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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.




Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins

Marlon Wayans has been busy. His new Netflix comedy Naked is now streaming and he stars alongside NBC’s new Black family sitcom Marlon with his dear friend, actress Essence Atkins. On the show the actors play a divorced couple who actually gets along. First up, Marlon stops by to discuss fatherhood, positive Black images on screen and why it was so important for him to make this show and later Essence opens up about her longtime bond with Marlon, life after divorce and more.

Duration: 01:07:46

Tyra Banks and 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay

The stars of two of TVs biggest reality shows join the Yes, Girl! sister-circle. First, television producer, businesswoman, actress, and former model (receipts!) Tyra Banks opens up to Cori and Yolanda about exploring new career opportunities, life with her son York, motherhood and more. After that, TV’s first Black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay stops by with her new fiancé, Bryan Abasolo, to chat with Charli about her newfound fame, wedding plans and why she felt she made the right choice.

Duration: 00:41:37

Badass Bozoma Saint John

The Yes Girl! hosts dig into the latest episode of Insecure, plus they’re talking confidence and career challenges with Uber’s new Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John, whose stellar track record with major brands like Apple Music and Pepsi speaks for itself. Her bold confidence, impressive resume and unique relatabilty are just some of the topics we dig into. Get ready to catch those gems!

Duration: 01:02:53

Halle Berry

Last spring, Halle Berry damn near broke the internet by posting a pic of herself frolicking in a field of flowers back lit only by the sun. At 50, yes, she's gorgeous as ever but there's so much more to this Oscar winner. After talking with her during Essence Festival in New Orleans, we discovered Halle's hilarious and humbled, and like the determined mom she plays in Kidnap, she's fiercely protective of her two kids off screen. Take a listen.

Duration: 00:33:07

Regina Hall (Girls Trip)

Everyone’s talking about new movie Girls Trip, so obvi we’re chatting with one of the film’s stars, actress Regina Hall. Regina was all about the girl talk, and we covered all of our fave topics — including why we love our girlfriends, caring for our edges and finding puppy love. Listen, and she’ll definitely be your newest friend in your head.

Duration: 01:02:15

Angela Rye (#Woke100) and Candice Benbow (4:43 essayist)

Politico and lawyer Angela Rye was featured on the cover of Essence's Woke 100 issue for her smart and peppered analysis of issues affecting marginalized communities. She tells Yolanda and Cori about her start in politics, how to stay woke and a preview of her new podcast On 1 with A. Rye. Ladies, can we talk about the trail of heartbreak left behind from a breakup you never saw coming? Did you give too much? Did he give too little? Candice Benbow, the author of 4:43, the viral internet...

Duration: 01:04:52

Iyanla Vanzant (Live at Essence Festival)

A year ago, Iyanla Vanzant was a scheduled keynote speaker at Essence Festival. Then the unthinkable happened days before her appearance: she was fighting for her life due to a medical emergency. On July 1, Iyanla made a triumphant return to the daytime stage as an empowerment speaker – shouting hallelujah as she walked through the audience before delivering a stirring testimony about surviving, letting go and shining from within. As a Yes, Girl! treat, we’re sharing her full speech here;...

Duration: 01:08:11

Courtney A. Kemp (Power creator and executive producer) and The Matchmaking Duo

Long before Courtney A. Kemp created one of TV’s most addictive series, Power, she was a lowly magazine writer with much bigger aspirations than typing up celebrity Q&As. But when she had an opportunity to write about her own life coupled with the death of her father, the experience made starting her scriptwriting career a priority. As Power, which she created and executive produces, enters its fourth season, Kemp shares what motivates her, what’s next for her leading man Ghost and how she...

Duration: 01:12:38

June Ambrose #RockMom

Stylist to the stars June Ambrose took time out of her crammed Hollywood schedule and shared how she juggles red carpets, motherhood, and marriage while looking flawless and stress free. Through her Instalife, we know June’s a rock mom who’s been shaping the culture for two plus decades. From styling hip hop icons Jay Z, Missy Elliott and Diddy to creating visionary magazine covers and videos to reporting on who’s hot and what’s not at every hot ticket in around the world. But here she...

Duration: 01:02:13

Janet Mock (Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me)

We’re talking life and love lessons learned from our 20s with journalist, writer, New York Times-bestselling author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock who shares hilariously real stories from her second memoir —Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. The tea is served!

Duration: 01:00:43

Tiffany Haddish and Amber Stevens West (The Carmichael Show)

On a day off from taping their hilarious sitcom, The Carmichael Show's Tiffany Haddish and Amber Stevens West walks us through their respective lives before and after the hit show. Not to be missed: Tiffany, who's starring in this summer's Girls Trip, sharing how she won over Will and Jada Pinkett Smith with a Groupon swamp tour.

Duration: 01:42:11

Charlamagne Tha God (LIVE)

Love him or hate him, Charlamagne Tha God—radio’s favorite agitator—sits in the hot seat for Yes, Girl’s first live recording at ESSENCE’s New York City offices. He answers audience’s burning questions about “disrespecking” Birdman, loving Black women (“I don’t hate Black women") and sharing his surprisingly affirming life lessons from his book Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.

Duration: 01:05:28

Mary J. Blige

Fresh off the release of her latest album, "Strength of a Woman," Mary J. Blige checks in with Charli and Yolanda about life after divorce, finding real love again, and what fans can expect from her sure-to-be epic performance alongside Chaka Khan, Jazmine Sullivan and Monica at the 2017 Essence Festival.

Duration: 00:36:34

Lena Waithe (Master of None) and Gabby & Andrew Wilkes

Long before producer-turned-actress Lena Waithe mined her personal coming out story for Master of None’s best episode ever (“Thanksgiving”), she stopped by Yes, Girl studios and chatted about growing up in the Chi, breaking into Hollywood and falling in love with the girl of her dreams. Publicist Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes and her husband, pastor Andrew Wilkes, are young, married and ministering other 20 and 30-something couples on how to blend faith and love. Find out their secrets to "Christian...

Duration: 01:09:45

Luvvie & Abiola Abrams

Luvvie Ajayi is not only one of ESSENCE’s 100 Woke Women and featured on the May 2017 cover, she’s a New York Times bestselling author (I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual) and she’s developing a show with Shonda Rhimes. Her life right now: WINNING. Luuvie chats with Yolanda and Cori about her blogger beginnings, hooking up with Hollywood go-getters and why even when she’s judged, she’s gracious. Plus, ESSENCE's resident intimacy expert, Abiola Abrams, is in the house to answer reader's...

Duration: 01:01:34

Bill Bellamy and Oneika the Traveller

After the last 100 days with Trump, we need a good laugh. Thankfully, comic and actor Bill Bellamy (@billbellamy) gives us the levity our spirits craved as he tells Cori and Yolanda how he coined the term “booty call.” (fact.) Is it possible to meet a keeper while traveling the world? Travel blogger, Oneika the Traveler found her husband doing just that. We're talking international dating do's and dont's and how to find your happy ending overseas.

Duration: 01:10:54

Meagan Good and Devon Franklin

Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin are relationship goals for real. We chat with the power couple about how they build each other up by maintaining their faith and love in Hollywood, plus gems from their book "The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love."

Duration: 00:51:09

Tameka "Tiny" Harris and Daughter Zonnique Open Up

Tameka "Tiny" Harris sets the record straight on how she really felt when T.I. called their marriage "a distraction," their impending divorce and what's next for her (hint: Xscape is reuniting). Plus, we chat with Tiny's daughter Zonnique about the inspiration for debut EP, Love Jones, and how she fell in love with her NFL star boyfriend Damian Swann

Duration: 00:54:39

Yvonne Orji (Insecure) and Kel Mitchell & Asia Lee (Game Shakers)

Insecure’s breakout star Yvonne Orji takes us on her bumpy journey to Hollywood, which includes a one way bus ticket to NYC (with no place to stay) to awkwardly hiding in HBO’s lobby after her audition (in a blonde wig no less). Afterwards, Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell and his wife Asia Lee share their love story and baby joy!

Duration: 01:13:34

Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) and Demetria Lucas D'oyley (A Belle in Brooklyn)

The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira is a super busy woman. Between writing stage plays, filming this season's TWD and going off to start Black Panther, she came by our studio for a chat about everything good in her life and although it was a few months ago, we're still inspired. The Internet’s go-to girl for all relationship and life advice, Demetria Lucas D’Oyley, stops by to set the record straight on whether or not Black women need as much help finding love as the news headlines suggest....

Duration: 01:25:17

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