May 12, 2021
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Dating

Ten Black Matchmakers & Dating Coaches You Should Know About

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020 was a rough year, but despite its shortcomings, the desire for companionship has not been more intense. If you're tired of searching through dating apps and would instead prefer a professional touch, we've compiled a list of the top Black matchmakers and dating coaches in the country.

This list is in no particular order and includes experts with several years of experience and whose expertise has been highlighted in numerous publications. As such, be sure to do your diligence when connecting with a service provider.

MATCHMAKERS
Tana Gilmore and Kelli Fisher

Tana Gilmore & Kelli Fisher - The Matchmaking Duo

Fisher Gilmore Matchmaking (FGM.) is an exclusive agency of heart hunters led by The Matchmaking DUO™ (Kelli Fisher & Tana Gilmore). FGM provide matchmaking services personally designed to accommodate busy, successful professionals who are seeking long-term love. In searching for one’s compatible match, FMG pride ourselves on giving our clients a lot of what they want, and even more of what they need.

Website: thematchmakingduo.com

Features: ESSENCE, Steve Harvey Show, Madame Noire, Chicago Tribune, NY Post, NBC

Julie Wadley

Julie Wadley - Eli Smone Matchmaking

Julie Wadley started Eli Simone to help others who are successful professionally, but feel that they were missing something or someone in their lives to make it complete. She challenges successful professionals to get back to basics on building a fulfilling life. Her mission is to empower individuals to find and keep love by accessing their life’s purpose and vision, using it to create goals, and customizing a strategy to achieve them.

Website: elisimone.com

Features: CBS, Madame Noire, Elite Daily, Chicago Tribune

Jasmine Diaz

Jasmine Diaz - Diaz Dating Group

Jasmine Diaz is a renowned dating strategist, matchmaker, Founder of RELASH, Diaz Dating Group, and Co-Creator of the award-winning SmartMatchApp whose clients include some of the nation's greatest celebrities, athletes, and C-Suite executives. She has worked with high-profile and successful professional singles for over 15 years, and believes that matching is less of a numbers game as it is about strategy. Matchmaking clients undergo a discovery period where we discuss your dating preferences, relationship history, and future goals.

Website: lovebyjd.com

Features: Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ESSENCE, Washington Post, Galore, OWN, FOX, VH1

Paul C Brunson

Paul C. Brunson - Paul Brunson Agency

The world's most influential matchmaker, founded and exited three businesses, hosts two television shows, spent nearly a decade working directly for a billionaire. Named as a Top Voice on LinkedIn, Oprah said herself, "Paul is more than a matchmaker." He is currently co-host of Celebs Go Dating and Married At First Sight.

Website: paulcbrunson.com

Features: Today Show, Good Morning America, ESSENCE, OWN, Celebs Go Dating (E4), NBC, USAToday

DATING COACHES
Coach Cass

Coach Cass - Inspire Many / Real Love Network

Coach Cass has a master's in public health and an honorary doctorate in philosophy. She is a certified dating and relationship coach, also trained under and certified by John Gottman's Seven Principles Program to Making Marriage Work. She is a certified life coach, matchmaker, TEDx speaker and more. She has worked with thousands of women over the last 11 years as a certified life, business and love coach.

Website: inspiremany.com

Features: Tamron Hall Show, Black Enterprise, ESSENCE, Woman's Daily, Washington Post

Monique Kelley

Monique Kelley - Cocktails and Confessions

Monique Kelley is the blogger behind the popular site, Confessions Of A Serial Dater in LA. She initially chronicled the trials & travails of her post-divorce dating life. Monique is currently the resident dating expert on NBC’s hit day time syndicated show, Access Live, NBC’s regional show California Live and Fox LA’s number one morning show Good Day LA. She has also been a guest on The Talk and has previously been featured in Essence Magazine, LA Confidential Magazine, and TV One.

Website: confessionsofaserialdaterinla.com

Features: E! Daily Pop, The Real, Tamron Hall, Good Day LA, Access Live

Angela N. Holton

Angela N. Holton - Love Sanctuary

Angela N. Holton is an International Coach and Speaker, Author, and Founder of Love Sanctuary, an online spiritual and personal development site centered on helping individuals create success and transformation through Self-Empowerment and Self-Love.

Website: lovesanctuary.com

Features: The Daily Beast, Fox Soul, BET, Huffington Post

Bree Jenkins

Bree Jenkins - The Gathered Life

Brittany Jenkins, better known as Bree to her clients, has been working in mental health, life coaching, and counseling services since 2002.  A graduate of both Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and  Dillard University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program, she has extensive training in the mental health field. Bree is a marriage and family therapist and dating & life coach specialist that focuses on couples, and adults with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and a multitude of mental health, social, and emotional problems.

Website: thegatheredlife.com

Features: Good Day LA, Fox Soul, People, Bustle

Damona Hoffman

Damona Hoffman

Damona Hoffman is the dating expert of the new generation. An online dating early-adopter and success story, she has been showing singles how to harness the power of technology to find love for over a decade.

A former TV casting director and executive, Damona always entertains while she teaches about celebrating your own unique experiences and personal story and learning to LOVE AS YOU ARE instead of conforming and compromising your individuality to find love.

Website: damonahoffman.com

Features: People, ESSENCE, LA Times, Washington Post, Madame Noire, FYI, CBS

Stephan Labossiere

Stephan Labossiere

As a certified relationship coach, a speaker and author, Stephan seizes every opportunity to help both men and women overcome the challenges that hinder their relationships. From understanding the opposite sex, to navigating the paths and avoiding the pitfalls of relationships and self growth, Stephan’s relationship advice and insight helps countless individuals achieve an authentically amazing life.

Website: stephanspeaks.com

Features: GQ, Men's Fitness, Huffington Post, Match.com, ABC, Black Enterprise, Rolling Out