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Join NYT Best-Selling Author and Side-Eye Sorceress, Luvvie Ajayi, as she rants on all things pop culture. 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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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
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
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!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
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 CompanyWedding Vendor ListPlanning/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
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.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
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
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
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
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
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
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 questionsRecorded at: Chicago Recording Company
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.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
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
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
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
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
#BuyBlack - Bonus Episode 5

#BuyBlack - Bonus Episode 5

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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!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 CompanyProducer: Candace JonesContent and Copy Manager: Davida E. Arnold
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
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
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
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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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