The African American marriage is reported as a dying institution. When we started Still Dating My Spouse blog in 2011, we wanted to share our story and our experiences with folks who could easily relate and dismiss the ugly rumors about African American marriages. As an African American married couple, it was important to us to not only shine light on the positives African American men and women are doing in and for marriage but also share how they (and we) are staying married, happily married.
Marriage isn’t as simple as it was to say I Do. in the African American community, the odds of staying married are low so this is why, for us to us this space, this opportunity and our online community to talk about marriage not only for the African American race but the human race as a whole. The plight of the African American community starts with the dynamics of the family. It is so important in all communities but especially in the African American community that we address the issues of love, marriage, finances, parenting and communication.
•Divorce Rate: 3.4 per 1,000 (Source: CDC, National Survey of Family Growth 11/2014)
•70% of the juveniles in state reform institutions grew up in single or no-parent situations. (Source: Beck, Allen Survey of Youth in Custody, 1987)
•18.42% of couples never date during marriage (SDMS Survey 11/2014)
•15 to 20 percent of couples are in a sexless marriage (Source: www.today.com)
Marriage isn’t easy and the challenges couples face in marriage are not exclusive just to their marriage or the African American community but it hit hard in our community.
In being in this space, we have come across other African American blogs that are often overlooked but are powerful with their message and reach. Each of these African American bloggers have a unique voice about marriage and has the perfect platform to reach their audience.
Take a moment to visit these African American Marriage Blogs and bloggers
Heath Wiggins His Leadership Her Trust
Charli Penn Man Wife and Dog
Saidah Washington A Proverbs Wife
Troy Spry Xklusive Thoughts
Shon Hyman Never Again Ministries
Adrienne E. Bell Wifeability
Mairo Simpson The Working Wife
Felicia Houston Anointed Wives Ministry
There are some commercialized African American marriage blogs and marriage blogs in general on the Internet but don’t overlook these blogs and bloggers. It’s important that we continue to get to the root of the demise of the Black marriage. These bloggers and their writing is helping to bring forth some tough topics that is plaguing the African American community.
We must stop sweeping the issues under the rug and provide solutions to these problems that are affecting our communities ultimately the children we are rearing.
What is one of your favorite lesser known African American marriage blogs?
This is a working list.