Book ‘Shine Bright’ by Danyel Smith

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American pop music is arguably this country’s greatest cultural contribution to the world, and its singular voice and virtuosity were created by a shining thread of Black women geniuses stretching back to the country’s founding. This is their surprising, heartbreaking, soaring story — from “one of the generation’s greatest, most insightful, most nuanced writers in pop culture” (Shea Serrano). “This book is revelatory about the specific experiences of Black women in music.” — Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. A weave of biography, criticism, and memoir, Shine Bright is Danyel Smith’s intimate history of Black women’s music as the foundational story of American pop. Smith has been writing this history...
Publisher: Roc Lit 101 (April 19, 2022)  Pages: 320 pages  ISBN-10: 0593132718  ISBN-13: 978-0593132715  ASIN:‎ B08PJFGB5C

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Journalist Danyel Smith is the author of ‘Shine Bright: A Personal History of Black Women in Pop’ (Roc Lit 101 / One World / Penguin Random House, June 2021). Danyel’s career has been laser-focused on black creatives making brilliant things. She has interviewed everyone from Janet Jackson to Mariah Carey to Gladys Knight to Simone Biles to Beyoncé. Danyel was an editor and writer at ESPN, a journalism fellow at Stanford, editor of Billboard, and was the first woman and first black person to serve as editor-in-chief of VIBE. She has written two novels — ‘More Like Wrestling’ (Crown, 2003) and ‘Bliss’ (Crown, 2005), and is currently host of Spotify’s ‘Black Girl Songbook,’ a music talk show that centers the sounds and stories of black women. Danyel’s recent work appears in the New York Times Magazine, and at NPR. Her beloved second hometown is Brooklyn, but Danyel is a proud East Oakland native now living in Southern California.

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