October 19, 2021

Carefree Black Girls

"What does it mean to claim 'carefree' when Black women at all intersections are often not always afforded the privilege to walk through the world unbothered?" ~ 81% 

Oh, we are going deep deep! This was my thought upon reading the first couple pages of Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture. At a time when she was falling apart, Zeba Blay wrote essays about Black women to put herself together again and get through. She became reacquainted with joy and freedom. 

Zeba Blay touches on subjects relevant to black women: daring to exist in a fat body, not acknowledging blackness, strong black leads, losing ourselves in something other than own pain, mental illness/depression, healthy and damaging manifestation and severe procrastination. Listen, it gets real within these 240 pages. I finished this non-fiction eBook with lots of highlights and annotations.

"I feel like I'm running out of time to be happy." ~ 77%

Zeba Blay claims this book as an offering. Fact! As Black women, we are acutely aware of our influential existence and the stereotypes (Angry Black Woman, THOT, Mammy, etc.) it holds in American society. But to be carefree is to be empowering. So well said in this collection of essays. So thank you to Zeba Blay for that 2013 viral tweet that coined the term #carefreeblackgirl. It created a positive space for celebration and freedom for black women online.

Happy Pub Day, Zeba Blay! Carefree Black Girls is now available.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: Carefree Black Girls
Author: Zeba Blay
Published: October 2021
Pages: 240
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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