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Best-selling author Luvvie: ‘I said I’d meet Oprah. This year, she named me on her #Supersoul100 list. I interviewed her two months later’

THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS: Luvvie Ajayi with Oprah

THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS: Luvvie Ajayi with Oprah

THE FOUNDER of hit pop-culture blog, turned New York Times best-selling author, Luvvie Ajayi, is proof words have power.

In 2011, the Nigerian-born, US-based wordsmith wrote on Twitter: “One day @Oprah will know my name. This is my dream. She gone be like “Hey Luvvie Gurl” and I’ma be like “Hey Oprah gurl” *swoons*”

Earlier this year, the I’m Judging You: The Do-better manual author was named on Oprah’s Super Soul 100 list, which seeks to promote a collection of awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.

They described the writer and digital strategist as someone who “thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. She’s a professional troublemaker who values saying what is necessary, even when it’s difficult, and speaking truth to power is her superpower.”

Two months after making the list, she interviewed the media mogul.

“So that happened: I met Oprah,” she titled a post on her blog.

She wrote: “One of my favorite quotes ever is from one of my favorite books ever, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

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“Like millions of people everywhere, I consider Oprah Winfrey to be one of my heroes. It’s the exception to feel otherwise, especially when you’re a Black woman. As a self-made media mogul, a master communicator and one who insisted on doing it on her own terms, Oprah is pretty much the holy grail of making it. She’s a multi-passionate, multi-hyphenate bawse, and I aspire to be all of those things. That is what I’ve been working towards for the last thirteen years, even when I didn’t realize it.

She added: “This is why we must speak our dreams so they can float into the universe and have a chance to become real. This is why we must dare to believe that grand things can happen for us. I dared to believe. And I met my idol 2 days after my other idol, Shonda Rhimes, randomly tweeted that she can’t wait to read my book.”

 

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