How To Be Sad with Helen Russell

#7 Yomi Adegoke

March 31, 2021

Yomi Adegoke is an award-winning journalist; columnist for Vogue and The Guardian; and bestselling author of Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible - written with her best friend, Elizabeth Uviebinené, based on interviews with 39 successful Black British women, packed full of data, advice and inspiration.

In 2020 Yomi and Elizabeth published Loud Black Girls - an anthology of Black British writing. As someone who has consistently written about race and racism, Yomi is a guiding voice for many young Black women. She’s also a source of inspiration, clarity and integrity for everyone else.

In this episode, Yomi talks to Helen about:

  • Painting, hobbies and culture as cure
  • How being sad and expressing grief can be political
  • Racism, injustice and why diversity within diversity matters
  • The perils of performing our emotions online
  • Homesickness, class and family ties
  • Experiencing depression and advice to her younger self


Find out more about Slay In Your Lane at and follow Yomi on Twitter @yomiadegoke, on Instagram @yomi.adegoke or on Facebook @YomiAdegokeWriter 

Follow Helen on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @MsHelenRussell

Read more about Helen’s new book, How To Be Sad at Waterstones, Amazon or Apple.

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Thanks to Joel Grove for production and to Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making this podcast happen.

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