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Farai revisits some of her favorite conversations with three authors this week on Our Body Politic. She starts with award-winning journalist, producer, and author Danyel Smith, whose book Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop offers insight into Danyel’s career in music journalism and highlights Black women’s seismic – and sometimes underrated – influence on the world of pop music and business. Farai also talks with MacArthur Grant Award winner, Harvard professor, and author Tiya Miles about one family heirloom from the enslavement period that remarkably stood the test of time. Then, Farai interviews Carmen Rita Wong, writer, journalist, finance expert, and author of Why Didn’t You Tell Me? A Memoir. Wong candidly shares how discovering family secrets surrounding her heritage led her to re-examine her race and culture and forge a new path for authentic self-discovery.