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Danyel Smith highlights Black female artists who defined pop music in 'Shine Bright'

In this episode, guest host Juana Summers talks with Danyel Smith about her new memoir, Shine Bright: A Personal History of Black Women in Pop. As a previous editor-in-chief for both Billboard and Vibe magazines, host of the Black Girl Songbook podcast, and longtime music reporter, she uses her expertise to spotlight the stories of pop powerhouses like Gladys Knight, Mahalia Jackson, Whitney Houston, and more.
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‘Listen to Black women’: A Women’s History Month playlist by music journalist Danyel Smith

This is The Mix Tape, a monthly playlist curated by someone notable. Is there a person you want to see featured here? Let us know. When Danyel Smith was a tween coming of age in Oakland, Calif., she was serious about her mix tapes. She wasn’t yet allowed to go to the record store by herself (and with what money?), but the radio — that was right there for the taping.
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