Assassin of the Alphabet. Bestseller of Books. Loaner of Courage. Sorceress of Side-Eyes. Testifier of Truth. Curator of Community. Critic of Culture. Nigerian Noble.

Luvvie Ajayi Teal

But you can call me Luvvie.

I’m a three-time New York Times bestselling author, speaker and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of culture, business and leadership. 

My critically acclaimed books Rising Troublemaker: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens (2022), Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual (2021) and I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual (2016) were instant New York Times bestsellers, establishing me as a literary force with a powerful pen.

My first children’s book, Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess will drop on May 2, 2023. You can preorder a copy now at

I am also the host of a podcast of the same name as my book, Professional Troublemaker, where you can listen to me have candid conversations with changemakers who have taken action, caused good trouble and led courageous lives driven by conviction, humor and honesty.

I’m a sought after speaker and keynoter, who takes on stages around the world, on topics related to media literacy and living the truest versions of ourselves. I’ve been a featured speaker at noted conferences such as: Cannes Lions, SXSW, Leadercast, 3% Conference, and MAKERS Conference.

My TED talk, Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable, has been viewed over 8 million times, transcribed into 23 languages, and has placed me in the Top 1% of TED Talks of all time.

I’ve been blogging for 19 years! I started this blog when MySpace was still cool and Geocities didn’t make us cackle. Remember the AOL yellow dude? He was still running and pinging loudly when I started this thing. Imagine that.

This site is where I talk about all things pop culture, from TV to social media to travel to race and whatever else is in my shady heart at the moment. I thoroughly enjoy doling out side-eyes and there is never a shortage of people and foolishness to judge. I’m the person who says what you’re thinking but might be afraid to.

I’m glad you found this place on the interwebs and now, you won’t be able to quit it. Take off your coat and stay awhile!