Black Girls Book Club Part III


On May 29th I was in Central London surrounded by 100 black women for brunch, each one just radiating so much Black Girl Magic. The tickets for this event sold out really fast, in less that ONE MINUTE, I don't even think Beyonce tickets have sold out this fast.

The book that was being covered for this book club was 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' by Zora Neale Hurston, which conveniently had a film if people were unable to finish the book in time. *cough* I may have had a gander at the film *cough*
In brief the book is about a young woman finding about her life for herself. The story is the main character (Janie) telling her life story to her best friend covering three major points in her life which corresponds with her three marriages. The book covers a wide range of themes including a woman's worth in a relationship, gender roles, race and identity.
The unwritten theme for the Book Club was Golden, our menus and artwork was all gold, even a majority of ladies turned up shining and glistening in yellow. The tables were named after today's influential women. The ladies shining their light over each table were; Beyonce, Naomi, Michelle (Obama), Lupita, Rihanna, Aaliyah, Solange and obviously the patron saints of BGBC Lil Kim and Mariah.

I was sat at Lupita's table with a handful of lovely ladies, some I know like my wonderful cousin-in-law (to be) Wunmi and some I was meeting for the first time like Caroline from Tales of Caro. The environment at bookclub is warm and welcoming I feel like its hard to 'alone' at these events as everyone is so inviting.
Everyone who attended was gifted with a goody bag. There were two types of gift bags a generic one and a golden one (fitting in with the theme) for those who paid for a goody bag ticket. I was one of the lucky few who managed to snap up a goody bag ticket. The golden goody bag contained a range of gifts from Black Owned Businesses.
Cantu - a care package containing a few samples, a notepad a pen and some Cantu branded sweets.
Walker Books- T.H.U.G (The Hate U Give) by Angie Thomas
Dorcascreates - a greeting card and sticker designed by Dorcas
Immissoni - Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Chili Spice
Eyoko - Travel sized hair butter 
Spill the Tea - 'Too Blessed To Be Stressed' loose tea
SheStyles - Gold eyeshadow pigment and Green glitter pigment
Frezyderm - Ac-Norm Peeling Gel Sample
Demure Lashes - 'Chloe' lashes
Afrocenchix - Natural hair oil
Afro Hair Solutions - Shea Oil
Ibere Apparel - 'Unapologetically Me' Badge  
As well as a handful of discount codes and offers for a range of places.
Sweet treats were also gifted by Cakes by Shenna Darcheville and Golden Treasures. I tried out two out of the three cakes available, the Pornstar Martini and Eatonville Pink Lemonade cupcakes. It was the first time I tried an alcoholic cocktail cupcake. There was no denying the presence of alcohol but loved the cakes nonetheless. I had enough sugar in my system so I was not able to try out anything Golden Treasures table but from the empty table halfway through the event I think its safe to assume that they were good. Dapaah Chocolates also treated us to samples of their chocolates to enjoy with glasses of Rosé.

During the event there were a few giveaways. My Ebony Box gave away their April box to the winner of the quiz about the book. There was also a raffle held by Natural by Nature who gave away a hamper full of products.

The masterminds behind Black Girls Book Club are Melissa and Natalie. I have been able to see this book club grown from approx 30 attendees to 100 with 100+ on the waiting list and its all because of these two. They have provided us with something we all need and that's why this book club will continue to be successful. They also take time out to hand write personal messages to each attendee for each event. I have three touching cards from them that I treasure.

Each event the environment has changed making it feel like more than just a book club, its become a safe space where you know your opinions won't be judged where you can speak freely. What I love is that you are with women from all walks of life with enjoying each others company.
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