Yes, Girl!

Yes, Girl!

At Black Girl Magic headquarters, senior editors Cori Murray (@corimurray), Charli Penn (@ManWifeDog) and Yolanda Sangweni (@YoliZama) host ESSENCE’s podcast Yes, Girl! Every episode features interviews with celebrities, politicos, and influencers—plus unfiltered “Tea for the Week” discussions on pop culture, love and relationships, race, news and business. Basically, uplifting everybody who’s taking Black culture a little higher.... Show More

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October 24, 2019 56 min

This week Cori (@corimurray) and Charli (Twitter: @ManWifeDog, IG: @charlipenn) had a whole sister-girl ki-ki with the one and only Ryan Michelle Bathe (@ryanmichelleb)! That’s buh-THAY. Not only is she the star of the new BET+ series ‘First Wives Club’ she is HILARIOUS! She shared the joy of working with the incredible Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau, growing up reading ESSENCE Magazine, and how important sister...

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THEE Fantasia (@tasiaworld) is here this week! You know we love a down-to-earth vibe and Tasia gave us just that. With her new album ‘Sketchbook’ out now, we ki-ki’d about her music journey, what it means to be a soul singer in 2019 and how free she feels to now be an independent artist. Fantasia also shed some light on what has helped her find freedom and of course, good love is #1! Make no mistake - we will be grabbing our ti...

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We keep scoring conversations with legends lately and we ain't even mad at it! This week, Cori (@corimurray), Charli (Twitter: @ManWifeDog, IG: @charlipenn), and guest host, Julee “Global” Wilson (@MissJulee) had THEE best time with Gospel royalty Bebe Winans (@bebewinans)! We were able to tell him all the ways his music has changed our lives and learn why he says his new album - Need You (out now) is his be...

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Cori and Charli stanned really #hoord for this week’s guest. Borderline embarrassingly so. It’s only because he’s so cool and chill and has HITS for days! Raphael Saadiq (@raphael_saadiq) aka ⅓ of Tony! Toni! Toné! aka Still Ray stopped by to talk about his latest album “Jimmy Lee” and gave us some little-known insight into his childhood, his early music choices, and his personal philosophy for turning out hit after hit over th...

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: This is our first crossover episode between Yes, Girl! and The Solve Podcast! Cori (@corimuray) and Charli (Twitter: @ManWifeDog, IG: @charlipenn) have a good time chatting about this week’s topic - something we all either hear or talk about (or both) on the regular: Sex and relationships. For many, much of the advice we received wasn’t completely healthy or accurate. But never fear! This week’s gu...

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It's a very special day! Not only is it our co-host Charli Penn's birthday (Woot woot!) but The Chief himself, Jidenna (@jidenna), came through Yes, Girl! (or we came through his hotel lounge) and he graced us with the DOPEST conversation! To say this was a fun and thought-provoking episode is an understatement. We came away with much to consider and some brand new perspective about heritage, unity across The Diaspora, ...

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We are all-the-way thrilled to have one of our favorite new recording artists, Ari Lennox (@arilennox), on the show this week! Cori is trying to get her bedroom decor to ‘BMO’ video levels and Charli is stanning hard for Ari’s humility and IG hilarity. R&B is having a revival of sorts and artists like Ari are leading the way. So, we chopped it up with her about her new album “Shea Butter Baby” (it’s a whole vibe!), what (TH...

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So, listen… Sadly, our Hot Girl Summer is on its way out. But we’re determined to hold onto every single ray of sunshine we soaked up for as LONG as we can! Speaking of sunshine --- THE Erika Alexander (@erikaalexanderthegreat) aka Maxine Shaw Attorney-At-Law (Living Single) aka Cousin Pam (The Cosby Show) graced the Yes, Girl! Podcast this week! Do y’all know how many Black women went to law school because of her?! Erika had u...

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Seeesteeerrrs! We are back from our vacations and tanned for the gawds, relaxed, and ready for you to get into this convo with one of our social media faves -- Seesterrr Jessie Woo (@TheJessieWoo)! Jessie’s new album “Moods of a Cancer” has been on everyone’s end of summer playlist, plus she blew up the internet with her epic vacation pics in Haiti—her proud homeland. We’re in awe of how she’s manifested her rapid rise from fro...

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We have ALL the love for this legendary leading man! THE “Brother to the Night” aka Larenz Tate (@LarenzTate) was in the building and brought the WARMEST of vibes and biggest smiles to ESSENCE. We chopped it up with Mr. Tate about the jaw-dropping final season of ‘Power’ (can you believe it’s the end?!) and just how the cast has been able to keep all the Season 6 secrets! Since he’s a legend in these Hollywood rom-com streets w...

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Heyyy y’all! We (Cori and Charli) are packing our bags and hoppin’ on the first thing smokin’ to get our vacays in before Summer ends! Even though our hearts are already on the beach, we can’t wait to get back to you with EPIC, ALL-NEW Yes, Girl episodes! But in the meantime? CHILE! We wanted to throw it back to ESSENCE Fest 2019. THE Reverend Bishop Pastor Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) spoke with Angela Rye (@angelarye), on-st...

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Honeyyy… Have we got a TREAT for you! 

Listen, lovelies… If you’re trying to figure out what to do with all that residual Hot Girl Summer energy, our guest, Boris Kodjoe (@boriskodjoe) has an idea. Mr. Kodjoe came through and schooled us on the importance of working out no matter how much (or how little) time or energy you THINK you have. Boris’s brother, Patrick (@patkodjoe), came along to rap with us about calories, crunch...

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BAES! This week is very special. It’s not just one of those days. It’s a great day because THE Miss Thang herself, Monica (@MonicaBrown), came through for a true heart-to-heart about all things matters of the heart with Yes, Girl! co-host Charli Penn. She has a hot #1 single (“Commitment”) ruling the charts with a fire video and a new album coming this Fall. Sis shared her entire truth on everything from her greatest musical ac...

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Huddle up, family! YGP hosts, Cori and Charli, gave the biggest hug to special guest Loretta Devine (@lodivadevine), star of the new Netflix sitcom ‘Family Reunion.’ Cori and Charli chatted with Ms. Devine about the best (and worst) parts of family get-togethers. Plus, she told a crazy fan encounter story that she laughs about now, but then, not so much. Bonus: Ms. Devine played a hilarious game you MUST hear! And as always, fo...

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In New Orleans at ESSENCE Festival, the YGP hosts had a chance to get to know some of the 2020 presidential Candidates better. Senator (and TRUE Jersey boy) Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) came through for an intimate conversation where he shared his commitment to Black women and our community. Cori and Charli had the pleasure of chatting with Sen. Booker about developing communities, his Vegan lifestyle, his love for his home state ...

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Hey fam! Charli and Cori are back from Essence Fest and their recap is one for the books. There, they bumped into this week's guest, Rotimi, and his Power costars. Rotimi’s (@rotimi) quickly become a worldwide heartthrob but he's naturally multi-talented and FOCUSED out here. On this episode, we chat with Mr. Nigerian Butterscotch about his unique start as an actor and the seasoned actors who have mentored him, and how ...

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Sun’s out and so are the good vibes. Before Cori and Charli pack their bags for festivals and vacations, they share what’s on their Summer bucket list, plus tips on what it takes survive and thrive at #ESSENCEFEST. Since one can never have too much shade on these sunny days, take notes as Robin Gives (@robingivens) gives Cori lessons on how to give a good read.

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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, advi...

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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. Meanwh...

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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’. ...

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