#36 Ijeoma Oluo: Starting A New Career (recovered)

This week I’m super pumped to bring you this episode with Ijeoma Oluo she is an incredible writer and someone I admire. Ijeoma is based in Seattle, and she is the author of the New York Times Best-Seller, So You Want to Talk about Race, published by Seal Press. She was named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017. Ijeoma is the winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society.

If you’re not familiar with her works, she focuses on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, and the arts. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and The Guardian, among other outlets. In today’s episode, we cover Ijeoma’s love of politics, how her career plans changed and why she landed in Tech. She talks about leaving her career behind to pursue writing and some of the instability she faced when she did it. Also, stick around to hear her worst advice.

Please do check out Ijeoma's work my favourite article is ‘The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black’.

You can get a copy of So You Want To Talk About Race on Amazon. I highly recommend it. To find out more about Ijeoma, you can follow her on Twitter @IjeomaOluo, and you can also visit her website ijeomaoluo.com.

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