It’s a mood. It’s a mindset. It’s a mantra. It’s a lifestyle. Your big sis in book form, Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up is the ultimate fully illustrated guide to navigating life as a Black teenage girl.

Hosted by Victoria Sanusi from Black Gals Livin’ podcast

Best friends Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter met at secondary school in north-east London and bonded over their shared love of books, swapping favourites such as Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Years later, Melissa, now a business development manager, and Natalie, a real estate lawyer, decided to channel that passion for reading into setting up the Black Girls’ Book Club, a literary and social events platform that celebrates the work of Black women. Among the authors they’ve hosted are Candice Carty-Williams, Angie Thomas, Tayari Jones, Diana Evans and Malorie Blackman OBE.

With everything they do intended to ensure Black women have a seat at the table, Melissa and Natalie began to reflect on their own experiences growing up. One thing that became clear was the lack of media created specifically for Black girls. Like the women who attended their events, young Black girls needed something that centred them, something that showed them they were seen. And so, Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up was born. Being a teenager and trying to understand who you are and what you stand for is hard. Period. But if you’re a Black girl and don’t always see yourself represented in the books you read, the films you watch, the adverts you see or the history you’re taught, it can be even tougher. Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up was written with one thing in mind sis. You.

From understanding identity to the politics of hair to maintaining squad goals to dealing with microaggressions to consent to figuring out what career you might want, Grown has got your back. Join Melissa and Natalie as they share stories – the wins and the Ls – and offer honest, practical advice that will show you how to own your choices, to live your truth without fear and to be grown on your own terms without limits or apologies.