The Black Weblog Awards 2007
voices from the afrosphere
woensdag 19 september 2007
By Eric Easter
At the Republic National Convention in New York in 2004, approximately 20 bloggers were credentialed as journalists. That same year, a Washington based writer became the first blogger to be credentialed by the White House. Those two hallmarks helped push the concept of the blog (weblog) as more than the electronic equivalent of selling books from the back of your Honda.
It would be tempting to say that Black writers and techies have not taken to blogging at the same level and with the same impact as the mainstream community, but that's not the case. More accurately, Black bloggers are often left out of the broader conversation about blogs and their power.
While the terminology, techniques and tools have changed over the years, several websites that would be called blogs today blew open the doors for the idea of building active, engaged community around Black-focused subjects. In particular, Urban Expose (the remnants of which can still be seen at built a substantial daily following using the foundations of blog technology. 
Since then, in fits and starts, the Black community has embraced blogging as the tech part involved has gotten simpler and dramatically cheaper (pronounced "free"). And while there are still only a handful of "chosen" bloggers of any community that receive the kind of attention that DailyKos and its ilk have gotten as a result of their self-proclaimed political power, the Black blogging community can now be considered thriving, lively and impactful within their own spheres of influence. Only recently the blog, What About Our Daughters, was at the centerpoint of the battle against BET and its plans to launch the TV show, Hot Ghetto Mess.
And more people are noticing. So it was in 2005, that "Karsh", the assumed name of a blogger with a day job to protect, decided to launch the Black Weblog Awards  as a means of acknowledging what was happening in the space. It was (and primarily still is) a one person operation. Nevertheless, its first year garnered nominations for more than 2000 individual blogs. Now in its third year, the 2007 version received nominations for 7,852 separate blogs in 17 different categories.
If there is any common thread in Black blogs other than the blackness of their writers, it's an unflinching willingness to aggressively examine and challenge contemporary Black culture.
Also, significantly, that there is a wealth of smart, insightful and witty writing talent the kind that mainstream publications seem not to be able to find when they seek diversity.
But most importantly the 2007 BWA Winners List exposes to the world a look into the minds, interests and passions of a dramatically varied group of Black folk who have been smart enough to seize the inherent power of a global self-publishing tool and tell their own stories, in their own way, without apology.
See them for yourselves:
The 2007 Black Weblog Awards Winners
Best Blog Community
Popular Vote: Young, Black and Fabulous
Judges' Vote: Nappturality 
Best Blog Design
Popular Vote: Young Black and Fabulous
Judges' Vote: Clutch Magazine  
Best Business Blog
Popular Vote: Black In Business
Judges' Vote: Black In Business
Best Celebrity Blog
Popular Vote: Tyra Banks
Judges' Vote: ?uestlove 
Best Culture Blog
Popular Vote: Young, Black and Fabulous
Judges' Vote: AfroBella  
Best Faith-Based Blog
Popular Vote: Are You There God It's Me, Dawn 
Judges' Vote: The Infidel Guy Show 
Best Fictional Blog
Popular Vote Fake Janice Combs
Judges Vote: Life and Times of Ata Nafia
Best Food Blog
Popular Vote: A Lot About Nothing
Judges' Vote: Trini Gourmet 
Best Gossip Blog
Popular Vote: Young, Black and Fabulous
Judges' Vote: Young, Black and Fabulous
Best Group Blog
Popular Vote: Concrete Loop
Judges' Vote: Racialicious 
Best Hip-Hop Blogs
Popular Vote: Real Talk NY
Judges' Vote: The Smoking Section 
Best Humor Blog
Popular Vote: Crunk & Disorderly
Judges' Vote: Funky Brown Chick
Best International Blog
Popular Vote: 
Black Women in Europe
Judges' Vote: Black Women in Europe 
Best LGBT Blog
Popular Vote: Keith Boykin
Judges' Vote: Keith Boykin 
Best Music Blog
Popular Vote: Real Talk NY
Judges' Vote:
Best New Blog
Popular Vote:
Judges' Vote: Stereohyped 
Best Niche Blog
Popular Vote: Afrobella
Judges' Vote: Fly 
Best Personal Blog
Popular Vote: The Beautiful Struggler
Judges' Vote: 
Best Photo Blog
Popular Vote: The D-Nice Journal
Judges' Vote: Alakija 
Best Podcast
Popular Vote: Hood Hype
Judges' Vote: Friday Favecast 
Best Political/News Blog
Popular Vote: The Field Negro
Judges' Vote: Jack and Jill Politics 
Best Science/Technology Blog
Popular Vote: Nerd with Swag
Judges' Vote: Tiffany B. Brown 
Best Sports/Recreation Blog
Popular Vote: The Starting Five
Judges' Vote: The Starting Five 
Best Teen Blog
Popular Vote: My Teenage Years
Judges' Vote: Queer Kid of Color 
Best Video Blog
Popular Vote: Love B. Scott
Judges' Vote: Ill Doctrine 
Best Writing in a Blog
Popular Vote: Young, Black and Fabulous
Judges' Vote: 
Black Blogger Achievement Award
Popular Vote: Keith Boykin
Judges' Vote: Baratunde Thurston 
Blog of the Year
Popular Vote: Young, Black and Fabulous
Judges' Vote: What About Our Daughters?
Blog to Watch
Popular Vote: Real Talk NY
Judges' Vote: Average Bro 
Beauty Of Color - Tim Ashkar
Print: Beauty of Color Artist: Tim Ashkar Paper Size: 20" X 24.5"
Type: Unframed print
Celebration - Keith Mallett
Print: Celebration Artist: Keith Mallett Paper Size: 24" x 32"
Type: Unframed print
Conversation - Romare Bearden
Print: Conversation Artist: Romare Bearden Paper Size: 21" X 29.75"
Type: Unframed print
Emerald Beauty - Gerald Ivey
Print: Emerald Beauty Artist: Gerald Ivey Paper Size: 32" x 24"
Type: Unframed print
Flowers of Africa - Alix Beaujour
Print: Flowers of Africa Artist: Alix Beaujour Paper Size: 32" x 24"
Type: Unframed print


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