Summary: 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.
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 just as funny and talented as her!). Use #YesGirlPodcast to let us know what’s been your favorite Tichina Arnold moment!
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 some dope questions including “How would you describe yourself in 5 songs?” Do you have your answer? Yes? Well share it with us on social sing #YesGirlPodcast!
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 so jump into this episode and keep the comments coming on social using #YesGirlPodcast! Also, stick around to hear a special segment with Dr. Patrice A. Harris (@PatriceHarrisMD) - the American Medical Association’s FIRST Black woman President - on how Black women can maximize their heart health and wellness! Sponsored by The American Medical Association (@amermedicalassn).
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 director Channing Godfrey Peoples (@cgpeoples) some of our favorite #Juneteenth comments from our Yes, Girl! supporters - this episode is dedicated to the truths about our freedom and the joy we can always find in our Blackness. Yes Girl Hosts: Cori Murray (@corimurray) + Charli Penn (@charlipenn) Executive Producer: Tiffany Ashitey (@misstiffsays) Associate Producers: Ashley J. Hobbs (@ashleylatruly) + Shantel Holder (@shadesofshan_) Bookings: Cori Murray + Charli Penn + Tiffany Ashitey Audio: Josh Gwynn (@regardingjosh) + Anthony Frasier (@anthonyfrasier) Music: Gold Standard Creative (@gscdotnyc) Designer: Imani Nuñez (@profoundly_imani)
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.
The only reason we’re not tired of seeing #RelationshipGoals is because of couples like Kirk (@kirkfranklin) and Tammy Franklin (@iamtammyfranklin). Not only are they faith-filled, they are FUNNY. They had us cracking up. We had a blast with this playful couple discussing everything from Kirk’s music process to how to keep the faith in difficult times to...that’s right… how the two of them met! Get into this fun and uplifting conversation with The Franklins! Don’t forget to use #YesGirlPodcast to join in the conversation!
For our final episode of the Black Moms on the Front Lines Series, we speak with three Black mothers who are reporters. Michelle Relerford (@mrelerfordnbc), Checkey Beckford (@Checkey4NY), and Janai Norman (@janai.norman). Their experiences though different, have one very important thing in common, these women are clear about their impact on the daily lives of Black people.
She’s back! Y’all know Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) is an ESSENCE sweetheart! This conversation was so full of love, honesty, and light - we didn’t want it to end! We talked about everything from the heartbreak of what’s going on in the US today to celebrating ourselves, to...our favorite ways to drink tequila! We love that Tracee has etched in stone two of our favorite, empowered Black woman leads (shout out to Joan Carol Clayton, Esquire and Dr. Rainbow Johnson!) and she’s now given us another Black woman lead to cheer for with her new film, The High Note. Listen to the episode and let us know 1) How you are finding and holding on to joy, 2) if you’ve seen the film and what you think! #YesGirlPodcast!
New Orleans. ESSENCE’s home-away-from-home has done an extraordinary job of flattening the COVID-19 curve due to the guidance and tireless efforts of Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell). The city that defines what it means to thrive in the wake of disaster has become something of a case study for the rest of the country and we are so honored to have the chance to unpack Mayor Cantrell’s action plan and how her beautiful city keeps hope alive in the face of disaster. Her love for the city of New Orleans just pours out during this special interview. We can’t wait for you to hear it and find some nuggets of wisdom and encouragement.
Insecure social justice warrior, Kendrick Sampson (@kendrick38) checked in with Yes, Girl! Podcast and boy was it a treat! Ahead of his upcoming film, Miss Juneteenth, Kendrick dropped gems on the origins of the widely-celebrated - but often misunderstood - Juneteeth holiday. He also poured out his heart and vision for Black mental health and how we can resist unjust systems in America and reimagine justice. Check out the full episode and use #YesGirlPodcast to share mental health practices that have been helpful for you during this time.
As a Black woman where do you go for info on all things motherhood, whether you’re a mother or expecting or just..thinking about it? Actress, Tika Sumpter, and marketing veteran Thai Randolph decided to create a safe space for all the questions Black women couldn’t find nuanced answers to in the mainstream: The Suga Podcast. On this episode, we have a good ol’ girlfriends ki-ki about what it means to be a "good" mom, creating a community for all our questions, and...that Superwoman cape that’s on the floor, up under the bed someplace. You’re in for a sweet treat!
Yes, Girl! podcast presents, On the Frontlines - a celebration of Black women who are taking care of our families...and theirs too. These beautiful souls are more than essential, they are powerful. Kenya Slaughter is a mother and Dollar General employee in Louisiana where she is a part of Step Up Louisiana, an organization fighting for dollar store workers and essential workers’ rights. Her New York Times op-ed “I Never Planned to Be a Front-Line Worker at Dollar General” recently caught the nation’s attention. She opened up about just how hard it is for essential workers to take care of themselves and their families and even protect themselves while they’re working. We’re deeply honored to include her in this special series, to zoom in on the stories that are making the biggest differences for all of us during this global pandemic. To learn about the work Kenya is doing with Step Up Louisiana, please visit stepuplouisiana.org.
No, seriously. How can we be down? The mother/singer/master chef’s (@kelis) California farm is the ultimate low-key glammed out homestead. We only got a peek during our video chat with her but we could totally see ourselves reconnecting with earth, chasing the chickens that keep escaping, and having the dopest dinner parties EVER. You’ll love this conversation with the saucy boss. We talk about her new show, ‘Cooked With Cannabis’, cooking tips for the unchef’d (ahem, Charli Penn), and what she wants her sons to learn from her life. Get into it! Use #YesGirlPodcast on social to join the conversation.
Yes, Girl! podcast presents, On the Frontlines - a celebration of Black women who are taking care of our families...and theirs too. These beautiful souls are more than essential, they are powerful. Our first episode shines a spotlight on two incredible doctors. They have an incredible family legacy of Black women physicians committed to serving marginalized and immunocompromised communities. Drs. Uché (@uche_blackstock) and Oni Blackstock (@DrOniBee) serve as an emergency physician and primary care physician respectively. We're proud to amplify their stories and their words of advice and encouragement to the masses as physicians, mothers, and fighters for social justice.
The mother, singer, songwriter, businesswoman extraordinaire and reality TV star dropped by Yes, Girl! to share what’s she’s been up to since we’re all stuck in the house. Anyone else ready to hear some new tracks written and produced by Kandi (@kandi)?! We just might be hearing some new songs penned by Kandi by the time this quarantine is over! Not only that, she generously shares the details of her surrogacy journey and advice for those who may be considering the process. We can’t get enough of hearing about her beautifully blended family and how she and her baby girl, Blaze are bonding! Happy Mother's Day and get into this episode!