The Black Girl Genius of Mariah Carey | Chapter 33
Black Girl Songbook
by The Ringer
2M ago
Numbers never lie, and Miss Mariah Carey’s numbers tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth! That’s right—on this episode of Black Girl Songbook, host Danyel Smith is honoring vocal genius Mariah Carey and her inspirational rise up the charts, second only to The Beatles for most no. 1 hits EVER. Danyel talks Mariah's timeless music, brilliant collaborations with hip-hop artists, and her Christmas takeover. Danyel also sheds light on the difficulty of Carey’s high-heeled rise and the industry’s attempt to shut her out, as noted by the ’96 Grammy Awards snub. Plus, Marvet Britto, former pu ..read more
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Donnie Simpson: The Golden Voice And R&B’s Golden Girls | Chapter 32
Black Girl Songbook
by The Ringer
2M ago
This week, Danyel is joined by one of the most recognizable voices in music journalism, Donnie Simpson. He talks about his childhood— growing up in his mother’s record store and his love for music, to George Clinton being the spark that turned his aspirations to radio. Simpson also talks about his iconic interviews with artists like Sade and Vesta Williams, to being a part of Janet Jackson’s pre-show prayers on tour. Plus, Simpson gleams with joy as he talks about his deep friendship with Aretha Franklin, and what she meant to him.  Host: Danyel Smith Guest: Donnie Simpson Producers: Tru ..read more
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Alpha Girl: Ella Mai | Chapter 31
Black Girl Songbook
by The Ringer
2M ago
On this episode of ‘Black Girl Songbook,’ host Danyel Smith is joined by sultry and soulful songstress and fellow Alpha Girl, Ella Mai, to celebrate the release of her sophomore album ‘Heart on My Sleeve.’ 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 this latest project. She talks her deep affinity for Mary J. Blige and Mary’s influence on her as an artist, particularly as it relates to this album. Plus, Ella talks about what it was like wo ..read more
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Shine Bright Celebration | Chapter 30
Black Girl Songbook
by The Ringer
2M ago
This week, 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’! She is joined by colleague, longtime friend, and host of ‘Jemele Hill Is Unbothered’ Jemele Hill for a deeply emotional conversation about the creative process of book writing. Also, Danyel is joined by her husband, Elliott Wilson, fellow music creative, host of ‘Rap Radar Podcast,’ and chief content officer of Tidal, who talks about having a front-row seat to the making of ‘Shine Bright’ and Danyel’s growth throughout the process ..read more
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Let’s Hear It For The Boys | Chapter 29
Black Girl Songbook
by The Ringer
2M ago
This is still your ‘Black Girl Songbook,’ but this week we’re taking a page out of Deniece Williams' book and Hearing It For The Boy -- or in this case, The Boys. In this episode, Danyel Smith talks about the genius of Deniece Williams' music and her timeless sound. Plus, story consultant Taj Rani joins Danyel in conversation about some of Danyel’s favorite male artists, their hits, and contributions to music. Host: Danyel Smith Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Guest Booking: Allyson Turner Story Consultant: Taj Rani Sound Design: DJ Steve Porter Production Supervision: Juliet Litma ..read more
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Billie Holiday’s Love Is Here to Stay | Chapter 28
Black Girl Songbook
by The Ringer
2M ago
On this episode of ‘Black Girl Songbook,’ host Danyel Smith is reclaiming the sultry sound of jazz by celebrating the life, impact, and influence of Billie Holiday’s music that shows up in notes from our favorite artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Diana Ross, among others. Plus, Danyel speaks about “male groupies” and Billie Holiday’s husband, Louis McKay, making a gross attempt at rewriting his part in history as a hero in Holiday’s biopic 'Lady Sings the Blues.' Host: Danyel Smith Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Guest Booking: Allyson Turner Story Consultant: Taj Rani Soun ..read more
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Day Dreaming on Aretha Franklin’s 80th Birthday | Chapter 26
Black Girl Songbook
by The Ringer
2M ago
Danyel Smith is bringing in the Season 3 premiere of ‘Black Girl Songbook’ by celebrating what would be the incomparable Aretha Franklin’s 80th birthday! Not only does she talk about Aretha’s iconic voice and music, but Danyel also walks us through a day dream of sorts— from Aretha’s girlhood and deep, deep relationship with her mother, Barbara, through Aretha’s womanhood and adult life. Plus, Danyel talks about Aretha’s persistent influence on artists and music. Host: Danyel Smith Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Guest Booking: Allyson Turner Story Consultant: Taj Rani Sound Design ..read more
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