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Join NYT Best-Selling Author and Side-Eye Sorceress, Luvvie Ajayi, as she rants on all things pop culture and business. Her unique brand of loving judgement, hilarious shade and necessary truth-telling will keep you wanting more. Plus, her all-star guests stay dropping gems!
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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 – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. 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!
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!
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 – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. 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!
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 – 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!
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 – 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!
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 – 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!
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 – 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!
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.Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. 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!
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 – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. 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!
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!
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.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!
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/scrivluvvFollow @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!
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)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
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 TearsFollow @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
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 – 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
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)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
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)Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Get a FREE audiobook on Audible, on us! CLICK HERE!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
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)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
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 @MsPackyettiFollow @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 
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 DeathsFollow @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
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Lin's World

Absolutely loved this episode! I found out about HONY from Tumblr back in the day. And I have been a raving fan from then till forever. I have been wanting to know Brandon's story snd who's behind these thoughtful peeps into the lives of our fellow humans. I like so many got caught up in Stephanie's story. I think because it reminded me of the tough but amazing lives of the many black women that have been in my family. I'm so glad fate brought them together. Oh, and as a 63 year old black female, I count myself as a demographic for both of you! Keep doing great work!

Oct 2nd
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nya M

Hi Livvie, what are the chances of me hearing about this on Friday 21 August. the day AFTER the webinar. I've only just listened to your podcast.. will it be available to purchase? I'll pay for this!!!

Aug 21st
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Evelyn Wande

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Feb 13th
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Loice Erambo

Enjoyed this!

Feb 9th
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Ejiro mary

Jes just spoke my mind about yoga!

Nov 26th
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Woody Collins

I loved this episode, Passport Privilege is Real.

Jun 29th
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Carmen Jones

Thasunda is on my new list of (s)heroes! She said so many wonderful things that I needed to hear.

May 20th
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Ellen OJ

When she said you rent your title and own your character....wooooo wheeee!!!! Also, just shared this ep and currency conversations with my village. #eachoneteachone

May 2nd
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Emme Dee

Wow, I never heard of her. Where have I been? Wonderful interview!! Inspirational!!

Feb 28th
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Emme Dee

Was confused on your use of the word "divest" when talking about Black owned brands. We want to invest these brands and divest in the ones that don't value us, right?

Feb 28th
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faith bwire

Am so inspired God bless love that Lisa Price was able to pace us from Kenya and I really love your show. Congratulations too you too on your engagement

Dec 24th
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Taide Argelia

WOW! You hit a cord with me when you mentioned "information hording." I don't understand WHY people feel threatened, I believe, if they share information or refer another person to someone or something that will make the other person's life a bit easier. Sometimes I feel like they must think "I had it hard so I'm not gonna make it easier for any other person. They need to struggle just like me." You know what that attitude does for you? It isolates you because eventually no one will EVER want to deal with you. Sharing could have gotten more people talking about you. Plus, sharing information does not take a penny out if your pocket. There is more than enough room at the table for all of us because we serve an INFINITE SOURCE. Then again, your doubt and fear to share makes me question "who are you serving?" Hmm! Thanks, Luvvie, for being so open and forthcoming with your knowledge. God bless.

Oct 10th
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April Moyo

your thoughts on lacroix ... #facts

Sep 20th
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Rikki Millett

Loved this episode! Going to work on my morning routine.

Jul 1st
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Queen Ja Z - Jennifer Zapata

really good for all ages.

Jun 11th
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Queen Ja Z - Jennifer Zapata

I love this! As a 45y/o chicana, it is real. Made me me look at myself.I have always said that I have always call myself of a black girl trapped in a white girls body. I was blesses to be raised chicana around a black crowed that looks white. I am all things to all men or women.

Jun 11th
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Shawna-luve Looney

Great episode!

Jun 5th
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Christine Budell

I am so glad I am subscribed to your podcast. real talk, real emotions, real insight.

Apr 7th
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