Black British 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, talk like us, are shaping almost every societal sector, from the bottom and, finally, from all the way up at the top
‘The love child of exasperation and optimism’, Slay in Your Lane springs from best friends Yomi and Elizabeth’s search for a book that would address the uniquely challenging experiences faced by black women today. From education, to work, to dating, to representation, money and health, they explore the ways in which being black and female affects each of these areas – and offer advice and encouragement on how to navigate them.
Illustrated with stories from Yomi and Elizabeth’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 – this provocative, honest and uplifting book recognizes and celebrates the strides black British women have already made, whilst providing practical advice and inspiration for those who want to do the same and forge a better, visible future.
With a foreword by Karen Blackett (OBE)
Reviews of Slay In Your Lane
‘So many young women are looking for guidance as they navigate their personal and professional lives. With Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl’s Bible, Elizabeth and Yomi offer wisdom and encouragement to a rising generation of Black female leaders, on everything from the basics of financial literacy to how to deal with micro-aggressions in the workplace. This book is a gift for anyone who wants to better understand what Black women and girls are up against—and the tremendous resources they draw upon as they make their way in the world’ Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org
‘A cultural landmark… This book is as much a rallying cry to black women across the British Isles as it is a solid foundation for serious discussions about modern race relations.’ Daily Telegraph
‘A prime example of how straightforward it should be to provide representation for young black girls’ Vice
‘An essential read for black women who want their experiences validated and for young British teens to see the inspirational women who have come before them’ Victoria Sanusi, iNews
‘Outspoken new role models for the next generation of black women … I imagine its intended audience will devour it whole. But it deserves to be widely read’ Janice Turner, The Times
‘An inspiring read’ Pheobe Hurst, The Pool
‘An inspirational guide to life for the modern British black woman’ Elle
‘SIYL is an extremely important piece in black British sisterhood, because no one can talk to black women like black women’ Black Ballad
‘This book is such a brilliant insight into being a black woman in Britain – buy it to help the young black women in your life – and if you’re white, buy it so you know what we have to go through every day, because ignorance is a form of complicity’ Otegha Uwagba, author of Little Black Book