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.
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.
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!
Y’all! Robin Givens has longevity on lock! She’s been booked, busy and beautiful for over three decades. Currently starring in two shows - Riverdale and The Fix - with a third show on the way, this Summer (Ambitions on OWN). Cori sat down with Robin to reminisce on moments from the hit film Boomerang and her last moments with Luke Perry.
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.
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) and more
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.
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.
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.
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.