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Danyel Smith













Danyel Smith is the cofounder of HRDCVR, a hardcover culture magazine created by diverse teams for a diverse world. Danyel, most recently a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, has served as editor of Billboard, editor-at-large at Time Inc, and as editor-in-chief of VIBE. She’s written for Elle, ESPN The Magazine, Time, NPR, Essence, the New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, 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 1997 New York Times-bestseller Tupac Shakur. Her second novel, Bliss (Crown), was published July 2005. Danyel has taught at The New School, Skidmore College, and St. Mary’s College of California. She’s affiliated this semester with Syracuse University, and St. Joseph’s College of New York. Born and brought up in California, Danyel lives in Brooklyn.

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Her philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. (No One Ever Slows Her Agenda) which was also the inspiration for her first venture,

She's won awards both as a journalist and an entrepreneur from the New YorkAssociation of Black Journalists, The Associated Press, Youth Venture, & The Kauffman Foundation. HP and Clutch Magazine named her one of the top African American Women to follow and dubbed her a 'Tech Tastemaker.'

Most recently, she won an EMMY award for her work as a field producer with WNBC

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