Described by New York Magazine as “The Millennial Oprah” and the New York Times as “Everyone’s BFF,” Cleo Wade is an artist, speaker, poet, and author. Her work focuses on gender and race equality, as well as the empowerment of women and the LGBTQ community. Her poems preach love, acceptance, justice, and peace.
In the spring of 2018, Cleo gave her popular TED Talk: “Want To Change the world? Start by being brave enough to care.” She’s also written for the New York Times, Teen Vogue, and W Magazine.
Cleo lives in New York City, where she’s on the board of the National Black Theater in Harlem. She’s also a visual artist, who creates large-scale public art installations across North America, like the one seen in Times Square on International Women’s Day.