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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

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...

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...

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...

Duration:00:51:25

Lil Rel Howery Hearts Awkward Black Girls

9/6/2018
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Lil Rel Howery’s having a helluva year. Since playing the TSA Agent whose spidey senses saved his best friend in “Get Out”, the stand up comic has been cosigned by JAY Z and Kevin Hart. This month, Rel (@LilRel4) leads his own self-titled sitcom loosely based on his life as a single dad in Chicago. Things are only getting better too: Rel’s ready for a love connection and Charli’s lining one up. BTW ladies: He likes his women a little awkward and awesome. Plus Yolanda’s bundle of joy has...

Duration:00:37:49

Bobby Brown and Alicia Etheredge-Brown share the love

8/30/2018
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Before "The Bobby Brown Story" has us all in our feelings, we went straight to the source for the story behind the story of how Bobby Brown found a second chance at love and life with his wife and business partner Alicia Etheredge Brown. They invited us over for an intimate conversation about sustaining their faith-based marriage, keeping Bobbi Kristina's memory alive and getting Brown's iconic story right (The Bobby Brown Story airs September 4 and 5 on BET). Plus Charli asks where do you...

Duration:00:37:14

Mixing Business and Pleasure With Rev Run and Justine Simmons

8/27/2018
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Rev Run (@revrunwisdom) and his wife Justine Simmons’ new Netflix family drama All About The Washingtons is out, and it’s official: everyone is hooked! We sat down with the married sitcom stars to talk about how they’ve learned to successfully mix business with pleasure (spoiler: Rev Run refused to agree to the show until Justine signed on too!), their secret to a lasting marriage, and how they knew Justine would be such a natural onscreen! Plus, Cori and Charli remember Aretha Franklin,...

Duration:00:32:15

Triple Threat and Black Rom-Com Bae Taye Diggs Is Here!

8/20/2018
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You know we love to hear from the fellas, and this week one of your favorites is in the house. Taye Diggs (@tayediggs) has mastered it all — theater, movies and TV. He stopped by to talk about his secret to success, hosting the inaugural episodes of Crossovers, a new talk show appearing on streaming network Stage, and to fatherhood. Plus, Black rom-com queen Charli asks burning questions about some of the classics he starred in and finds out what’s up with The Best Man Wedding movie we’re...

Duration:00:41:34

Summertime Shine with Tracy G.

8/9/2018
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This week we talk to ESSENCE 2018 Millennial Love Leader and wellness mami, Tracy G (@itstracyg) about all things health and fitness. Plus! We catch up with entertainment director Cori Murray (@corimurray) as she returns from her Caribbean vacation with a #popping glow.

Duration:01:04:15

Let’s Hear It For Sherri Shepherd’s Powerful Sister Circle

8/2/2018
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If a sister-friend’s love ever got you through the fire, this episode is for YOU! Actress, comedienne and host Sherri Shepherd (@sherrieshepherd) brings the laughs and the wisdom this week as she promotes the return of her hit NBC show Trial & Error: Lady Killer. Sherri recalls how her dear friend Niecy Nash’s love helped to lift her through a difficult time, shares the joys and realities of being a hard working mom and explains how, no matter what, she’s always able to choose joy.

Duration:00:51:20

Hey Auntie! Angela Bassett Is Here, Plus 'Blindspotting’s Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casel Came Through

7/26/2018
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Prepare yourself for a moment in Black Hollywood excellence as we share an epic conversation with screen queen Angela Bassett (@imangelabassett). Bassett, who’s in the soon-to-be summer hit Mission Impossible: Fallout, shares her secrets to ageless beauty, a lasting career and a peaceful family (hint: her kids aren’t allowed to have cell phones). And yes, we asked the sixty-year-old stunner to recite a classic line from What’s Love Got To Do With It. You’ll never guess which one it is....

Duration:00:53:29

Brunch with Bae: We got cozy with Michael B. Jordan at ESSENCE Fest

7/18/2018
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When Michael B. Jordan posted “s/o to the baby oil lady” in the IG caption for his first solo ESSENCE cover, inquiring minds wanted to know: How can I apply for the job next time? Well, we invited Michael “Bae” to brunch at ESSENCE Fest — with some special invited friends — to discuss his application process among other things. During a steamy afternoon in New Orleans, Michael shared what his life has been like since the global success of Black Panther, the women he counts as his sheroes...

Duration:00:56:07

Girl Down! Big Freedia’s Our Guest In New Orleans, Plus The First Purge Cast Is Here!

7/13/2018
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We’re still on a high from our biggest ESSENCE Fest yet and we’re reliving the moment we shared opening for The Read LIVE in New Orleans! We brought NOLA’s own Queen Of Bounce, Big Freedia (@bigfreedia), along to Kid Fury & Crissle’s (@thisistheread) show to help us get the crowd hype. And, oh what fun we had! Big Freedia reveals how she found her confidence, why she doesn’t care if you call her Freddie or Freedia and how New Orleans does it best. Plus, we caught up with summer movie stars...

Duration:01:03:15

We Saw A Ghost In Miami! Yup, Omari Hardwick’s Here!

7/5/2018
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OMG we saw a ghost, ya’ll! That’s right, STARZ’s hit drama Power is back and hotter than ever, so it was only fitting we get caught up with our bae Omari Hardwick (@omarihardwick) during the American Black Film Festival in Miami. Omari and ESSENCE go way back like Atari. We dug right in as he opened up about fame, fatherhood, becoming Ghost, and how hard he’s been hustling for his craft. Plus Charli, Cori and Yolanda are in NOLA, grubbing and grinding for Essence Fest. Yes, Girl! hosts:...

Duration:00:36:49

'Luke Cage' Star Simone Missick Could Teach a Masterclass In Praying and Believing

6/28/2018
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One thing we learned from Simone Missick (@SimoneMissick): She knows how to pray. Back for Luke Cage’s second season kicking more ass (with one arm), Simone’s tapped into a higher power that’s blessed her with an in-demand career on stage and screen and loving husband (hey, Dorian Missick). Literally minutes before Simone took the stage at Netflix’s Strong Black Lead panel at the American Black Film Festival (@abff), she chatted with Yes, Girl! about her work-life-love-faith balance — yes,...

Duration:00:39:22

Matters of the Heart with Mara Brock Akil

6/21/2018
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Yes, Girl jumpstarted summer with a last-minute trip to Miami for the American Black Film Festival (@abff). In between movies and mojitos, we chatted with Mara Brock Akil (@marabrockakil) about her new series Love Is_ (@LoveIsOWN), which takes us back to the beginning of her real life love story with husband Salim Akil. The series is already a fave of Charli’s (@ManWifeDog) who knows the real thing when she sees it. Plus, we’re thankful our Tidal subscriptions were active when the Carters’...

Duration:00:37:42

We Weren’t Ready! Marlon Wayans Pours Out His Heart and Opens Up About the Realities of Fatherhood

6/14/2018
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Comedian, actor, director and producer Marlon Wayans (@marlonwayans) returns to Yes, Girl! for more unfiltered conversation. He’s celebrating the return of his hit sitcom Marlon (season 2 premieres tonight on NBC) and going in about the realities of being a father, co-parenting and why White Chicks was one of his all-time favorite projects. Plus, Marlon beautifully explains why he and his ex are truly the best of friends (and that’s better for them both), his wonderful relationship with his...

Duration:00:59:37

Boss Moves Brought To You By Mona Scott-Young

5/31/2018
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Multi-millionaire reality TV boss Mona Scott-Young (@monascottyoung) has been quietly building her Monami Entertainment empire for over 20 years and she has a mile-long list of receipts to prove it. The talent manager and Love and Hip Hop creator comes through to share her recipe for ongoing success, her personal mantras, the tea on her forthcoming new fiction book, Blurred Lines, and her praise for our girl Cardi B! Grab your mugs, loves, because this tea is hot like fire! Plus, Charli and...

Duration:00:40:04