Danyel Smith

Author in Los Angeles, CA

Danyel Smith

Author in Los Angeles, CA

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DANYEL SMITH is completing Shine Bright: How Black Women Took Over American Pop and Changed Culture Forever (One World / Random House, 2020). Until recently, 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 design-centered 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 work has appeared in ESPN The Magazine, the Guardian, NPR, CNN, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. Danyel lives in California.

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    • Penguin Random House