If you’ve ever had a conversation with or been in the same room as Naomi Wadler, you know you’re in the presence of greatness. That’s exactly how I felt while chatting with her (and the equally impressive Lexi Underwood) during BlogHer’s Creator Summit earlier this year. In addition to me fangirling over her many accomplishments, including that viral March for Our Lives speech, I found myself making a mental note of book recommendations and the importance of self-care amid social justice work.
She also schooled virtual attendees (and myself, TBH) on the importance of using your platform to ignite change, no matter how big or small it is. “Start wherever you feel best,” she said, and “stop looking to others for your definition of success.” Simple and to the point—that’s her style, people!
With that being said, I’m hardly surprised to see her making yet another impressive stride in her work as an activist and journalist. (Small reminder that Wadler is making history at just 13-years-old. No big deal. No big deal at all.) Today, she hit the Twitter-sphere with major news that’s basically the pick-me-up our world needs right now.
NowThis—the same mobile news platform that amplified Wadler’s 2018 speech on gun violence—just launched NowThis Kids, a weekly YouTube series that aims to inform and entertain the children of its loyal millennial viewers. As the show host, Wadler will highlight stories about kids and families making a difference in their communities. Or in the words of Wadler, who unveiled her latest venture on Twitter: “We are talking about the greatness of families and how they are made from love!”
Naomi Wadler on Black Lives Matter and Activism at #BlogHer20 Creators Summit
For instance, the first episode is focused on Rocco Forgione, a dad using his TikTok account to celebrate not only his family (which includes hubby Corey and adorable son Forge) but educate viewers about families with same-sex parents as well.
“Families can look different, act different, and be built differently. But the one thing that they all have in common is love,” reads part of the video description. “By celebrating each other’s differences we can begin to understand how big and beautiful our world truly is.”
The Cheerios-sponsored series will unveil a new episode every Monday and NowThis correspondents Luria Freeman and Alejandro Alba will also host alongside Wadler. Though, to be honest, I’m especially excited to see the latter flex her skills in front of the camera. In a time where uplifting stories are a welcome reprieve from the chaos of a tumultuous year, NowThis Kids is just what the doctor ordered. Make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel and if you tune in, let us know what you think.
About Nikki Brown
Nikki Brown is a bonafide Jersey girl and the Editorial Director of BlogHer. When she’s not creating content or connecting with our community, you’ll most likely find her taking way too many pictures of her cats or curled up with a book. She’s also pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Publishing and Creative Journalism at The New School, so try to keep up by following her on Instagram @missnikkibrown.