Knights Of partner with Milk Honey Bees for essay collection, ‘Girlhood Unfiltered’ – April 2022

Knights Of today, Tuesday 26 April, announced the acquisition of Girlhood Unfiltered – an anthology of essays, letters and creative work reflecting on the experience of Black girlhood, by an inspiring group of teenage girls from South London-based organisation Milk Honey Bees and their founder, Ebinehita Iyere.

Published on 3rd November 2022 in B-format hardback, £10, Girlhood Unfiltered seeks to bring the voices of real young Black girls to the forefront, giving them the space to speak authentically on their own experience.

Knights Of have been working with Milk Honey Bees since the girls were involved in the Brixton Village poster advertising campaign in October 2021 for Candice Carty-Williams YA novel, Empress & Aniya. The publication of the book will be supported by a long-term partnership between the two organisations throughout the year, including a series of half-term workshops.

Editorial Director Eishar Brar acquired world rights from Gyamfia Osei at The Good Literary Agency.

The campaign launches with a takeover on Reprezent Radio this evening from 11pm, where the girls will be talking about their contributions to the anthology and recommending songs that speak to them and the themes of their essay.

Ebinehita Iyere founded Milk Honey Bees in 2017 as a creative and expressive safe space for young Black women and girls in South London. She is a passionate public speaker, mentor and advocate for young people across London, and is currently completing her PhD on the complexities and flaws in the education system as per the experiences of Black teenagers. Milk Honey Bees have partnered with Sony, Barbie and The Black Girl Global Justice Initiative.

Ebinehita Iyere, Founder of Milk Honey Bees, says:

GIRLHOOD UNFILTERED is the book I never knew I would be writing, with some amazing girls; the book I needed growing up, celebrating, capturing and remembering young Black girls. I am so excited to be handing the mic to girls who deserve to be seen, heard, protected and loved in all their joy – and not just their trauma. This journey, writing with the girls and working with Knights Of, has been unique and very fun. I’ve loved welcoming the girls into the world of publishing whilst welcoming others in to our safe space. I hope every Black Girl reading this book knows that Milk Honey Bees is, and always will be, about H.E.R (healing, empowerment, and resilience), and that every girl is a Milk Honey Bees girl.”