cleo wade@cleowade

Poet|Artist|Storyteller
Author of Heart Talk (available now for pre-order)
Board member @natblacktheatre
Inquiries: Jewels@somethingartists.com

http://www.cleowade.com/

1,400 posts 302,520 followers 574 following

I announced yesterday that @tiffanyandco and I worked to give a gift to Nancy Rosario, the cook at The Lower East Side Girls Club in New York City, an amazing organization that connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures. Their state-of-­the-­art center offers a safe haven with programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness for middle and high school girls. Programs are offered at no cost to girls and their families. Their mission is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders. I partnered with @tiffanyandco to give a special piece of jewelry to Nancy who has had a tough holiday season since her sister passed away during Thanksgiving. @Tiffanyandco also helped me support the @girlsclubny with all the incredible contribution to ensure that the @girlsclubny can continue the work they do in their community. The above video is Nancy’s reaction when she received her surprise gift and was told of Tiffany’s contribution . I wanted to share this video because it made my heart happy. This holiday season I hope we can all remember the power of random acts of kindness and making others feel special. I love you! #atiffanyholiday

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This holiday season I got together with @tiffanyandco to give a special gift to an incredible woman named Nancy Rosario, the cook at The Lower East Side Girls Club in New York City, an amazing organization that connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures. Their state-of-­the-­art center offers a safe haven with programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness for middle and high school girls. Programs are offered at no cost to girls and their families. Their mission is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial, and environmental leaders. Nancy has two daughters who are members of the @girlsclubny and not only works to cook delicious meals for the girls, she also teaches cooking classes to girls and parents/guardians through their Ample Table program. I am SO proud to announce that I partnered with @tiffanyandco to not only give Nancy something special in this little blue box , but to also give a gift beyond the box... to help make sure The Lower East Side Girls Club can continue their mission to empower the next generation of young female leaders @tiffanyandco is generously supporting them with an incredible contribution!!! This holiday season, I hope we can all remember that we all have the power to make someone feel special and empower others with our time, our dollars, our hearts, and our spirits. I love you.
P.S. @tiffanyandco, can I marry this bracelet? Let a sista know! #atiffanyholiday

Newark, New Jersey
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OH, HELLO! Literally almost fainted this morning when I opened a box full of the advance reader's edition of my book #hearttalk ! So excited to be one step closer to putting it out into the world. This has been the ultimate labor of love. My biggest priority in writing this was that it felt like a friend or a companion not just a book. It's a mix of notes I wrote by hand in my apartment in NYC, traditional poems, and kitchen table conversation (aka advice I would give if we were sitting together at my house talking about love and life). LINK IN BIO TO PREORDER NOW! Available for pre order from Amazon, Barnes & noble, Target, Books-a-million, & indie bound 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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When it's time for wine and also time for a quick pep talk...😍 available now at @fishseddynyc in store and online. Go into the holiday season prepared, fam. 🍷🍷🌲🎄 thanks to my boo @meredithshep for the photo!

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Time to fly.


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I am so proud to live in a time where a magazine like @glamourmag gives an entire page of their new issue to these words. To all the women out there who continue to "unsubscribe" so we may dismantle the systems that oppress us while at the same time creating new standards, practices, and policies that allow us to be safe, seen, heard, and treated fairly... I see you. I am you. I love you. #unsubscribed 📝: “There are a lot of practices and social norms we have inherited. When we decide to unsubscribe from them, we ensure that we will not pass them down to the next generation. In 2018, I think the modern woman is opting out of narratives that exclude, belittle, dismiss, or objectify her. She is unsubscribing from the pressure society puts on her to look, talk, or behave a certain way to seem likable or capable. Personally, I am unsubscribing from shoulding all over myself. I am no longer interested in what art or poetry should look like, what feminism should look like, what giving a damn should look like. I’m done asking the world what I should do; I am getting to work on what I can do."

San Francisco International Airport
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paints and poems in @turtlefiji this morning 🎨👩🏾🎨🐢 ☀️


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When you move from "Getting started" to "Doing it" #HeartTalk

Turtle Island Fiji
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If you know me, you know that Jamaica is one of my favorite places on the planet. The people, the food, the music, and the spirit have inspired me since I my dad took me there for the first time 20 years ago. So when @jetblue asked me to partner with them help restore The Eltham Community Centre in Jamaica last week, it was an instant "hell yes!" The Eltham Community Centre serves the rural area surrounding Ocho Rios region. Here, neighbors can gather for recreational activities and informative workshops, receive mentorship and gain access to free mental and dental care as well as spay and neuter services for animal clinics. We helped paint, renovate and restore The Centre with upgrades to ensure it can continue to be a safe, healthy and inspiring space for both the young and elderly in the community. Special shout out to my girl @dearabalenger who was with me and made the trip even more special. Doing good is always more fun with friends. I love you, sis. #jetblueforgood


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Very powerful.

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It has been such a blessing to witness my soul sister @elainewelteroth make her dream of the @teenvogue summit into a reality. Elaine, your vision and passion for creating safe spaces for folks who care to organize and take action leaves me endlessly inspired. I love you. Also, I want to give a special shout out to everyone who spent their afternoon with me in my mentor session. Thank you for sharing your ideas, your fears, your questions, your time, and your hearts with me. You are all amazing. Thank you also to my boo @rupikaur_ & @stbeautyband for allowing me the opportunity to interview you and share your inspiring process with our wonderful audience.
Also @msmelina i added a photo of us in the swipe just bc your drop is unparalleled lol

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The things I hadn't said like:
"That's not fair." "That's racist" "No." "Stop."
"That's rape culture." " That's homophobic."
"That's transphobic." "That's toxic masculinity" "That's not funny."
Walk out of every room with no regrets. When something ain't right. Say it ain't right. Stay whole.

Turtle Island Fiji
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