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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

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...

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...

Duration:00:40:04

Taraji’s Got A Man At Hoooooome (Encore Episode)

5/17/2018
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In case you guys haven't heard the news, our girl Taraji P. Henson (@TheRealTaraji) got engaged on Mother’s Day. In honor of her big news — remember when she confirmed her and Kelvin Hayden’s relationship exclusively on "Yes, Girl!"? — we’re re-airing our epic interview with Taraji in Jamaica where she spilled all of the hot tea. Plus, Charli, Cori and Yolanda get their best British accents together just in time for Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, recap their Mother’s Day highs and lows and...

Duration:00:51:38

Jay Ellis Explains Why Men Really Hate Being Called F*ck Bois

5/11/2018
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Bae is here! Insecure star and new American Black Film Festival host Jay Ellis (@jayrellis) came through to talk all things Beyonce, Black Hollywood excellence and, of course, TV “f*ck bois” like his character Lawrence. Plus, Charli and Yolanda go IN about their true thoughts on R. Kelly, the latest Kanye West foolery and traveling (and renting homes) while Black. Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @ManWifeDog; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama Producer: Steven Psyllos...

Duration:00:57:25

Getting All the Longevity Tea with Our Fave Fabulous Auntie, Vanessa Bell Calloway

5/4/2018
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We’ve loved legendary actress Vanessa Bell Calloway since, like, forever. From Coming to America to What’s Love Got to Do With It?, Calloway has wowed us on the big screen. Now she’s on the small screen, starring in BounceTV’s Saints and Sinners — she even directed an episode. She paid us a visit to talk longevity in Hollywood, her squad of girlfriends (which includes Tina Lawson and Cookie Johnson), staying fabulous in your 60s, and secrets to her 30-year marriage. Plus, we talk Kanye’s...

Duration:00:57:17

As Free as She Wanna Be: Janelle Monáe

4/26/2018
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“I’m happy to be a Black woman making art, as free as I want to right now.” That’s the space singer and actress Janelle Monáe (@janellemonae) occupies as she unveils her boldest work yet, Dirty Computer. In the episode, Monáe opens up about why the new album is near and dear to her heart, her earliest memories of Prince and the impact he left, and why the revolution will be female. Tea for The Week is short and sweet: Beychella strikes again, Waffle House shooting survivor James Shaw, Jr....

Duration:00:43:36

Beychella Hangovers, Woke Notes with Tessa Thompson and ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks On What's Next

4/19/2018
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In this high season of Black Excellence, we start our episode in acknowledgment and praise for Beyoncé’s salute to HBCU’s greeks and goddesses at Beychella’s first weekend. Next, a sit-down with Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc, and actress and activist Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x). Both women are leading movements: Michelle’s helming Black Girl Magic headquarters with a vision to super-serve Black women, and Tessa’s fiercely advocating for diversity...

Duration:01:26:04

A deep dive into why we’re here for Cardi B., plus Erica Ash shares why she’s ready to be a leading lady

4/13/2018
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This week’s tea is piping hot because it’s all about bonafide super star, Cardi B. (@iamcardib). She’s brought a cultural shift with the release on her first album and baby reveal. With help from special guest ESSENCE Senior News and Culture Editor Christina Coleman (@ChrissyCole), the hosts unpack Cardi’s big wins and bigger influence from her humble Instagram beginnings and her reality TV fame. Plus, Survivors Remorse’s Erica Ash (@theericaash) becomes a leading lady in BET’s new drama,...

Duration:01:06:17

Sonequa Martin-Green boldly takes us to the land of Black girl joy

4/6/2018
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Our obsession with Sonequa Martin-Green (@SonequaMG) began when we fell in love with her character Sasha on The Walking Dead. Now we’re cheering her on as she helms Star Trek: Discovery — she’s literally playing captain Michael Burnham on the hit prequel streaming on CBS All Access. Within minutes of our chat, we agree Sonequa is Black girl joy realized. She lets us in on what it’s like being a bomb Black woman in Hollywood, plus confesses all the feels she had saying goodbye to TWD (even...

Duration:00:45:10

Tyler Perry gives a word on faith, fatherhood and acting on your dreams!

3/29/2018
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Faith, family and forgiveness — and very Black — that’s the formula that has made Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) one of the most successful storytellers in Hollywood. But as he chatted with us about his new film Acrimony, Tyler opened up about how fatherhood has informed his work, creating generational wealth and whether or not he thinks he's funny. Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @ManWifeDog; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama Producer: Steven Psyllos @stevenpsyllos Audio...

Duration:00:33:33

Jussie Smollett meets us in Arkansas + Roxanne Shante and Chante Adams on finally telling this hip hop legends story

3/22/2018
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Our podcast cup runneth over this week with three special guests: Jussie Smollett (@jussiesmollett) who, hours after wrapping up a project in Memphis, drove through the night so he could spend the afternoon with us in Bentonville, Arkansas. During our live recording, Jussie gave us a preview of his new album Sum of My Music and why he celebrates Black History Month every day. Back in New York, we sit down with hip-hop legend Roxanne Shante (@ImroxanneShante) and the ingénue who plays her,...

Duration:01:46:02

**BONUS** She better preach! Why Iyanla Vanzant wants people to stop clinging on to struggle

3/20/2018
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Our Yo-Prah, ESSENCE's Yolanda Sangweni, sits down with spiritual coach and author Iyanla Vanzant to talk about the new season of Iyanla: Fix My Life, her upcoming tour and new book. Vanzant also shares her favorite memories from the show, and why this season will be transformative. Plus, “Mama Iyanla" gives us a good talking to about why she wants some Black folks to stop clinging on to struggle. A word was delivered and we received it. Yes, Girl! host: Yolanda Sangweni...

Duration:00:33:51

Black Panther’s Ruth Carter + Florence Kasumba take us behind-the-scenes of Wakanda

3/15/2018
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This week, Black Panther hit the billion dollar mark at the box office, and we’re still in Wakanda heaven. If the movie's amazing visuals gave you life, then so will legendary film and television costume designer Ruth Carter, who created the film’s unforgettable wardrobe. Ruth paid us a visit in L.A. and gave us the tea on the vision behind the looks our new favorite characters rocked on screen, how her incredible career began on the set of Spike Lee’s School Daze and why she’s all about...

Duration:01:21:28

Kym Whitley On The Plight Of Black Female Comediennes…and Mo’Nique Argument!

3/8/2018
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Everyone’s favorite auntie Kym Whitley (@kymwhitley) drives nearly two hours in LA traffic (thank you, boo!) for an unfiltered chat about inequality amongst women in comedy (yes she hears Mo’Nique's point but…), Lena Waithe’s genius writing and balancing the life of stand-up comedy and motherhood. Speaking of hard working moms, Yolanda (@yolizama) has some BIG news. Plus Charli’s (@ManWifeDog) lashes barely survived ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood awards and Cori (@corimurray) twirled...

Duration:01:01:31

Lena Waithe on how dope it is to be a Black woman in Hollywood right now

3/1/2018
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When ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood 2018 honoree Lena Waithe (@lenawaithe) says come over when you get to L.A., you take the fastest Uber you can find and come on through. Waithe returns to the podcast to discuss her historic Emmy win, her hit drama "The Chi," and how special it is to be Black, creative and winning in Hollywood right now. Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray (@corimurray); Charli Penn( IG: @CharliPenn/ Twitter: @ManWifeDog); and Yolanda Sangweni (@yolizama) Producer: Steven...

Duration:00:59:11

All Rise For Black Panther’s Princess Shuri: It’s Letitia Wright Appreciation Day

2/20/2018
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Black Panther’s finally (!!!) here and while everyone is everything in Wakanda, Princess Shuri aka Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) has a special place in our hearts. The Guyanese-born, Britain-raised actress already had our attention from Black Mirror (get into it), but seeing her fight for her brother, her King and country last weekend sealed the deal. In person, her vibe is even more infectious – she’s gracious, she’s grounded, and she’s gifted. Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray...

Duration:00:34:13

You're In The Presence Of 2 Dope Queens

2/15/2018
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We¹re baaaaaaack for season 2! Comedy¹s new royalty 2 Dope Queens Phoebe Robinson (@dopequeenpheebs) and Jessica Williams (@msjwilly) anointed us with their Black girl shine. Their four-part HBO special has us in stitches every Friday night. Plus in Tea for the Week, we congratulate Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre on their engagement and Yolanda on foreseeing the return of Omarosa. Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @ManWifeDog; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama Producer:...

Duration:00:53:02

Bonus Episode: Why Kandi Burrus is as real as they come [preferred and w/o exclamation]

1/22/2018
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Surprise: When Kandi Burruss (@Kandi) said she had a few hours off from her Broadway debut as Mama Morton in Chicago, we said come thru sis! Between how she’s staying snatched, sane and sexually fluid, Kandi sets the record straight on this season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta drama brewing between her and Kim Zolciak. As she said in her ESSENCE cover story — written by our very own Charli Penn (@ManWifeDog) — Kandi’s reputation means everything to her. Listen in as there’s nothing...

Duration:00:39:31

Let the Black Panther countdown begin…we already got our tickets!

1/17/2018
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We see you 2018! There’s already lots to celebrate and we’re just three weeks in. First, we have some news: ESSENCE is now 100-percent Black-owned (again!) and Black girls everywhere are rejoicing. Plus, Black Panther’s release date is close, and we’re shopping for outfits and prepping our snack list. Yolanda’s bringing hot chicken and Cori’s tucking quarter water into her Wakanda-inspired bag. Let's heart it for celebs such as Serena Williams and Will Smith bringing nothing but...

Duration:00:29:11