Whitney Houston and other Black women in music get their due in 'Shine Bright' : It's Been a Minute In this conversation from April 2022, former guest host Juana Summers sits down with author Danyel Smith to chat about her book, Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. They talk all about Black women in music — like Gladys Knight, Mahalia Jackson and Whitney Houston — whose true genius and contributions have not yet been fully recognized.

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Danyel Smith gives Black women in pop their flowers in 'Shine Bright'

Danyel Smith gives Black women in pop their flowers in 'Shine Bright'

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Danyel Smith, her book &quot;Shine Bright&quot;, Whitney Houston and Mahalia Jackson.
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In this conversation from April 2022, former guest host Juana Summers sits down with author Danyel Smith to chat about her book, Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. They talk all about Black women in music — like Gladys Knight, Mahalia Jackson and Whitney Houston — whose true genius and contributions have not yet been fully recognized.

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