Let me start by saying that as amazing as it is to be acknowledged, the importance of winning awards means something very different to me. I started Chattertainment.com to create a platform to express my thoughts and feelings about topics that mattered to me and to have dialogue with others about things that affect and impact us all. After being a one woman show for a while, I realized that while I was sharing my opinions and perspectives, there were other opinions to be shared; other stories to be told; other perspectives that were imperative to keeping the dialogue going. So I invited contributors interested in writing about topics that didn’t always appeal to me on a personal level, or topics that I knew nothing about at all, to be apart of the narrative of Chattertainment.com. Winning the 2015 Black Weblog Award for Best Entertainment blog brought home the fact that together we created a platform that people enjoyed reading…something we could all be proud of being a part of.
The 11th Black Weblog Awards were held this past weekend during the 9th Blogging While Brown Conference. During a time when racial tensions are heightened in this country and some feel helpless, it was more than empowering to walk into a room full of black bloggers who have been using their platforms to speak out against injustice or are otherwise add color to a world that sometimes seems so dark. The going theme was living in your purpose. I got chills listening to the different award winners share all about their blogging journeys. They talked about mustering up the courage to live in their own skin and to be a voice for those who were a bit different. I felt a kinship. I felt at home. I left with renewed inspiration to do more and be more.
To the Black Weblog Awards and the Blogging While Brown Conference, thank you for creating a place where brown bloggers can thrive and be celebrated.
To my family, friends and networking boos who support me, thank you for pushing me beyond my comfort zone.
To all of the bloggers/writers who have inspired me, (some of you don’t even know it) thank you.
To all of the bloggers/writers who contributed to Chattertainment.com, thank you for your hard work and courage.
To all of those who have been featured on Chattertainment.com, thank you for being a part of our journey.
To all of our readers and followers, thank you for your chiming in to the chatter! There is so much more to come and we hope you will continue to rock with us.
Keyauna Chantel, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
For more information about the Black Weblog Awards and a full list of this year’s winners, click here.