Professional Troublemaker

Professional Troublemaker

A professional troublemaker is a truthteller, change agent and trailblazer. They are committed to disrupting what is unjust for the greater good. They are the kind of people 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. Join New York Times bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones as she brings you thought-provoking conversations with amazing people who have taken action, done scary things and rocked the boat to an audacious life.... Show More

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February 23, 2021 51 min

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 abo...

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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 ...

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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...

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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-n...

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January 26, 2021 32 min

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 pro...

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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 HB...

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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....

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January 5, 2021 9 min

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 wh...

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December 23, 2020 8 min

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 we...

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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 th...

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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 ...

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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 y...

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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, NBCUniv...

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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 bestse...

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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...

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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 Ques...

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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 mo...

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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...

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August 18, 2020 29 min

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...

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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 ch...

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