In this day and age, Black families are not only honoring tradition but adapting to the changes of society while adding their own touches of flavor. Thankfully, many Black families are getting the opportunity to shine across social media. Through their platforms, we are granted an opportunity to see parenting that incorporates fun methods that prioritize collaborative dynamics between parent and child. With their mass following, these families are redefining what the Black family unit looks like for the entire world to see.
Here are 6 Black families whose love for one another inspire us all on social media.
The Broxton family is a delight to watch. The matriarch of the family, Samantha Sophia, invites us into the lives of her children and her parenting journey in a way that is healing for many Last year, the family's enthusiastic young sage Nathan went viral for his love of theater. Videos of his impromptu car performances let the world to know that he will be a force to be reckoned with one day.
Glen Henry set out to create the platform BeLeaf In Fatherhood as a way to change the narrative about the presence of Black fathers in the home. Through the family's phenomenal social media platforms, Glen and his wife Yvette have shared their parenting exploits in real time as their four children "the chocolate babies"—Theo, Uriah, Aniya and Uzi (a.k.a. Uncle Baby)—develop their own sense of self and engage with the world on their own terms.
If you were a fan of adorable videos of Black babies living their most authentic and carefree lives, then you remember baby Jayde who worked her own magic on her mom's hair and clearly articulated her wants as a toddler. Now, Jayde is a spirited and bright elementary school student and the oldest child of the Garner crew. With guidance from their loving parents Francis and Kerry, Jayde and her younger sisters Averi, Kali and Gianna steal our hearts with each video.
IG: @noemiegaines and @kiergaines
The Gaines family first came on to the scene when their oldest daughter went viral after trying french fries with ketchup for the first time. Since that time, mom and dad Noemie and Kier Gaines have fostered a beautiful family dynamic that prioritizes love and keeping it real.
IG: @jaylabrenae5 and @kyrahenry_
We love when life imitates a cross over episode! If you follow @jaylabrenae or @kyrahenry on any of their social media platforms, you have likely noticed multiple similarities—especially the copy and paste resemblance of their partners, who are actually real-life brothers.
@jaylabrenae5 I prayed for a family full of love. I came from one, I wanted to become one, and wanted to marry into one. I got what I prayed for and then some! ❤️ #familygoals #familybond #inlaws #grandparents #auntienae #thehenrys #emotionalmoments ♬ Love Story - Frozen Silence
@thehenrys_ I couldn’t have chose a better dad to my children🥺 #dadtok #blackfamily #blackfahers #blackdads #fatherhoodmoments ♬ Jersey anniversary - Malcolm B
For many years, Dr. Verlonda Jackson has shared her wonderful children with the world and allowed many to feel like adopted family. Even in the midst of grief, the Jacksons share their multitude of accomplishments, life updates and growth with their Instagram community. This has shown that while parenthood is not easy, the bond between parent and child outweighs the societal burdens and challenges that may arise.