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Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  910 ratings  ·  117 reviews
The long-awaited guide to life for a generation of black British women inspired to make lemonade out of lemons, and find success in every area of their lives.
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 auth
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 12th 2018 by Fourth Estate (first published July 5th 2018)
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Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3/5 is a good middle ground. Part of me wants to give it 2/5 and the other part wants to give it 4/5

One thing that I feel I need to state: I am a Black British Woman. In fact I am roughly the same age as the authors of this book. I am who this book is supposed to be marketed towards, and yet - I don't think this book is actually for me.

Without a shadow of a doubt, I am 100% here for the importance, necessity and the information highlighted in this book. However I am in two minds about my review.
Jessica Reads & Rambles
I know what you're thinking. 'Girl, you are white? This book isn't for you' - and you would be correct. But, here's the thing. Black women do not need to read this to be educated. They are already living these experiences, and facing these struggles on the daily. Black women should (and will) read this for the affirmation and validation it will provide their experiences, for the sense of inclusive solidarity it provides, and for the practical advice shared throughout by an array of successful, i ...more
Brown Girl Reading
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is thorough but unfortunately there isn't much new information. With the title Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible I had the impression to know exactly who the audience of this book is. The only section that gave some new information was the section on mental health. Even though I didn't learn much new information in this book, I still feel it was an interesting attempt. I hope Adegoke wiill eventually take an even bigger step forward to go even deeper into these subjects. ...more
Lucy H
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm a white woman who lives in an almost overwhelmingly white part of the UK. I read Slay In Your Lane with the wish to understand the challenges experienced and documented by the authors.

This is a clear-eyed unflinching look at the exhausting, demoralising, seemingly endless challenges facing black women in their daily lives, simply because they are black women. From school and family, through University then out into the working world, the weight of expectation - both good and bad - is huge.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Imi by: BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week (July 2018)
I listened to the abridged extracts from this book as broadcast on BBC Radio 4's 'Book of the Week.' These were five 15 minute episodes, read by the authors themselves. After the first absolutely brilliant first episode, I found myself thinking that if the rest of episodes were this good, I'd probably have to buy the book and read it in full!

The first episode was created, apparently, from extracts from the essays 'It's Always a Race Thing with Her', and 'Lawyer, Doctor, Engineer'. This episode b
Eoin McGrath
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Triple i - impactful, informative and insightful
From BBC radio 4 - Book of the week:
Two friends explore what it means to be young, black and female in the UK today.

Young black women are facing uniquely challenging experiences in all aspects of their lives. And these experiences are not necessarily the same in the UK as they are in the US. So, when best friends Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené searched for a book that addressed these challenges they realised there was nothing that specifically addressed being black, British, young and fem
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had this book growing up. To me, it speaks so much truth to the Black women's experience in life. I'm surprised it is based in the UK. It talks about the lack of make-up selection for Black Women in stores. An issue that make up companies didn't take seriously until Rihanna came out with her make up line and it was highly successful. It talks about bold and overt racism, what "Becky with the good hair means", hair in general, mental health and why "praying about it" isn't always enough, ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
Overwhelming depressing stats and stories. A few tid bits of useful advice here and there, mainly in the career chapter. I think more could have been made about the successes of the women interviewed to inspire readers as the lineup was impressive. Overall quite disappointing as I had high hopes, but perhaps I’m just out of the age bracket to find it relatable.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A LOT has been put into this book and as a result it is incredibly fruitful. It reminded me that I am not alone and had tons of advice which was very motivating. My only issue is that it's quite heteronormative so a disclaimer would have been preferred but that was my only issue. ...more
Michelle Nimusiima
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.’ - Maya Angelou

this collection of amazing advice and personal stories by incredible and inspirational black women is epitomised by the above quote.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This took me so long to read because it’s so brilliantly researched and full of shocking, often terrifying, facts. The book is so inspirational, I’m going to be recommending this book for months.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hey friends,
Depending on your level of tolerance for political books, you may or may not like it.

“Slay in your lane” was a wonderful gift from 4th estate. Out in July. Here is my mini review.

Wholehearted advice for practical application. This little book (as ratchet as it might sound) is a total gem. I’d place it in the same category as “why I am no longer talking to white people about race”. If I wasn’t discovering TED videos in 2012, I might just have missed Chimamanda’s powerful talk. My rea
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Well researched examination of bigotry and racism in the UK towards black University students and young workers. Their experiences are not unlike the experiences of young POC at many majority white institutions here in the US. Definitely reminded me of my time at the University of Florida in the early 80's and seeking out and belonging to groups like the Caribbean Students' association and gospel choir. There were so few black students that most either pledged or joined a group. I lis ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is brilliant and so timely - but don’t listen to me, I’m just some random white girl. Listen to Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené and all the amazing women interviewed for this book about growing up as a black girl in Britain today. Incredibly well researched, covering topics from education to dating, this really is a bible. I’m honoured to have been able to read it and be thoroughly educated on issues I don’t know enough about. It should be a handbook in every high school classroo ...more
Jade Phillips
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book does a great job of capturing the different elements of the experiences that black women living in Britain go through. Perfect balance between evidence and personal experiences. I also felt that drawing on the experiences of several black women was more impactful. I'd definitely recommend. ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insightful. Everyone should read it.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not so much a review but I just wanted to share how I felt about this book.
I want to highlight this book because despite it taking me a year to read, I really loved it. From education through to family, dating and health these women talked about experiences I had been through and I'm still blown away by how well it resonated with me. In addition to experiences, they presented a wealth of research and statistics that demonstrate how Black women are othered in so many areas that are essential to
The Artisan Geek
Jan 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
Got a copy of this back when I was in London in August. I've been reading quite a bit of self help books recently, most of which have left me a disillusioned, so I hope I'll be able to relate more to this book.

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Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
I believe this book has been written before except with American black women. Nothing new. Maybe this book is more for allies.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book.
Victoria Sadler
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read Slay in Your Lane by Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke as the book had been the subject of a bidding war between publishers. Its sub-title, The Black Girl Bible, would probably indicate that, as a white woman, I may well not be its targeted demographic but if intersectionality is going to mean anything then white women like myself need to listen more when black women speak – and this book is a great read.

The book is pitched more as a self-help book, a series of reassuri
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
My top three thoughts on 'Slay in Your Lane':
1. There's so much I can identify with in this book even though I'm Indian - The microaggressions, racial profiling, prejudices, and the misrepresentation of my culture. I too, like Uviebinené was accused in school of cheating by a racist teacher who assumed the color of my skin determined my intellect. I too have had friends being overlooked for jobs because of a 'difficult' name or where they were asked to shorten it for the convenience of others. I
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slay in Your Lane is ‘black girl bible’ which helps black, British girls navigate their way through British society. Britain prides itself on having a multicultural and diverse society (which is typically located in the cities); we state that it enriches our British culture, but many white individuals fail to realise the covert and normalised forms of racism that prevail. We have come a long way from the days of ‘No Black, No Irish and No Dogs’ but we must realise that we have a lot further to g ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing and well researched book. Empowering and thought provoking. At times the picture painted of black women in the workplace, in education, in relationships and our propensity for mental health struggles was difficult to read. Something im already aware of made more depressing by hearing a choir of different, influential voices chiming the same themes. The book offers few case studies about black female successes. I would have like to seen more of this and less pop music lyrics. I didnt c ...more
Verity W
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review*****

I should say at the outset that I am absolutely not the target market for this. But I read it because I want to get more of an understanding of the challenges that black young women face and get some perspective on it - not only because I find it really important to understand other people's experiences, but because I manage a team with several young black women in it and I want to be the best manager to them that I can be.

And this gave
Nicola Scott
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I struggled with this book and gave up at the last chapter: on paper it sounds like a fantastic concept but I found the style really tricky to get into. It jumps between colloquial, informal interviews to then lots of facts and statistics. Also the chapters are long with large bodies of text which makes it hard to read. I think it would be really good as an audiobook or a book that you dip in and out of intermittently. Also I love the “slay in your lane” podcast which I would highly recommend li ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Highly recommend to all. However, I doubt as many other reviewers have expressed in writing that young black women need not a retelling on how society treats them poorly but more importantly in depth discussions, wisdom and truths that focus on societal reformation and talks on multiculturalism as some examples. There’s a whole lot to be explored. I actually listened to the audiobook rather than reading the book and let me tell you from what I’ve gathered is that all discussed is insightful and ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book narrated my experience as Black British female in way that was so self reflective for me. It put words to scenarios and reoccuring situations that I have lived but didn't have a way of describing. It put a beaming light on the black british female experience in a way I have never read before. There were times when some of the topics and stats were frankly quite depressing, although truthful. But I finished it finally empowered. I listened to it on audible but I'm definitely buying the ...more
Isha Victoria
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so this is a book that I was waiting for and I thoroughly enjoyed combing through the different chapters last year. Over this year, I’ve revisited different chapters in this book including '***Flawless' 'When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade' and 'Does He Like Black Girls?' This boo conceptualises the black British woman's experience in an accessible, whilst including national statistics, excerpts from report alongside interviews from black British women in various industries. It is rel ...more
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