Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop


By Danyel Smith | ROC LIT 101 | $28 It is generally recognized that black musicians historical­ly laid the groundwork for rock and roll. especially in the history of pop music, black female artists have always led the way, according to veteran journalist Danyel Smith’s excellent and poignant book—part history lesson and part memoir. With chapters devoted to mariah carey, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Diana ross, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick and others, Smith describes how these legendary and talented acts not only experience­d success but also faced personal and profession­al obstacles, including racism and sexism. Without these pioneers, there would be no superstars like beyoncé, Lizzo, Janelle monae, rhianna and megan Thee Stallion. ▸ David Chiu, Associate Editor

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