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Thursday
Aug162007

The 2007 Black Weblog Awards Finalist List

Best Blog Community


Real Talk NY
Young, Black and Fabulous
Concrete Loop

Best Blog Design


Concrete Loop
Blogxilla.com
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


Afrobella
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
IateApie.net: 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 @ ABenjaminIrby.com

Best Music Blog


Boo Goo Doo Boom
The Smoking Section
Real Talk NY

Best New Blog


Blogxilla.com
Adam's Blog @ ABenjaminIrby.com
illRoots

Best Niche Blog


Afrobella
Fly
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


photoblog: Alakija.com
The D-Nice Journal
SRPhotos

Best Podcast


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

Best Political/News Blog


BlackPoliticsontheWeb.com
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
The Field Negro (read why)

Best Science/Technology Blog


NerdwithSwag.com
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
Afrobella

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


Blogxilla.com
The Insanity Report
Real Talk NY

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

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Voting ends August 31; winners are announced on September 5.
Thursday
Aug162007

Why Do Some Categories Have (More|Less) Finalists?

The short answer? MOST PEOPLE DID NOT READ THE CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS BEFORE VOTING.

The long answer? An issue we ran into this year is that some categories did not receive as many nominations as others, and so, we had to adjust the finalists in those categories accordingly. For this year, you'll see that there are only two finalists for Best Business Blog, because the other 36 blogs nominated did not fit the criteria of that category. For Best Celebrity Blog, we only had four nominees that could be considered real celebrities that actually maintained their own blog (not a fansite or celeb gossip) out of the 82 blogs nominated for that category. And for the Black Blogger Achievement Award, only four out of the 120 blogs nominated had actually been blogging since January 1, 2003, as stipulated in the category description.

Still asking or wondering why? Read the short answer again.
Thursday
Aug162007

Vote Now For The Finalists!

Well, after sifting through the 7000+ nominations, the finalists for this year's Black Weblog Awards have been selected. Like last year, I'm sure there will be much contention over this year's finalists as years before (something I'll have to address in another entry), but please keep in mind that these are the people who got the top three number of nominations for their category. Unique to this year are the judges, who will look at all the blogs nominated to select their favorites. The winners in each category will be announced on September 5.

Now get to voting!
Wednesday
Aug152007

Nominations Are Now Closed

Nominations for this year's Black Weblog Awards have now closed. Here's what we're looking at:

1811 Ballots
7266 Nominations


Now to go through the task of selecting the finalists and alerting the judges to begin their task of going through all the blogs nominated and select their picks.

The finalist forms will go up tomorrow! Thanks to you all for a monumental effort!
Monday
Aug132007

Nominations End August 15 at 4PM EDT

Due to the overwhelming number of nominations for this year's Awards, nominations will close at 4PM EDT on August 15. This will allow us time to set up the finalist forms and send out the list of full nominations out to all the judges.

Thanks!