cleo wade@cleowade

Author of Heart Talk (available now for pre-order)
Board member @natblacktheatre

1,365 posts 287,535 followers 554 following

Last week I had the privilege of spending the morning with @glamourmag speaking to a room full of incredible girls in New York City. There were so many things I wanted to say to them. I decided to talk about all of the fierce women who came before us and paved the way for all of us to be where we are now (I recognize we still have a long way to go but we must also acknowledge how far we have come because of the bold leadership in the generations before us). Women & girls of today are the mightiest tree on mother nature's planet which is why it is so important for us to know our roots. A strong Movement is one that is intersectional and intergenerational. I love you.❤️ "To know the women who came before us is to know ourselves.
It is to know the blood memory that runs through our veins.
It is to know that the unlived dreams of our ancestors are
our honor and our duty to live out.
Right now.
Because as women right now...
when it comes to the work of the Women before us…
We may not be able to pay it back
But we can certainly pay it forward." P.S. Yes, I was wearing a metallic dress at 9AM. 💅🏾 @burberry

Newark, New Jersey

I am so honored and excited to be speaking on the first day of @ted WOMEN this year on November 1st in New Orleans (which also happens to be my hometown! (Hi mom! Hi dad!) head over to if you want to go! There are going to be so many incredible women speaking throughout the 3 day conference including my boo @sallykohn ! Hope to see you there! I love you! #tedwomen #ted ❤️❤️❤️❤️

New York, New York

Never underestimate the power of your words. Speaking up is an act of public safety and gives others the permission to speak up too. The sexual harassment stories dominating our media right now do not just exist in Hollywood. It is happening in every single work place. It is happening in our grocery stores, as we walk down the street, in restaurants, bars, on college campuses, on the bus, the train,the subway and even our own homes. Just as racism in America is an issue that we cannot put on black people alone to solve, sexual harassment is an issue that we cannot put on women alone to solve. Men must step up to the plate here and we as a culture must start looking at how we are raise our boys.
I am so proud of the women who speak up when men do things to try to shatter them for every time we let our voices be heard, we create a safe space for others to speak their truth and heal their pain. Women must no longer be the keepers of men's dirty secrets. Our daughters will not inherit the path we have had to walk. We, all of us, men and women, must make this world a safer place for the next generation. Let's get to work. I love you.


whole, self-saved, and no longer waiting.

Newark, New Jersey

It was going all the way down in the elevator this morning (pun intended). I so loved spending the morning speaking with these queens to a room full of such incredible girls. Thank you @glamourmag #internationaldayofthegirl #glamour4edu
Photo: @yarashahidi ❤️
Dream hoops: @jenniferfisherjewelry
Dream dress: @burberry


I hear it calling our names

New York, New York

There really is just something about New York City.

New York, New York

A message I got from my bestie @sade1111 this morning. If you haven't done this yet today or this week or this year, let your sisters know you love them. Let them know that you are here for them. Let them know that you believe in them and are rooting for them as they grow. Also, know that I am your sister and I love you. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, fam.

New York, New York

Writing about heartbreak in my book #HeartTalk gave me the most joy. I talk to so many people about their broken hearts (if you have ever randomly sent me a DM, you know that if it was about a breakup, I probably answered) It gives me joy to talk about it because I have been there. And I believe that when you go through tough stuff and you make it out on the other side, you have a duty to help others do the same. I know what it means to feel hopeless, and not be able to get out of bed, and have the same song on repeat over and over again. I've had every version of heartbreak: the ones over a lover, the ones over a family member, the ones over a friend, over a stranger in a news story, over work, and I have even broken my own heart a few times. I say all of this because, if you are going through it at the moment, I want you to know you're not alone. I want you to know that you will be okay. And I want you to know that if you can take a deep breath and bring faith in your own resilience to what you are feeling, then you will find that there is a space inside your pain where an incredible emotional education awaits you. The space where you recognize all of the red flags you saw and ignored along the way. The space where you realize what you deserve. The space where you learn to forgive yourself for staying too long. The space where you decide how you want to grow. The space where you re-learn how to trust yourself and your path. The space where your remember that you always have the power to comfort yourself. You always have the power to say to yourself "it's going to be okay." I love you.

New York, New York

The people who in inspire me the most are not those who agree with me but those who disagree with me with kindness. It is the people who refuse to let me be their enemy just because we have a different perspective on something. It is the people who as my friend @iamderay says, "understand that our ideas can be in conflict without us being in conflict"
I love you all.

New York, New York