Sistah Girls, I’m so excited to have Shenequa Golding on the podcast!

Golding is a writer and an editor whose work focuses on race, gender, popular culture, and entertainment. After earning a degree in print journalism from Hampton University, Golding began her career as general-assignment reporter for a small newspaper owned by the Chicago Sun-Times.

There, she covered everything from town-hall meetings to teen murders. A native New Yorker, Golding returned to her roots as an entertainment writer. Her work, both on-camera and in print, has appeared in prominent Black publications such as Vibe and Essence, as well as mainstream outlets, including Complex, the Associated Press, BBC, and Vanity Fair. Her essay, “Maintaining Professionalism in The Age of Black Death is . . . A Lot,” published on Medium in May 2020, has received 990K views to date.

And that was the first time I’d met Golding, it was through her pen; she’d written the essay that made me feel seen and heard. If you ask me that’s Golding’s special sauce, her ability to capture a moment with her pen and make people feel seen and heard. That’s exactly what she did in her new book, A Black Girl in the Middle: Essays on (Allegedly) Figuring It All Out.

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In 12 essays she shares stories from her life that are relatable, each essay feels like a diary entry, but instead of the little lock and the sticker that says keep put, she’s inviting us all in.

Some essays will make you yell, “I know that’s right!” While others will leave you with tears, the sentiment of her work is the same–to give Black women space to assess, grieve, heal, yell, and be liberated.

This book is for Black women and girls who are trying to figure it out, Golding is right there with us, holding our hands as we walk through this thing called, life.

Check out my interview with Golding below and don’t forget to rate and comment on the podcast!


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