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DANYEL SMITH is the former editor of Billboard magazine. She also runs a popular tumblr known as The Smithian. Smith began writing about hip-hop music for magazines and newspapers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, just as the genre was beginning to take over mainstream music. Her writing career actually followed the trajectory of hip-hop; she went from writing record and concert reviews for San Francisco-Bay Area publications to moving to New York to take editorial positions at Billboard and the New York Times. In 1997 Smith became the first African American and first female editor in chief of Vibe, a music and lifestyle magazine. Smith is also the former Chief Content Officer of VIBE Media Group/former editor-in-chief of Vibe and vibe.com (2006-09). She is a former editor-at-large for Time Inc (1999-2001). She has written for Elle, Time, Essence, the Village Voice, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Spin, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Condé Nast Media Group, and the New York Times. Smith is author of the novel More Like Wrestling (Crown), and she wrote the introduction for the New York Times-bestseller Tupac Shakur. Her second novel, Bliss (Crown), was published July 2005. Born and brought up in California, Danyel lives in Brooklyn. http://danyelsmith.tumblr.com/

DANYEL SMITH is the former editor of Billboard magazine. She also runs a popular tumblr known as The Smithian. Smith began writing about hip-hop music for magazines and newspapers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, just as the genre was beginning to take over mainstream music. Her writing career actually followed the trajectory of hip-hop; she went from writing record and concert reviews for San Francisco-Bay Area publications to moving to New York to take editorial positions at Billboard and the New York Times. In 1997 Smith became the first African American and first female editor in chief of Vibe, a music and lifestyle magazine. Smith is also the former Chief Content Officer of VIBE Media Group/former editor-in-chief of Vibe and vibe.com (2006-09). She is a former editor-at-large for Time Inc (1999-2001). She has written for Elle, Time, Essence, the Village Voice, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Spin, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Condé Nast Media Group, and the New York Times. Smith is author of the novel More Like Wrestling (Crown), and she wrote the introduction for the New York Times-bestseller Tupac Shakur. Her second novel, Bliss (Crown), was published July 2005. Born and brought up in California, Danyel lives in Brooklyn. http://danyelsmith.tumblr.com/

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