Professional Troublemaker

Professional Troublemaker

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

Episodes

June 22, 2021 89 min

Gina Yashere is a British-Nigerian comedian, producer, and author. She is co-creator, producer and writer on the CBS sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola”, and is the first and only British comic to perform on Def Comedy Jam.

Luvvie and Gina have a great convo about growing up in East London, and the racism she faced. She started working at 19, as the first-ever woman engineer for OTIS, the largest elevator company in the world. She took no ...

Share
Mark as Played

This week on Professional Troublemaker, we are sharing an encore episode where Luvvie is in conversation with Jovian Zayne, founder of International Day of Purpose, speaker, coach, and all-around Empress of Epicness. 

As a recognized thought leader in the professional development and diversity spaces, Jovian centers her work around empowering people to discover, celebrate, and activate the power within their purpose. Her mantra, “Li...

Share
Mark as Played

We’re revisiting another conversation this week on Professional Troublemaker! Luvvie is talking to Latham Thomas - wellness maven to the stars, birth doula, and queen regent of radical self-care.

Latham is an incredible storyteller and she lets us in on how the birth of her son catapulted her into her purpose. We learn about birthing as a chemical, transformative experience and how her ancestors showed up on her behalf to guide her ...

Share
Mark as Played

This week on Professional Troublemaker, we are airing an encore episode where Luvvie is sharing her travel favorites. As people get vaccinated and the world starts to open up again this summer and after traveling hundreds of thousands of miles for work and play, Luvvie has opinions to share on travel essentials. She's sharing everything from her favorite travel products from packing cubes that will help you organize your luggag...

Share
Mark as Played

 On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is in conversation with  Elizabeth Gilbert for her Onward Book Club that she holds each month on her Instagram Live. Elizabeth created the Onward Book Club as a way of spotlighting, studying, and celebrating the work of Black female authors, and Luvvie was honored to be her guest in April as Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual was spotlighted. 

Elizabeth and Luvvie...

Share
Mark as Played

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to bestselling author and businesswoman Sarah Jakes Roberts. Sarah is the daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes and pastors a dynamic community of artists and professionals in Hollywood alongside her husband, Touré Roberts and is the phenomenal mother of six kids. 

In this episode, Sarah shares some of the adversities she’s had to overcome that eventually ...

Share
Mark as Played

This week on Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is speaking to veteran political strategist, Donna Brazile. Donna is the former interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee and became the first African American woman to serve as the manager of a major party presidential campaign when she ran the campaign of former vice president Al Gore. 

Donna is a best-selling author and speaks at colleges and universities across the country....

Share
Mark as Played

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to lawyer, coach, and newly minted author Rachel Rodgers. Rachel is the founder of Hello Seven, a multi-million-dollar company that teaches women how to earn more money and build wealth, and she’s the author of We Should All Be Millionaires: A Woman’s Guide to Earning More, Building Wealth, and Gaining Economic Power

Rachel is telling some powerful and formative stories...

Share
Mark as Played

In this #ArchiveApril episode, we're re-airing Luvvie's 2019 interview with Yvette Noel-Schure - legendary media mogul and publicist to stars like Prince, Maxwell, and Beyonce. Luvvie and Yvette are talking about how she chooses happiness and has established an award-winning career built on respect, loyalty, hard work, and love. And Yvette shares one of our favorite, heart-opening stories we've ever heard on the podcast...

Share
Mark as Played

In this 2018 episode that we're re-sharing as part of Archive April, Luvvie has an in-depth conversation with Sundial Brands Co-Founder and CEO Rich Dennis. In this interview, Rich shares how he went from selling soaps on 125th street in Harlem to building a business that is now a global conglomerate. He chats about why economic freedom is so critical for the Black community and breaks down the costs of (not) buying Black. He t...

Share
Mark as Played

Today on Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is in conversation with Thasunda Brown Duckett. This is an encore episode from a previously aired conversation on Rants & Randomness that we just had to re-share as part of Archive April. 

At the time of this interview, Thasunda was serving as the CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, but earlier this year she was named as the president and CEO of TIAA and is the first woman to serve in that r...

Share
Mark as Played

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is bringing back a conversation she had with her guest Bozoma Saint John back in 2018. We’re reaching back into past episodes of the podcast you may have missed and sharing great conversations with Professional Troublemakers as part of what we're calling Archive April.

Though she’s now the Chief Marketing Officer for Netflix, at the time of this interview Boz had just left Ube...

Share
Mark as Played

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, host Luvvie Ajayi Jones is talking to legendary shoe-designer and President of Fear of God Athletics, Jason Mayden. In this episode, they discuss Jason’s journey from designing girl’s names in bubble letters to designing shoes for Nike at 21. 

Jason describes his design strategy as “looking for the narrative”. Instead of looking at other products for inspiration, he sees products as arti...

Share
Mark as Played

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to CEO of PMM Promotions and communications powerhouse, Kimberly Blackwell. As another honorary “almost-doctor”, Kimberly talks about her pre-med beginnings and journey to entrepreneurial success. We engage in conversation about building wealth and legacy,  working toward meaningful goals, and trusting your team. 

Kimberly also delves into being an advocate for communit...

Share
Mark as Played

This week on Professional Troublemaker, I’m talking to superstar basketball player Sue Bird.

You may know Sue as one of the most recognized and heralded basketball players of all time, which is reason enough to have a conversation. But my team and I wanted Sue on the podcast because Sue was one of the forces behind the “Vote Warnock” t-shirts the WNBA was wearing this summer to throw their support behind now Senator Raphael Warnock ...

Share
Mark as Played

On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to Nicole Walters. Nicole is the founder and CEO of a multi-million-dollar personal development and business education empire. After quitting her corporate job on livestream in front of 10,000 people Nicole uses all the skills and knowledge she learned in the corporate world and specializes in business development training and strategic coaching for emerging entreprene...

Share
Mark as Played
March 2, 2021 21 min

How would our lives be different if we were given permission to be disruptors for the greater good? How far will we have gone if we already knew that our jobs aren’t to shy away from big things but to run towards them? How dope would our legacy be if we knew that FEAR is natural and we’re actually supposed to do the things that scare us? 

You can’t have courage without fear. You’ve already got the first step to having courage – you’...

Share
Mark as Played

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...

Share
Mark as Played

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 ...

Share
Mark as Played

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...

Share
Mark as Played

Popular Podcasts

  • If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

  • Dr. Death

    We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.

  • The Daily

    This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

  • Dateline NBC

    Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

  • Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

Facebook comments will no longer be available on iHeart

We're taking steps to simplify your experience. If you want to reach out to our hosts or stations, please do so via their website or social media. If you need any assistance please check out our help site.

Chat About Professional Troublemaker

Advertise With Us
Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeartRadio App.

Connect

© 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.