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Voting Ends Today!

We'll be shutting down the voting booth at 4pm EDT today, so hurry and get those votes in if you still haven't already. You've only got a few hours left!

Voting Ends August 31 at 4PM EDT

Finalist voting will end on August 31 at 4PM EDT. We'll post this to the front page and through the MySpace/Google Group/Facebook/Twitter/Ning networks as well. Over 1500 voters so far!

Why Do I Have To Vote In Every Category?

"For your award survey to require folks to vote in all categories is [W]ack!"
"[W]hy is is mandatory to cast a vote for every single category even if I've never even heard of the blogs listed."
"[V]oting in every category is dumb - i only keep up with three blogs here; i'm voting for whatever in the rest"

This is probably the question we've been getting the most since the finalists were announced, so it's time we explained why the voting is done in this manner.

The Black Weblog Awards recognizes bloggers out there that work hard doing something which they love, and they love sharing that with all of us. As evidenced by the increasing number of categories over the years, that knowledge spreads across many different realms of knowledge and experience, and we think it would do those blogs who are finalists a great disservice if they didn't have an equal shot at everyone's vote.

The opinions above are a bit discouraging; even if you only visit the finalist blogs (or blogs within that genre) this one time for the sake of voting, it would behoove you to broaden your horizons past just the blogs you're familiar with and learn about some others. Who might stumble across one you like, and then you've got a new favorite blog to read!

We obviously can't control user intent; we can just hope that those voting will be proactive and smart enough to realize the importance and intent of the Awards, and use that information to vote accordingly.

This question and post will also be added to the FAQ page.

Disqualification for "Best Political/News Blog"

It has come to our attention that one of the finalists for the "Best Political/News Blog" has publicly admitted on their blog that they have used more than one e-mail address to vote in the Awards. After checking our database and the finalist's post which admits this, we have disqualified their blog,, from the "Best Political/News Blog" category, and any votes cast for that blog are now invalid.

We have promoted the fourth highest nominated blog for that category, The Field Negro, to their finalist spot.

The 2007 Black Weblog Awards Finalist List

Best Blog Community

Real Talk NY
Young, Black and Fabulous
Concrete Loop

Best Blog Design

Concrete Loop
Young, Black and Fabulous

Best Blog Post or Blog Post Series

"Ikea: My Vietnam"
"Denounce Your Letters! You Cannot be Christian and In a Greek Letter Org"
"Who Killed Hip Hop? On some 'JFK' shit..."

Best Business Blog

Black Women In Europe
Black in Business

Best Celebrity Blog

Shavar Ross
Chudney Ross
Eric Roberson
Tyra Banks

Best Culture Blog

Young, Black and Fabulous
The "B-Life"

Best Faith-Based Blog

Light Her Lamp (the writings of a naija lady)
Reformed Blacks of America's Blog
Are You There God? It's Me, Dawn

Best Fictional Blog

Life and Times of Ata Nafia...a (not) true story
Yanni's Block
The Secret Diaries of Janice Combs

Best Food Blog

Anali's First Amendment
A Lot About Nothing Healthy Diet Food Reviews

Best Gossip Blog

Young, Black and Fabulous
Crunk + Disorderly
Concrete Loop

Best Group Blog

Reformed Blacks of America's Blog
Concrete Loop
A Hot Mess!

Best Hip-Hop Blog

Real Talk NY
The Smoking Section
Boo Goo Doo Boom

Best Humor Blog

Daily Views, Pop Culture, Rants and News
Yeah...I Said It.
Crunk + Disorderly

Best International Blog

Black Women In Europe
The Brutha Code
A Lot About Nothing

Best LGBT Blog

Clay Cane
Keith Boykin
Adam's Blog @

Best Music Blog

Boo Goo Doo Boom
The Smoking Section
Real Talk NY

Best New Blog
Adam's Blog @

Best Niche Blog

Erica B's D.I.Y. Style

Best Personal Blog

Daily Views, Pop Culture, Rants and News
The Beautiful Struggler
The Insanity Report

Best Photo Blog

The D-Nice Journal

Best Podcast

Dating Roadkill
HoodHype: Underground Hip-Hop and Urban Music Podcast
Friday Favecast

Best Political/News Blog
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
The Field Negro (read why)

Best Science/Technology Blog
Darla Mack - Nokia S60 News and Reviews
The Meshverse Journal

Best Sports/Recreation Blog

The Starting Five
The Sideline Show SportsTalk Radio
Sportz-N-Album Cutz

Best Teen Blog

Nostalgia Hip-Hop: The Placers
Queer Kid of Color
My Teenage Years

Best Video Blog

Jakki Browne on LiveVideo
ill doctrine: a hip-hop video blog
Love B. Scott

Best Writing in a Blog

Daily Views, Pop Culture, Rants and News
Young, Black and Fabulous

Black Blogger Achievement Award

Baratunde Thurston
Michael David Cobb Bowen
Keith Boykin
Calvin Smith

Blog of the Year

Young, Black and Fabulous
Daily Views, Pop Culture, Rants and News
Real Talk NY

Blog to Watch
The Insanity Report
Real Talk NY

Finalists can use this graphic badge on their blogs to publicize their finalist status:


Voting ends August 31; winners are announced on September 5.