Angie Martinez IRL

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Created and hosted by renowned media personality Angie Martinez, “IRL” sees Angie and notable guests sitting down to candidly explore the magic of life, it’s fragility, purpose and complexities.  Angie’s conversations will explore legacy, philosophies, and the extraordinary ways we choose to live our real lives.

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Melyssa Ford
29-12-2023
Melyssa Ford
In this week's episode of the Angie Martinez IRL Podcast, Angie sits down with Canadian media personality, actress, and resilient survivor, Melyssa Ford. Angie and Melyssa reflect on her prominence during an era in Hip-Hop when the industry's landscape didn't align with today's norms of consent. Delving into her experiences as a video vixen in the early 2000s, Angie explores Melyssa's journey and challenges during that time. Their paths may have crossed on multiple occasions, but it was a gathering for a mutual friend that brought Angie and Melyssa together, unveiling the deeply impactful story of Melyssa's near-fatal car accident. This life-altering event left her with a traumatic brain injury, ushering in a new chapter filled with overwhelming struggles—battling suicidal thoughts and grappling with the weight of surviving such a harrowing incident. Adding to her tribulations, Melyssa was confronted with her mother's terminal diagnosis, reigniting a complex and emotional journey in their relationship. Despite enduring these profound challenges, Melyssa Ford bravely shares her path to healing. From grappling with self-medication to discovering solace in self-help literature, engaging in transformative shadow work, and finding strength through activities like pilates, Melyssa has reclaimed agency over her life and narrative. This episode stands as a testament to Melyssa's courage and vulnerability, offering an inspiring narrative of resilience and triumph over adversity. Tune in for a deeply moving conversation you won't want to miss.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Alicia Keys
15-12-2023
Alicia Keys
On this week’s episode of IRL Podcast, Angie sits down with multi grammy award winning, platinum artist Alicia Keys. However this superstar has added a few more titles to her belt.  She is also now the lead producer, composer, and creative force behind the groundbreaking musical, "Hell's Kitchen."  Loosely based on her upbringing in NYC, Alicia shares how the production intertwines her mother's dreams and her own, creating a poignant love letter between mother and daughter. In a touching moment, Alicia shares the impact of her new production on her family dynamics, particularly with her son, illustrating his protective nature and their unbreakable bond. The conversation between Angie and Alicia evolves into the joys and challenges of being a seasoned mom, exchanging stories and wisdom as mothers of boys. Alicia discusses breaking free from the need for external validation in her career, prioritizing her relationship with her emotions, and learning to trust her instincts. She opens up about reconciling with her father, emphasizing the importance of releasing expectations and meeting people where they are in order to find peace. Despite her global fame, Alicia Keys remains remarkably grounded and even lets the audience in on a heartwarming holiday tradition within her beautifully blended family. Tune in for an intimate conversation with Alicia Keys that celebrates resilience, family, and the power of embracing one's true self.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ryan Coogler
01-12-2023
Ryan Coogler
Join us on this week's episode of Angie Martinez IRL as she sits down with Ryan Coogler, the visionary filmmaker behind films like  'Fruitvale Station' ‘Creed’ and 'Black Panther,' for a deep dive into life, success, and powerful lessons learned along the way. In this episode, Angie and Ryan explore the nuanced concept of competition. Ryan's take on the competition, shaped by his journey from college sports to Hollywood, offers a fresh perspective, and Angie’s take offers coping mechanisms for confronting your competition head-on. Ryan also shares the profound impact that 'Fruitvale Station' had on him, as it not only catapulted his career but also transformed his approach to storytelling. Ryan shares his initial aspirations with the film, aiming to spark change and the sobering realization that the world doesn't always change as we hope. The conversation takes an intimate turn as Ryan bravely opens up about recognizing and combating work addiction, emphasizing the importance of building a supportive team. However, the most important person on his team is his childhood sweetheart and now wife, a vital part of his journey. Ryan is no stranger to loss. It’s been a tough few years, including the loss of his dear friend, Chadwick Boseman. Ryan shares firsthand reflections on Chadwick's remarkable impact, describing his intentional and present nature that left an indelible mark and invaluable lessons in grace and presence. Prepare to be inspired, moved, and enlightened as Ryan Coogler opens up his world in real life, revealing layers of wisdom and vulnerability that make this episode a truly memorable experience.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Coi Leray
22-11-2023
Coi Leray
In this week's episode of the Angie Martinez IRL Podcast, Angie sits down with rapper, singer, and songwriter Coi Leray. Coi Leray opens up about her childhood marked by her parents' separation to her rise as a music sensation. She shares the impact of her parents' separation by shedding light on her father, Benzino, artist and founder of the Source Magazine, and her mother, his teenage love who struggled to raise four kids on her own after the split. At 16, Coi made a bold move, leaving home, quitting school, and taking on a full-time job. This pivotal decision laid the foundation for her incredible work ethic, which has propelled her to success in the music industry. However, after the release and success of her hit song "No More Parties," Coi Leray faced the harsh realities of the world. It was the first time that the typically confident Coi found herself questioning her worth. She grappled with doubts, asking herself if she was truly good enough, if her voice resonated, if her appearance matched societal standards, and well… whether she resembled “a boy.” However, her confidence still rules. Coi is on an ongoing journey to silence the noise and discover genuine joy. With the guidance of a life coach, the support of her amazing friends, and a strong focus on her faith, she's actively learning to filter out negativity and embrace the positive aspects of her life. Coi Leray is not just an artist. She’s a walking brand, and as we dare say… an icon in the making?! Don’t miss this episode!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rich Paul "Lucky Me" | IRL LIVE
19-10-2023
Rich Paul "Lucky Me" | IRL LIVE
Get ready to join Angie Martinez for another incredible journey as she kicks off the new season of the Angie Martinez IRL Podcast. This season begins with a bang, with the first-ever live IRL podcast coming straight from Compound's vibrant atmosphere in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In this special episode, Angie welcomes the remarkable sports agent and, entrepreneur, and founder of Klutch Sports Group, Rich Paul. He's here to share his incredible life story, experiences, and deep insights from his New York Times Best Selling book, "Lucky Me." Rich Paul's book isn't just a best-seller; it's a window into his soul. Angie and Rich delve into the moments that truly stood out in his life, exploring the profound connections and raw emotions that made him the extraordinary person he is today. As Angie and Rich engage in an intimate conversation, they touch on the deeply personal aspects of his life, like his relationship with his mother and the battle she fought against addiction. They also delve into his relationship with his father, his lifelong hero, and the superpower he gained from him – the ability to predict what people need, a trait that would shape his destiny. Rich also discusses his early life as a born hustler and gambler. He shares the invaluable lessons he learned on the streets and in the world of gambling, which later became the foundation for his incredible success in life, betting on himself, his players, and his fortune. You'll discover how every lesson life threw at Rich was a gift, not just for himself but to uplift those around him. Tune in to Angie Martinez IRL Podcast for an unforgettable and heartwarming conversation with Rich Paul. His story is one of resilience and success, emphasizing how challenges can be gifts for personal growth. It's a season opener you won't want to miss!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.