The Black Weblog Awards was founded in 2005 to give recognition to Black bloggers (and those of the African diaspora) which were largely overlooked by other Internet award events online. What started out as a barely-known event has now grown into an international showcase. With participants from over 90 countries, the Black Weblog Awards stands out as one of the most widespread Internet award events for Black bloggers.
To date, the Black Weblog Awards has recognized nearly 180 blogs in over 30 categories. The Awards has also been featured in several mainstream and online media outlets, including NPR, CNN, and others. Winners of the Black Weblog Awards have also went on to appear in other media outlets, like MSNBC, the Huffington Post, BET, and many others.
From 2005-2008, the nomination period went from August 1-15, with finalist voting from August 16-31, and winners announced on the first Friday in September. In 2009, due to overwhelming demand, we changed the nomination period to include the months of June and July, and reserved the entire month of August for finalist voting. In 2010, nominations ran from June 1 – July 25; voting was during the whole month of August, and the winners were announced on September 1.