Lamar and Ronnie Tyler make up the husband and wife power pair behind Black and Married with Kids, the largest independent African American marriage and parenting site on the web.
Armed with a passion for empowering married couples and a knowledge of how to leverage social media, Ronnie and Lamar have in five years taken Black and Married with Kids from a small personal blog to an international brand under their own Tyler New Media umbrella that also boasts four independently produced films and a social media presence that includes over 500,000 Facebook fans.
Among their many accolades and accomplishments, Black and Married with Kids was named one of 2010’s Must Read Blogs by Parenting Magazine and was one of Babble’s Top Mom Blogs in 20.
In November 2012, for the second year in a row, Ronnie and Lamar were named one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, a list of the top 100 movers and shakers in the black community which lists President Barack Obama, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Tyler Perry among its ranks.
Along with writing for and managing the Black and Married With Kids website, which now employs more than 10 regular staff writers, running Tyler New Media and producing and directing films, Ronnie and Lamar travel across the country screening Tyler New Media’s films and speaking on marriage and parenting-related topics for a variety of local and national media outlets including Essence Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Sirius/XM, TV One, HLN, NPR, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Washington Post.
This time, re-tracing our steps, it all seemed far more appropriate for two married 50-somethings than it had been for a pair in their late 20s on an uneasy first date.
Besides, when we eat out now, we get to try each other's food.
Eventually, we tripped out into the waiting Mercedes. The 2015 version of our date was infinitely more successful. Naturally, we were collected by another chauffeur-driven car; another Merc.
To my eternal shame, I picked up the chauffeur's cap from the parcel shelf and asked him to wear it. Juggler-comedians being even scarcer now than they were then, we started off at the cinema and then walked to the Cafe Royal. For me, the excitement and uncertainty of a first date is thoroughly eclipsed by that easy, mutual pleasure we take in each other's company now. It swept us off to the flat belonging to my mother — Jane's mother-in-law of 22 years — who first set wary eyes on her that night at the theatre and now cherishes her.
Jane had been my boss on a local newspaper in London, and at parties we'd had a smooch or two but she didn't want an office romance. Then, in the ornate dining-room of the Cafe Royal, we were plonked next to each other on a red velvet banquette, and sat there gazing ahead as if in a launderette.
Then she left for the BBC, and a few weeks later accepted my offer of a proper night out. We began by seeing an American juggler-comedian at a theatre in London — then the hottest ticket in town — followed by dinner at the celebrated Cafe Royal. To mask my embarrassment, I kept ordering more white wine. only then Jane asked him to continue to hers, making a point, even before giving me a desultory peck goodnight, of telling him that he could remove the peaked headgear if he wished.
Lamar and Ronnie are the parents of 4 children and call Atlanta home.