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Danyel Smith on Best Nonfiction of 2022 List

Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop is on the Publisher's Weekly 2022 in Best Nonfiction list. 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. 

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