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Professional Troublemaker

Creating a life that is authentic, bold, and purposeful takes audacity. It takes disruption. That is what it means to be a Professional Troublemaker. Join New York Times bestselling author, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, as she has conversations with world movers and change agents who have gotten where they are through their tenacity, truth-telling, and good trouble.When it comes to finding courage, community, and cheat codes, Luvvie literally wrote the book. And on the podcast, she’s having conversations around those topics. How do we do BIG THINGS in a world where we have so much to fear? Guests like Bozoma Saint John, Gabrielle Union, Glennon Doyle, Donna Brazile, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Tarana Burke, and Elsa Majimbo show up and show out with their stories of success after struggle, strength after strife, soaring after setback. Let us loan you courage. Listen in!

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Say "I Do" (with Akeshi Akinseye)

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

1hr 28mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Grant Yourself Grace (with Tai Beauchamp)

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

1hr 14mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Make Your Own Path (with Amanda Seales)

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 CompanyProducer: Candace Jones

56mins

10 Jul 2018

Rank #3

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Trust Your Gut (with Lisa Price)

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

1hr 9mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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Let Love Save You (with Yvette Noel-Schure)

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

1hr 2mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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Own Your Character (with Thasunda Brown Duckett)

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

59mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Do Good Work (with Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche)

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

1hr 15mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Push Past Your Walls (with Jessamyn Stanley)

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

1hr 14mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Be Aggressively Genuine (with KevOnStage)

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

1hr 8mins

23 Aug 2018

Rank #9

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Not Even Me Can Stop Me (with Jenifer Lewis)

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.

45mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Become the Right Thing (with Glennon Doyle)

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 CompanyProducer: Candace Jones

52mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Go Unafraid (with Bozoma Saint John)

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:Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)ACLUTexas Civil Rights ProjectYoung Center for Immigrant Children’s RightsTogether RisingFollow @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

1hr 10mins

26 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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Do Better: Social Media Etiquette - BONUS

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

19mins

8 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Live Your Best Life (with Necole Kane)

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.

55mins

1 May 2018

Rank #14

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Get It Done (with Karleen Roy)

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

1hr 3mins

19 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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Say Yes (with Elaine Welteroth)

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

45mins

25 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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Open Closed Doors (with Vanessa K. De Luca)

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.

40mins

20 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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Be a Legend (with Marsai Martin)

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

56mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Do Your Best (with Jovian Zayne)

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

1hr 18mins

11 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Stand For Something (with Natasha S. Alford)

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

57mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #20