They talk about showing up as your full self, even in corporate settings, rising through the ranks and her clarity about her purpose. Thasunda is passionate about ensuring that Black women are able to build wealth, and that is why she champions #CurrencyConversations.

Follow Thasunda Brown Duckett (@Thasunda) on Instagram and Twitter to follow her story!

Take the #CurrencyConversations pledge with Chase x Essence at CurrencyConversations.com, and tell a sister friend to join you because there’s power in numbers.

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Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Apr 30, 2019
Be a Legend (with Marsai Martin) - Episode 28
00:56:24

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about all the love she got when she launched her new network, Luvvnation! It’s a safe place in a dumpster-fire of a world. She rants about folks not doing business right and infringing on trademarks, and she spotlights Divine Flavor Catering, her favorite Nigerian food delivery. Then she chats with Marsai Martin, the youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood history and the the power mover behind the film "Little."

Please follow Marsai on social media y’all! She’s @marsaimartin on Instagram and Twitter.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Apr 16, 2019
Keep Building (with Damon Young) - Episode 27
01:12:51

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about all the love she got from an international contingent during her Dublin trip to keynote the ICF Headquarters (International Coach Federation) as well as how being on that stage validated her work. She rants about archaic, annoying voicemail and how getting rid of it was one of the top things she’s done for self-care in 2019. And she spotlights Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, a true leader whose mission to help women make better financial decisions is aspirational and accessible. Then, Luvvie kicks it with VSB’s (Very Smart Brothas) Damon Young about life, words and his new book, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays.

Follow Damon and his company! If you’re on Twitter, his personal feed is @damonyoungvsb. Follow @verysmartbrothas, on Facebook. On Instagram and Twitter, his company is @verysmartbros.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Apr 02, 2019
Push Forward (with Latham Thomas) - Episode 26
01:13:43

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the student who turned her into his Black History Month project. She rants about folks really not respecting basic hygiene rules that keep us all safe and healthy. And she spotlights being a contributor in the super-dope book called Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter. This book is a project by Veronica Chambers – a four time NYT best-selling author! She then chats with the woman who is love epitomized, Latham Thomas, wellness maven and doula!

Follow Latham on her Instagram and Twitter (@glowmaven)

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Mar 19, 2019
Bend the Internet (with Jubril Agoro) - Episode 25
01:09:02

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. It is the annual meeting of Noir Pixie Dust and this year was no different! She rants about the rampant homophobia shown in the face of the utter glory of Billy Porter’s Oscar #alphet, and shows love to Nigerian rapper extraordinaire Tobe Nwigwe. She chats with Jubril Agoro, Digital Marketing pioneer and founder of Passport Heavy, the digital content driven go-to travel destination for travel aficionados who want to see the world through the eyes of a Black traveler who loves life. Jubril goes all in about his transition from a digital marketing pioneer to a travel guru, while giving accolades to his Nigerian heritage and its impact on his worldview and business acumen.

Follow Jubril on social media. He’s @Jubril8 on Instagram, and on Twitter, he’s @Jubril. Follow his company, Passport Heavy, on Facebook and Instagram.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Pick up her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Mar 05, 2019
#BuyBlack - BONUS Episode 4
00:20:50

In this BONUS episode, Luvvie talks about the importance of [buying Black][2], divesting from brands that don’t support the community and investing in Black-owned businesses. As a lover of things good and Noir, Luvvie shares ways to be a better, more intentional member of the economy!


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Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
Producer: Candace Jones
Content and Copy Manager: Davida E. Arnold

Feb 26, 2019
Get It Done (with Karleen Roy) - Episode 24
01:03:01

In this gem dropping episode, Luvvie rants about men taking up too much space and shows love to Black makers, designers and doers. She is in conversation with Karleen Roy, CEO/Founder of The Vanity Group, the magical event manifestor to the stars. Karleen drops gems about the value of integrity, going hard in the paint and giving yourself credit.

Follow Karleen on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @KarleenRoy. And follow her company, The Vanity Group on Instagram, and on Facebook @TheVanityGroup.

Sign up for The LuvvLetter and get content in your inbox from Luvvie herself.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Feb 19, 2019
Let Love Save You (with Yvette Noel-Schure) - Episode 23
01:02:45

In this special episode, Luvvie chats with Yvette Noel-Schure, legendary publicist to the stars (including Beyoncé, Prince, Maxwell, Mariah Carey). Yvette tells us why she chooses happiness and how she’s established an award-winning career built on respect, hard-work and love. She reveals a heart-opening story that she’s never shared before publicly about her hardest moment as a publicist. You won’t want to miss this episode, which feels like a life masterclass!

Follow Yvette on Instagram (@YvetteNoelSchure). And follow her company on Twitter and Instagram (@SchureMediaGroup).

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Pick up her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Feb 05, 2019
Stand For Something (with Natasha S. Alford) - Episode 22
00:57:51

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about her trip to Ghana and Nigeria (also known as the #WAV trip!), rants about the government shutdown, and shows love to Marie Kondo’s Netflix show, Tidying Up. She also chats with The Grio’s Deputy Editor, Natasha S. Alford, about how she went from being a hedge-funder to a teacher to an award-winning journalist. Natasha also walks us through how she navigated her way back to her purpose by following her heart, doing the work and trusting God.

Follow Natasha on Twitter and Instagram! She’s @NatashaSAlford on Twitter and Instagram.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Jan 22, 2019
Do Better: Social Media Etiquette - BONUS Episode 3
00:19:57

In this BONUS episode, Luvvie talks about social media etiquette! Being the cantankerous Auntie she is, she rants about people sending messy DMs and emails, and shares tips on how to get it all the way together in 2019. Your social media presence matters, so do it right!

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Jan 08, 2019
Trust Your Gut (with Lisa Price) - Episode 21
01:09:54

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about her Paris trip (and engagement!), rants about people who send nonsensical emails and DMs, and shows love to The Crayon Case. She also chats with Carol’s Daughter Founder and President Lisa Price about little known facts about her, like going to college at 16 and working on The Cosby Show. She also goes through her journey creating the pioneering brand in natural hair care.

Follow Lisa on Twitter and Instagram! She’s @IAmLisaPrice on Twitter and Instagram.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Dec 11, 2018
Own the Narrative (with Rich Dennis) - Episode 20
01:26:52

In this special episode, Luvvie brings you an in-depth interview with Sundial Brands Co-Founder and CEO Rich Dennis. In the interview, Rich shares how he went from selling soaps on 125th street in Harlem to building a business that is now a global conglomerate. He chats about why economic freedom is so critical for the Black community and breaks down the costs of (not) buying Black. He talks about buying ESSENCE Magazine and explains how he had the conviction to insist that Unilever invest $100 million in Black women entrepreneurs as part of this partnership with the megabrand. Last but certainly not least, Rich addresses the controversy surrounding that SheaMoisture ad and whether the formula has changed. Yea, we went there! Do yourself a favor and get into this episode ASAP!

Follow Rich’s fund focused on women of color entrepreneurs, New Voices Fund, on Facebook and Instagram.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Nov 27, 2018
Never Give Up (with Claire Sulmers) - Episode 19
00:59:47

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about minority progressives winning in the midterm elections, rants about people who vote in the interest of their oppressors, and shows love to Higher Heights for America. She also chats with fashion blogger, author, and public speaker Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily.

Follow Claire all over these interwebs at ClaireSulmers, FashionBombDailyMag, ConvoswithClaire, TheBombLife, and FashionBombAfrica. She did not come to play with y’all!

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Nov 13, 2018
Pursue Truth (with Jemele Hill) - Episode 18
01:15:00

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the LuvvFest her friends threw her just because, rants about people who do not vote, and shows love to Mess in a Bottle. She also chats with sports journalist, commentator, and producer Jemele Hill.

Follow Jemele on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book *I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual*.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Oct 30, 2018
Be Everything at Once (with Dami Lee) - Episode 17
00:52:34

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the little black girl magic going to the pool and being mistaken for a 22 year old, rants about the Presidential Alert, and shows love to the book “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics”. There’s also a special guest segment where Luvvie chats with none other than Kale. She also talks with artist and author Dami Lee of As Per Usual and Be Everything at Once.

Follow Dami Twitter and Instagram! She’s @Dami_Lee on Twitter and Instagram. You can also buy her book Be Everything at Once.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Oct 16, 2018
Know Your Worth (with Ashley Blaine Featherson) - Episode 16
01:00:07

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the new movie “Bad Times at the El Royale” and the upcoming Together Live tour, rants about the craziness of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and why we need to BELIEVE WOMEN, and shows love to the wonders of Vitamin C serums. She also talks with actress and producer Ashley Blaine Featherson of Dear White People.

Follow Ashley on Twitter and Instagram! She’s @AshleyBlaine on Twitter and Instagram.

Also welcome our new sponsor, Third Love, to the show. Use this special link for Rants and Randomness listeners and get 15% off your first purchase!

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Oct 02, 2018
Love Radically (with Darnell Moore) - Episode 15
00:58:51

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about purging her home of old stuff, rants about the hateration against Queen Serena Williams, gives love to Black Girls Rock!, and chats with author, activist, and auteur Darnell Moore about his radical love for Black people and new book, No Ashes in the Fire!

Follow Darnell on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! He’s @MooreDarnell on Facebook and Instagram and @Moore_Darnell on Twitter. Also, buy his book No Ashes in the Fire.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com!

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Sep 18, 2018
Save Edges (with Felicia Leatherwood) - Episode 14
00:56:02

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about Andrew Gillum’s historic win in Florida, rants about overrated foods, gives love to the Dream Village, and chats with celebrity hairstylist and natural hair expert Felicia Leatherwood about her mission to help us love our hair and ourselves!

Follow Felicia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! She’s @LovingYourHair everywhere. Also, check out her website FeliciaLeatherwood.com to stay up to date on her work and buy her Detangler Brush.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Sep 04, 2018
Be Aggressively Genuine (with KevOnStage) - Episode 13
01:08:07

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about her new reel and your heartfelt reactions to her work, rants on why Reply All is the devil, gives love to the DF Nigerian Food Truck in New York, and chats with actor, comedian, and social media influencer KevOnStage about making digital comedy and why being himself is his key to success.

Follow Kev on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! He’s @KevOnStage everywhere. Also, check out his website KevOnStage.com to catch the stay up-to-date on his latest videos and when he’s coming to a city near you.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Aug 23, 2018
Stand Up, Stand Out (with Ibtihaj Muhammad) - Episode 12
00:59:07

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about her well-deserved vacation, rants on not feeling guilty about outsourcing her life, gives love to Beyonce and the On the Run II Tour, and chats with champion fencer, author, and fashion designer Ibtihaj Muhammad about becoming the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States and having both a Barbie and Nike line created in her honor.

Follow Ibtihaj on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! She’s @IbtihajMuhammad on Twitter and Instagram, and @IbtihajMuhammadUSA on Facebook. Also, check out her clothing line, Louella, and new book PROUD available everywhere books are sold.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book *I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual*.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Aug 07, 2018
#AskLuvvie: Winning at Working - BONUS Episode 2
00:20:41

SURPRISE! You know we couldn’t stay away from y’all too long so we dropped a bonus episode! In this special episode, Luvvie answers YOUR questions on winning at work whether you’re in a 9-to-5, working on side hustles, or launching a business of your own. She shares why pricing correctly for your work is so important, the joys and pains of going independent, how to survive a job you hate, and more!

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
Producer: Candace Jones

Jul 24, 2018
Make Your Own Path (with Amanda Seales) - Episode 11
00:56:14

In this special crossover episode with Small Doses with Amanda Seales, Luvvie is feeling good about her Afrobeats playlist, rants about the high road being overrated, gives love to Chicago Recording Company, and chats with the multi-talented Amanda Seales of HBO’s Insecure and Smart, Funny, and Black about making her own path as a multi-hyphenate and how she keeps it all the way 100 online and in real life.

Follow Amanda on Twitter and Instagram! She’s @AmandaSeales everywhere. You can buy tickets to Smart, Funny, and Black here.

You can listen to my Afrobeats playlist on Spotify or Apple Music.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Jul 10, 2018
Go Unafraid (with Bozoma Saint John) - Episode 10
01:10:40

In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about working out, rants about Trump’s policy separating children from their families, gives love to the National Museum of African American History and Culture aka the Blacksonian, and chats with corporate badass Bozoma Saint John about the career she was supposed to have, being authentically herself and her recent decision to leave Uber to become Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor.

Follow Boz on Twitter and Instagram! She’s @BadAssBoz everywhere.

You can donate to or visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Join the fight to reunite immigrant children with their families by volunteering with and/or donating to organizations, including:

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book *I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual*.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Jun 26, 2018
Become the Right Thing (with Glennon Doyle) - Episode 9
00:52:54

In this episode, Luvvie feels good about Stacey Abrams’ primary win for Governor in Georgia, rants about giving a hard pass to voice-activated speakers, gives love to Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk show, and chats with bestselling writer, activist, and speaker Glennon Doyle about her journey and how white people can do better in the fight for social justice.

Follow Glennon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! And buy her books, #1 New York Times Bestseller LOVE WARRIOR as well as the bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. Follow the work of Together Rising.

You can watch Red Table Talk here.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company

Producer: Candace Jones

Jun 12, 2018
#SquadGoals - BONUS Episode 1
00:24:15

SURPRISE! We drop a bonus episode because Luvvie loves y’all that much! In this special episode, Luvvie gets real about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to friendship. She shares why you should side eye people who don’t have any long-term friends, how to make sure you’re not a draining one, and when it’s time to call it quits.

Shoutout to Chicago Recording Company and my producer Candace Jones for partnering with me on this podcast.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Jun 05, 2018
Honor Honesty (with Jussie Smollett) - Episode 8
00:50:01

In this episode, Luvvie feels good about her Afrobeats playlist and the internet’s petty clapbacks at racists, rants about why social media should not make you doubt your journey, shows love to the Black Women in Politics database, and talks with Jussie Smollett of the hit TV show Empire about growing up in show business and his new album Sum of My Music.

Follow Jussie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! And buy his new album, Sum of My Music on iTunes and wherever music is sold. You can also BUY TICKETS to catch him on tour!

You can visit the Black Women in Politics database here.

To get my AfroBeats playlist, sign up for my newsletter. The Welcome email has the links!

Shoutout to Chicago Recording Company and my producer Candace Jones for partnering with me on this podcast.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

May 29, 2018
Rise to the Occasion (with Franchesca Ramsey) - Episode 7
00:49:22

In this episode, Luvvie talks about a fan who shot his shot correctly, rants about Kanye’s fact-free thinking, shows love to the multi-layered “This is America” music video from Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), and talks with Franchesca Ramsey of MTV’s Decoded about her new book “Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist”.

Follow Franchesca on Twitter and Instagram! And visit Franchesca’s website to see what else she’s up to and BUY HER BOOK!

Read Luvvie’s in-depth analysis of the “This is America” music video.

Shoutout to Chicago Recording Company and my producer Candace Jones for partnering with me on this podcast.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts.

May 15, 2018
Live Your Best Life (with Necole Kane) - Episode 6
00:55:30

In episode 6 of Rants and Randomness, Luvvie talks about her first solo magazine cover, rants about the royal womb, shows love to the book she reads every year (The Alchemist), and talks with Necole Kane of xoNecole.com.

Follow Necole on Twitter and Instagram! And visit xoNecole.com and NecoleKane.com!

Read Luvvie’s cover story for MADE Magazine.

Grab a copy of The Alchemist!

Shoutout to Chicago Recording Company and my producer Candace Jones!

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness.

May 01, 2018
Not Even Me Can Stop Me (with Jenifer Lewis) - Episode 4
00:45:33

In episode 4, Luvvie talks about how March for Our Lives was an incredible moment, rants about how she was given a Diet Coke by a waiter who assumed her order of a regular Coke must have been a mistake. She also shows love to the TV show Black-ish, and interviews the legendary actress and performer Jenifer Lewis.

Follow Jenifer Lewis on Twitter and Instagram! Make sure to grab a copy of her memoir The Mother of Black Hollywood.

Read about the March for Our Lives.

Shoutout to Chicago Recording Company, for partnering with me on this podcast, and Savv Media for producing.

Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. And visit her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Buy her book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness.

Apr 03, 2018
Open Closed Doors (with Vanessa K. De Luca) - Episode 3
00:40:41

In episode 3 of Rants and Randomness, I talk about 2-year-old Parker Curry and her adorable moment with Michelle Obama, rant about how much I hate texting, show love to ESSENCE Magazine, and talk with ESSENCE’s Editor-in-chief, Vanessa K. De Luca.

Follow Vanessa K. De Luca on Twitter and Instagram! And of course, visit ESSENCE.com for serious #NoirPixieDust.

Read all about little Parker Curry and see her BuzzFeed interview here.

Shoutout to Chicago Recording Company, for partnering with me on this podcast, and Savv Media for producing. The dream team!

Follow Luvvie everywhere on social - Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness.

Mar 20, 2018
Eat or Be Eaten (with Myleik Teele) - Episode 2
00:40:41

In episode 2 of Rants and Randomness, I talk about a magical moment I recently experienced with one of my favorite icons and truthtellers (Cicely Tyson), rant about people's entitlement to our platforms, show love to one of my favorite books EVER (Americanah), and chat with a true BAWSE I know: Myleik Teele (CEO of CurlBox). Me and Myleik get real about going to therapy, fear of success and being excellent.

Check out Myleik's podcast, My Taught You, and you can listen to the episode where she interviewed me HERE. And follow her on Twitter and Instagram! She's @Myleik everywhere.

Grab a copy of Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie!

Shoutout to Chicago Recording Company, for partnering with me on this podcast, and Savv Media for producing. The dream team!

Feel free to discuss this episode on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness.

Mar 06, 2018
Move in Silence Like Wakanda (with Eunique Jones Gibson) - Episode 1
00:45:15

In the first episode of Rants and Randomness, I have a feel good story, rant about Valentine's Day extraness, LOSE MY MIND over the Black Panther movie, and interview one of my favorite people, Eunique Jones Gibson.

Follow Eunique on Instagram and Twitter (@EuniqueJG), and learn more about Dream Village!

Shoutout to Chicago Recording Company, for partnering with me on this podcast, and Savv Media for producing. The dream team!

Follow Luvvie everywhere on social - @Luvvie.

Feel free to discuss this episode on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness.

Feb 20, 2018
On and Popping - Trailer
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My people!!! My name is Luvvie Ajayi and I’m a writer, speaker and professional troublemaker! My side-eye is my superpower, and my love language is shoes. I’ve been blogging for a while, and AwesomelyLuvvie.com is where I go to talk about everything pop culture, from tv and movies, to travel, to social media and tech, to race and politics. I also cover shenanigans.

I wrote my first book, called I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, in 2016. Because I’m the judgey angel sitting on your shoulder telling you to get it together.

I'm excited to be launching my podcast “Rants and Randomness” after all this time. I’ll be bringing you episodes about books and shows I’m loving, things I side-eye and chatting with people I find interesting. A lot of those people will be my friends, who happen to do dope things. Why? Because I’m a fan of nepotism.

In this topsy turvy world we live in, where Cheetos run the place and our smart homes might be trying to kill us in our sleep, there is a lot to rant about. I’ll be sharing my most pressing rants, raves, faves, and fails from this crazy thing called life.

So join me here, and follow me on social media at @Luvvie everywhere.

Oh and subscribe to Rants and Randomness on Apple Podcasts!

Feb 15, 2018