Allow me to introduce myself!
Master Stepfamily Coach, Naja Hall founded Blended and Black in 2016. It is a solution based platform dedicated to mending and blending stepfamilies. Her goal is to start conversations about broken families and bring awareness to how they affect our community. She provides families and individuals the tools by which they can learn to form a more cohesive system, free of the drama that usually surrounds divorce, separation and remarriage. Naja runs Blending School, hosts a popular weekly podcast, contributes written and video content and she provides a host of professional services for Blended family members. Naja has a Bachelors from the University of Tennessee in Family and Consumer Sciences. She is a Family Life Coach. She is an active member of the AAFCS and the American Bar Association.
Blended & Black is dedicated to:
- Promoting harmony and restoring balance in mending, broken & blended millennial families
- Normalizing blended families and removing their stigma
- Redefining roles and helping blended family members adjust to their new normal
I’m Naja Hall, Founder of Blended & Black. I was born and raised in Memphis, TN but I’ve called New York City home since 2007. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences from The University of Tennessee. I am a Family and Life Coach. I’m also an active member of the AAFCS and the American Bar Association as a Dispute Resolution Associate. Email Team@BlendedandBlack.com to REQUEST MY MEDIA KIT
In 2014 when my Husband and I began dating, I was totally unprepared for all that encompasses being a member of a Blended family. My parents are still married and so are my Husband’s parents. Needless to say, navigating our “new normal” was uncharted territory for both of us.
My Husband is a Father of 3. But when we began to experience the hardships of parental alienation and unsuccessful attempts at justice in family court, I knew we needed support. Aside from a few friends, I rarely let on about the stress of a high-conflict co-parenting situation. We all want to project perfect lives, when in fact, many of ours is far from it.
In 2016, when I officially became a Bonus Mom, I was compelled to create a space for people like me. My journey to achieving peace was a long one and I am determined to make sure that others have a strong support system and a blueprint to make their transitions less tumultuous.
I wish there was a space like this back in the day when I was going through the drama with my son’s mother.
Clyde C. Blended and Black member
I initially started Blended & Black as a private group in which to swap horror stories, give advice and seek support. When I launched Blended & Black, I had no idea how fast the movement would grow! I had no choice but to make the platform public. There are so many of us that are dealing with the exact same issues, so isolating myself and being embarrassed about such a significant part of my life was not benefiting anyone. Becoming a Bonus mom is a part of my journey and I am committed to ensuring that others like me have the tools for success in navigating their Blended family lives.
I have had the opportunity to hear some heart wrenching stories of families torn apart and I’ve been delighted by testimonies of Blended family success.
B & B is for ALL races, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, religions etc. Blended families are NOT just Black & White….they’re actually kinda “grey” anyway! This is a platform for like-minded individuals and professionals that can offer council, seek advice and to simply vent about the complex nature of Blending a family. We have helped many people find solace in their personal plights and I can guarantee someone in the Blended and Black community has successfully overcome what you’re going through right now. You are no longer alone, we are here to help!
Aside from writing a Blended book, running the social media pages and counseling families in need, I am producing a Blended and Black docu-series. This docu-series chronicles the lives of individuals that are in Stepfamilies, just like yours. I am always interviewing people that can share their experiences and that can keep me updated on their progress over time. These stories are not easy, but they are necessary. My goal is to develop a teaching curriculum of best practices that I can ultimately share with the world.
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Naja Hall founded Blended and Black, a solution-based platform dedicated to mending and blending Step families. As a change agent, she has built one of the most recognizable brands in the blended family niche. In under 2 years, the Blended and Black community has grown an organic following of over 50K+, including the 8000 member Blended and Black Facebook Support Group! Naja sees the family as the singular most important system in our society. And with over 50% of today’s modern families including partners who have remarried or recoupled, she aims to provide resources that reshape the misconceptions that prevent members of step families from simply being happy. She provides families and individuals the tools by which they can learn to form a more cohesive unit, free of the drama that usually surrounds divorce, separation and remarriage. Aside from servicing clients as a full-time Family Life Coach, Naja recently published her first book, Girl,Bye! She’s Not Going Anywhere. Neither Are You. Blended and Black has a team of volunteer Ambassadors that are readily available for community members in critical situations. Pre-packaged courses are also available to individuals and institutions. Blended and Black is focused on creating content that will help reshape what family, love, mental health and relationships look like for its community. The blog and social media pushes out dozens of daily posts. Also Blended and Black TV produces high quality, engaging video content and is currently working on a scripted web series. Naja also contributes weekly How-To videos for Blended and Black TV. Naja earned a Bachelors from the University of Tennessee in Family and Consumer Sciences. She is an active member of the National Council of Family Relations, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the American Bar Association as a Dispute Resolution Associate. Naja is a Stepmom of 3 and she and her Husband, Tony spend their time between New York City and South Beach.