Book #66

Loud Black Girls by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Despite young black women reading more than any other ethnic group in the UK, they are still largely invisible as published authors. Loud Black Girls seeks to change that by giving black women a voice and a platform. Readers can expect frank, funny and fearless contributions about what matters to black women today, from a range of prominent voices.

The important thing about educating yourself is understanding you will never reach the end. I’m so glad I’ve read Loud Black Girls as it’s presented me with lots of new perspectives, lots of different points I ignorantly hadn’t considered before, and has allowed me an understanding of how our racist world has been shaped to be that way.

There are twenty essays here detailing how black women have been minimised, ignored, and stereotyped in our society. From places like the workplace, the media, and even in the home, we hear about misrepresentation, motherhood, online abuse, and how black women of history have been erased.

Reading this as a white woman will make you realise just how much you never realised before. You’ll feel mindless, guilty, privileged that none of this has ever, or will ever, happen to you. But I think we should feel like that. 

This is such an important and powerful collection of opinions and facts, one which can and should be read by everyone, whether the aim is to learn, or to feel part of a community and see your feelings and culture articulated perfectly.