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The Way It Should Be On Marriage with the Creators of Blackandmarriedwithkids.com Lamar and Ronnie Tyler at the the screening of “Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage” at Baltimore’s Senator Theater.

We’ve all read the statistics: 40-50% of marriages end in divorce… divorce rates among conservative Christians are significantly higher than that of other faith groups…children of divorce are more likely to either be pregnant or incarcerated before the age of 21…and the list goes on. Enter Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, a young African American couple fed up with the negative stereotypes marriage receives. “We enjoy being married and we knew there were many other couples like us who felt the same way.” So, in 2007, the couple took matters into their own hands and

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launched their blog and website Blackandmarriedwithkids. com as a refuge for married people to find families similar to their own. Since the launch, the website has won several “webby” awards including the 2010 About.com Readers Choice Award for Best Parenting Blog, the 2009 Glam Network Award for Best Family Blog, as well as the Black Web Award’s Best Culture and Lifestyle Blog Awards. Essence Magazine also chose the couple as one of their “2009 Power Couples on the Move,” alongside the Obamas and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. The couple, who now boast nearly 50,000 Facebook followers, are regular contributing bloggers for Essence.com. The Tylers balance their individual careers, four children and the website with ease. “Working on Blackandmarriedwithkids.com together,” says Ronnie “helps

ECHOES of Empowerment Magazine Summer 2010  

ECHOES of Empowerment Magazine is a quarterly publication of Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant and Empowerment Temple Church.