Danyel Smith

Author in Los Angeles, CA

Danyel Smith

Author in Los Angeles, CA

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DANYEL SMITH is author of the forthcoming 'Shine Bright: A Personal History of Black Women in Pop' (One World / Random House, May, 2021). She is also host of the forthcoming Black Girl Songbook, a music + talk show that centers black women in music (exclusive to Spotify). Danyel was a senior editor and producer at ESPN, and before that, a 2013-14 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She has served as editor of Billboard, editor-at-large at Time Inc, and as editor-in-chief of VIBE in its classic era. Danyel is cofounder of HRDCVR, a hardcover media project created by diverse teams for a diverse world. She has written two novels — More Like Wrestling (Crown, 2003) and Bliss (Crown, 2005). Among other outlets, her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, NPR, and CNN. A proud Oakland native, and New Yorker by choice, Danyel lives in Southern California.

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    • Penguin Random House