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Black Girl Songbook

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Angela Bofill: Living & Giving | Ch. 17

Danyel reminisces on her teenage years and talks about understanding the world through Angela Bofill’s soulful love songs

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Beyoncé’s 40th Birthday Party

This week, Danyel celebrates the 40th birthday of Thee Beyoncé Knowles Carter with special guests Swizz Beatz and Sean Garrett

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Aaliyah: Truly One in a Million

Danyel Smith kicks off the Season 2 premiere with an episode celebrating the life, music, and impact of the princess of R&B, Aaliyah, 20 years after her death

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Black Girl Songbook: Season 2 Trailer

Danyel Smith is back to discuss Beyoncé, Aaliyah, Rihanna, and more

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Tupac and Shock G’s Tour of a Black Planet, Feat. Chuck D

Danyel Smith looks back at one of hip-hop’s most influential tours

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The Tupac You Didn’t Know, but I Did

Danyel Smith celebrates what would have been the 50th birthday of rap icon Tupac by revealing moments from her close friendship with him

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For Her, By H.E.R.

Danyel Smith sits down with recent Academy Award winner H.E.R. to talk about the multi-instrumentalist’s music, cultural impact, influences, and more

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Black Cover Girls Feat. Karyn White

Danyel examines what makes timeless songs desirable covers before Grammy nominee Karyn White joins to discuss her anthem "Superwoman"

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Black Girl Songbook Hotline

Danyel Smith answers questions sent in by listeners from around the globe and gives her POV on Whitney Houston, Drake, Cardi B, and more

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Beautiful Bliss Featuring Corinne Bailey Rae, Fefe Dobson, and Melanie Fiona

Danyel is joined by U.K. songstress Corinne Bailey Rae, Canadian hitmaker Fefe Dobson, and soul singer Melanie Fiona to discuss their struggles and triumphs in navigating areas they were told were not for them

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Black California Girls, Featuring Anita Pointer and Cari Champion

From the girls to the warm weather, Danyel lays out why California is the best state and what makes it so special

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Fallin’ in Love With Alicia Keys

Danyel details the beauty and strength of Alicia’s iconic first single, "Fallin,’" before diving into Alicia’s backstory with her former creative partner and manager, Jeanine McLean-Williams

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Chapter 6: The Diss-Education of Lauryn Hill, Feat. Angela Yee and MC Lyte

Danyel explains why "Lost Ones" by Lauryn Hill is the greatest diss record of all time, Angela Yee from The Breakfast Club joins to talk about growing up with Lauryn, and more. Then, MC Lyte checks in to give her POV on being a diss track legend.

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Chapter 5: Natalie Cole, More Than “This Will Be”

Danyel details how Natalie Cole persevered through challenging obstacles to become a legend and how she fought through the shadows of heavy hitters like Aretha Franklin and her father, Nat King Cole

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Chapter 4: Ciara, First Lady of Crunk & B

Danyel Smith redefines Ciara through her extensive talents, rather than her relationships, and brings in music executive Shanti Das to break down the pivotal moment that put Atlanta’s signature sound on the map

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‘Black Girl Songbook’: Why Sade Still Means So Much

An excerpt from Episode 3, where Danyel Smith breaks down the legacy of Sade with help from singer Estelle

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Chapter 3: Getting Success Like Sade and Estelle

Danyel looks at Sade and the ambition that led her to international stardom. Then, Estelle checks in to talk about her upbringing and "lovers rock" connection to Sade

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Chapter 2: Now That We Found Love, Featuring Deborah Cox

Danyel explores her favorite type of record. From Etta James’s "At Last" to Erykah Badu’s "Honey," Danyel dives deep into songs that capture the discovery of a pure and true love.

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The Soaring Legacy of Whitney Houston’s Super Bowl National Anthem

Thirty years ago, the legendary singer stood before the country and delivered the most iconic rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" in modern history. On the first episode of our new show ‘Black Girl Songbook,’ Danyel Smith explores the performance and Whitney’s lasting impact with help from Deborah Cox.

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Introducing ‘Black Girl Songbook’

Join author and former Vibe editor-in-chief Danyel Smith as she celebrates and uplifts the talents of Black women in the music industry. Tune in for in-depth discussions with your favorite songwriters, producers, and artists.