Shine Bright: Black Women in Pop MusicSunday, May 8 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
- In-Person Only
San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
- Outdoor (Free)
From formerly enslaved poet Phyllis Wheatley to Mahalia Jackson to Tina Turner, brilliant Black women have been instrumental—indeed, foundational—in creating one of America’s most significant cultural contributions: its pop music. One of Oprah Daily’s most anticipated books of 2022, former Billboard editor Danyel Smith’s Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop is a long-overdue, passionate paeon to the songbird geniuses that have too often been hidden in plain sight. Said Publishers Weekly, “this lyrical and whip-smart work is cause for celebration.” In this conversation between Smith and Mariecar Mendoza, Senior Arts & Entertainment Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, we’ll celebrate a musical lineage as life-affirming as it is awe-inspiring. Don’t be surprised if you feel like breaking into song.
Book signing information: Books Inc. Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park immediately after event