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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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My client introduced your podcast to me. While performing a service on her she played the show with diddy. It was heartfelt and authentic. The rest is Herstory. I listen Day I’m driving to work or driving period and I feel like I gain so much information. Thank You

Just want to say looovveee ya’ll!!!!!!!!

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Looovvveee ya’llll!!!!! Don’t have a lot of time right now but I will write a more detailed review later. Just want to show love real quick! Xoxoxo

iTunes Ratings

1000 Ratings
Average Ratings
874
67
27
9
23

Thank You

By go after your dreamz - Oct 13 2019
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My client introduced your podcast to me. While performing a service on her she played the show with diddy. It was heartfelt and authentic. The rest is Herstory. I listen Day I’m driving to work or driving period and I feel like I gain so much information. Thank You

Just want to say looovveee ya’ll!!!!!!!!

By nxnsmsbsnsndnd - Sep 25 2019
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Looovvveee ya’llll!!!!! Don’t have a lot of time right now but I will write a more detailed review later. Just want to show love real quick! Xoxoxo

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Yes, Girl!

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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. 

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: Hey Auntie! Angela Bassett Is Here, Plus 'Blindspotting’s Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casel Came Through

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Prepare yourself for a moment in Black Hollywood excellence as we share an epic conversation with screen queen Angela Bassett (@imangelabassett). Bassett, who’s in the soon-to-be summer hit Mission Impossible: Fallout, shares her secrets to ageless beauty, a lasting career and a peaceful family (hint: her kids aren’t allowed to have cell phones). And yes, we asked the sixty-year-old stunner to recite a classic line from What’s Love Got To Do With It. You’ll never guess which one it is. Plus: Charli (@ManWifeDog) relives her Oakland days with Bay Boys Daveed Diggs (@daveeddiggs) and Rafael Casal (@rafaelcasal), who both wrote and star in the buzzy buddy film Blindspotting.


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Angela Bassett starts at 12:00

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal interview: 31:00

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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 26 2018

53mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: Love Is In the Hair: Conversations with Sanaa Lathan and Lynn Whitfield, plus Curly Girl Collective’s Gia Lowe

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Within Black sisterhood, the relationship with hair is one of our strongest bonds. It’s why Sanaa Lathan (@sanaalathan) took a leap of faith (and clippers!) for her leading role – alongside the ever fabulous Lynn Whitfield (@mslynnwhitfield) -- in Netflix's Nappily Ever After, the long awaited adaptation of the novel about a woman’s search for love beyond her head. In person, the actresses reveal their personal journey to self love and acceptance. And we couldn’t talk about our ‘dos without chatting with experts we love – our very own fashion and beauty director Julee Wilson (@missjulee) and Gia Lowe (@gia.lo) of the Curly Girl Collective (@curlygirlcollective), the hair hub for Black women who produced the epic CurlFest.

Curly Girl Collective Starts @ 11:45

Sanaa Lathan & Lynn Whitfield Starts @ 35:20


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

Producer: Steven Psyllos @stevenpsyllos

Co-Producer: Tiffany Ashitey @MissTiffSays

Audio Engineer: Chiquita Pascal @ChiquitaPaschal

Bookings: Rorna Richards & Joi-Marie McKenzie

Music: Gold Standard Creative @gscdotnyc

Sep 20 2018

52mins

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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: Boss Moves Brought To You By Mona Scott-Young

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Multi-millionaire reality TV boss Mona Scott-Young (@monascottyoung) has been quietly building her Monami Entertainment empire for over 20 years and she has a mile-long list of receipts to prove it. The talent manager and Love and Hip Hop creator comes through to share her recipe for ongoing success, her personal mantras, the tea on her forthcoming new fiction book, Blurred Lines, and her praise for our girl Cardi B! Grab your mugs, loves, because this tea is hot like fire! Plus, Charli and Yolanda weigh in on the Drake vs. Pusha T rap beef, Roseanne (bye, Felicia!) Barr’s racist rants and DMing gone wrong.

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

May 31 2018

54mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: Matters of the Heart with Mara Brock Akil

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Yes, Girl jumpstarted summer with a last-minute trip to Miami for the American Black Film Festival (@abff). In between movies and mojitos, we chatted with Mara Brock Akil (@marabrockakil) about her new series Love Is_ (@LoveIsOWN), which takes us back to the beginning of her real life love story with husband Salim Akil. The series is already a fave of Charli’s (@ManWifeDog) who knows the real thing when she sees it. Plus, we’re thankful our Tidal subscriptions were active when the Carters’ dropped Everything Is Love. Like the rest of the world, we went apesh*t.

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

Jun 21 2018

37mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: The Black Women Behind LeBron James' New Sneaker

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Have you ever had a life changing phone call? That’s what Harlem Fashion Row (@hfrmovement) founder Brandice Daniel (@brandicedaniel) received when LeBron James asked for her collaboration on his 16th sneaker for Nike. What they developed made history: It’s the first Nike sneaker designed by Black women for women. Daniel recommended three designers from her collective: Undra Celeste (@love_ucny), Kimberly Goldson (@kimberlygoldson) and Fe Noel (@fenoel). All four phenomenal women join us for a discussion about having — and maintaining — a seat at the fashion table.


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

Producer: Steven Psyllos @stevenpsyllos

Co-Producer: Tiffany Ashitey @MissTiffSays

Audio Engineer: Chiquita Pascal @ChiquitaPaschal

Bookings: Rorna Richards

Music: Gold Standard Creative @gscdotnyc

Sep 13 2018

51mins

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Rank #17: We Saw A Ghost In Miami! Yup, Omari Hardwick’s Here!

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OMG we saw a ghost, ya’ll! That’s right, STARZ’s hit drama Power is back and hotter than ever, so it was only fitting we get caught up with our bae Omari Hardwick (@omarihardwick) during the American Black Film Festival in Miami. Omari and ESSENCE go way back like Atari. We dug right in as he opened up about fame, fatherhood, becoming Ghost, and how hard he’s been hustling for his craft. Plus Charli, Cori and Yolanda are in NOLA, grubbing and grinding for Essence Fest.

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 06 2018

36mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: 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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