Professional Troublemaker

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 brings perspectives, conversations and deep dives about culture, business and leadership. Her guests are world movers and change agents who have gotten where they are through their tenacity, their truth telling and commitment to making good trouble.


May 2, 2023 12 mins

Today, Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess is out in the world. In this episode, Luvvie discusses the idea of returning to one's true self, specifically the pure and hopeful version of oneself from childhood. She shares how this children’s book helped her reconnect with her younger self, and how writing the book has helped her inner child heal and learn to give herself grace and self-compassion.


What happens when your big hea...

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Luvvie is joined by Joey Spiotto, her collaborator for LITTLE TROUBLEMAKER MAKES A MESS. With artworks now being commissioned by some of Hollywood's best, how did this former Little Troublemaker once get into trouble for his illustrations? And how did he get Little Luvvie's fade just right? Find out together with your little ones.


What happens when your big heart gets you in big trouble? Luvvie's firs...

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In this episode, Luvvie brings you the ABCs of Troublemaking, 26 words that are traits that every world changer should have. These affirmations are hype mantras, so feel free to listen in with your littles! 


What happens when your big heart gets you in big trouble? Luvvie's first children's book LITTLE TROUBLEMAKER MAKES A MESS is available for preorder now, and drops into the world on May 2, 2023. Perfect for childre...

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Luvvie's interviews one of her favorite little troublemakers: 9 year old Kylee Brown. Luvvie and Kylee talk about what adults need to do more (or less of), life lessons and even some of Kylee's favorite things about herself. Kylee then gives the best pep talk anyone needs to hear. Her biggest advice to everyone listening: "Slay forever." It's an episode that is full of heart, love, and deep wisdom from a tiny rebel whose confidence...

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April 4, 2023 22 mins

Thinking about Little Luvvie. The 5-year old me who rocked gold chains, red lipstick and ruffles on her birthday and told people exactly what she wanted. The kid whose favorite phrase was “that’s not fair!” The tiny rebel who would get in trouble for her mouth, and was willing to as long as she knew it was what felt right. I wrote her a letter, of all I hope she knows and remembers.

The Little Troublemaker. I was her. I am her. You ...

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It's book launch week, and RISING TROUBLEMAKER is finally out in the world! To hold you over until you can get a copy of RISING TROUBLEMAKER in your hands, today Luvvie is sharing a sneak peek of the audiobook version (that she narrated herself - it’s a whole new level of having Auntie Luvvie in your teen's ears to guide them.) She is sharing an excerpt from Chapter 8: Get Your Money on the podcast today because it’s so critical to...

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May 11, 2022 32 mins

In today’s episode of Professional Troublemaker, we’re focusing on a Rising Troublemaker. Rising Troublemakers are teens and young adults who are absolute game changers and are out there living their audacious lives and dreams right now.  

Today, Luvvie is talking to Zaila Avant-garde. Zaila is a multi-talented powerhouse, with success springing from all her endeavors - and all before the ninth grade. We got to know Zaila’s name whe...

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April 27, 2022 13 mins

There are TOO many things that we didn’t learn as young people that we should have. Maybe the adults around us thought we were too young, or maybe the grown-ups in our lives didn’t have the time because they were also blindsided by what they did not know.

Regardless, as adults, we've realized the mistakes we have made and how much we didn't know and want the kids we love to know better and do better.

In this episode, Luvvie discusses...

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    April 13, 2022 61 mins

    Today on Professional Troublemaker, we are re-airing one of our most listened to episodes with the amazing Lisa Price, founder and president of Carol’s Daughter.

    With $100, her own kitchen, and a determination to follow her dream, Lisa grew her beloved hobby of creating fragrances, creams, and oils into a multimillion-dollar beauty empire. In 1994, she founded Carol’s Daughter, which is lovingly named for her mother. Initially, she ...

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    March 30, 2022 68 mins

    Today on Professional Troublemaker, we're sharing a conversation  from Luvvie's book tour in March of 2021. All the people Luvvie chose for this tour are those she considers professional troublemakers in their field. They exude excellence in everything they do, and this episode is a perfect example of that.

    Luvvie is talking to psychotherapist Esther Perel. Esther is one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relat...

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    This week on Professional Troublemaker, we’re re-airing an encore episode that is extremely timely as we watch the confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will hopefully become the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the first Black woman to be appointed and confirmed as a justice. This amazing woman is a nominee because people went to the ballot box in 2020 (often in the face of enormous opp...

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    March 16, 2022 68 mins

    In a world that feels too chaotic to be believed, we need to take a deep breath and find peace and healing. This encore episode with Devi Brown is the perfect remedy for the things happening in the world around us right now. 

    Devi is the Chief Impact Officer at Chopra Global, and is certified in Primordial Sound Meditation, Spiritual Psychology and Energy Healing. After over a decade of working in hip hop entertainment as a radio an...

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    March 9, 2022 67 mins

    If you’re looking for financial wisdom from someone who has truly built a life of financial and personal abundance, look no further than this episode. In this conversation that originally aired on Rants & Randomness, financial educator and New York Times bestselling author Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is sharing financial and life wisdom with Luvvie. 

    There’s no better teacher than lived experience, and Tiffany has been in the d...

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    March 2, 2022 38 mins

    Friendship is a verb. It requires action. Friendship requires honesty, accountability, and action. This world is too crazy to walk through alone. So if you're trying to disrupt for the greater good, you're gonna need this backup.

    People tend to throw the term friendship around frivolously, but not Luvvie. In this solo episode, Luvvie expands on a conversation she started on Glennon Doyle’s podcast and discusses the critical role fri...

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    February 23, 2022 84 mins

    How many times in our lives have we said NO to YES things because we’ve convinced ourselves that we are not the best or not good enough? How many times have we wondered if we are charging what we are worth for the work that we’re doing? And how many times do we wish for a squad that will have our back through thick and thin? This conversation with CURLBOX Founder and Chief Experience Officer Myleik Teele is one for the books!

    In thi...

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    February 16, 2022 69 mins

    Leadership is a verb. And choosing to lead by listening and empowering others is a big part of that. Today’s guest Nneka Ogwumike is the definition of a Professional Troublemaker. She’s a force to be reckoned with on and off the court. Nneka is a former Number 1 WNBA draft pick, six-time WNBA All-star, and president of the Women's National Basketball Players Association. She’s passionate about fighting for Black women, athletes, an...

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    February 9, 2022 75 mins

    Fear can easily stop you when you’re trying to do big things in the world. But when you refuse to let it get in your way and keep moving, you can create opportunities for yourself to succeed and then invite others to come alongside you. 

    Originally recorded as part of the virtual book tour for Professional Troublemaker in March 2021, this interview with KevOnStage AKA Kevin Fredericks was a vulnerable and hilarious conversation that...

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    February 3, 2022 13 mins

    Write the vision. Make it plain.

    Dreams actualized don't just "happen." It takes intention, specificity, and hard work! It comes with intention and looking at where we’ve been and where we want to go next.

    As we embark on a new year, Luvvie shares in this episode why she doesn’t write resolutions and what she does instead as she shares her transformative New Year ritual.


    Listen to Luvvie's Gospel Luvv playlist

    Buy the prayer journa...

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    June 22, 2021 89 mins

    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 ...

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    June 15, 2021 70 mins

    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...

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