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Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible

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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.

This book includes extracts from dozens of interviews with some of the most successful black women in Britain. Where possible within this audiobook, we have used the original recordings of those interviews, which took place in a variety of locations; so, whilst the nature of the recordings vary, the insights and advice remain constantly inspiring.

Black women in 2018 are well past making waves - we’re currently creating something of a tsunami. From authors to politicians, to entrepreneurs, to artists, black women in the UK continue to thrive against all odds and well outside of the world’s expectations. Women who look like us, grew up in similar places to us and talk like us are shaping almost every societal sector, from the bottom and, finally, from all the way up at the top.

Black women today are facing uniquely challenging experiences in all aspects of their lives. Yet when best friends Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené searched for a book that addressed these challenges they realised none existed. So Slay in Your Lane - the love child of exasperation and optimism - was born.

From education, to work, to dating, to representation, money and health, this inspirational, honest and provocative Black Girl Bible explores the ways in which being black and female affects each of these areas - and offers advice and encouragement on how to navigate them.

Illustrated with stories from Elizabeth and Yomi’s own lives, and from interviews with dozens of the most successful black women in Britain - including Amma Asante, Charlene White, Jamelia, Denise Lewis, Malorie Blackman and Dawn Butler MP - Slay in Your Lane recognises and celebrates the strides black women have already made whilst providing practical advice and inspiration for those who want to do the same and forge a better, visible future.

©2018 Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Incredible

As a young white woman I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although not *for* me, i think it is crucial for all white people to educate ourselves about racial bias and systematic oppression. This book gives insight into the experiences of black British women (from education, workplace, to media and healthcare), their challenges and difficulties but also gives optimistic and inspiring life advice.
I urge all white people to read this in order to learn and understand how our white privilege plays a detrimental role in the lives of all non white people.

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Recommend to the group chat

A great book that came out just in time for graduation!

Insightful guide that takes you from school to uni through to work. Whilst also taking into account relationships and health.

The authors amplify the voices of incredible black women and have created an truly necessary, useful and practical guide.

I recommended it to the group chat after the first chapter and continue to suggest it to all my friends.

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Finally a book that I can relate too

I laughed, cried and gasped at some of the harsh realities black women face. The authors use studies and research to back up any opinions. The interviewee's are current trail blazers based in the UK and are women that I admire. It was great hearing their viewpoint as british women as my experiences growing up were very similar and I hope to achieve what they have. I feel the next book could be based on the authors own research investigating the gaps in studies identified in this book.

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Misleading title

Good idea, however nothing really “biblical” about the book. Meaning, I expected there to be some attempts to provide some principles, solutions or lessons that could help young black women, or Some ideas on how to slay in our respective lanes. However, this was pretty much a dissertation - perhaps a first draft - filled to the brim with plenty interesting facts and figures but no linear message. There was also nothing really uplifting about it.

I think this is probably best for non-black people or very young girls who are trying to understand the discussion on race/black women or looking for ways to articulate their feelings. Nonetheless I hugely respect the effort and idea behind it, was glad to support and greatly look forward to both author’s future endeavours.

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An essential read!

This book is an essential for those who can relate, and an educational one for those who can't.

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Thank you

This was an awesome read for a multitude of reasons but my personal favourite was that it armed me with names. New heros to trail. Black British people to look up to and follow. It provided a more contemporary and up to date list of great black British people where David Olusoga’s book black and British provided more historical figures. It really is a bit of a black girl bible particularly to young women starting out

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Everyone should read this

I liked this book. It was very hard to listen to it at tomes. I felt angry and upset at times. However I got through and felt better and I am glad I stuck with it. As there is pretty key advice especially regarding mental and physical health and hair products.
They do not mince there words or sugar coat the truth it is honest and upfront but without honesty you don’t get anywhere.

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A Must!!!

This book is fantastic!! It’s exactly what I never knew I needed. My life has been changed by this book!!!

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Well needed book that documents our journey

a thoughtful relevant read for myself my friends and my daughter's, bravo I love it

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Absolutely incredible.

This book is just what I was looking for. For so long I have questioned myself and this book has answered so many questions giving me a peace of mind, I value so much.

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  • 20-03-19

I want to gift this to every black girl I know

Listening to this book made me realize that I need the physical book in my life. This is a book every black girl needs to read and keep on her bookshelf. Even though it’s written trough a U.K. perspective, it’s very relevant to black girls living in Belgium, The Netherlands and other European countries as we face the same problems. A special thanks to the writers