Summary: 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.
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 we had to discuss the possibility of a ‘Love Jones’ sequel and what he loves most about his relationship with his beautiful wife.
We wanted to throw it back to ESSENCE Fest 2019. THE Reverend Bishop Pastor Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) spoke with Angela Rye (@angelarye), on-stage, and gave an incredible WORD, on a Sunday, that spoke to our souls
Listen, lovelies... Boris 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, crunches, and caring for our bodies and they’ve got a new digital fitness venture they’ve created with all of us in mind!
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.
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.’ She is a barrel of laughs and drops some gems on family and fame!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Meanwhile, producer, author, and entrepreneur, Tonya Lewis Lee, brought her Brooklyn vibes to spill the tea on all things Nola Darling, in season two of She’s Gotta Have it.
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 trip reflected on what has changed from then to now, and take a flashback look into Blair’s 30+ year career.
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
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 may want to take notes for your next NYC trip.
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.
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.