Yes, Girl!

Yes, Girl!

At Black Girl Magic headquarters, senior editors Cori Murray (@corimurray), Charli Penn (@ManWifeDog) host ESSENCE's Yes, Girl! Podcast every Thursday. The award-nominated, podcast fills your glass with celebrity interviews, pop culture and unapologetic perspective. From week-to-week, they're uplifting everybody who’s taking Black culture a little higher.

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February 25, 2021 25 min

Two months into 2021, and we're still at home, but we know we're not the only ones. At least we have streaming, food delivery, and podcasts (wink, wink) to keep us company. Speaking of streaming...lately, our Friday nights have been spent watching 90's and early 00's re-runs. That's why we're beyond excited for the return of Coming to America (available on Amazon Prime March 5th). It's the best of both w...

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Bellas, we're back...well for a quick moment. It's been a while since we got together and we've missed you.

Although 2020 has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, we had to end the year, and our podcast season, with some love.

Actresses Tessa Thompson and Aja Naomi King (virtually) stopped by to reminisce on vintage Black excellence and share about their upcoming movie, Sylvie's Love (available on Amazon Prime De...

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This week, we’re talking to singer, songwriter, businesswoman, and actress...THE Electric Lady herself -- Janelle Monae (@janellemonae), whose new movie Antebellum is out now on-demand. She chats with hosts, Cori Murray (@corimurray) + Charli Penn (@charlipenn) about why it’s time for Black women to put their capes down, and rest for a moment, even when a revolution is happening.

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There has been and will be no one like him. On this special encore episode which originally aired on December 6, 2019, Cori and Charli spoke with the late Chadwick Boseman and 21 Bridges cast mate Stephan James , gleaning gems about his method and finding laughs along the way. Rest in power, King.


  • Yes Girl Hosts: Cori Murray (@corimurray) + Charli Penn (@charlipenn)
  • Executive Producer: Tiffany Ashitey (@misstiffsays)
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    September 17, 2020 36 min

    This episode of Yes, Girl! Podcast is an #UnBossed Podcast Takeover! *Cue the airhorns!* Our ESSENCE Podcast Network sister, Marquita Harris had a very real conversation with Monika Johnson, Associate Vice President at Nationwide and Patrice Washington, CEO of Seek Wisdom Find Wealth about what it means to find and purse your passions and how to pivot when things (like a global pandemic) happen out of nowhere. Get into it and let u...

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    Broadcast news and daytime talk royalty Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) is here! And she breaks down what it means to be a trailblazer in journalism, why being raised by a village was so important for her, and what it really means to bet on yourself as a Black woman. Let us know what you think using #YesGirlPodcast on social!


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    THE John David Washington (@johndavidwashington) is here to talk all things The Tenet and building a legacy! Cori’s going to double-mask it and head to theaters to see it. And Nicco Annan (@alldaynicco) aka Uncle Clifford talks about everything from what strip clubs and church have in common to how good ARE strip club chicken wings? Get into this ki-ki! And hit us up on social to let us know what you think! #YesGirlPodcast

     

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    September 3, 2020 48 min

    Businesswoman. Trans rights activist. Actress. Author. She does it all and she looks good while doing it. On this episode, Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) aka Miss Ross spilled the deets on her skincare and her spiritual practice as well as the beautiful advice Laverne Cox offered early in her career. *sigh* We just can’t get enough of her zen vibe.

     

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    August 27, 2020 47 min

    On this episode, we have a real soul-stirring conversation with the one-and-only LECRAE. (@lecrae) (whose new album ‘Restoration’ is out now!) about everything from the weight of learning in public to that time Beyonce inspired him to base jump. If you need some words of wisdom to boost your spirit, you REALLY don’t want to skip this episode.


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    When Black podcast hosts get together, you know it’s a love fest. This week’s guests Brittany Luse (@bmluse) and Eric Eddings (@ejeddings) hosts of the wildly popular podcast, “The Nod” talk about everything from their new Quibi show to what they hope to tell their children about the year 2020!


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    Suffice it to say, she's no shrinking violet. When you're in a room with Tasha Smith (@tashasmith4real), you know Tasha Smith is in the room. And we love that she brought that big, beautiful, affirming energy to Yes, Girl! On this episode she talks directing the binge-worthy P-Valley, loving on her acting students, and living life to the absolute fullest! We love it and we love her. Let us know what you think of the who...

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    It's a Black Lady Pod Show when Tracy Clayton stops by. 

    When the pod queen and host-extraordinaire join Cori and Charli on the mic, it's a recipe for an instant ki-ki. Y'all the stories were endless. From the time Tracey curtseyed at the White House (yep, that happened), to why it's always important to have the confidence of a “mediocre White man”, the conversation was non-stop. No one wanted to leave. Since her sti...

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    July 30, 2020 46 min

    Like she never left - Brandy (@brandy) is here this week, y’all. We geeked and gushed because it’s BRANDY but we also chatted with her about her new and long-awaited album ‘B7’ which drops TOMORROW. Are y’all as ready as we are? She holds nothing back on this new record and she’s just as gracious and humble as ever. Check out the episode right now, and the new album tomorrow and then let us know what Brandy moment most influenc...

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    We won’t even hold you: NIA LONG (@iamnialong) IS HERE THIS WEEK! Can you say ‘Hollywood royalty’?! 👑💐 Not only is she chatting with us about her starring role in Netflix’s latest thriller, ‘Fatal Affair,’ Nia opens up about loving her Blackness, mental health in the Black community, and why she goes SO hard as a culture creator. You’ll want to tune ALL the way in to this episode! So adjust your crowns, and use ...

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    Who better to discuss the reflection and wellness with than actress, mother, wife, businesswoman extraordinaire - Tia Mowry (@tiamowry)?! She’s a doll and gave us a good word and some homework around mastering our health journeys and aging like fine wine. From her battle with endometriosis to the health supplement she’s launched as a result - Tia drops SO many good nuggets of wisdom that we can’t wait for you to scoop up! Use #...

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    Look, there are few people we love to laugh with more than Tichina (@tichinaarnold). And every single time she comes through, she drops a word! On this episode of Yes, Girl! the mother/actress/singer/comedienne shares all the incredible projects she’s working on and she shares how a 1991 earthquake prepared her for just about any natural disaster. Plus, she shares what it’s like self-isolating with her teenage daughter (who is ...

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    When you think of the modern playlist, there are a few people who should be thanked. Mjeema Pickett (@ladyjeems), Spotify’s Head of R&B Programming is one of them. Not only has she revolutionized the way we listen to music but she just LOVES it so damn much! Amidst all the social unrest and a global pandemic, we were so glad to sit down and talk about good music with Mjeema and her incredible career story. We got to ask her...

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    Listen… You can never fully prepare yourself to meet a legend. We tried and we think we did ok when PATTI LABELLE (@mspattilabelle) stopped by Yes, Girl!, y’all! (Yes, we gushed a little bit about that time the entire ESSENCE office stopped what they were doing when she came by) but we also learned the backstory behind one of Miss Patti’s BIGGEST hits! This was such a fun conversation with one of the best to ever hit the stage ...

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    There’s a lot going on in the country and the world right now. But one thing we refuse to do is to let it stop our Black joy. So, we’re giving you this special Juneteenth 2020 episode of #YesGirlPodcast to honor the beauty of Blackness past and present. With conversations from Alzo Slade (@alzoslade), Kendrick Sampson (@kendrick38), Kirk + Tammy Franklin (@kirkfranklin) (@iamtammyfranklin) and Miss Juneteenth di...

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    This was an extra beautiful week to be Black! Just in time for our 50th Anniversary, Farrah Fawx (@farrahfawx) set our Instagram feeds ablaze with her jaw-dropping contribution to the #ESSENCEChallenge. The hashtag exploded all over our feeds and is now filled with thousands of stunning, Blackity-Black photos - a much-needed reminder of our beauty and resilience. Farrah stopped by Yes, Girl! Podcast and was sure to make one thi...

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