Slay In Your Lane

Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke

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

  • ‘A prime example of how straightforward it should be to provide representation for young black girls’ Vice

    ‘An inspirational guide to life for the modern British black woman’ Elle

    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 as a middle-aged white woman, it made me realise I know more about Danish people from watching box sets than the inner lives of black people who share my city’ Janice Turner, The Times

    ‘An inspiring read’ Pheobe Hurst, The Pool

    SIYL is an extremely important piece in black British sisterhood, because no one can talk to black women like black women’ Black Ballad

    ‘In Slay In Your Lane, Adegoke and Uviebinene have created a valuable framework to help navigate the murky world of working – and existing – while black and female. It puts into words the amorphous, intangible feelings we walk around with and counters them with inspirational stories from industry leaders’ Natasha Onwuemezi, Bookseller

    We could not put it down after reading the first page… a true insight into being a black woman in today’s Britain’ Black Beauty Magazine