Publication date: Monday 7th December 2015
Title: Young, black and female? Here’s how to make it.
Letters to a Young Generation 2 compiled by Amanda Wilson features a compilation of letters written by successful black women to black girls, offering advice and inspiration on how to make it as an entrepreneur or leader today.
“I urge young females across the nation to read this book and go out and grab the world by the lapels.” Kanya King, MBE, founder of the MOBO Awards.
When a black girl struggles to get into a nightclub solely because of the colour of her skin, what hope does she have of cracking the world of business or the world of arts? Letters to a Young Generation – Part Two has perhaps never been timelier. Editor Amanda Wilson noticed a lack of gritty, real life messages from black women to black girls in the UK, and thought a book of letters sharing experiences would be powerful. She approached Kanya King, creator of the MOBOS and one of Radio 4 Women’s Hour ‘Most Powerful Women’, to write the foreword, and the offers to help came pouring in. Contributors include MOBO award winner Ms Dynamite, singer and celebrity Sinitta, Annmarie Lewis – the first black female prison officer at Feltham Young Offenders Institute, National Ambassador for Domestic Violence Jenni Steele, TV presenter Leah Charles-King, and many more.
Amanda says: “For the first time black girls in the UK have their own manual that helps answer ‘How do I own being who I am? How do I make things happen for me?’ I couldn’t be prouder of the project.”
Letters to a Young Generation – Part Two is published by 9:10 Publishing RRP £6.99 ISBN 9780957136762
Author biography: Amanda Wilson is a deputy head teacher at a primary school in South East London. She also owns 9:10 Publishing and published her first novel Karaoke Praise the Lord in 2012. She published Letters to a Young Generation – Part One, where black men gave advice to black teenaged boys, to wide approval, and the text is now used as a mentoring tool in London schools. Letters to a Young Generation 2 is its companion publication.
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