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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. 

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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. 

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iTunes Ratings

1099 Ratings
Average Ratings
941
78
30
16
34

Love it!

By LovedIt92 - Feb 10 2020
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Can’t get enough of this podcast!

JustSharon63

By JustSharon63 - Jan 28 2020
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Empowering and entertaining this platform is my go to! Thanks as a Gal needed this!
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Yes, Girl!

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Tracee Ellis Ross, The Queen of Natural Chic, Is Living Her Juiciest Life and Reflects on Her Fame During "Girlfriends"

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Hey boos! Before this month wraps up, we wanted to share a special bonus episode with our Yes, Girl! fam. Earlier this month, ESSENCE's Global Beauty Director, Julee Wilson (@missjulee), sat down with our October 2019 cover star (and birthday girl 😉 10/29), Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) for an episode of The Color Files podcast! Don't worry, we'll be back with a new episode of Yes,Girl! on Thursday. In the meantime, get into this conversation with a legend, a mood, and the BFF in all of our heads.


Check out more of this conversation in the October 2019 ESSENCE magazine.


16:20 - Tracee talks how late-night shows ignored her while on Girlfriends

30:04 - Tracee shares her Hair Story and gets passionate about the beauty of Black hair


Be sure to share your thoughts with The Color Files host, Julee Wilson (IG: @MissJulee) using #TheColorFiles to let her know your thoughts…anytime, anywhere!


This episode is sponsored by Ulta Beauty.


Oct 30 2019

50mins

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Rank #2: A Seat At the Red Table with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Her Mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris

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Are you ready for all of that longevity tea?! Charli (@ManWifeDog) and Cori (@corimurray) pulled up a seat at the famous red table with Jada Pinkett-Smith (@jadapsmith) and her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris (@adriennebanfieldnorris) for a chat on maintaining love, marriage and yourself through the years. Plus, Yes, Girl! reunites with Yolanda (@yolizama), who’s back from maternity leave, and she shares her emotional birth story. In Tea for the Week, they discuss Kanye’s latest flip-floppin’, Cardi B’s instagram gems and Black folks' urgency to rock this midterm election vote. With the girls back together, grab your mugs because the tea is served.

**Interview w/ Jada Pinkett-Smith starts at the 21:12 mark


Yes, Girl! Hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @ManWifeDog; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama

Producer: Tiffany Ashitey (@misstiffsays)

Bookings: Rorna Richards 

Audio Engineer: Agerenesh Ashagre (@agerenesh) 

Music: Gold Standard Creative (@gscdotnyc)

Nov 01 2018

35mins

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Rank #3: Gabrielle Union on Who Hates Her the Most and Why We Love Her for It (LIVE)

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Just when we thought we knew everything about Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) — she’s had nine ESSENCE covers — we fell more in love after reading her new memoir, "We’re Going to Need More Wine." Gabby joins us for a live audience recording where she pulls back the curtain on her life. She’s unapologetic about social media shaming of sexual assault victims, why she’s still healing from her own rape and that it’s okay hubby Dwyane Wade reads her book (but not her dad).

Yes, Girl! hosts: @corimurray @manwifedog @yolizama

Production: Cadence13

Music: Gold Standard Creative @gscdotnyc

Oct 19 2017

55mins

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Rank #4: Issa Rae + Regina Hall Invite Us to Their #BlackGirlMagic Party

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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 running for this Webby y’all!!

Yes, Girl fans thanks for all the love. Keep voting, and help us #WinAWebby! http://wbby.co/vote-pod15 Let Cori (@corimurray) and Charli (IG @charlipenn / Twitter @manwifedog) know you’ve voted. Be sure to tag #yesgirlpodcast.

Apr 10 2019

38mins

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Rank #5: For Diddy, It's Faith and Family over Everything

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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 this epsiode really hits home as Charli shares her own experiences about growing up without a mother. 

For all dealing with parental loss this Mother's Day, we see you and you're in our hearts. You can always connect with Cori (@corimurray) and Charli (IG -@charlipenn / Twitter - @manwifedog), use #yesgirlpodcast

May 09 2019

27mins

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Rank #6: Iyanla Vanzant (Live at Essence Festival)

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A year ago, Iyanla Vanzant was a scheduled keynote speaker at Essence Festival. Then the unthinkable happened days before her appearance: she was fighting for her life due to a medical emergency. On July 1, Iyanla made a triumphant return to the daytime stage as an empowerment speaker – shouting hallelujah as she walked through the audience before delivering a stirring testimony about surviving, letting go and shining from within. As a Yes, Girl! treat, we’re sharing her full speech here; let Iyanla words feed your spirit. 

Jul 06 2017

1hr 8mins

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Rank #7: Bishop T.D. Jakes and Tonya Lewis Lee Bring Food to Our Souls

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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, producer, author, and entrepreneur, Tonya Lewis Lee, brought her Brooklyn vibes to the studio to dish on how she stays fit and fabulous, plus spill the tea on all things Nola Darling, in season two of She’s Gotta Have it.


Keep the comments coming! Hit up Cori (@corimurray) and Charli (IG @charlipenn / Twitter @manwifedog). Be sure to tag #yesgirlpodcast.


Jun 08 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #8: DeVon Franklin Translates Your Man’s Bad Behavior

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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 want to watch and listen, be sure to check out this interview on YouTube.

Plus Yolanda and Charli are on a mission, and need your help. #yesgirlpodcast

  • Yes, Girl! Hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @charlipenn; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama
  • Producer: Tiffany Ashitey (@misstiffsays)
  • Bookings: Rorna Richards 
  • Audio Engineer: Anthony Frasier (@AnthonyFrasier)
  • Music: Gold Standard Creative (@gscdotnyc)

Feb 07 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: Beloveds! Iyanla Vanzant Speaks On R. Kelly, Practicing Self Love and Healing Our Community

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Grab the sage and get ready for spiritual healer Iyanla Vanzant (@IyanlaVanzant) to cleanse and bless your soul for 2019. That’s right beloveds, Mrs. Vanzant brings her love and light to Yes, Girl this week and we couldn’t be more excited. When she speaks, lives change. So we couldn’t wait to hear what’s in store for season six of Iyanla, Fix My Life. She keeps it candid about her guests, how she prepares them to do the work on the show, and shares why you must protect your energy at all costs. Plus Cori (@corimurray), Charli (@charlipenn) and Yolanda (@yolizama) receive some anecdotes on how we heal as a culture in the wake of the R. Kelly revelations. Go to essence.com for the video version of this conversation.

  • Yes, Girl! Hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @charlipenn; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama
  • Producer: Tiffany Ashitey (@misstiffsays)
  • Bookings: Rorna Richards 
  • Audio Engineer: Anthony Frasier (@AnthonyFrasier)
  • Music: Gold Standard Creative (@gscdotnyc)

Jan 18 2019

38mins

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Rank #10: As Free as She Wanna Be: Janelle Monáe

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“I’m happy to be a Black woman making art, as free as I want to right now.” That’s the space singer and actress Janelle Monáe (@janellemonae) occupies as she unveils her boldest work yet, Dirty Computer. In the episode, Monáe opens up about why the new album is near and dear to her heart, her earliest memories of Prince and the impact he left, and why the revolution will be female. Tea for The Week is short and sweet: Beychella strikes again, Waffle House shooting survivor James Shaw, Jr. is a national hero and oh, Kanye, Kanye, Kanye. 


Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @ManWifeDog; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama

Producer: Steven Psyllos @stevenpsyllos

Audio engineer: Chiquita Pascal @ChiquitaPaschal

Music: Gold Standard Creative @gscdotnyc

Apr 26 2018

43mins

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Rank #11: Regina Hall (Girls Trip)

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Everyone’s talking about new movie Girls Trip, so obvi we’re chatting with one of the film’s stars, actress Regina Hall.

Regina was all about the girl talk, and we covered all of our fave topics — including why we love our girlfriends, caring for our edges and finding puppy love. Listen, and she’ll definitely be your newest friend in your head.

Jul 20 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: It’s A Black Girl Magic Explosion: Yvonne Orji and ESSENCE Bawse Vanessa K. DeLuca Are Here!

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We’re closing out the year celebrating why Black women are so lit (obvi). ESSENCE editor-in-chief Vanessa K. DeLuca (@Vanessa_KDeLuca) shares what it's really like to be at the helm of Black Girl Magic headquarters and recaps the biggest moments for Black women in 2017. Plus, Yvonne Orji (@YvonneOrji) is back, ya’ll! Cori, Yolanda and Charli kicked it with the Insecure star in Miami — on a break from touring on Chris Rock’s Total Blackout tour — and as always, extreme laughter and good vibes followed. Yvonne reveals what “making it” means to her, why she won’t let fame change her and why 2017 has been incredible for her. Happy New Year! Love, Team Yes, Girl!



Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @ManWifeDog; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama

Project Manager: Steven Psyllos @stevenpsyllos

Production: Cadence13’s Bob Tabaddor @tabaddor

Music: Gold Standard Creative @gscdotnyc

Dec 28 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #13: Taraji P. Henson joins us for a Jamaican vacation!

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“I’m very happy in my personal life.” That’s how Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) feels right now. Yes, she and her bae are still going strong plus she has so many exciting projects to toast to right now — so we sipped Seagrams Escapes with her in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. She’s producing and starring in her annual holiday variety special, Taraji’s White Hot Holidays, as well as her next film Proud Mary and returning to Empire. However, @ManWifeDog @yolizama and @corimurray discover, Taraji’s true joy comes from the real love surrounding her and her truth: “I’m not stopping until I’ve done it all.” 

Yes, Girl! hosts: @corimurray @ManWifeDog @yolizama

Project Manager: @stevenpsyllos

Production: Cadence13’s @tabaddor

Music: Gold Standard Creative @gscdotnyc

Dec 14 2017

56mins

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Rank #14: Beychella Hangovers, Woke Notes with Tessa Thompson and ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks On What's Next

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In this high season of Black Excellence, we start our episode in acknowledgment and praise for Beyoncé’s salute to HBCU’s greeks and goddesses at Beychella’s first weekend. Next, a sit-down with Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc, and actress and activist Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x). Both women are leading movements: Michelle’s helming Black Girl Magic headquarters with a vision to super-serve Black women, and Tessa’s fiercely advocating for diversity representation on screen and off through her work as a founding member of Time’s Up. In the spirit of King Bey, we came to slay. #yesgirlpodcast

 Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @ManWifeDog; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama

Producer: Steven Psyllos @stevenpsyllos

Audio engineer: Chiquita Pascal @ChiquitaPaschal

Music: Gold Standard Creative @gscdotnyc

Apr 19 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #15: Alicia Keys Sits Before Us As A Grown Ass Woman

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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. Listen to her tell us why hubby Swizz Beatz completes her, when she put her “big girl panties” on and how motherhood changed her. Plus C+C discuss the most grown move anyone could make…paying off those student loans and bills. (Congrats Morehouse Class of 2019!)

Keep telling us what you think. Hit up Cori (@corimurray) and Charli (IG @charlipenn / Twitter @manwifedog). Be sure to tag #yesgirlpodcast.

May 22 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #16: Niecy Nash / Beyonce's Dance Captain Ashley Everett

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Cori Murray and Yolanda Sangweni laugh it up with Niecy Nash, who we’ve adored since her days on Reno 911!, Clean House and Soul Man. Niecy tells us about her upcoming dramedy Claws, befriending Karrueche Tran, laughing through grief and meeting her husband at a party (yes, there’s love in the club).

After that, Charli Penn and Beyoncé’s dance captain Ashley Everett talk about how Ashley’s man put a ring on it with a surprise engagement on The Formation Tour.

Mar 16 2017

51mins

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Rank #17: Brunch with Bae: We got cozy with Michael B. Jordan at ESSENCE Fest

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When Michael B. Jordan posted “s/o to the baby oil lady” in the IG caption for his first solo ESSENCE cover, inquiring minds wanted to know: How can I apply for the job next time? Well, we invited Michael “Bae” to brunch at ESSENCE Fest — with some special invited friends — to discuss his application process among other things. During a steamy afternoon in New Orleans, Michael shared what his life has been like since the global success of Black Panther, the women he counts as his sheroes and who keeps him grounded, why his brotherhood with Ryan Coogler is so strong and how he’s intent on living a full, happy life. Are you ready to get personal with bae?

Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray @corimurray; Charli Penn @ManWifeDog; and Yolanda Sangweni @yolizama

Producer: Steven Psyllos @stevenpsyllos

Audio engineer: Chiquita Pascal @ChiquitaPaschal

Music: Gold Standard Creative @gscdotnyc

Jul 18 2018

56mins

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Rank #18: Bonus Episode: Why Kandi Burruss is as real as they come

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Surprise: When Kandi Burruss (@Kandi) said she had a few hours off from her Broadway debut as Mama Morton in 'Chicago,' we said come thru sis! Between how she’s staying snatched, sane and sexually fluid, Kandi sets the record straight on this season’s 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' drama brewing between her and Kim Zolciak. As she said in her ESSENCE cover story — written by our very own Charli Penn (@ManWifeDog) — Kandi’s reputation means everything to her. Listen in as there’s nothing alternative about these facts. 

Yes, Girl! hosts: Cori Murray (@corimurray); Charli Penn (IG: @CharliPenn/ Twitter: @ManWifeDog); and Yolanda Sangweni (@yolizama)

Producer: Steven Psyllos @stevenpsyllos

Audio Engineers: Dave Giles (@daveeveryseason) + Aaron Amado (@theoriginalsaedi)

Music: Gold Standard Creative @gscdotnyc

Jan 23 2018

39mins

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Rank #19: Charlamagne Tha God (LIVE)

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Love him or hate him, Charlamagne Tha God—radio’s favorite agitator—sits in the hot seat for Yes, Girl’s first live recording at ESSENCE’s New York City offices. He answers audience’s burning questions about “disrespecking” Birdman, loving Black women (“I don’t hate Black women") and sharing his surprisingly affirming life lessons from his book Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.

Jun 01 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #20: Tiffany Haddish and Amber Stevens West (The Carmichael Show) and #WokeBaes Greg and Helanah

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On a day off from taping their hilarious sitcom, The Carmichael Show's Tiffany Haddish and Amber Stevens West walks us through their respective lives before and after the hit show. Not to be missed: Tiffany, who's starring in this summer's Girls Trip, sharing how she won over Will and Jada Pinkett Smith with a Groupon swamp tour.

How important is it to be intentional in choosing a romantic partner who shares your spiritual beliefs and life passions? Former ESSENCE Bachelor Greg Corbin and his girlfriend Helanah top by to share their love story and discuss the power of intentional love. #WokeBaes

Jun 08 2017

1hr 42mins

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