Haters will say it’s photoshopped. #DollyPartonChallenge
You’re not scrolling through Instagram. You’re a social media engineer 😂 Your favourite brown fam is back to teach you how to properly deal with us coloured folk. Because one video wasn’t enough... watch part two of #TheBrownBar by clicking the link in my bio! Tag a friend who can relate and have a great day lovessss. ❤️🙏🏽
Since 80% of my tagged pictures are men busting a pose in India, I thought I’d show some love. Werk it Sweetu. Keep hustling. Drop a 👏🏽 for them! You’re doing amazing sweetie!!!
Live footage of me doing a business. Making calls, sending emails, networking like HEY YOU... OH ME?! and checking the time because time is money y’all! Time is also limited so stop scrolling through Instagram and get back to work. MAKE THOSE DREAMS A REALITY. Ignore this feed and make waves to feed your belly and family. But first.. double tap. KAY BYE ❤️👀 #HustleHarder 💪🏽
Daddys home. Feeling charged up and ready to go bawse mode. Business will be conducted. Hustling will be the norm. Creativity will be peaking. Communication will be popping. Strategy will be perfected. Mental health will be valued. The team will be close. Are you ready to do this?! Drop a 💪🏽 in the comments if you’re ready to #HustleHarder and DO. THIS. THANGGGGG.
Mood all 2020
January is always a funny time because people get consumed by making resolutions and goals for the future. I do it too. I made a vision board, as I usually do, and wrote down mantras to practice in 2020. But during my recent meditation it occurred to me that whenever I get really deep into goal setting, I forget the place I’m currently in and that place also needs to be celebrated. Life is full of such dualities. I want to achieve goals in the future but also find importance in celebrating now. I want to connect with people deeply but also be alone to connect with myself. I want to be happy but know that I need to occasionally feel sadness to experience any joy. I want to forgive others but also love myself enough to protect my peace. Sometimes I know all the answers and other times I’m the dumbest in the room. Friendly reminder that there seldom is a universally right answer or right direction. There is just duality and complexity and finding simplicity in that is something special. After all, amongst the inner and outter chaos, life is beautiful. No matter what, that fact never changes. Long road to say... wuddup t-shirt reference. Blessings up. Sending you vibes and light ❤️🙏🏽
Came through drippin. Literally. Live footage of me doing a basic photoshop for the gram. And then I was like “WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?! So I got this cute ice cream cone and then quickly realized it’s too hot for my cute prop. And to top it alllllll off, I already posted this outfit on Instagram. Ugh. They’re totally gonna kick me off this thing. AM I INFLUENCING RIGHT?!?! 😂❤️🌴 #LilStories #TooHotForTops #RIPicecream
When everything is irie and then you try your drink and realize you made it hella strong but that’s amazing and now everything is even more irie. Shhhhh 🤫🌴 #LilStories
A comment I occasionally receive in response to my YouTube videos and late night show is something along the lines of: “Stop mentioning you’re a bisexual woman of colour!” I’m not going to lie, my initial plan was to make a post roasting these people but what would that accomplish? A mantra I’m using moving forward is compassion over cancellation and education over reaction. So instead of reacting out of anger, I thought I’d lovingly share a few thoughts. Firstly, when I announced my late night show, it was a strange experience for me to see headlines describing me as a bisexual woman of colour. Trust me, if you think you’ve seen this phrase a lot with respect to me, I’ve seen it more. It was a challenging thing to navigate because I wanted to be described firstly by my accomplishment but instead of feeling some type of way about this repetitive description, I chose to embrace it. Secondly, being able to celebrate who I truly am has been a very difficult journey. Whenever I can loudly and proudly be my true self, it self-validates a part of me that so many others have tried to invalidate. Growing up, if I had heard ANYONE else celebrate being a “bisexual woman of colour” perhaps my life would have been less confusing. What’s repetitive to you, may be meaningful to someone else. And lastly, I think it’s important to question why me making commentary about who I am, irks you so much. No one listens to top 40 music and says “ugh, we get it… you’re straight and sexually active!” I’ve watched every single one of my late night episodes, and I’ve probably proclaimed myself a “bisexual woman of colour” 4 times in 96 episodes. Otherwise, I am simply sharing my POV, being who I am, and that is something everyone should be afforded. With all due respect, you do not get to be part of the privileged majority and tell me how many times I’m allowed to celebrate who I am. Even if I mention it 96 times & tattoo it on my forehead. If this representation doesn’t matter to you, congratulations on your circumstances, but plz do not rain on my parade. Love wins & that includes me loving ppl who needed this POV. I have no hatred in my heart for you, just faith that we can all be one❤️
Whenever I’m feeling lost in life, I go back into my camera roll and relive moments like this from the Maasai Mara dancing with my sisters. We live worlds apart but are still able to bond over universal love languages like music. Here are some of my favourite moments meeting girls from around the world, specifically Kenya, India and Ecuador. Travelling and experiencing all these different realities is such a privilege that I’m grateful for. Admittedly, for a long time I struggled to deal with the contrast between our existence. I’ve never really spoken about this but after my first trip to Kenya, I had no desire to come home and have a birthday party or go out for drinks or even buy new clothes. Everything felt like too much of a privilege and I didn’t know how to navigate my own experience anymore. I would compare every personal purchase to how much that money would mean to a community of girls elsewhere. But here’s the mind map I’m currently working with: we can’t solve every problem but we need to at least try to help where we can. I believe we’re all born with a specific chip on our shoulder and I use that term in a positive way. By chip I mean, some reality we faced that has in turn sparked a desire to fight for a cause. If you were born in a war torn country, you probably feel strongly about peace, politics and violence. If you faced poverty, you probably have a strong desire to help those struggling to make ends meet. If you were discriminated against for being part of the LGBTQ+ community, you probably feel it in your bones when you read about transgender hate crimes. These can be viewed as harsh realities or as superpowers. Use your passion and fight for whatever cause speaks to your heart but just choose SOMETHING to fight for because our brothers and sisters and animals and environment (etc ) need our love and care. This year, my cause is to help even more young girls get the opportunities they deserve. Also, via simply being myself and speaking about my experiences, I hope to continue pushing forward the convo around mental health and living your truth 🌈. What’s your cause? How will you use your superpower? We’re in this together 🙏🏽❤️
Happy birthday to my son @scarbrothedawg . You are truly one of the best things to happen to me. No one is unaware of how much I adore you. You opened up my heart in a way I’ve ever felt before. Thank you for showing me what true unconditional love feels like. I could bomb an audition, get roasted, lose ten bags and fall on my face and when I come home, you’d still cuddle me like I’m the best. Love you bum. Thank you for choosing me. Please chew all my socks today. And for those of you considering adding a furry friend to your family, I highly recommend. ❤️🐶
All I need in this life of sin, is me and my best friend. Shout outs to all the BFFs who hold our hair when we puke and proof read our texts when we petty. Tag your bestie (heyyy @reesewitherspoon ) and watch the full video. Link in my bioooo.
Live footage of me having zaddy energy in 2020 but still getting occasionally insecure. LOL! New year, still same imperfect me. Let’s be real, we’re all just figuring this out together. No one really has the answers. So today and for the next 365 days let’s make a promise to try our best and encourage others to do the same. Less tearing eachother down. Less cancelling people. Less comparisons. More educating. More compassion. More togetherness. Because no matter what year it is, one thing remains the same... I am you and you are me. Love you universe ❤️ happy new year x
When you’re at a party and your ex is also there and your life turns into one big strategic video game 😂😂😂 shout outs to all my friends who have ever saved me in this situation. In this case it was @sssniperwolf . Tag your ride or die friend! And check out the full video... link in bio obvsssss ❤️
On the left, me at the beginning at the decade in 2010, graduating from York University with no idea what to do next. On the right, me at the end of the decade, on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter discussing my brand new late night talk show. As you scroll through, you’ll see a few meaningful moments from the past decade including two world tours, a best selling book, meeting some of my biggest heroes, billboards, monetary gains, achievements and most importantly, helping educate thousands of girls in India, Ecuador and Kenya. I’m not posting about this to be egotistical, although don’t get me wrong, I am so so proud of what myself and Team Super have achieved, but I’m posting this to tell you the truth about this last decade for me. And that is… it was hard af. I think when you acquire a little bit of success, people find ease in discrediting your effort. That’s why Twitter is literal hell. But that’s lazy. Look deeper. Don’t let the accolades and articles fool you, the girl on the left was confused, insecure, scared, had no direction and didn’t love herself…. and worst of all, she didn’t even know it. Work had to be done. Over the past 10 years I have hustled so hard both professionally and personally. I have hit rock bottom over and over again. I have addressed my weaknesses and excuses head on. I have overcome obstacles and then been introduced to new ones. I’ve been told “NO” repeatedly. I’ve been hit with sexism, racism and now homophobia, only to be told those things don’t really exist. I have learned the ins and outs of an entire industry that was foreign to me. I learned to be an employee and a boss. I learned to love me. I woke up every morning renewing a promise to myself to be the best version of me. And just like everyone else, I was the girl on the left. Know that anything you want is possible if you want it bad enough. Work hard and be nice to people. Everything else is a distraction. The haters, the non-believers, the excuses, the fear, the empty validation, the rejection… all of it is just noise. Mute it, love yourself, work hard and be everything you want to be. I believe in you so much. Thanks for believing in me ❤️
Merry Christmas from two nerds that match every Christmas. Express your love and gratitude extra today because a quick scroll through instagram is a reminder of how fortunate we all are. Blessings up. Share the joy. Share the wealth. Share the love and be one ❤️❤️❤️
The glow up is real and I’m not talking about just our looks. @malala has done incredible things via @malalafund with focus on investing in local education activists, advocating to keep leaders accountable and amplifying girls’ voices. Not only is she incredibly smart and brave but her fearlessness when speaking truth is something that shakes me to my core. It’s such a pleasure witnessing you change the world and I’m incredibly honoured I got to chat with you on @latewithlilly my sister! Keep breaking down barriers. The sisterhood got your back 💪🏽❤️ #GirlLove
When you feel depressed but your brown parents just tell you to drink more water and use the phone less... the struggle is real! But the #BrownBar is here to help courtesy of all-star employees @russellpeters @kalpenn @jayshetty @therealhannahsimone @menamassoud and @humblethepoet . Tag three of your most suppressed brown friends 😂🙏🏽 and check out the full video. Link in bio putt ❤️
One week left until we wrap season one of @latewithlilly . Holy MF fiddlesticks, what a ride. Sentimental post to come but in the mean time plz enjoy my bomb af socks. MESSAGE. RAH 💪🏽❤️😤
Sometimes you have to be your own best friend. The type of BFF that will cut anyone who gives you negative energy. The type that builds you up and tells you that your curves are bomb af and you just DID THAT. The type that cares if your sad but also knows you have ish to do so tells you to get the eff up lil ho. Who will be patient when you stay complaining about the same ish over and over again because your naive self never learns the first time. Be your own hype woman. Not because others aren’t around or valuable but because love starts from within. So listen up Lilly. I know you’re tired and stressed and finna have 10 mental breakdowns today but do your work, get the bag and SERVE ALL THE LEWKS and then we can cuddle when you get home. I got you b. You my fav ❤️ also, be an Oreo but make it fashunnnn (I had to ) 💪🏽
Daddy’s home. @papermagazine
S/O to @katespadeny for giving me a cute place to store my 🍩, while also spreading #GirlLove ! Today I’m celebrating #GivingTuesday with my Kate Spade New York family. ❤️ Kate Spade New York has invested in a women owed business in Rwanda where they make a beautiful line of handbags called #on_purpose . In honor of Giving Tuesday, Kate Spade New York is donating 2% of net proceeds to women and girls’ empowerment programs in the Rwandan community where their on purpose supplier is based. You can help to support empowering these women by watching my story + swiping up to shop! #loveinspades #ad
Live footage of @snoopdogg promising me that if I ever try weed with him it’ll be lit and not absolutely terrifying. Also, still dying at the fact that he straight up took a poster of me off the wall at my studio and said “hey I was going to just steal this but now I’ll get you to sign it for me...” Life is wild. Thanks for being on the show legend!! 🙏🏽❤️