In a world where stereotypes shape a lot of reactions, black women are often seen through the distorting lens of prejudices about race, gender, and class. From childhood, black girls and boys are told by our parents that we have to work twice as hard and be twice as good in order to get the same opportunities as our white peers. Once we get into the real world, we learn that “twice as good” isn’t enough, and we really have to be extraordinary.
Meet the two successful black women, Yomi Adegoke, and Elizabeth Uviebinené who have highlighted the racial issues surrounding black people in the UK with their book, Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible. In this book, they focus on Black women—the easy targets. Yomi Adegoke is a journalist and senior writer at The Pool. Even back in 2013, when she wrote articles like ‘A Rose By Any Other Name May Leave You Unemployed’ and ‘Hipster Racism: The Bane of Higher Education’, she expressed nothing but love and support for black people. Elizabeth Uviebinené is a marketing manager who brings brands to life, increases engagement and drives growth in her marketing campaigns. She is committed to increasing the visibility of diverse perspectives, by creating campaigns that are culturally progressive and commercially impactful.
Slay In Your Lane is no ordinary book. It is like a bible for black women that offers advice on how they can navigate their way through the rough road set by racists to prevent them from being as successful as they should be. This book would be 10 times bulkier if they focused on the numerous challenges of being black in general. Nonetheless, it is a book every member of the black community can learn a lot from and relate to. This is the book everyone who has ever been enthused about “Wakanda” should hold on to. The lessons aren’t just for black people, it extends to people of color, and even caucasians. As Yomi Adegoke said, “I think non-black people should read it to understand the experience of what it means to be a black woman.”
From education, to employment, dating, representation, money, and health, Slay In Your Lane explores the uniquely challenging experiences black British women face every day, and offers advice on how to rise above them. In addition to their own experiences, the best friends interview some of the UK’s most successful black women, like Florence Adepoju, Amma Asante, Afua Hirsch, Dawn Butler, Cynthia Erivo, and Vanessa Kingori. In this book, they talk about the “concrete ceiling”, “impenetrable glasshouses”, the “long, back-door route into success” and such bias at work places that drives some black candidates to send in job applications using aliases. They also tackle issues around health, dating and representation that are specific to black women.
Since its release, it’s been the number one Best Seller under “Business Ethics” on Amazon. BBC lists it as a “top book for 2018”, while ELLE UK mentions it among “12 addictive books to get you through 2018.” With Slay In Your Lane, the two successful black British women continue to add bullet points to their already rich resumé.
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Written by Tommy Monroe (Twitter: @TommyMonroe_)