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Okay, Now Listen
Okay, Now Listen is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell. They share what’s on their minds, what they're binging and what’s blowing up their timelines. Brought to you by Netflix and Strong Black Lead.
3 days ago
Okay, Now Let This Play
On this episode, we check-in about the one-year anniversary of being stuck in the house. We miss outside, y'all! Then, we spend the rest of the episode talking about the albums by Black women that have shaped us. Warning: There's a lot of singing in this episode so please be prepared to sing along with us.
1 hr 9 min
Feb 18, 2021
Okay, This Is The Heartbreak Hotel (with Damson Idris)
On this episode, we start by checking in on how we celebrated Valentine's Day. Hint: it included watching a whole lot of romcoms. Then, we flip from the lovey dovey talk to our very first heartbreak stories. We share what went wrong, what went right, and advice for any listeners currently dealing with a broken heart. Finally, we end the episode by chatting with actor Damson Idris about his latest Netflix film, Outside The Wire. We even get Damson to share a little love advice with us.
1 hr 11 min
Feb 4, 2021
Okay, We Ride At Dawn (with Zendaya)
On this episode, we start by checking in on what happened in the month that we've been on our lil' hiatus. And since most of that time was spent with Jazmine Sullivan's “Heaux Tales” on repeat, we just had to get into our favorite tracks! Then, we chat with our favorite Gen Z superstar, Zendaya, about her upcoming Netflix film, “Malcolm & Marie”. She talks about how the film came to be, her evolution from teen star to grown ass woman, and her honest take on how to handle growing up in the public eye. Finally, we end the episode by celebrating some of our Unsung Black Heroes in honor of Black History Month. It's a very serious list, y'all.
1 hr 22 min
Jan 28, 2021
Okay, Now Listen: Season 2 Trailer
WE BACK, BABY! Get ready for an all-new season of Okay, Now Listen featuring Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell! Come for their hottest takes, stay for the conversations with your favorite celebrities. And, of course, we'll have more White people names that Scottie will completely mess up. The new season premieres Thursday, February 4th. Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!
Dec 24, 2020
Okay, So That Was This Year?
On this episode, we start by reveling in the fact that there's only one week left in the year (but we still have our guard up). Then, we give out superlatives to some of our favorite television shows and VERZUZ moments. And we had to run through some of our favorite moments of Black joy that happened throughout 2020. Finally, we end the last episode of the year by talking about what we hope to bring into 2021.
1 hr 15 min
Dec 10, 2020
Okay, Now Watch Me Throw It Back
On this episode, we start by showing our appreciation to listeners who included Okay, Now Listen on their year-end top podcast lists (thank you!!). Then, we pull back the curtain and share some segments that we recorded during the development of this podcast over a year ago! You’ll hear our take on The Newlywed Game and a segment that all “Love and Basketball” fans will appreciate called The People vs. Quincy McCall. In this week’s Putting You On, we share some of our favorite holiday movies that are sure to brighten your holiday spirits.
Nov 26, 2020
Okay, Who Made The Potato Salad?!
On this episode, we start by getting Scottie's highly-anticipated review of the movie “Home Alone” and Sylvia talks about devouring Season 4 of Netflix's “The Crown.” Then, we host a Friendsgiving with Brandon 'Jinx' Jenkins and Darian Harvin and talk about everything from crazy Thanksgiving family moments to the hottest takes on side dishes. In this week’s Putting You On, we share some tips for surviving Thanksgiving at a significant other's home and our favorite Thanksgiving-themed television episodes.
1 hr 12 min
Nov 12, 2020
Okay, The Whites Can Go
On this episode, we start by checking in on what was possibly the longest week of all of our lives. Then, we chat about a few of our favorite white TV shows that we might actually want to take with us to the other side. And the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Sylvia quizzes Scottie in a game of "Does Scottie Know This White Person?" In this week’s Putting You On, we share the only recommendation that matters right now and that's Netflix's “The Crown,” returning with Season 4 on November 15th.
Oct 29, 2020
Okay, Check On Your HBCU Friends
This week, Scottie and Sylvia start the show with a cuffing season check-in. Then, they process their feelings on a year without homecoming and reminisce on their HBCU experiences! Come for the do's and don'ts for future homecoming's, stay for Scottie and Sylvia's recommendations on where to get the best food and HBCU merch (shout out to Hall Pass: https://hallpass.shop/)
1 hr 3 min
Oct 15, 2020
Okay, Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game
On this episode, we start with Scottie discussing her arrival into the 30s club and what she has to look forward to. Then, we chat about the upcoming cuffing season and the play by play points on how to build your quarantine-friendly roster. Finally, we share some home decor and wellness recommendations that'll have your space and face looking right.
Oct 1, 2020
Okay, Are You Protecting Black Women Or...
On this episode, we check in with ourselves and fellow Black women about the weight of the world in light of the verdict of Breonna Taylor. Then, we define what coping looks like for us right now and some ways Black women can come together to collectively cope. We also chat about the healthy ways we can use social media to heal. Finally, we share some of our coping practices that we hope can help ease your heart, mind and spirit.
Sep 17, 2020
Okay, Cheers To Auntiechella and Mara Brock Akil
On this episode, we start by giving praise to the glory that was Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle's Verzuz battle. Then, we chat about Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane; two shows that made us feel represented on screen and gave us friendships to aspire to. Finally, we give flowers to the creator behind those two shows, Mara Brock Akil, and talk about her everlasting impact in television and what her future plans at Netflix include.
1 hr 20 min
Sep 3, 2020
Okay, Let's Netflix and Chill
On this episode, we start off by checking in about Sylvia’s apartment-hunting adventures and Scottie’s itch to redecorate. Then, we chat about a few Netflix shows that we can't stop watching including two of our favorites, Moesha and The Game. Josh Gwynn and Tracy Clayton, hosts of the brand new pop culture podcast, Back Issue, join the conversation to share their thoughts on revisiting those shows all these years later. Finally, we know you still can't get enough of all things Brandy and Monica, so we wrap up the episode with deep cut recommendations by the two artists.
Aug 20, 2020
Okay, Let's Dive Into The WAP (with Tyomi Morgan)
On this episode, we start off by chatting about Cardi B's newest single with Meg Thee Stallion, “WAP,” and what new sex goals the lyrics have given us. Then, we speak to sex educator Tyomi Morgan about how to achieve WAP IRL and the sex tricks that are quarantine-friendly. Finally, we wrap up the episode with recommendations for Black women musicians that you can listen to and lingerie that'll have you thinking about becoming your own kind of sex symbol.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 6, 2020
Okay, Now Let's Talk About Failure
On this episode, we check-in about big life changes — Sylvia’s cross country move and Scottie’s first baecation! Then, we get really real and open up about failures. We share how hardships in our lives and careers have led to our successes and how important it is to honor the hard times too. Finally, we wrap up the episode with recommendations that give you the confidence to keep moving forward and a playlist that'll have you ready to make your next big move.
Jul 23, 2020
Okay, It's Urgent As A MF (with Nia Long)
On this episode, we check-in about what phase we're really in when it comes to this quarantine. Then, we get our entire lives while in conversation with the one and only, Nia Long. She talks with us about her new Netflix film, Fatal Affair, her legacy, and how all black girls are extensions of one another. Finally, we wrap up the episode with some recommendations that'll have you set on your next television and album binge.
Jul 9, 2020
Okay, Dating Is The Ghetto
On this episode, we begin with a major life update and an ode to our love for New York City. Then, we spend some time examining the ups and downs of the single life. How did we get here? Why are we still here? Can we make it look as good as Traces Ellis Ross does? We need answers. Finally, we wrap up the episode with some recommendations that'll have you feeling like you want to (or your money back guarantee).
1 hr 3 min
Jun 25, 2020
Okay, Y'all Daddies Is Fine (Plus A Spike Lee Joint)
On this episode, we decide to keep the spirit of Father's Day alive by ranking some of our favorite fine ass daddies (and the standards are quite high). Then, we chat with the one and only Spike Lee about his newest Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods, and the importance of love between Black men. Finally, if you’re running a little behind on showing love to the Black men in your life, we have some recommendations that'll help you help them glow from the inside out.
Jun 11, 2020
Okay, Let's Keep It Two Virgils
On this episode, we chat about our weariness of the ways of the world (cue Solange's Weary). We share what's been the most challenging parts within the fight for Black justice while also highlighting the need to support the Black women and trans community who are also in this fight. Then, we share some of our feel goods of the moment, which include lots of television binging and the albums that'll really get you in your feelings (or out of them). Finally, we put you on to some solid Black voices that can help steer you through all that's going on and also some organizations that you can show up for, financially or otherwise. Amplifying Black Voices: @MsPackyetti, @IamGMJohnson, @wesleylowery, @emarvelous, @theccync, @mark.c, @jennydeluxe, @darian, @speakpatrice, @reagangomez, @nifmuhammad, @jnthnwll Organizations To Support: Black Lives Matter Minnesota Freedom Fund Black Visions Collective Campaign Zero Reclaim The Block Healing Minneapolis Disability Justice Mutual Aid Fund Mutua…
May 28, 2020
Okay, Let's Talk Romance (with Issa Rae)
On this episode, we're feeling extra lovey dovey so we decided to check in about how quarantine is a very different experience for those of us who are boo'd up and those of us who are not. We also chat about some of our favorite romance films. Then, Issa Rae comes by to talk about her newest Netflix film, Lovebirds. And, of course, we get some tea about her thoughts on the response to this season of Insecure. And lastly, we end the show with some recommendations that'll make you feel good about your home and yourself. Follow us on Twitter: @SylviaObell @ScottieBeam @StrongBlackLead
May 14, 2020
Okay, Forever First Lady (with Nadia Hallgren)
On this episode, we remember the lives of Andre Harrell, Little Richard, and Betty Wright, three legends we lost this past week. We also give thanks to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott for offering us some love and warmth during their Verzuz battle. Then, we interview Nadia Hallgren, the director of the new Netflix documentary, Becoming, which follows the book tour of our forever First Lady, Michelle Obama. And lastly, a reflection on the tragic murder of Ahmaud Arbery and the ever present burdens of being Black in America. Follow us on Twitter: @SylviaObell @ScottieBeam @StrongBlackLead
Apr 30, 2020
Okay, Our Mics Are On
DISCLAIMER: This episode was recorded before the gift that is Beyoncé on the Savage remix. Please still listen, y'all. Allow us to introduce ourselves! We're kicking off Okay, Now Listen, with an introduction on who we are and a little background on our friendship (this ain't no girl group manufactured in a lab). Then, we do a brief catch up session and share what's been helping us cope in the midst of quarantine craziness. Follow us on Twitter: @SylviaObell @ScottieBeam @StrongBlackLead
Apr 27, 2020
Okay, Now Listen: Trailer
Okay, Now Listen is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell. They share what’s on their minds, what they're binging and what’s blowing up their timelines. Brought to you by Netflix and Strong Black Lead. Coming to wherever you get your podcasts on April 30th!