Dotdash Meredith Launches 'Kindred,' Web Destination For Black Parents

Dotdash Meredith's Parents brand last week announced the launch of Kindred, a digital destination created for the parents and caregivers raising the next generation of Black children. The new site offers a safe place for sharing wisdom and solutions-based news, and honoring the parenting cultures and familial traditions of previous generations.

Kindred by Parents aims to both center and celebrate the voices and experiences of Black families from a multitude of communities, Parents said in a press release. It reports news and covers topics through an intersectional lens, providing ideas and practical advice from experts, and offering lifestyle features that honor Black cultures and traditions, while carving paths for new ones.

More than 175 articles and features are available now, and new content is created daily. Posts include:

  • "What Does It Mean to Raise Free Black Children?"
  • "The Juneteenth Traditions of Black Families Around the U.S."
  • "The Policy Changes That Would Really Make Black Families Free, According to Experts"
  • "Do Black Families Still Live In Multigenerational Households?"
  • "Black Girls Are Stereotyped By Their Natural Hair, New Study Confirms"
  • "'Today' Show's Craig Melvin Says Reconciling with His Dad Helped Him Break Unhealthy Parenting Patterns"

"Culturally, we parent differently, and we do family differently,” Kindred Editorial Director Kelly Glass said. “There's so much nuance in the Black family experience that parenting publications don't capture. Kindred is filling that gap. We're also inviting the entire village of people into the fold because we know firsthand how important the aunties, the grandparents, and those key figures in Black families are to the lives of Black children. All of us who take seriously the responsibility to raise Black children with a radical sense of freedom and joy are going to find community here in the news, stories, and experiences we share on Kindred."

Kindred by Parents has four original video series created by Senior Video Producer Kareema B. Partin. Episodes now available on parents.com, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook include:

  • "Kickback with Kindred": In this interview series, Kelly Glass and members of the Kindred team have real conversations with people from all walks of life to discuss the Black family experience. Interviews have featured Garcelle Beauvais, Jaime Foxx, Anthony Anderson, and Kyla Pratt, among others.
  • "We Live & We Learn": Here, Black family members across generations unpack a parenting topic and connect with and learn from each other.
  • "Dear (Expert)": In each episode, an expert from a given field answers the concerns of Black parents. Episodes include: “Anti-Racist Birth Work Is Key In Changing Birth Outcomes for Black Birthing People,” “For Black Parents, Deciding on Therapy For a Child Can Be Difficult,” and “How To Advocate for School Accommodations for Black Children.”

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