NATIONWIDE (BlackNews.com) Since 2007, BlackandMarriedWithKids.com (BMWK), the webs largest African American marriage and parenting site, has worked to raise the standards of portrayals of African American
families in the media by promoting positive images of black marriage. This spring, BMWK honors those couples who are real-life examples of that standard through the Inaugural BMWK Standard Awards.
“We wanted to recognize couples that were exemplifying a positive image of marriage in our community so we created the BMWK Standard Award,” says Ronnie Tyler, who along with husband Lamar Tyler founded BMWK to address the lack of positive portrayals of black marriage and families in the media. The awards honor couples in three different
categories: Couples in Ministry, Couples Working Together and Celebrity Couples; the designations recognize not only famous couples like celeb duo Terry and Rebecca Crews, but also honoring those couples working and making a difference in their communities each and every day.
The broad reach of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com is visible through the sites more than 400,000 visitors per month and a social media following that includes a Facebook page with over 450 thousand fans. The move to honor these couples is one that underlines the sites mission of strengthening African-American families and communities through the power of images.
“With so much focus on the negative in our community we wanted to shine a spotlight on the couples that encourage us to love better,” says Lamar. “We know that stronger marriages, make stronger families and stronger families make our community stronger as well.”
The full list of honorees is available on BMWK. Standard Award Honorees will be shipped their awards.
Celebrity Award category honorees include:
* Fatin & Aja Dantzler (Kindred the Family Soul)
* Speech & Yolanda Thomas
* Jay Tucker & Niecy Nash
* Terry & Rebecca Crews
Visit BMWK at www.bmwk.me/2015-standard-awards to see the full list. BMWK plans to present the Standard Awards each spring.