The Step

The Step

In each episode of “The Step” by POPSUGAR, bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones sits down with one inspiring woman to discuss what drives them to step forward for change. Be it witnessing injustice, fighting a harmful stereotype, or proving haters wrong, these women refuse to back down -- no matter what. Presented by SOREL Footwear.... Show More

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November 17, 2020 43 min
In this episode of “The Step” by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL footwear, bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones talks with actress Ego Nwodim about how improv changed her life, how she never quit in the face of so many “nos,” and how she wants to amplify POC voices with her platform. Ego is also working to bring improv to kids, thanks to the important lessons it taught her.  
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In this episode of “The Step” by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL footwear, bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones talks with musician JoJo about never quitting, bringing about change through music, and slowing down to recharge. JoJo has started her own label, Clover Music, in the hopes of signing and developing new talent in the future.
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November 3, 2020 32 sec
"The Step" by POPSUGAR is taking the week off in honor of the election. Make sure you get out and vote!
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In this episode of “The Step” by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL footwear, bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones talks with actress and musician Laura Marano, who is working with Equality Now to end human trafficking. Laura’s work with Equality Now began when she and her sister, Vanessa, were filming Saving Zoe, and the experience opened their eyes to an issue many are too afraid to speak out about.
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In this episode of “The Step” by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL footwear, bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones talks with Lyndsey Scott, a supermodel and actress who doubles as a software engineer. As Luvvie points out, none of these industries are easy for a Black woman to navigate -- which Lyndsey knows first hand. Her experiences within them, though, have given her the courage to start speaking out about injustices she witnesses....
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In this episode of “The Step” by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL footwear, bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones talks with Alicia Garza, who is one of the founding members of the Black Lives Matter movement, alongside Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors. It’s been seven years since Alicia first wrote the Facebook post that would inspire a hashtag, then a movement, and here, she discusses how movements take serious time, and how having t...
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In this episode of “The Step” by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL footwear, our host, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, sits down with model and activist Jillian Mercado, who happens to use a wheelchair. Together, they explore how her parents fostered her love of fashion and determination in the face of adversity, how our “otherness” can be one of our greatest strengths, and how she founded Black Disabled Creatives to help Black disasbled artists fi...
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September 29, 2020 46 sec
“The Step” by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL Footwear, is a podcast for – and about – unstoppable women. And there’s no one more unstoppable than a woman who wants to inspire change. This season, we’re telling their powerful stories of women stepping up in their communities.
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In this episode of The Step by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL, celebrity stylist Kate Young sits down with Alli Webb, founder of the wildly popular Drybar enterprise of blowout bars. Alli is one of those true self-made success stories. She started out as a hairstylist and stay-at-home mom giving blowouts to clients in their homes before betting it all on the first Drybar location in the midst of the recession of 2010. Drybar now has ...
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In this episode of The Step by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL, celebrity stylist Kate Young sits down with Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn, who created the fitness app and community that is Tone It Up. They are personal trainers, best friends, and business partners who met at the gym over a decade ago, a time when they say "fitness was very mean.” With Tone It Up, they wanted to change the way women supported women when it comes to...
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In this episode of The Step by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL, celebrity stylist Kate Young sits down with actress Nina Dobrev. You might know Nina as the TV character Katherine Pierce on The Vampire Diaries or as Mia Jones on Degrassi: The Next Generation. This Bulgaria-born, Canada-raised actress rose to fame very young and has essentially grown up in Hollywood. Nina reveals her struggles with self-image, her pivot toward self-acce...
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In this episode of The Step by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL, celebrity stylist Kate Young sits down with model and disability-rights advocate Mama Cax. Growing up in Haiti, Mama Cax survived lung and bone cancer at the age of only 14 but was forced to amputate her right leg. After years of hiding her prosthetic, Mama Cax made the decision to go public with her disability, appearing on the cover of Teen Vogue and walking the runway ...
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In this episode of The Step by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL, celebrity stylist Kate Young sits down with former E! News host Catt Sadler. After learning that her male counterpart was making double her salary, Catt made the bold move to leave her dream job and go create a path on her own terms. Catt walks us through how she ultimately made this tough decision, the outpouring of support she has received from women everywhere, and how...
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In this episode of The Step by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL, we go live from WeWork in New York City with the quickly rising sportscasting star Rosalyn Gold-Onwude. Our host, celebrity stylist Kate Young, sits down with this former high-school basketball player, now on-camera basketball analyst, who just landed an international deal with Turner Sports and ESPN. The trajectory of her career is much more complex than you may think. L...
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October 10, 2019 1 min
In each episode of The Step by POPSUGAR, presented by SOREL, celebrity stylist Kate Young sits down with one inspiring woman to uncover the step that created a ripple effect and led to her success. This step is that moment — whether it was a setback, a serendipitous encounter, a seemingly small win, or a piece of advice from someone unexpected — that changed each woman's course.
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