"[A Belle in Brooklyn] is a fun, yet practical dating advice guide. Lucas is candid, confident, and curious, challenging common notions about dating and relationships. I fully support any means that helps promote open, honest and fearless conversation between men and women." --Hill Harper, author of The Conversation
"A relationship columnist who has devised rules black women should abide by when seeking a date. She advises them not to think about the dire statistics and well-publicized odds against them. Instead, focus on the possibilities." --Washington PostA Belle in Brooklyn
is like a warm hug and firm-but-thoughtful counsel from that girlfriend you trust unconditionally—honest, straight-no-chaser anecdotes and advice that implores each of us, whether single, looking or committed, to stop wasting time and live the right here, the right now, at this very moment, as if it’s urgent. Read it and be inspired. —Denene Millner, co-author of the New York Times bestselling "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man."
About the Author
Demetria L. Lucas (aka "Belle") is the author of the award-winning blog ABelleInBrooklyn.com where she muses daily on dating, relationships and women's empowerment. Lucas, a trained life coach, is also the Relationships Editor at Essence Magazine where she
writes her own advice column, Dating Guide
, and selects eligible sexy bachelors for the publication's Single Man of the Month page and annual Do Right Men issue. Lucas has shared her optimistic dating outlook on VH1's Let's Talk About Pep, BET's Being Terry Kennedy, TV One's Access Hollywood, the Oprah Radio Show, NBC4, Good Day New York, and the Tom Joyner Morning Show. She's also been profiled in The Washington Post (where she was dubbed "The Black Carrie Bradshaw"), advising single ladies, "not to think about the dire statistics and well-publicized odds against them. Instead, focus on possibilities." She's been a guest panelist at Harvard, Princeton New York University, and Spelman College; and was recently named one of Essence.com's "40 Fierce & Fab Under 40."