Like any other person who watches reality television, I was introduced to Demetria Lucas’ book, A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-To Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life, on the show Blood, Sweat, and Heels. I got to say…Demetria Lucas instantly became my #WCW, girl crush, role model, inspiration, and etc. (I am so obsessed her so much that I even began to follow her on Instagram). I grew to love her because I can relate to her story of having the desire to become an accomplished writer and doing whatever it takes, without losing integrity, to become successful. Lucas’ dream of living in New York City caused her to find any job that would allow her to move to the Concrete Jungle; she later caught grip of what her real goal was and did what she had to do to become a successful writer by creating her own opportunities. Similar to myself, I have done and am trying to do the exact same thing. So as the show ended, I had no other choice but to read her book for myself. Plus, I needed to know if she was as good as a writer as she claimed to be because if she was not, my crush would instantly turn into mere disgust.
My conclusion of Demetria Lucas after reading her book is…
I still love this girl. Her book is witty yet informative, which are all the things one looks for when reading a “self-help” book. The setting is Brooklyn (and the other boroughs) circa 2009, with a little bit of some college flashbacks. The book begins with a sexual assault that causes Demteria to form mistrust when meeting new men, but causes her to form a tighter bond with the men that are already in her life. As the tale progresses, the audience learns how Demteria discovers real love by learning how to let go of the past and to enjoy the freedom of being a single woman. Her dating life is centered around clubbing, partying, and mingling in some of the most infamous party cities in the United States. She mentions many artist and songs that were made by SWV, Jay-Z, and Kanye West (her favorite). Although I believe that all the artists that were mentioned prior to this statement make great music that goes well with the ambiance of A Belle in Brooklyn, I discovered that the best way to enjoy Ms. Lucas’ book is by listening to ESTA.
ESTA is a California DJ, and he creates some of the dopest beats on SoundCloud. He has remixed songs by Ciara, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, and many more. His manipulation of old school R&B, new school Hip-Hop, House, and Electronic music causes the inner dancehall queen to burst out of any woman! ESTA was one of the first DJ’s and beat creators to be asked by Miss KL by Karmaloop to create a personalized dance mix for their Mix Series. This mix is a pure example of ESTA’s talent, and listening to it while reading A Belle in Brooklyn would cause the reader to capture and gain full access into Lucas’ reality through the imagination.