Much love, much love to our brother Wayne Hicks over at Electronic Village who just released the Top 10 Black Blogs in the BBR today. Jack and Jill Politics — thanks to you — has climbed to number 9. He mentions Jack and myself yet this blog wouldn’t be growing without the mighty, mighty contributions of rikyrah and dNA.

Many of the blogs in the Villager’s Black Blog Rankings (BBR) Top 20 are regular reads for me (as is Electronic Village). This list is important because it shows we are here. We’re online. And we can’t be ignored.

When Wayne first started the list, he was tracking 75 blogs. Y’all, there are now over 1000 black blogs big enough for him to clock in the full report.

Bigger, Blacker, Stronger. Betta Step to It and Recognize…

1. The Bossip: Bossip.com (Authority: 1,194 / Rank: 1,962) – [Entertainment] Bossip.com holds down the BBR #1 slot for the third month in a row. It is worth noting that Bossip.com is the first Black blog that we’ve seen break into the top 2,000 blogs in the world ranking! Bossip.com is a fast growing urban-focused new media property that draws a loyal following of young and influential trend setters who are up to date with what’s hot in society. Top tags for this blog appear to be Quote of the Day and Fill In The Blank. I encourage villagers to give ‘em a tip that they are the #1 Black blog in the universe.

2. Pam Spaulding: Pam’s House Blend (Authority: 1,163 / Rank: 2,057) – [Politics] This is a prolific blog averaging over 110,000 hits per month. Top tags for this blog appear to be Race, Politics, Feminism, Gay and Lesbian. Pam participated in the Take Over America conference with some candid comments on what we can expect for bloggers and blogging after the 2008 election cycle is over.

3. Angel Laws: Concrete Loop (Authority: 1,036 / Rank: 2,519) – [Entertainment] This is a Black celebrity entertainment blog with gossip, music, celebrity interviews, pictures and such. Angel Laws, a 23-year-old college student in Jacksonville, NC, started this blog as a hobby. Top tags for this blog are Candids, New Music Review and Brian’s Music Posts. OK, I’ll bite … who is ‘Brian’?

4. ESKAY: Nah Right (Authority: 787 / Rank: 3,938) – [Entertainment] This is another Black blogger that is steadily moving up in the rankings. Personally, I like the eye candy that has been on this blog since it started in May 2005. However, the top tags for the blog right now are Miscellaneous, Music and Movies. Are there any Nah Right fans out there?

5. Oliver Willis: Oliver Willis (Authority: 633 / Rank: 5,608) – [Politics] Oliver moved into the Top 5 this month! Oliver has been taking flak about his views since he began his blog in April 2005, however, I hope that he will visit our Electronic Village and leave a message at some point as he moves up the list. I guess he’s mad that I took the New York Giants in the Super Bowl (seeing as Oliver is a manic Redskins fan)! Anyhow, his top blog tags are 2008 election, conservatives and republicans.

6. Fresh Crunkjuice: Crunk & Disorderly* (Authority: 626 / Rank: 5,691) – [Entertainment] This gossip blog was created in August 2004. Recently, Fresh Crunkjuice decided to make the move from a Blogger.com site to one that he owns himself, so we anticipate that this entry will begin to fall down the ranking as the readers move over to the newer blog. This blog has admirers in some unusual places. The top tags are ‘Finally Some Good News’ and ‘Why Must I Cry?’

7. Natasha Eubanks: Young, Black & Fabulous (Authority: 603 / Rank: 6,020) – [Entertainment] Natasha is a 25-year old law student in Washington DC. Her blog has been one of the hottest Black celebrity gossip sites on the net since it was created in June 2005. I hope that I have a chance to meet Sis. Eubanks when I travel to Washington DC later this year! Top tags on her blog are Candids, Parties and Rumor Control

8. La Shawn Barber: La Shawn Barber’s Corner (Authority: 486 / Rank: 8,705) – [Social Commentary] La Shawn continues her transition from being a political blogger. Her blog, born in Nov 2003, now writes about faith, culture, digital technology and, occasionally, how these three things intersect. Sis. Barber is an entrepreneur who consults with interested bloggers. I ‘met’ Sis. Barber during NPR Blogger Roundtables that we did in Nov 2007 and Jan 2008. Top tags on her blog are Faith, Pop Culture and Technology.

9. Jack Turner and Jill Tubman: Jack and Jill Politics* (Authority: 471 / Rank: 9,111) – [Politics] – JJP offers a Black bourgeois perspective on American politics. This is a blog that posts multiple times per day with some unique and accurate analysis of the 2008 election cycle. This is one of the fastest moving blogs in our rankings … they moved from BBR #31 in Sep 2007 rankings to current BBR #9. Top tags for this blog are 2008 Democratic Primary, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. This is one of three daily reads for me here in the Top 10!

10. Wayne Bennett: The Field Negro* (Authority: 380 / Rank: 12,092) – [Social Commentary] I should start by saying that I’m not an unbiased observer. In my view, this is the best blog ever written. Period. The Los Angeles Times said it better than me when they interviewed Field last year. Simply stated, I think that you should read this blog every day. Period. NPR News & Notes recently included Field on their blogger roundtable to discuss Obama’s Farrakhan Dilemma. Top tags on this blog are Barack Obama, Pursuit of Happiness and Killadelphia.

HONORABLE MENTION (11-25): What About Our Daughters*, Afro Bella, Young, Black, and Fabulous (blogspot version), Real Talk NY Provides The Latest Hip Hop News, Entre mes Lignes, Keith Boykin, Ill Doctrine, Clutch Magazine, A Hot Mess!, Angry Black Bitch, How To Split An Atom, Love B. Scott, Kenyan Pundit, Rod 2.0:Beta and Mudd Up! (links available at Electronic Village

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