Last Saturday, me and @yvonneorji graced the stage in my city for @JesusandJollof LIVE! Chicago showed up for us and my family was on hand to see us talk about our stories, journey and lessons we've learned along the way. It was truly a joy. We did a VIP meet and greet, danced with my mom on stage and we ate jollof. 📸 @d2dphotos 💄 Our makeup: @icannyeartistry 🧥 My shirt: @dpipertwins 👗 Yvonne's jumpsuit: @enagancio
SCATTA DEM!!! Let the tears of your enemies wash your feet as you step on the ladder of glory. 🙌🏾
2 Naija gals in ankara on Chicago's #1 morning news, acting up! . . It was fun appearing on @WGNMorningNews today with @YvonneOrji to talk about our podcast @JesusandJollof and tomorrow's LIVE show in Chicago! . . Tix at: http://jesusandjollof.com. I hope I see y'all there! 🧥 Both our jackets: @ofuure 💄 Makeup: @icannyeartistry #SeeOurTeeth #SunkissedBaes
A gifted artist @ig_fama made me into a piece of art. I feel so SEEN. Wow. Thank you for the affirmations y'all send me, because they are so appreciated. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
There is madness and chaos in these streets. 😩 Who borned her?? What foolishness...?!?
7 years ago, I called myself a "writer" for the first time. Before then, I was afraid to call myself something that Toni Morrison also called herself. I didn't think I'd earned it. But had I truly paid attention, I would have realized that part of the reason she is so important is that her words and works were giving us permission to be who we are supposed to be, as large as we want too be. She was teaching us to be free. It's been 10 months since I updated my blog. Today, I had to write about the writer's writer. Link in my bio. Or visit AwesomelyLuvvie.com
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. . . 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. . . Link to my full tribute is in my bio.
It's all too much. And call it what it is: terrorism. White supremacy is trying to kill us all.
Sheep don’t run with lion Snake don’t swing with monkey I can’t talk for too long Got too much gold to try on.... . . This time last week, me and the #BachLuvv squad were in Anguilla (Sandy Island) dancing like no one was watching. I would also like to note that the combo of @yvonneorji @deleincolor @seun_msamazing is a problem. 😂😂😂 Shoutout to @myleik for capturing so much of the foolery. #BlackGirlJoy #WeddingPreview #TeamNoChill #DancingQueens
Sometimes, you gotta brag on your blessings and I can't help but shout from the rooftops about how these women are God's grace in action in my life. . . A CMO, an epidemiologist, an SVP, a CEO, a 2-time Olympian, a jeweler, an energy scientist, a hair whisperer, an actress, put their lives on pause to celebrate me and my love over days that felt like a dream. The pajama jams, the photoshoots, the moments of vulnerability, the framily breakfasts, the temporary tattoos, the pool times. The bathing suits they wore? Each one had a different saying of mine on it. SUCH DETAIL. . . We aren't what we do or defined by our jobs but we often get too busy to connect with those we love. And these women legit stopped their lives for me and I don't have the words to express my gratitude. I would have been fine with Miami or ATL or Cleveland or even my living room. But they went above and beyond and took me to paradise in Anguilla. I am reveling in all of it because they fed my spirit and my heart. They showed up for me when I really needed it and showed how much sisterhood is a verb. . . These is my tribe and if they are a reflection of me, I've done something so right and I thank God. In the words of @badassboz, when you see them, you see me. 😍😍😍 #BachLuvv #LuvvJones #PeppehDemGang #MakeWAVs #AsoEbiBellas
SWIPE THRU - Last Friday, I was bride-napped from Miami by @justeenahoh. She tells me we're going to the airport and takes my ID. When she checks me in and hands me my ticket, it said ATL was our destination. I was like AW SNAP!!! When we got to the gate, @deleincolor was there (WHAT?). I thought that was it. We landed in ATL and I walked off the flight and saw @badassboz @myleik @jessomatt @yvonneorji waiting for me (slide 2). I flipped out! . . They blindfolded me and walked me to another gate. There, @lovingyourhair was waiting. They told me to look up and see where we are going and it said St. Maarten. I fell out on the ground. And then realized I didn't have my passport. Justina pulled it out of her bag and handed it to me. WHATTT?? My fiancé had mailed her my passport. We board the flight and take over first class and the captain asks me to sit in the cockpit and I am geeked. . . I come out the cockpit and I look and my friend, jeweler and the person who made my engagement ring (Priti) is waiting. I cannot believe it. And just when I think they’re done, up walks @seun_msamazing with a #LuvvJones sign. At this point, I’m trapped in a glass case of emotions. It’s too much in the BEST of ways. . . We take off (10 people strong) and land in St. Maarten, and we are led to a boat: our real destination is Anguilla!!!!!! 🤩😭😭😭. There, I am taken to our home for the next 5 days: a beautiful villa at the Four Seasons. *faints* And so began one of the best trips of my life and one of the biggest showings of love I’ve ever experienced. #BachLuvv #LuvvJones #MyTribeIsAmazing
Team Peppeh Dem has arrived, in all our Noir Pixie Dust! When your girls kidnap you on an adventure to Anguilla for shenanigans and to celebrate your love 💍💎💍. Sisterhood is a verb and they put it into action. My heart is so full because of these finest fine babes I love. ❤❤❤ @badassboz @jessomatt @myleik @justeenahoh @yvonneorji @seun_msamazing @deleincolor @lovingyourhair #Priti #BachLuvv #LuvvJones #BaeWatch 📸 @zuriwilkesphotography
Much love to @laurenwesleywilson and the entire @colorcomm team for having me come and speak about the power of community (shoutout to #LuvvNation). I was in convo with the incredible @marquita_harris_. It was dope to be in the building with so many amazing women! And LOVED the face snatchage by @lolasbeautymark! #C2Miami
HEXCITEMENT!!! @JesusandJollof's 3rd live event is in my hometown: CHICAGO!!! On August 10, me and @yvonneorji will bring our foolery to the stage of the Vic Theater, talking about our lives, stories and goatness. It's gonna be dope to bring our show to #SummertimeChi! Grab tics now at JesusandJollof.com (link in bio). VIP tix sold out in a day last time so come thru! Update: VIP tix are sold out!
I'm geeked to see this film about one of my favorite freedom fighters portrayed by one of my fave people, @cynthiaerivo. I'm so proud of my sis for the upcoming film HARRIET. This poster made me wanna do better and the trailer for the film gave me chills. My body is ready for November! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 #EGOTloading #MakeWAVS
I took the Pottermore sorting test 3 times tryna get into Gryffindor. It was like "Nah, wit your punk ass. Know your place. Ravenclaw is you." "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." Shoutout to my fellow Ravenclaws! 💙💛
The #LionKing: The Gift album, produced by Beyoncé is so good I wanna cry 😭😭😭. Every song is a banger. Every song is a vibe and a mood. There is a song called BROWN SKIN GIRL that is now an anthem for everyone who ever felt like they weren't pretty because they had extra melanin. . . This is a love letter to the diaspora. It wasn't always cool to be African. Many of us changed our names, ditched our accents, so we could fit in at school. This album, they're speaking Yoruba. There is Afrobeats, with some of my fave Naija artists. I heard Xhosa. . This is a musical affirmation. IT IS A WHOLE LIFE!!!! . . @Beyonce, you are a queen. Thank you.
All this NOIR PIXIE DUST. Stay mad! Thunda fire you everlasting buffoons and classless nonentities. Shoutout to Halle and Lashana! We will show OUT on your behalf, Queens!
1 year ago today, me and @yvonneorji dropped the first episode of our podcast @jesusandjollof! Why Jesus and Jollof? Those are the 2 things we can't live without. 2 seasons, 2 live shows and 2 million downloads later, here we are. Thankful to the #JollofWarriors who have shamed their friends and family into listening to our shenanigans. Here is to having the audacity to do the things we love with the people we love! #BombasticGoats #PepperSoupandPoundedYam #NaijaTimonandPumbaa
Gotta give a major shoutout to the folks who glammed me up yesterday. I called the ladies of @kutula and said “I’m going to #TheLionKing premier and they were like “say less.” Showed up in LA and this custom coat/duster was waiting for me, fitting like perfection. They styled me in beautiful jewelry from @OmiWoods and @Douriean. And my girl @LovingYourHair blessed my tresses with new color so I could shine extra. Then @jazzemakeup came thru and did that magic she does with her brush. Mannnn COME THRU, y’all. Let’s do this again soon in September as I host @adcolor, k?? Oh AND MY COAT HAD POCKETS!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 #NigerianNeo #TeamPeppehDem #PocketsAlways
Last night was #TheLionKing world premiere and I got to relive my childhood thru the re-imagining of one of my favorite films and it was a feast for the eyes. We were in the theater clapping, I sang along to the songs cuz I couldn’t help myself and I laughed so hard because I realized me and @yvonneorji are basically Timon and Pumbaa. It was an honor to be in the building and to see so many of my fave people. @yarashahidi @chocolatemommyluv @carolb_martin @marsaimartin @trellworld. And sharing it with the suya peppeh of life, Yvonne, makes it so sweet. In the words of @myleik, life is generous. Custom coat: @kutula Makeup: @jazzemakeup Hair: @lovingyourhair Jewelry: @douriean & @omiwoods
I had a blast moderating the Chicago stop of NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR 🗣🗣🗣 @elainewelteroth’s book #MoreThanEnough. I came rocking white boots in honor of the white boot queen herself. Elaine, you are in a club no one can kick you out of, and you’ve worked your butt off for it and I am so proud. Because of this, another Black girl can walk into a publishing house and say “her book did well so mine did too.” Flex on em!! . . My T-shirt: @messinabottle Close up of shoes: @mustluvvshoes
It's all irresponsible and this tragedy porn is only visible when the victims aren't white. Even in outrage, it's a spectacle.
The grind looks really glamorous sometimes and we tend to glorify busy but this is what happens when you go 3 cities and 2 countries in 48 hours, with back to back speaking engagements. As everyone else plays Top Golf around you in celebration of your sister's birthday, you're curled up taking in nap. The highlight reel is great but the gritty part of it is the exhaustion. The introvert in me is looking forward to these next 3 weeks where I don't have to catch another flight. Me and my Auntie Robe are about to be besties again. #TeamSleepAnywhere #GritBehindtheGlory #TiredAF
Some Naija comedy kings were in the building today: @aphricanace and @chief_obi. Correct someborris like this.
Much love to @bellanaijaweddings for having me at their inaugural brunch today. So many of the dope people I'm working with for my wedding were in the building. My bridal stylist @segungele, my trad clothes designer @bimmms24, my planner extraordinaire @keshevents. I wore bridal white for the occasion and had a blast! Shoutout to @dureevents and the #BellaNaija team! #LuvvJones loading. Closeup of shoes on @MustLuvvShoes.
Happiest 40th birthday to my big sister @kofkamdav. My first fashion icon, my gist buddy, my dance partner, my sometimes twin, my matron of honor. Your heart is gold and you deserve all the good things life has to offer. These next 40 will be even better than the first 40, in Jesus' name. ❤❤❤ #40Tinz #BaidayGal #KofoworaBeauty
Today is International @dayofpurpose and I join countless people around the world to stand in my WHY. My purpose is to use my words to create the world I wanna see, be the person I wanna hang out with and create the joy I wanna have. I created the book I wanted to read and through my work, I've created the example I didn't have growing up. I'm so proud of my girl @jovianzayne for always being #OnPurpose about who she is. Oh and if you haven't listened to my latest ep of @rantsandrandomness, Jovi joins me to drop infinite gems. She's so brilliant. 😍
When you are asked to be in rarefied rooms, do not question it to the point where it takes you off your game. Use it as fuel to charge you up to excellence. Connecting with world changers at #CannesLions got me reflecting, cuz sometimes the life we live is way doper than anything we could have designed. We are often too afraid to want more, but what happens when we let ourselves dream limitlessly? . . And I'm clear that spaces like this connect me to my purpose deeper cuz I always walk in them with my WHY. Let's move mountains for the greater good. Let's challenge and disrupt power. Let's keep belonging in places where we aren't native cuz the world is ours. Cannes Lions has been a whole vibe. And I got to do it with some of my WAVy family ( @badassboz @tjay @abiolaoke) 🌊😍. Thanks for having me, @microsoft @adcolor. This week has been game changing. #GodMoves Jumpsuit: @ofuure
What a way to kick off #CannesLions. Met my fave, @chrissyteigen! We've been following each other on Twitter for years. #ProfessionalTroublemakersUnite #CheekbonesClub
You better say AMEN. The same God that did it for Cassie and Ciara can do it for you too. May your life be anointed with Fckboi and Fckgirl repellent oil. 🙏🏾 #ReceiveThisBlessing #RealPrayersBeLike
When people ask me if I've always been this girl, the answer is "YES." ✅ Side-eye. ✅ Red lipstick. ✅ Fire hat! #ConsistentAF #YesIWoreRedLipstickat6 #SoMuchFashunz
I am THE MOST GEEKED because @ADCOLOR has been such an incredible part of my journey. I was getting ready for the 2016 awards in my hotel room when I got the call that my book hit the NYTimes bestsellers list! And then 2 hours later, I won the RockStar Award! Now, I get to host. FULL. CIRCLE. MOMENT. I'm honored and will be bringing shenanigans to that stage. Let's go! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
Much love to Chimole Williams and her amazing event @naturalhairacademy. Gathering 8,000 Black women over 2 days in Paris, France, where sisters are not used to seeing themselves affirmed, is impressive. I'm always thankful for the people who create the spaces and the world they do not see. Thanks for having me on stage to talk about my journey. Awesome to see #NoirPixieDust spreaders like @missjulee @michaelaangelad. And respect to my convo partner, the brilliant @rokhayadiallo. Bomber jacket: @diyanu Shoes: @officeofangelascott
A 3rd grade English class was assigned my TED talk to watch and analyze. They were asked to interpret what one of my quotes meant and these were some of their answers. 😭😭😭 Yes, young scholars!!! Much love to their teacher, Ms. Maldonado, for seeing my work and bringing it into her room.
White Supremacy Barbie & Ken Summer 2019 Collection. Unlimited Edition. Sells out but never runs out. Comes with their own confederate flag accessories and white hoods so you can switch out their clothes. $14.92. Grab now! #PoorTiffany #IvankaAndThisCurtainDress #EricAlwaysinMidMelt
I'm seeing very few of my white friends and followers discuss @WhenTheySeeUs. This is a call to action. Watch @Ava's retelling of the lives of the Exonerated 5, derailed by the Injustice System. Yes, this is your business. They are men now but we can't forget they were children then.
I started my public speaking career almost 10yrs ago, not knowing anything about it. What I ended up doing was learning along the way. Now, I average 35 speaking engagements every year, have spoken all over the world and have a TED talk that has 4.2 million views. . . I command a 5-figure fee, and I've walked off a stage with a check that was what I made at my last full time job in one year, after one hour of speaking. . . I want more women, more people of color and more Black folks to be able to do this, because our voices are important and we should be getting paid well to tell our stories, just like white men are. They're sharing the cheat codes, so I am too. . . People want to be professional speakers, but don't know where to start. Panels, and those are great, but what is most impactful and profitable is you being able to deliver a talk by yourself, in a way that will connect with people. That's why I'm teaching the Public Speaking Master Class in @thedobetteracademy and giving the formula I use to write the talks that allow me to command my fee. . . Let me help you. Sign up at: http://dobetteracademy.com . . P.S. For a bonus, I'm throwing in the Intro to Public Speaking class when you register for the Master Class. Come through! . P.P.S. The average first paid keynote you give will pay you $1,500. What you pay for this course can be earned back in 1 gig. DoBetterAcademy.com or link in bio
Hey folks! Today at 9pm EST, I’m launching @thedobetteracademy with a FREE live web class on The 3 Things You Need to Know to Build Your Career as a Public Speaker. I had to figure these out on my own as I built my career, and you'll have the head start that I didn't have when I started. In this webinar, we’ll cover how to find your WHY, WHO and WHAT. 1,800 people have signed up already so make sure you log on early! So join me! Sign up at http://dbawebclass.com. Link in bio.
We really are afraid of everything, and though we may mean well, we project our anxieties on others. And we have also inherited people's fears and doubts. We are so driven by fear that we let it force us into these safe lives not best lives. We have to make the decision to stop this. #BeFree
Hey Auntie! #MelaninMagic
Iz a wawu! @jesusandjollof is out here making moves. When we started this podcast and were asked whether we were sure we wanted to put "Jesus" in the title, we said YES WE DO. Here we are, season 2 almost 2 million downloads later. 2 Nigerian women talmbout God and their razzness. BECAUSE WHY NOT? 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 Thanks, @marieclairemag!
I wrote The Do-Better Manual so now I'm bringing you The Do-Better Academy ( @thedobetteracademy), my eSchool where I will be teaching folks how to level up professionally. I'm passionate about teaching people what I know and have proven that I can do. The first course in DBA is one on Public Speaking. Over the last 9 years, I've built a career as a professional public speaker and have been able to go all over the world to speak, command a 5-figure fee for my work and I have a TED talk that has over 4.1 million views. The Do-Better Academy launches in a week, so join the waiting list now to get first dibs! LET'S GET IT! Link in my bio or at http://dobetteracademy.com
Robert F. Smith is the richest Black man in the U.S. He is an incredible philanthropist who gives away money in staggering amounts. His commitment to pay off all of the Morehouse class of 2019's student loans is not just game changing but the type of thing that allows those grads to make generational shifts and build wealth since they won't be starting from a deficit. That $40 million gift will reverberate and end up making a difference in billions. It is BEYOND AMAZING. . . I've seen people say "now THIS is how you make a difference." It absolutely is. I want to take this time to say that you don't have to be a billionaire, though, to make a difference. Do not let this get you off the hook for doing what you can to make this world better. You don't have to give millions to make change and oftentimes, we don't do what we should because we think what we have power to do is too small. It's not. It is not. . . All this is to say, the big moves like this change the world but the small things you can do every day can add up to make a difference too. Let's ALL keep doing work.
The only person I'm not mad at is whoever styles Sansa Stark. Did Ja Rule join their writing team?? 😒😒😒 #GameofThrones🤾🏾♀🗑