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At Our Body Politic, the impact and experiences of Black women and other women of color takes center stage. This week, I interviewed award-winning journalist, producer and author Danyel Smith, whose latest 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. Then Our Body Politic presents a conversation between TransLash podcast creator and host Imara Jones and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer and actor Janelle Monae. Janelle opened up about the challenges of exploring their queerness in the public eye. And in the weekly segment Sippin’ the Political Tea, I spoke to licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson and GirlTrek co-founder Vanessa Garrison about health and wellness practices, specifically how to honor and communicate your needs in the wake of mass shootings.