Bestseller of Books. Conduit of Courage. Sorceress of Side-Eyes. Testifier of Truth. Curator of Community. Critic and Connoisseur of Culture. Nigerian Noble.

Luvvie Ajayi Teal

But you can call me Luvvie.

I’m a 4-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 dropped on May 2, 2023 and debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestsellers list. You can grab a copy at

With a passion and proven track record of creating and launching successful books, Luvvie founded The Book Academy (TBA), as a platform to help others do the same. TBA is a comprehensive course and coaching suite designed to guide students from the initial idea to the final reality of a published book. As a 4-time NYT bestselling author, Luvvie wants to see more marginalized voices and stories on bookshelves and in bookstores everywhere.

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 9 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 20 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 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!