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At Black Girl Magic headquarters (aka our editorial offices), we’re marrying two things we love: podcasts and interviews with bold, brilliant and badass women of color. ESSENCE’s “Yes, Girl” is an audio lovefest highlighting celebs and influencers taking the culture a little higher. Hosted by ESSENCE staffers Cori Murray and Yolanda Sangweni—and bonus: our love guru Charli Penn gets real with Black women on their unique sex and relationships stories—"Yes, Girl" will feature aspirational conversations with actresses Uzo Aduba and Danai Gurira; Power creator Courtney Kemp; celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble; and many more. Subscribe now.

At Black Girl Magic headquarters (aka our editorial offices), we’re marrying two things we love: podcasts and interviews with bold, brilliant and badass women of color. ESSENCE’s “Yes, Girl” is an audio lovefest highlighting celebs and influencers taking the culture a little higher. Hosted by ESSENCE staffers Cori Murray and Yolanda Sangweni—and bonus: our love guru Charli Penn gets real with Black women on their unique sex and relationships stories—"Yes, Girl" will feature aspirational conversations with actresses Uzo Aduba and Danai Gurira; Power creator Courtney Kemp; celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble; and many more. Subscribe now.
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At Black Girl Magic headquarters (aka our editorial offices), we’re marrying two things we love: podcasts and interviews with bold, brilliant and badass women of color. ESSENCE’s “Yes, Girl” is an audio lovefest highlighting celebs and influencers taking the culture a little higher. Hosted by ESSENCE staffers Cori Murray and Yolanda Sangweni—and bonus: our love guru Charli Penn gets real with Black women on their unique sex and relationships stories—"Yes, Girl" will feature aspirational conversations with actresses Uzo Aduba and Danai Gurira; Power creator Courtney Kemp; celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble; and many more. Subscribe now.

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Episodes

How Ronnie and Shamari DeVoe Saved Their Marriage and Made It Stronger

1/11/2019
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Ronnie (@bigrondevoe) and Shamari (@shamaridevoe) DeVoe aren't new to this fame game, but they certainly are the real thing. With nearly 40 years in the industry (combined), this celebrity couple has seen much as a duo, and as individuals. Now embarking on another chapter, after nearly 15 years of marriage, Ronnie (New Edition, BellBivDeVoe) and Shamari (Blaque, RHOA) spent some time with Yes,Girl to talk marriage, open relationships, and weathering the storm in marriage and music. Plus...

Duration:01:11:56

Are You the Driver or the Passenger in Your Own Life?

1/9/2019
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You spoke, and we answered! Thanks to the overwhelming love from last week’s self-care episode. we treating our Yes, Girl family to bonus self-care episodes every Tuesday in January. Hosted by Yes, Girl’s Yolanda Sangweni (@yolizma)…aka our Yo-prah, these episodes are meant to help you do the work to being your best in 2019. First up, Yolanda and Charreah K. Jackson, @charreah, (Author, Entrepreneur, Senior Editor at ESSENCE) discuss the power in taking ownership of your life (even the...

Duration:00:27:16

Actions Speak Louder Than Resolutions

1/4/2019
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Happy New Year, family! Sure, it’s Winter break, but we just couldn’t break away from giving you something to listen to. This week, we’ve skipped the celebrity guest to dedicate time to helping you hit your 2019 goals. What are you giving up, and going after? Yolanda (@yolizama), Cori (@corimurray) and Charli Penn (@charlipenn) dish on their new year’s goals (not resolutions), and challenge you to do the same. Be sure to share your thoughts on social and tag #yesgirlpodcast. We want to...

Duration:00:28:22

Lil Rel Howery and Trevante Rhodes are Funny, Sexy and Cool

12/27/2018
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It's always a good day when bae comes to visit, and we're ending the year with a double dose. Lil Rel Howery (@LilRel4) and Trevante Rhodes (@_Trevante_) graced us with their good vibes and good looks during a stop in NYC to promote their new Netflix psycho-thriller, Birdbox. Cori (@corimurray) and Yolanda (@yolizama) joined the duo for laughs and a little self-reflection.

Duration:00:41:14

Erica Campbell is Booked, Busy and Blessed

12/20/2018
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Erica Campbell (@ImEricaCampbell) is a master of many trades, on the low. The Grammy award-winning singer, radio host, entrepreneur, wife, and mother can't be stopped from fulfilling God's purpose for her life. Cori (@corimurray) and Yolanda (@yolizama) caught up with Erica immediately after her interview with "mom" Michelle Obama (eek!) to talk about music, her family, and how to live a purpose-filled life.

Duration:00:42:06

Two Snaps and A Circle For David Alan Grier's Career

12/14/2018
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Enter the presence of comedy royalty. Since the 80s there isn’t a decade that David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) hasn’t put his stamp on. From Broadway and In Living Color to Boomerang and The Wiz Live!, chances are one of his characters made a mark on your childhood. Yolanda (@yolizama) and Cori (@corimurray) spent time with the thespian and comedian, currently co-starring on The Cool Kids, and read his receipts, discovered his role in Tiffany Haddish’s career and discussed what it’s like...

Duration:01:07:14

Bet On Yourself, Like Jemele Hill Did

12/6/2018
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Anchor and journalist Jemele Hill has lived many lives and endured many trials in her career. She’s seen the highs and the lows of what it means to be your most authentic self. Surely, taking uncertain risk is always a gamble, but it pays to bet on yourself. For Jemele the payoff has been big. Charli (@manwifedog) and Yolanda (@yolizama) celebrate her new wins - new job, new business, new coins - and take a stroll down memory lane recalling what it was like growing up as 80s babies. Yes,...

Duration:00:46:57

Love Callled, and Porsha Williams Answered

11/29/2018
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Porsha Williams (@porsha4real) is having a glow up that is meant-to-be. She has a new man, a new ring, a new baby on the way. Plus she’s securing bags from every angle. Nothing is slowing down this Southern belle. Cori (@corimurray), Charli (@manwifedog) and Yolanda (@yolizama) sit down with the queen of the South to dig into those rumors about her relationship, her “friendship” with Kandi, and what’s next in this new chapter of her life story. It's tea time y'all! So grab a glass and sip...

Duration:00:39:59

A Thanksgiving Word with David + Tamela Mann

11/22/2018
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Yes, Girl is coming to Thanksgiving dinner and we didn’t come empty-handed. We brought love and light through David and Tamela Mann (@davidandtamela)! This blessed, and highly-favored couple has soared to new plateaus as entertainers and entrepreneurs, but remain grounded in family and faith. Yolanda and Charli bonded with The Manns as they share the secret recipes to staying together and having staying power, from their new book “Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and...

Duration:00:56:27

Go Best Friend! Tisha Campbell And Tichina Arnold In The House

11/21/2018
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In the true spirit of giving, we’re serving up an extra portion of Yes, Girl this week. Grab your seat at this table because you’re about to get full. Fresh off of hosting and co-producing the Soul Train Awards (airing 11/25 on BET), original #bestfriendgoals — Tisha Campbell (@tishacampbellmartin) and Tichina Arnold (@tichinaarnold) — gave Yolanda (@yolizama), Cori (@corimurray), and Charli (@manwifedog) a front-row seat to their 30 + year bond. They take us down memory lane with...

Duration:00:54:37

NeNe Leakes Is Stronger Than Ever and Owning Her Dopeness

11/15/2018
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Just days after the Season 11 premiere of the The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, we sat down with no-nonsense star NeNe Leakes (@NeNe Leakes) for one of her most vulnerable interviews yet. The Broadway and television actress, entrepreneur and reality star opened up about her husband Gregg’s shocking cancer diagnosis, why it changed them forever and how she’s held his hand throughout the fight of his life. Plus, Leakes reflects on her own receipts (as Andy Cohen says, "RHOA is the house that...

Duration:00:41:09

How Faith and Love Heal w/ Michelle Williams and Fiancé Chad Johnson

11/8/2018
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Singer Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) and her fiancé, professional sports chaplain Chad Johnson (@PastorCJ), have one of the most moving love stories this year. After finding love unexpectedly through the bond in their shared faith and getting engaged, their happiness was derailed when Williams revealed she was battling severe depression. She checked herself into a treatment facility with Johnson standing right by her side. Now they’re back on the road to matrimony and documenting...

Duration:00:52:28

A Seat At the Red Table with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Her Mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris

11/1/2018
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Are you ready for all of that longevity tea?! Charli (@ManWifeDog) and Cori (@corimurray) pulled up a seat at the famous red table with Jada Pinkett-Smith (@jadapsmith) and her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris (@adriennebanfieldnorris) for a chat on maintaining love, marriage and yourself through the years. Plus, Yes, Girl! reunites with Yolanda (@yolizama), who’s back from maternity leave, and she shares her emotional birth story. In Tea for the Week, they discuss Kanye’s latest...

Duration:00:35:57

A Lesson In Finding Your Purpose With Beauty Boss Jackie Aina

10/25/2018
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When you're living in your purpose, nothing can stop you. Beauty super-influencer and YouTube sensation Jackie Aina (@jackieaina) is living fabulously inside and out. But don't get it confused, her success is a decade in the making. Hear how Jackie went from being married and in the military to carving out the luxe life of her dreams. Yes, having a social media following of over 2 million always helps, but she had to start somewhere. Jackie breaks down her path to power. Cori Murray...

Duration:00:29:47

DeRay McKesson Makes His Case for Hope

10/18/2018
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When he joined the Ferguson protests against the senseless murder of Mike Brown, DeRay McKesson (@deray) had no idea his life would change forever. The educator-turned-activist, podcaster and author explains why he spends every day being a voice for change on the frontline of the fight for our civil rights. On a book tour for his collection of personal essays, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, McKesson talks with Cori about the weight of it all, from finding balance when...

Duration:00:32:48

A Lesson In Self Love w/ Vivica A. Fox and Raven Symoné

10/11/2018
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It’s only fitting that after our self-love masterclass with the one-and-only Mikki Taylor that we follow up with two inspiring interviews with amazing women who love themselves completely and are comfortable in their own skin—Cori’s talking grown woman things with actress, producer, TV host, entrepreneur, author (receipts!), and certified boss, Ms. Vivica A. Fox, and later, Charli joins in the fun as the ladies talk authenticity, success and finding your lane with Disney queen and Raven’s...

Duration:00:46:17

Boo'd Up: Remy Ma and Papoose's Countdown to Baby Mackie

10/4/2018
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Don’t you just love the way Papoose (@PapoosePapoose) loves his wife Remy Ma (@RemyMa)?! The Mackies are back and sharing the love like only they can. The madly-in-love pair cozy up with Cori (@CoriMurray) and Charli (@ManWifeDog) to share their baby excitement, the tea on their new reality series on VH1, "Meet The Mackies," and the secret to loving each other through whatever life through their way. Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @ManWifeDog; and Yolanda Sangweni...

Duration:00:27:44

From Self-Care to Slay with Mikki Taylor, Plus Star’s Ryan Destiny

9/28/2018
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Tapping into one’s best self can take some work. Luckily Mikki Taylor (@IAmMikkiTaylor), Essence’s longtime beauty expert, has written a blueprint in her current book, Editor-in-Chief: How to Style and Be Your Most Empowered Self. Mikki gives a preach and a prayer on renewing one’s self-worth, style and senses. Plus, fall TV is in full swing and we’re chatting with Star’s Ryan Destiny (@RyanDestiny). NOTE: Sorry in advance to those listening to this episode in your headphones, Mercury was in...

Duration:01:18:20

Love Is In the Hair: Conversations with Sanaa Lathan and Lynn Whitfield, plus Curly Girl Collective’s Gia Lowe

9/20/2018
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Within Black sisterhood, the relationship with hair is one of our strongest bonds. It’s why Sanaa Lathan (@sanaalathan) took a leap of faith (and clippers!) for her leading role – alongside the ever fabulous Lynn Whitfield (@mslynnwhitfield) -- in Netflix's Nappily Ever After, the long awaited adaptation of the novel about a woman’s search for love beyond her head. In person, the actresses reveal their personal journey to self love and acceptance. And we couldn’t talk about our ‘dos without...

Duration:00:52:36

The Black Women Behind LeBron James' New Sneaker

9/13/2018
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Have you ever had a life changing phone call? That’s what Harlem Fashion Row (@hfrmovement) founder Brandice Daniel (@brandicedaniel) received when LeBron James asked for her collaboration on his 16th sneaker for Nike. What they developed made history: It’s the first Nike sneaker designed by Black women for women. Daniel recommended three designers from her collective: Undra Celeste (@love_ucny), Kimberly Goldson (@kimberlygoldson) and Fe Noel (@fenoel). All four phenomenal women join us for...

Duration:00:51:25