Join NYT Best-Selling Author and Side-Eye Sorceress Luvvie Ajayi of AwesomelyLuvvie.com as she rants on all things society and pop culture. Her unique brand of loving judgement, hilarious shade and necessary truth-telling will keep you wanting more. Plus, her all-star guests stay dropping gems! Use #RantsandRandomness to discuss on the interwebs.
In this special tribute to the legend Toni Morrison, Luvvie explores the impact Ms. Morrison had on her as well as the life-changing effects the book Sula had on her as a young eighth-grader. Luvvie pays homage to the utter glory we share by being alive in a time where Ms. Morrsion’s truth-telling gift elevates us all to do better.
And so the Rants and Randomness family takes a moment to honor Toni Morrison: First of Her Name. Architect of Words. Acclaimed Author. Teller of Truths. Shifter of Culture. Netter of Nobel Prize. Writing Domino. Legendary Laureate.
As Luvvie said so eloquently on her Instagram: “She's gone but her words are immortal. Long may her work reign. We hail you, Queen. 88 years on this Earth and your work is done but your impact is just beginning. That is a life well-lived. May we all use our gifts to light up the world.”
That is why this tribute was created, to help us all realize how amazingly bright our light can be when we use it for the greatest good and why it is our responsibility to do so, now.
In this BONUS episode, Luvvie talks travel and fun with her 11 key essentials for pre-packing. With so many things to see, do, and discover, people can forget how to travel well. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or a first time traveler, having a detailed travel packing list can make all the difference in preparing for your trip. As an avid traveler, Luvvie has optimized the routine of packing to a science and is ready to share the secrets to avoiding the worst-case scenarios.
In this episode, Luvvie and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-chief, Elaine Welteroth 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.
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.
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In this BONUS episode, Luvvie reflects on the passport privilege of being a United States citizen. With it, she can travel to 185 countries without drama. Yet as a dual citizen who also holds a Nigerian passport, she knows first hand what it means to have a passport that presents way more challenges when traveling. Luvvie also shouts out the often terrifying, sad and just plain wrong tales from her digital community (known as LuvvNation) about the sacrifices and drama they have faced with getting visas or negotiating how the world will treat them with non-US passports. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who travels or is impacted by travel.
In this special bonus episode, New York Times best-selling author, writer, podcaster and speaker Luvvie Ajayi announces the launch of her eSchool, The Do-Better Academy (DBA). It’s her online school focusing on teaching people how to thrive in business and career. DBA will have a series of courses with the mission of giving students actionable and concrete takeaways they can use to do-better in their work. Her first course, Intro to Public Speaking launches next week!
In this episode, Luvvie and Academy Award Winner Ruth E. Carter have a heart to heart about what it really takes to be the best in your field. Ruth shares stories about her grind, her grit and the glow up. Her work–ethic and ability to be a good listener are just a few of the foundations of the career she built over the years that bought her home an Oscar for Costume Design in 2018 for the blockbuster, Black Panther.
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 Currency Conversations.
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about all the love in her new social network called LuvvNation! She rants about doing our due diligence in business, and she spotlights Divine Flavor Catering, her favorite Nigerian food restaurant. She then chats with Marsai Martin, the youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood history.
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about all the love she got from an international contingent during her Dublin trip to Keynote “Creating Authentic Brand Stories” at the ICF Headquarters (International Coach Federation) as well as how being on that stage validated her work. She rants about archaic, annoying voicemail and how getting rid of it was one of the top things she’s done for self-care in 2019. And she spotlights Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, a true leader whose mission to help women make better financial decisions is aspirational and accessible. Then, Luvvie kicks it with VSB’s (Very Smart Brothas) Damon
Young about life, words and his new book, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays.
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the student who turned her into his Black History Month project. She rants about folks really not respecting basic hygiene rules that keep us all safe and healthy. And she spotlights being a contributor along with other stars in the super #NoirPixieDust galaxy like Lena Waithe, Kid Fury and Brittney Cooper in the super-dope book called “Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter.” This book is a project by Veronica Chambers – a FOUR time NYT best-selling author! She then chats with the woman who is love epitomized, Latham Thomas, wellness maven and doula!
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. She rants about the rampant homophobia shown in the utter glory of Billy Porter’s Oscar #alphet, and shows love to Nigerian rapper extraordinaire Tobe Nwigwe. She also chats with Jubril Agoro, Digital Marketing pioneer and founder of Passport Heavy, the digital go-to destination for travel aficionados who want to see the world through the eyes of a Black traveler who loves life. Jubril goes all in about his transition from a digital marketing pioneer to a travel guru, while giving accolades to his Nigerian heritage’s impact on his worldview and business acumen.
In this BONUS episode, Luvvie talks about the importance of buying Black, divesting from brands that don’t support the community and investing in Black-owned businesses. As a lover of things good and Noir, Luvvie shares ways to be a better, more intentional member of the economy!
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about all of the love she got from the LuvvNation for her interview with uber-publicist Yvette Noel Schure, rants about men taking up too much space and shows love to Black makers, designers and doers. She chats 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
In this special episode, Luvvie brings you an in-depth interview with Sundial Brands Co-Founder and CEO Rich Dennis. In the 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 talks about buying ESSENCE Magazine and explains how he had the conviction to insist that Unilever invest $100 million in Black women entrepreneurs as part of this partnership with the megabrand. Last but certainly not least, Rich addresses the controversy surrounding that SheaMoisture ad and whether the formula has changed. Yea, we went there! Do yourself a favor and get into this episode ASAP!
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about minority progressives winning in the midterm elections, rants about people who vote in the interest of their oppressors, and shows love to Higher Heights for America. She also chats with fashion blogger, author, and public speaker Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily.
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the LuvvFest her friends threw her just because, rants about people who do not vote, and shows love to Mess in a Bottle. She also chats with sports journalist, commentator, and producer Jemele Hill.
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the little black girl magic going to the pool and being mistaken for a 22 year old, rants about the Presidential Alert, and shows love to the book “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics”. There’s also a special guest segment where Luvvie chats with none other than Kale. She also talks with artist and author Dami Lee of As Per Usual and Be Everything at Once.
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the new movie “Bad Times at the El Royale” and the upcoming Together Live tour, rants about the craziness of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and why we need to BELIEVE WOMEN, and shows love to the wonders of Vitamin C serums. She also talks with actress and producer Ashley Blaine Featherson of Dear White People.
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about purging her home of old stuff, rants about the hateration against Queen Serena Williams, gives love to Black Girls Rock!, and chats with author, activist, and auteur Darnell Moore about his radical love for Black people and new book, No Ashes in the Fire!
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about Andrew Gillum’s historic win in Florida, rants about overrated foods, gives love to the Dream Village, and chats with celebrity hairstylist and natural hair expert Felicia Leatherwood about her mission to help us love our hair and ourselves!
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.
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about her well-deserved vacation, rants on not feeling guilty about outsourcing her life, gives love to Beyonce and the On the Run II Tour, and chats with champion fencer, author, and fashion designer Ibtihaj Muhammad about becoming the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States and having both a Barbie and Nike line created in her honor.
SURPRISE! You know we couldn’t stay away from y’all too long so we dropped a bonus episode! In this special episode, Luvvie answers YOUR questions on winning at work whether you’re in a 9-to-5, working on side hustles, or launching a business of your own. She shares why pricing correctly for your work is so important, the joys and pains of going independent, how to survive a job you hate, and more!
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.
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 “Boz” 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.
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.
SURPRISE! We drop a bonus episode because Luvvie loves y’all that much! In this special ep, Luvvie gets real about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to friendship. She shares why you should side eye people who don’t have any long-term friends, how to make sure you’re not a draining one, and when it’s time to call it quits.
In this episode, Luvvie feels good about her Afrobeats playlist and the internet’s petty clapbacks at racists, rants about why social media should not make you doubt your journey, shows love to the Black Women in Politics database, and talks with Jussie Smollett of the hit TV show Empire about growing up in show business and his new album Sum of My Music.
In this episode, Luvvie talks about a fan who shot his shot correctly, rants about Kanye’s fact-free thinking, shows love to the multi-layered “This is America” music video from Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), and talks with Franchesca Ramsey of MTV’s Decoded about her new book “Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist”.
In this episode, Luvvie shares a story about her teenage nephew and how he’s impressed by what she does. She rants about how she would rather ride a goat than fly Spirit Airlines. She spotlights Will Smith’s Instagram and interviews her good friend Abiola Oke, CEO of OkayAfrica.
In this episode, Luvvie talks about March for Our Lives, rants about how she was given Diet Coke instead of a Coke by a couthless waiter. She also shows love to the show Black-ish, and talks with the incomparable Jenifer Lewis!
In this episode, I talk about 2-year-old Parker Curry and her adorable moment with Michelle Obama, rant about how much I hate texting (because I'm YoungOld), show love to ESSENCE Magazine, and talk with ESSENCE’s Editor-in-chief, Vanessa K. De Luca.
In episode 2 of Rants and Randomness, I talk about a magical moment I recently experienced with one of my favorite icons (Cicely Tyson), rant about people's entitlement to our platforms, show love to one of my favorite books EVER, and chat with a true BAWSE I know: Myleik Teele.
In the first episode of Rants and Randomness, I have a feel good story, rant about Valentine's Day extraness, LOSE MY MIND over the Black Panther movie, and interview one of my favorite people, Eunique Jones Gibson.
Rants and Randomness covers all things pop culture and relevant to our lives, through the lens of our resident Side-Eye Sorceress, Luvvie Ajayi. There will be judgment, but lovingly. There will be shade, but that's necessary sometimes. There will be (of course) rants, because why not? And there will be special guests: people you already know and love and people you need to know.