Yes, Girl!

Yes, Girl!

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.... Show More

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Calling all #SiriBAEs—your king is here! Queen Sugar is back and Ralph Angel, a.k.a. Kofi Siriboe (@kofisiriboe) celebrated with Cori (@corimurray) and Charlie (@charlipenn) over some of Aunt Vi’s (delicious) pies. With Essence Fest 2019 just around the corner, the trio reflected on a crazy memory from Essence Fest 2016 when Kofi had the entire crowd parted like the Red Sea. He also gushes about his love for women, advice from Opra... Read more

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Blessings on blessings! This week’s episode is a double portion of inspiration. Bishop T.D. Jakes (@bishopjakes) will motivate your spirit, and Tonya Lewis Lee (@tonyalewislee) will motivate your mind and body. Cori and Charli’s cup overflowed with joy when Bishop T.D. Jakes came to NYC while promoting his new book, Crushing. The bishop gave the hosts a loving read about manifesting vision and the reality of success. Meanwhile... Read more

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Ladies, we have a treat for you! Blair Underwood is in the building, and yes he's EVERYTHING you would imagine him to be (and more) - cool, conscious and funny. Plus who can forget that smooth voice? Cori and Charli got an earful of his time, when he stopped by to talk about the new Netflix mini-series, 'When They See Us', directed by the phenomenal Ava DuVernay, which dives into the stories of ‘The Central Park Five’. The trio ref... Read more

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Being in the music industry for nearly twenty years qualifies Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) to be a lot of things - a veteran, a role model and so much more - but it’s her role as a wife and mother that has helped her become the grown ass woman who sits before us today. Hosts, Cori Murray and Charli Penn catch up with the timeless musician, and June ESSENCE cover star, to exchange grown woman wisdom and Keys is happier than ever. Liste... Read more

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It’s clear that Yara Shahidi is more than just an actress or an activist, she’s an old soul who’s clearly been in this world before. So naturally she fit right in when stopping by to talk about her new movie, The Sun is Also a Star (out in theaters Friday, May 17). In this episode, Cori and Charli chat with Yara about their mutual on-and-off again relationship with New York City. Plus Yara gives them some sightseeing homework. You ... Read more

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In honor of Mother's Day, we're remixing our show just a bit. We're sharing audio from a very personal sit down with dream hampton and ESSENCE's May cover star Sean 'Diddy' Combs (@diddy). He shared his raw feelings about his love for Kim Porter, raising their children and preparing for Mother's Day without her. We appreciate Diddy for courageously sharing his emotions and personal conversation with ESSENCE and now the world.Plus t... Read more

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Y’all this week at Black Girl Magic headquarters, it's been been a roller coaster. TGIF! Thankfully The Intruder's Michael Ealy and Meagan Good came to our rescue—they brought us some much needed laughs and good vibes. They even gave us an idea for a new script. Plus Cori (@corimurray) teaches us some new tricks courtesy of her spirt animal (Cardi B), and Charli (@charlipenn) has some thoughts about the human anatomy.Fan shoutouts ... Read more

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This one goes out to anyone who ever got their entire life belting out the lyrics to “Push It” or “Weak” during an epic night of karaoke. Put on your cutest 80s and 90s inspired outfits and get ready to kick it with two of the greatest female groups to ever do it in the industry. That’s right, Salt n Pepa’s here (like, for real!) and SWV is too! It’s officially ladies night as the hosts cozy up to a good keke with Salt n’ Pepa (@sa... Read more

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Y’all! Robin Givens (@robingivens) has longevity on lock! She’s been booked, busy and beautiful for over three decades. Currently, she stars in two shows - Riverdale (CW) and The Fix (ABC) - with a third show on the way this Summer (Ambitions on OWN). While visiting ESSENCE, Robin shared throwback moments from the hit film, Boomerang and recounted her last moments with Riverdale co-star, the late Luke Perry. She also taught u... Read more

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Issa Rae (@issarae) and Regina Hall (@morereginahall) are an instant mood booster. Their comedic chemistry is so pure, we’re secretly wishing they get a TV show together. Days before the release of ‘Little’, with co-star and executive producer Marsai Martin — who, at age 10, pitched this movie idea to producer Will Packer —  Cori and Charli got a sneak peak into all the #BlackGirlMagic on set.Plus we’re still in the runni... Read more

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Emmy award winner and Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Redd (@chrisreddis), is having a great year. This week, he took a break from his 30 Rock duties and visited Cori and Charli in Brooklyn, where Chris talked about his buzzy impersonations (Jussie, Kanye, Soulja Boy….the list is long), his Comedy Central album "But Here We Are," and his thoughts on why comedy shouldn’t be censored...especially for Black folks. He even gave u... Read more

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Salli Richardson-Whitfield (@sallirichwhit) is a boss on so many levels. Beyond her nearly 30 year acting career, she has become one of the top five Black female TV directors, in just three years…EPIC! Charli and Cori connected with this phenomenal woman in Los Angeles, to learn more about her secret to leveling up, while staying employed and balanced in Hollywood. Plus, we have a few theories of our own about the meaning of Jordan... Read more

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Guess who was In the presence of royalty? These gals!! While in Hollywood, we had a chance to hang with actor Winston Duke (@winstoncduke) who stars in Jordan Peele’s new thriller, Us, which is in theaters March 22. Cori (@corimurray) and Charli (IG/ @charlipenn Twitter/ @manwifedog) had a front row seat to get answers to all your burning questions about the scary new flick, Duke’s life after Black Panther and his love for Black wo... Read more

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Roy Wood Jr. (@roywoodjr) is more than just a comedian, he’s the friend we all need in our life. This renaissance man—his has legit journalism receipts—has come a long way thanks to a legal awakening from his past. Cori (@corimurray) spent time with Roy to talk new projects on Comedy Central, getting nearly fired from jobs, plus how he almost became an heir to the Soul Train empire. Told y’all he’s lived. This week we’re jumping st... Read more

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We’re spreading the international love y’all! Global boss and all-around badass Bozoma Saint John (@badassboz) is baaacckkk! The Ghanaian goddess spills the tea on how she secured Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell and more of her beautiful celebrity friends to the Motherland for the most epic trip ever. Plus Cori (@corimurray) and Charli (@manwifedog Twitter + @charlipenn IG) get a word from her on owning your power at all t... Read more

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Being in Los Angeles for Oscars week and our Black Women In Hollywood event was amazing, but we have two more amazing reasons to glow this week. (1) It’s our 100th episode!!!!!! Yup, we did it! (2) We shared a one-of-kind moment with the one and only E-V-E! Cori (@corimurray) and Charli (T: @manwifedog/IG: @charlipenn) hung out with the Grammy-award winning artist/actress/designer and talk show host (The Talk!!) to discuss her incr... Read more

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From day one, Nicaila Mathews Okome (@sidehustlepro) has been known to stand out. Through triumph, trial, and error, she has tested her talents to discover her purpose and passion. And now the test has paid off. She’s taken her curiosity about entrepreneurship, and built her own platform and profitable business. Yolanda (@yolizma), sat down with her to unpack the reality of entrepreneurship, and help those considering self employme... Read more

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Raise your hand if you enjoyed Killer Mike's (@killermike) Netflix special Trigger Warning with Killer Mike as much as we did. He always keeps it honest. Whether talking politics, economics, business or music we respect someone who always speaks their mind. Hope you’re ready for these keys. Charli (@charlipenn) and Yolanda (@yolizama) sat down with Killer Mike and wife, Shana “Shay” Render, to dive into how we can all contribu... Read more

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When it comes to men, who better to ask for answers than a man? Well, we hope you're sitting down, because it’s about to get honest…very honest. Producer, author, speaker and preacher, DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) stopped by, and didn’t hold back. Yolanda (@yolizama), Cori (@corimurray) and Charli (@charlipenn) got the truth about men, relationships, marriage and more, in advance of his latest book The Truth About Men. If you wa... Read more

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Now that January is history, we’re stepping into Black History Month blacker and better thanks to our guests Rainbow Johnson (@tharealrainbow) and life coach Lindsay Fauntleroy (@oceansandrivers). Both gave us a sense of how important it is to define success and balance it on your own terms. Lindsay offered Cori (@corimurray), Charli (@charlipenn) and Yolanda (@yolizama) insight on how to truly attract and keep what you want, while... Read more

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