Cleo Wade

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Cleo Wade is an artist, poet, and author of the best selling book, “Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life.” 

Her work speaks to the importance of self-care, beloved community building, and social justice for all. 

Cleo writes for the New York TimesTeen VogueW Magazine and her popular Ted Talk: “Want To Change the world? Start by being brave enough to care.” was released in spring of 2018.  

She has created large-scale public art installations across North America including most recently in New York’s Times Square on International Women’s Day. 

Cleo sits on the board of the National Black Theater in Harlem and lives in New York City where you can usually find her hanging out at The Lower East Side Girls Club or The Women's Prison Association

Cleo has been named one of America’s 50 Most Influential Women by Marie Claire, 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, “The Millennial Oprah” by New York magazine, and "Everyone's B.F.F." by the New York Times. 

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A beautifully illustrated book from Cleo Wade—the artist, poet, and speaker who has been called “the Millennial Oprah” by New York Magazine—that offers creative inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras, and affirmations, perfect for fans of the bestseller Milk & Honey.

True to her hugely popular Instagram account, Cleo Wade brings her moving life lessons to Heart Talk, an inspiring, accessible, and spiritual book of wisdom for the new generation. Featuring over one hundred and twenty of Cleo’s original poems, mantras, and affirmations, including fan favorites and never before seen ones, this book is a daily pep talk to keep you feeling empowered and motivated.

With relatable, practical, and digestible advice, including “Hearts break. That’s how the magic gets in,” and “Baby, you are the strongest flower that ever grew, remember that when the weather changes,” this is a portable, replenishing pause for your daily life.

Keep Heart Talk by your bedside table or in your bag for an empowering boost of spiritual adrenaline that can help you discover and unlock what is blocking you from thriving emotionally and spiritually.

Artist and poet Cleo Wade recites a moving poem about being an advocate for love and acceptance in a time when both seem in short supply. Woven between stories of people at the beginning and end of their lives, she shares some truths about growing up (and speaking up) and reflects on the wisdom of a life well-lived, leaving us with a simple yet enduring takeaway: be good to yourself, be good to others, be good to the earth. "The world will say to you, 'Be a better person,'" Wade says. "Do not be afraid to say, 'Yes.'"

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.