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.


February 19, 2024 35 mins

Isha Blaaker joins Naked today to discuss his background growing up in Suriname and the Netherlands, his aspirations in martial arts and modeling, and his transition to acting. He shares his experiences working on a Tyler Perry film and the growth he has seen in his acting skills. Isha also expresses the importance of the film 'Origin' in shedding light on racism and race relations. Isha opens up about his own ...

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It’s a Super Bowl Edition on NAKED this week and Cari sits down with Kobe Turner, a nose tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, and Coach Michael Locksley, the president and founder of the National Coalition for Minority Football Coaches. Kobe discusses his love for music and his dream of becoming a high school choir director. Coach Locksley talks about the lack of minority head coaches in the NFL and the work his organization is doing t...

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February 5, 2024 47 mins

In this conversation, Antonia Hylton discusses her book 'Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum' and the history of Crownsville, a mental facility for black patients during the Jim Crow era. The conversation covers the background of Antonia's interest in journalism and mental health, the discovery of Crownsville, the construction and operation of the facility, the treatment of patients, and the broader implications of Crow...

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In this conversation, Cheryl P. Williamson discusses the power of affirmations and the impact they can have on one's life. She shares her journey of using affirmations to overcome challenges and manifest her desires. Cheryl emphasizes the importance of self-love and the need to pour into oneself before pouring into others. She also talks about her writings, including her recently released book, “Affirmed Volume Two”.

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In this conversation, Chiké Okonkwo discusses his background as a Nigerian growing up in the UK, his journey to becoming an actor, and the challenges and triumphs he has faced in the industry. He reflects on the impact of the film 'The Birth of a Nation' and the importance of telling untold stories. Chiké also shares his experiences as a black man in America and the perseverance required in the acting profession. He discusses his v...

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As we celebrate award season, Wilson Morales joins us from to discuss predictions and he offers a 101 on the overall award show selection process. 

Connect: @CariChampion @WilsonMoralesFilm

Let us know your Oscar favorites and why! @NakedwithCariChampion

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January 8, 2024 40 mins

Is Black Excellence a shield that protects us from scrutiny or attacks from extremist with subpar accusations that seemingly weigh heavier that our excellence by their accounts? Being great at doing what you do does not equate to an opportunity to continue to do so. Last week, Claudine Gay, the first black woman to hold the title of President of Harvard University in its 388 years history resigned or rather was forced to step down ...

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January 1, 2024 36 mins

As we embrace a new year, we are taking a moment to highlight some of our favorite episodes and we hope you are also reflecting on your accomplishments from 2023! 

Happy New Year Champions! 

Connect: @CariChampion 



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December 25, 2023 51 mins

Today is a gift to filmmakers and anyone who has a vision for their goals. A masterclass coupled with an intimate backstory of how Deniese Davis became the Producer she is today. Davis is entering into 2024 with her new company, Reform Media Group, and a production deal with Tyler Perry Studios to start creating her first film. Based on her trajectory thus far and her work with Issa Rae, the next chapter will continue to inspire. 


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Mitchell S. Jackson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. His debut novel The Residue Years won a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. But well before his acclaimed career took flight; he wrote a feature on three athletes from his neighborhood who didn’t make it to the NBA. Now years later well into his acclaimed career, his latest book brings him full circle back to the beginning with, “Fly” a coffee...

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December 11, 2023 42 mins

Charmaine Wilkerson is the author of the New York Times Best-Selling novel, “Black Cake”. Wilkerson started her career as a journalist, but after finding more power in telling her truth through stories of fiction she started writing scenes and flash fiction stories; which led to her debut novel, Black Cake. Wilkerson’s voice and melodic speech will pull you in and offer an introduction to her eloquent approach to storytelling.


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This episode is a real honor because today Bobi Wine and Barbie Kyagulanyi join us to bring awareness to the plights and the hopes of Uganda and how we can show our support.  Bobi Wine ran for president of Uganda in 2021, he describes the election as going to hell and coming back.  He survived several attempts to take his life and it is believed that the presidency was stolen from him. Despite all the adversities Bobi and his famil...

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This episode is an insight into the writer’s room. Syreeta Johnson is a Writer and Showrunner who received her start as an eager writer with the opportunity to submit her script to Issa Rae before the acclaim of Insecure on HBO. As Rae's success grew, so did Issa and Syreeta's relationship; from starting as an assistant on Insecure to now working as the Showrunner on Rae's new project, Rap Shit. Johnson shares her experiences at ev...

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November 20, 2023 54 mins

Born into a well-known talented family that has made a lasting imprint in the world of Gospel music, the natural progression would be to follow in their footsteps. However, Deborah Joy Winans decided to live her life following the direction of her heart. Deborah Joy is best known for her role in Greenleaf and The Final Say. She joins us today to share a special story about the birth of her son, when Oprah called her, and her upcomi...

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November 13, 2023 40 mins

Candice Carty-Williams is an Author, Screenwriter, and Showrunner with a fearless pen. Williams says her job is to listen and to tell stories that provoke.  She has no inhibitions about conveying her experiences as they inspire her.  We discuss her first book, Queenie which is currently being adapted into a series for Hulu. Queenie is about a young British-Jamaican woman who is an utter mess and we ask Candice about her decision to...

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This week's episode is a NAKED REPLAY / a reminder of the importance of VOTING! 

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Connect: @CariChampion  @WhenWeAllVote

Subscribe: Cari Champion's YouTube Channel

NOTE: This episode originally aired in 2022 - The dates mentioned do not reflect present-day elections, be sure to check your local area scheduling for up and upcoming dates. 

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October 30, 2023 45 mins

Zainab Johnson and Cari came up in the same circles as they made efforts to make names for themselves in their respective fields. Fast forward she affirms her success by recognizing the growth of her peers. Zainab is an actress and comedian, she joins us today to celebrate her new special, Hijabs Off now available on Amazon Prime. 

Connect: @CariChampion @ZainabJohnson

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October 23, 2023 44 mins

The road to becoming a comedian started as a “hobby” or at least that’s what Aida Rodriguez called it, in order to protect her dream. It’s no secret that her candid pursuit has blossomed into a successful career. Fast forward she now holds several titles, comedian, actress, activist, and now an author.  Aida doesn’t hold back from her truth in this episode or in her book, “Legitimate Kid” and she shares a funny yet healing confessi...

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October 16, 2023 31 mins

Broadway is evolving. With artists like Michael R Jackson, Jordan E Cooper, and our guest today, Jocelyn Bioh, Broadway is becoming a home for our stories.  As a Harlem native, Bioh was inspired to tell the story of the women we all have encountered, if/when you've ever visited Harlem. The women who feed the economy of the neighborhood and provide a quintessential need. Every person who has visited a salon, deeply understands that ...

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October 9, 2023 45 mins

Muni Long speaks with us today about the frequencies of creating and how she channels the lyrics for the music she writes for others and now for herself. Long has spent the last decade writing for various artists from; Rihanna, Madonna, Ariana Grande, and many more. And is now fully standing in her artistry, releasing her new single, "Made For Me"

Long has enough points on the board to now set a standard and hopefully a new preced...

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