This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Danyel Smith, author of the Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. Danyel is anaward-winning journalist, and producer. She’s the creator and host of the Black Girl Songbook podcast, a music and talk show that centers black women in music. Danyel has served as editor of Billboard, editor at large at Time Inc., and editor in chief of Vibe. She's also the author of two novels—More Like Wrestling (2003), and Bliss (2005).
In our conversation, Danyel discusses growing up reading about rock stars in Rolling Stones and wishing there was coverage of the Black artists she loved. How in writing the history of Black women in pop she gained the confidence to put herself in the story, and the most surprising thing she learned in researching her book that covers everyone from Phillis Wheatley to Rihanna.