Loud Black Girls by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene book review

Posted by Simba Sloane

Loud Black Girls by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5 (non-fiction 255 pages)

‘Being a loud black girl isn’t about the volume of your voice... it’s simply existing as your authentic self in a world that is constantly trying to tell you to minimise who you are.’

SYNOPSIS: following the success of Slay In Your Lane’ @yomi.adegoke And @elizabethuviebinene put together this timely anthology that features a collection of essays from 20 black British women on a range of topics.

COVER: the authors are really coming through with this coffee table book as I like to call them; pretty books laid out for all your visitors to see.

MY THOUGHTS: This powerful book is the voice of all black women. As a black woman myself, this book spoke to me in many ways. The essays are timely, honest, relatable and very uplifting. Even though struggles and frustrations are discussed in almost all of the stories, every story concluded with optimism and reasoning on why being a loud black girl and striving to be our authentic self is so important in today’s society. Stereotypes and looking into the future are common themes throughout the essays. The conversational narratives are rooted from personal and relatable experiences.

My favourite story was ‘How I Learned to be a Shy Loud Black Girl’ by @charliebcuff From a very young age I have always been a shy introverted person and this chapter made feel that it is simply ok to be like this!
I particularly admired Charlie’s reference to RnB singers Summer Walker (an introverted woman suffering from social anxiety) and Beyoncé and how society expects every black woman to always be confident, forward and brash.

I feel proud and empowered from reading this book and I will definitely read it again. The authors levelled up on this one and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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