Living While Black

Living While Black

The Essential Guide to Overcoming Racial Trauma – A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR


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If, as perfectly summed up by Toni Morrison, 'the function of racism is distraction', how can we reclaim our focus? How can we, Black people, resist racism without exhausting ourselves?

For the past 15 years, radical psychologist and therapist Guilaine Kinouani has helped hundreds of Black people to protect their mental and physical health from the harm of white supremacy. In this timely book, she brings together powerful case studies, eye-opening research and effective coping techniques from her anti-racist academy and award-nominated blog, Race Reflections, helping readers to:

- set psychological boundaries and process trauma
- protect children from racism
- handle difficult race-based conversations
- understand the complexities of 'black love'
- find connection, beauty and joy in the world

Living While Black empowers you to adopt radical self-care tools that improve day-to-day wellness. It teaches you how to thrive not just survive and find hope - or even joy - in the face of racial adversity. It is also an essential anti-racist resource for allies who want to do better.

© Guilaine Kinouani 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


  • The boldest book on Blackness I have read. The writing is revelatory, necessary and brilliant. I haven't felt this seen by a text before
    Candice Carty-Williams, Sunday Times bestselling author of ‘Queenie’

About the author

Guilaine Kinouani

Guilaine Kinouani is a UK-based French radical/critical psychologist of Congolese descent. She's a feminist, therapist, equality consultant and award-nominated writer of the blog, She works as a Senior Psychologist and is an Adjunct Professor of Black and Africana Studies at Syracuse University, London. Kinouani leads Race Reflections and its Academy which provide workshops on anti-racism, racial trauma and self-care. She has spoken about racial trauma at TEDxUCL, the University of Cambridge, and University of London among others. She tweets as @KGuilaine
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