#BlackGirlMagic is real. We know that. It always has been. And it has never been easy to wield, claim, own or work that magic even though we make it look easy when we do. No one is more familiar with the proverbial and very real glass ceiling when it comes to careers. Two sisters, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené, (Yomi Adegoke is a journalist who writes about race, feminism, popular culture and how they intersect, as well as class and politics at The Guardian) in London want to give you the manual on how to break through. Early accolades for their book include:
Observer’s 18 for 2018: the talent and trends tipped for the top
Elle’s 12 addictive books you have to read to get through in 2018
Metro’s best new books you have to get through in 2018
BBC’s hotly anticipated debut authors for 2018
Black women today are well past making waves – we’re currently creating something of a tsunami. Women who look like us, grew up in similar places to us, talk like us, are shaping almost every sector of society.
From education to work to dating, this inspirational, honest and provocative book recognises and celebrates the strides black women have already made, while providing practical advice for those who want to do the same and forge a better, visible future.
“When I was 16, I’d write notes to myself every time things got hard on the type of person I wanted to be. I was always looking to what life held for me. So this book is about what I wanted to know when I was 16, and 18, and 21, that popular culture wasn’t telling me.” — Elizabeth Uviebinené
Illustrated with stories from best friends Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke’s own lives, and using interviews with dozens of the most successful black women in Britain – including BAFTA Award-winning director Amma Asante, British Vogue publisher Vanessa Kingori and Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis – Slay In Your Lane is essential reading for a generation of black women inspired to find success in every area of their lives.