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Black Girl Songbook

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Black Girl Groups Are Always En Vogue

Danyel celebrates the magic of Black girl groups and questions why music has been missing them for so long

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The Black Girl Genius of Mariah Carey

Plus, Marvet Britto, Carey’s former publicist, joins ‘Songbook’ to discuss Mariah’s contribution to music and her impact on culture

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Donnie Simpson: The Golden Voice and R&B’s Golden Girls

The longtime host and DJ discusses his iconic interviews with music stars like Sade and Vesta Williams

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Alpha Girl: Ella Mai

Ella Mai takes us through her journey as an artist, from sitting in her room in London releasing music via her social media pages through the moment her hit song ‘Boo’d Up’ broke wide open, to penning her latest project

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'Shine Bright' Celebration

The ‘Black Girl Songbook’ community celebrates the release of host Danyel Smith’s new book, ‘Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop.’ Jemele Hill, Danyel’s husband, and the podcast production team make cameos.

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Let’s Hear It for the Boys

Danyel talks about the genius of Deniece Williams’s music and her timeless sound

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Billie Holiday’s Love Is Here to Stay

Danyel also speaks about "male groupies" and Billie Holiday’s husband’s gross attempt to rewrite his part as a hero in the biopic ‘Lady Sings the Blues’

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Donna Summer Deserves

Danyel discusses Ms. Summer and how American culture tried to kill the genre that she led

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Day Dreaming on Aretha Franklin’s 80th Birthday

Danyel talks Aretha’s iconic voice and her persistent influence on artists and music in the ‘Black Girl Songbook’ Season 3 premiere

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Jennifer Hudson: A Dreamgirl Gets Her ‘Respect’

Danyel welcomes Jennifer Hudson to show to discuss the process of grooming her acclaimed talent and the journey to playing the legendary Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’

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CeCe Winans’s Everlasting Love

Danyel Smith takes us all to church with none other than thee legend CeCe Winans, who discusses the power of gospel and her friendship with Whitney Houston

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FOUR-EVER Brandy | Chapter 23

Danyel is joined by the talented songstress herself to discuss her hit show ‘Queens,’ her career behind the camera and the mic, the 24th anniversary of her role as Cinderella, and her one wish for her career as a young girl

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Black Girl Songbook Hotline Part 2

Danyel talks about the genesis of her career as a journalist, her ultimate mixtape with artists of today, gushes over the genius of Erykah Badu, and drops gems and stories from her days at Vibe

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Classic Black Girl TV Hosts With the Most

Danyel is joined by Free Marie, Ananda Lewis, Leslie "Big Lez" Segar, and Scottie Beam to discuss their personal journeys to four incredibly distinct careers within the culture

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Songs 4 Us, by The-Dream

The-Dream joins the show to tell the stories behind four of his most genius music collaborations with Black women artists, share his admiration for Black women in music, and explain exactly why he loves writing music from a woman’s perspective

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The Blue-Eyed Soul Black Girls Love

Plus, Danyel’s sister joins to discuss her Teena Marie fandom

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Rihanna: She Found Love and Herself

Danyel celebrates 10 years of the pop star’s biggest hit

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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