Affectionately known as “Belle”, Demetria L. Lucas is the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life (Atria) and Don’t Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life & Love (Books by Belle); the creator of the award-winning personal blog ABelleInBrooklyn.com; and the founder of Coached By Belle, a boutique life-coaching service, where Demetria helps clients solve their dating dilemmas and build healthy relationships. Demetria is also a contributing editor for The Root, where she pens two weekly columns.
Demetria was named one of “the Blogosphere’s Best” by Black Enterprise Magazine, selected among “30 Black Bloggers You Should Know” by The Root, picked as one of Essence.com’s “40 Fierce & Fab Under 40”, and featured as “The Best of Brooklyn” by Brooklyn News 12. In 2014, she received the Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Award from Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, was an honoree at the annual Love & Politics gala hosted by the Young Women of Color Health Advocacy Coalition (YWCHAC), and earned the ”Mocha Maven” award at the annual Salute Her Awards by Cafe Mocha for ”dominating the social media landscape as an author, blogger, columnist and life coach.” Her debut book, A Belle in Brooklyn (Atria), was nominated for “Best Self Help” at the 2011 African-American Literary Awards, and her blog was awarded Best Personal Blog in the 2010 Black Weblog Awards.
Since being dubbed “the Black Carrie Bradshaw” in a 2010 Washington Post profile, Demetria has become a sought after media personality and speaker. In 2014, she partnered with OraQuick to encourage HIV testing for Black women and was featured in the company’s national TV campaign as an author and relationship expert. At the annual BlogHer conference, she conducted a one-on-one interview with actress and activist Kerry Washington. She was also the break out star” of Bravo TV’s “Blood Sweat & Heels”, which followed Demetria celebrating the 7th anniversary of her blog, and preparing for the launch of her second book. Demetria has been featured expert on The Today Show, Nightline, Bethenny, The Anderson Cooper Show, Access Hollywood, and more. And she’s been a guest speaker at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, George Washington University, Georgetown, Howard, NYU, and Spelman College.
Demetria is the former Relationships Editor and dating columnist at Essence magazine, and has been a freelance writer for The New York Times, The Guardian, People, VIBE, XO Jane, Black Enterprise, Uptown and ESPN the Magazine. She’s blogged about her dating experiences for Honeymag.com and been a book editor for Harlequin and BET Books, where she edited national bestselling and award-winning romance authors.
She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English, then earned a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from New York University. She also earned an accredited life coach certification from IPEC coaching institute. Currently, Demetria lives in Brooklyn with her husband. In her downtime, she answers dating and relationship questions on Ask.FM.