Lamar and Ronnie Tyler of Black and Married With Kids
It doesn't take much to find bloggers who chronicle the (mis)adventures of their single lives. It takes even less to come across pervasive news stories that depict black marriage as a suffering, chronically ill institution. Lamar and Ronnie Tyler started their award-winning blog in 2007 to balance that perspective. They muse about everything from love to parenting to date nights. Their efforts are a breath of fresh air for the black blogosphere.
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In December 2007, after becoming disappointed with statistics in low marriage rates and high divorce incidences in the Black community, Lamar and Ronnie, a regular middle-class couple, decided to combat the findings. Having a keen and in-depth understanding of the rising impact of social media, they developed a website called, BlackandMarriedWithKids.com» . The website’s primary focus was to show that positive images of marriage and parenting in the Black community do exist. They did this by displaying healthy relationship content, and by posting photos of healthy married couples and families. “We started slow, doing one post per day written by either one of us,” says Ronnie.
As their website grew, Lamar and Ronnie took on another project. Through their company, Tyler New Media, they’ve directed and produced a total of four documentaries, Still Standing, Men Ain’t Boys, You Saved Me and Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, both exploring the trials and triumphs of married couples. With promotion through their website and word-of-mouth, the documentaries became immediate hits, becoming Amazon.com’s best-sellers.
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