Demetria L. Lucas, cultural critic and author of A Belle in Brooklyn and Don't Waste Your Pretty, muses on pop culture shenanigans, dating and relationships mishaps, everything worth watching on any size screen and occasionally, the hilarious (mis)adventures of being "single" for the second time around. There's more to it. But that's the gist of it. #ratchetandrespectable
Demi's back from her summer vacay in Ghana and catching up on all the shenanigans and new TV that she missed while she was gone, including Nicki Minaj's retirement, Kevin Hart's suspicious car accident, the return (and redemption?) of Nate Parker, Dave Chappelle's latest stand up, the latest episodes of Queen Sugar, Power and Greenleaf, and more!
Demetria chats about Chris Cuomo being about that life and whether "Fredo" is equal to the N-word, Nova's redemption on Queen Sugar, Jay's Z's undefined collaboration with the NFL, Laz Alonso looking like a buffet on The Boys, the epic international vacays of the The Harveys and The Johnsons (Magic) + friends, and a recap of the season finale of The Handmaid's Tale.
Demetria ponders who Trump could release from prison that would make her support him, why Black folks should be concerned about ICE, Lori Harvey and Diddy's confirmed "situation", the genius of Hobbs & Shaw, a review of the Black Lady Sketch Show and mourns the loss of Toni Morrison.
Demetria reflects on the shenanigans and hijinks of Antoine Fuqua and his mistress, Nicole Murphy; Lori Harvey allegedly dating a man old enough to be her Daddy ("Diddy") and why Cynthia Erivo deserves to be play Harriet Tubman in an upcoming biopic.
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Demetria's back in LA (for a couple weeks) after a five-city escape that included ABFF and Essence Fest. She has pop-culture thoughts, many (!) on The Handmaid's Tale, Queen Sugar, A$AP Rocky's detainment in Sweden, Tyler Perry's speech at the BET Awards and The Serena Williams's piece of bare black ass on the cover of Harper's Baazar.
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Demetria is sick AF. During a rare 30 minutes where she can breathe thru her nose, she recounts the latest shenanigans in Belle-ville, including a trip to ABFF for a table read of her upcoming TV film, "Don't Waste Your Pretty", heading East for Father's Day and getting trapped in Maryland due to a head cold. There's more, including updates on Mama and Papa Belle, but that's the gist of it.
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Demetria muses on her new LA life as "Demi", an encounter with Not Suit, Suit, hunger pains in Hollywood, turning 40, Nova Bordelon's complete lack of boundaries, TMZ overstepping, and yeah, J and G.
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Demetria muses on the new season of The Handmaid's Tale (no spoilers and why Jharrel Jerome ("Korey Wise") deserves an Emmy, laughs at Lil Nas X upsetting racists and the loose animal who called a hotel desk attendant a f---ing n----r, and ponders who gets to be called "Auntie" and why so many people seem to think saying "no" or having boundaries is "mean".
Demetria takes reader requests for this week's topics. The result? She muses on Dionne Warwick's questionable statements about Beyonce', Jordyn Woods' first TV role on Grown-ish, Peter Gunz's 11th child, Trey Songz's baby boy, the new season of She's Gotta Have It, and how to make a transition from an old life to a new one.
Demetria and OmNoire Founder Christina Rice take the stage to discuss new beginnings, "a-ha moments", breaking cycles of dysfunction, and moving on from relationship drama/trauma. (Plus audience questions.)
Demetria pontificates on Steve and Marjorie divorce rumors, Jussie Smollet's explosion from Empire, John Singleton's passing, West Indian Archie aka the newest addition to the royal family, Billy Porter's Old Testament realness at the Met Gala, Georgia's new abortion law, and why everyone hates Ayesha Curry so damn much.
Demetria shares her predictions for the next episode of Game of Thrones, celebrates Idris Elba’s marriage, offers advice for oft-embattled Jordyn Woods, wonders about the Obamas new Netflix offerings and speaks to expert educators Erica Buddington (Langston League) and Dr. Ivory Toldson (Howard University) about the curious new policies for parental attire at a Houston high school.
Demetria (finally) has a long overdue chat with one of her favorite writers and bestie-in-her-head, Damon Young, co-founder of Very Smart Brothas and author of "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker. Your favorite writer's favorite writers chat about Game of Thrones, gentrification, public transparency, short sentences, Michelle Williams, why Darius Lovehall is the ultimate fuccboi and (so, so, much) more....
Demetria muses on being homesick for the DMV, Nipsey Hussle's memorial service, Wendy Williams' divorce, Nortre Dame in flames (Paris is Burning!) , Marjorie Harvey: a Mood, a Moment, a Movement, and the electrifying epicness of Beyonce's Netflix doc.
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Demetria muses on her move to LA, visiting the Marathon Store and South Central LA, the curious theories of Dr. Sebi, Joe Biden's handsy behavior, weaponizing #MeToo, Kodak Black shooting his shot at Lauren London, and finally, what's going on with Black women's weight? Demetria asks food an cultural expert Dr. Psyche Williams Forson to, well, weigh in.
Demetria shares her thoughts on Nipsey Hussle's murder, noosing between Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut, the long overdue rock-doc about the best selling gospel album of all-time, the womp-womp of the Mueller Report, Jordan Peele refusing to center white men, Chris Rock dragging Jussie Smollett, Lizzo being fat and proud and sexy on the cover of Playboy and keeping Wendy Williams in our prayers.
Demetria chats with "Best friend in her head" The Unfit Christian about praying grandmothers, the Book of Luke, Bedside Baptist, John Gray and Jamal Bryant, Manifest Destiny, Re-imagining God, witchy Christians, "good" women, missing church and the "right way" to Luh God. Let the "blasphemy" begin!
Demetria's back! This week she's recapping her getaway at Leading Women Defined and catching up on (almost) everything she missed: , J.Lo + A.Rod's engagement, Cory Booker and his "boo" Rosario Dawson, R. Kelly's morning meltdown with Gayle King, that Michael Jackson documentary, Khloe Kardashian holding a child accountable for the wayward penis of her child's father and the mediocre white folks at the center of the college cheating scandal.
Demetria chats with Black Masculinity expert Dr. Jason Nichols about fragile men, pick-me princesses, Billy Porter, weaponizing the Bible, Barack Obama, Fox News, the responsibility of black men to fix each other and SOOOOO MUCH MORE.
Demetria has a blackity black-black discussion with Rutgers Professor Melissa Valle in a meandering conversation about Blackness that includes black-fishing in pop culture (that means you Ariana Grande),the Frankenstein-ing of of black beauty and toasts to light-skin kids.
Demetria muses on how initial Jussie Smollett supporters should handle the fallout of his alleged hate crime hoax, examines the questionable Blackness of Kamala Harris (with the help of an an expert on race, Christina Douyon), fawns over Showtime's documentary on Teddy Pendergrass, clowns Floyd Mayweather for shopping at Gucci and dissects Steve Harvey's integrity in that ill-fated interview with Mo'Nique.
Demetria interviews a "Friend-in-Her Head" multimedia artist and cultural expert Kenya (Robinson) about the creation of privilege (including Demetria's inner Susan), embracing fear, why Blackface won't go away, rituals/symbols of White Power, and whitewashing Motown at the Grammys.
Demetria is inspired to dig deeper after reading "Well-Read Black Girl", examines the complete sh--t show of Virginia politics (as of 02.04.18), wonders why adult bed-wetting (non-medical or trauma related) isn't the dealbreaker it should be and reviews Netflix's Abducted in the Plain Sight, ie, the most alarming documentary everrrrrrrrrrr.
Demetria is distraught about Jussie Smollet's attack, ticked off at B. Smith's discretion-less husband, curious about the new (and damning) Michael Jackson documentary at Sundance, and tired of all the water about Kamala Harris.
Demetria unleashes about the Black 53%, the sexism of Cancel Culture, the supreme fuccboi-ness of Future, and along with a special guest (a pole dance instructor!) explains why City Girls and Cardi B's "Twerk" video is empowering and more respectable than ratchet (hear me out).
Demetria shares an internal conflict over Kamala Harris's alleged run for the Oval, muses on the best and worst of pop culture and politics, including the outcry from sensitive men over a harmless Gillette commercial, more (scandalous and NSFW) details from an R. Kelly survivor, and the ratchet divorce (and affair) of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos aka the wealthiest man in the world.
Demetria reviews the best selling book of 2018, "Becoming" by former First Lady Michelle Obama. Highlights include her (healthy) obsession with "Mom", a short soliloquy on why Barry Obama should never have been the poster boy for "potential", and the lessons about overcoming being an Angry Black Woman, asking for what you want, and becoming all the people who you are meant to be.
Author, life coach and cultural critic Demetria L. Lucas (finally) muses on pop culture, dating and relationships and her often hilarious misadventures in her much-awaited podcast, Ratchet & Respectable.