• Listen To The Trailer For Danyel Smith's Upcoming Show, ‘Black Girl Songbook'

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    By Brooklyn White · February 1, 2021February 1, 2021 Danyel Smith has long been a voice for Black women who love and make music. Now, she's keeping the passion going with her latest venture-serving as the host of a The Ringer Podcast Network and Spotify Original show called “Black Girl Songbook.” “I'm talking about the history of song, I'm talking about how songs are made. I'm talking to Black women creatives,” Smith said exclusively to ESSENCE. Smith is renowned for her work as a music journalist and author. In the late 90s, as well as in the mid 2000s, she was the editor-in-chief of Vibe...
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  • ‘Summer of Soul (. Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)' Unearths A Crowning Jewel In Black History

    ‘Summer of Soul (. Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)' Unearths A Crowning Jewel In Black History

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    By Aramide Tinubu · February 1, 2021January 30, 2021 Amid our current civil rights movement and a tumultuous year that has brought forth a great deal of struggle and hardship, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson has given us a gift. With his directorial debut Summer of Soul (... Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), he has unearthed an aspect of Black history that won't soon be forgotten. The year 1969 was pivotal for Black people. While much of the world was concerned with getting the first man on the moon, the Black community was focused inward, still reeling from a turbulent decade...
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  • 14 Black Biographies To Stream This February

    14 Black Biographies To Stream This February

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    Loading the player... By Kimberly Wilson · February 1, 2021January 30, 2021 Black history is beautiful, complex, and, at times, uncomfortable. While so much of our history was stripped from us, the details we know can often be difficult to digest. But all is not strife and struggle. With Black History Month upon us, there's no better way to celebrate the often neglected achievements of people of African descent in our country, than to revisit some of our diverse narratives that have played out on screen. These tales allow us to celebrate the legacies of iconic trailblazers whose courage...
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