Naked with Cari Champion

Naked with Cari Champion

In a world where being vulnerable is often considered weak, it would be refreshing to hear an authentic and honest story from some of our heroes. Cari Champion will ask some of the greatest in sports and entertainment to remove the veil and get Naked. Being Naked on this podcast means describing life-altering circumstances and events that helped shape who you plan to become. There is a difference between what the public sees and what is real. There is a difference between the champion you see on and off the court. Your favorite celebrity isn't always ready to perform at will. Naked with Cari Champion invites your hero to tell their whole story.


September 18, 2023 48 mins

Michael Jai White is a unique leader within his lane. White holds eight black belts and many titles as an Independent filmmaker.  In this episode, we talk about White's life prior to acting including his work as a security guard for Oprah. He also shares some of the challenges he faced as an alpha black male earlier in his career. Fast forward White didn't wait for a role to be handed to him, he decided to create them independently...

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A child of the arts with inspiration from all directions. Growing up with a musical family and entering the game at an early age.  Mya recently celebrated the 25th year Anniversary of her first album, released a new single, and unreleased projects she can’t wait to share! In this episode, Mya defines what being an artist means to her and how important it has been to start her own independent label. She made a commitment to herself;...

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September 4, 2023 38 mins

Phoebe Robinson returns to the podcast and she is back on tour! We love having her join us and being witness to her genius. Robinson is having a good time developing spaces for her creativity to thrive and it's allowing her to live and work outside of any specific box or idea. When Phoebe entered the indie comedy scene in 2008 it wasn't her ideal, but now she has hit her stride.  

Connect: @CariChampion @dopequeenpheebs

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August 28, 2023 51 mins

Tommy Davidson was raised in an era where quality came first as an entertainer, he prides his work and longevity based on the company and talent he group up with.  We learn about his life from the beginning; from being adopted to learning racism and what his skin color meant in the world, to his early start as a comedian making his friend laugh that pushed him to the stage.

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August 21, 2023 52 mins

Stephanie Mills is a household name, she has been making history since her appearance at the Apollo Theatre at eleven years old to her role as Dorothy in The Wiz on Broadway and winning Grammy’s for her music as a solo artist. 

Mills has so many stories from over the years in business; from dating Michael Jackson, being on set with Diana Ross, a love fest with Motown, and more. She shares these monumental experiences casually, but...

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This is a very special edition of NAKED, it is different from our normal format. We are introducing a new segment and conversation but what really makes this episode special is the intimacy between Cari Champion and her dear friend Jessica Thorpe. The topic is dating and the search to find, “the one”.  Thorpe shares her very unique insight into the single black female hula-hoops, that are prevalent on the dating scene. This is a si...

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Larry Willmore has helped shaped television comedy over the last 3o years.  He is a veteran and a champion in the game working on household favorites such as, In Living Color, The Bernie Mac Show, The Office, Insecure, Grown-ish, and many many more. He is a Writer, Producer, and basketball enthusiast. Wilmore joins us today to discuss the WGA writer’s strike, some of the black women in Hollywood he’s mentored over the years and his...

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July 31, 2023 42 mins

Sasheer Zamata is an actress, singer, and comedian.  In this episode, she shares her experiences coming up as a black woman in improv, her time at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and SNL. Similar to all thespians as the SAG and WGA strike continues, we couldn't discuss her upcoming roles. We were able to celebrate her new podcast, "Best Friends" with Nicole Byer, and her new self-produced stand-up special, "The First Woman".


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The Black Effect Presents... Naked with Cari Champion!

Ice Cube is a pioneer in hip-hop. He has been able to thrive in the music and film industry and is now expanding into sports.  

In 2017, Cube founded, "The Big3" - a black-owned three-on-three-premier global league that features many of the most popular and skilled athletes of all time. The league offers an opportunity for great ballers to coach and continue playing the game ...

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July 17, 2023 32 mins

Kokomo City is a documentary about four transwomen, the black community, our phobias, and our “conditioned ideas” towards alternative lifestyles.   D. Smith’s personal story as a transwoman has not been easy, she has been blacklisted, discarded, embarrassed and etc, but this road led her to her truth as a storyteller and Director.

While listening if any portion of this episode makes you feel discomfort offer yourself grace.  Try t...

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A Musical Director translates the moments from the studio to the live performance. Blackstone facilitates the whole creative process whether it's for theater or a Superbowl live performance, he is the man behind the music directing the experience for some of the top artists of our time. Blackstone is also a Grammy nominated solo artist, a father and is putting in the work to ensure music stays in our schools.

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June 26, 2023 42 mins

Major is a singer, songwriter, and actor who is also known to offer a good sermon. He shares how things in the industry changed for him after releasing his single, "Why I Love You". Despite the single going platinum, he speaks colorfully about how the song introduced him to Stevie Wonder and that made it everything. He also addresses some hilarious rumors about Mr. Wonder that you want to hear!

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June 19, 2023 41 mins

Angie Stone is a singer, songwriter, actress, and a legend in her own right.  You may remember her song, “Brotha” an anthem to uplift our brothers, sons, and fathers.  Angie Stone has been consistent with creating art that aligns with her soul, black love, and culture. Her new album, "Love Languages" is now available!  

Connect: @carichampion @theangiestone

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Gina Yashere is not an overnight name; her resume reigns long in the comedy world. However after humble beginnings, she attempted to make her mother proud by pursuing a career in Engineering, but the comedy bug bit her and there was no turning back. Once Yashere established her name in England, she knew America was next. She learned very quickly the difference between the LA vs NYC comedy circuit. She self-produced and sold her fir...

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Lexi Underwood is young, gifted, and black, and with the love and support of her family, she is on her way to greatness. Eight years ago after booking her role in, "The Lion King" her family decided to move to LA to further extend her career. Underwood is just getting started and as she leaves her teenage years behind, she readies herself for a softer life with focused intentions. She is an actress and an activist with a clear dire...

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May 29, 2023 39 mins

How are we going to get there? How are we going to reach our goals together?  That was the question that started a love that would blossom into a success. Devale Ellis knew very early on what he wanted to do and once he started down that path, he attracted his now wife, Khadeen Ellis. As a couple, they created a plan and those steps led them to a co-written best-selling book, We Over Me, and their very popular podcast Dead Ass.  De...

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Larry Willmore has helped shaped television comedy over the last 3o years.  He is a veteran and a champion in the game working on household favorites such as, In Living Color, The Bernie Mac Show, The Office, Insecure, Grown-ish, and many many more. He is a Writer, Producer, and basketball enthusiast. Wilmore joins us today to discuss the WGA writer’s strike, some of the black women in Hollywood he’s mentored over the years and his...

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May 15, 2023 45 mins

Styles P's name is synonymous with the Lox, New York, Hip Hop, and now a healthy lifestyle. Styles didn't grow up vegan/plant-based, but after making small changes over the years he adopted the lifestyle in order to intentionally transition his health, mind, and energy. In this episode, Styles elaborates on how he ventured into the business of creating healthier options in the neighborhoods that need them most. 

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This next guest truly needs no introduction, he is a veteran in the game. We get into a conversation about mental health, his family, and of course his music. Kirk Franklin changed the ambiance around Gospel music. He quite frankly made it cool. Found out what’s behind Franklin’s motivation and learn about his upcoming TV show on this episode.

Listen to Kirk Franklin's New Single: All Things

Connect: @CariChampion @KirkFranklin


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May 1, 2023 49 mins

A memoir is a literary example of being, “Naked” and expressing your story to the page.  Jemele Hill recently released her memoir, “Uphill” and she doesn’t hold back, but sometimes truth comes at a cost. They say the truth doesn’t have a temperature, but some of her family members (one in particular) was pretty heated over the stories Hill decided to tell in her debut book. In this episode we discuss the aftermath of living your tr...

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