Award Categories

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Podcasts dedicated to design, performing and/or visual arts such as dance, theater, art, etc.

Podcast by and/or for individuals who self-identify as a Black Nerd. Anime, cinematic universe, gaming, cosplay and amateur reviews. Public votes to determine the winner; 2023 judges determine the nominees.

Podcasts that are covering business “free game” in the Black business and finance world, Black Wall Street and Black business shoutouts.This is related to providing business tips, do’s and don’ts, what practices to consider, and/or steps to take.These podcasts can also cover stock market, banking, real estate or other non-personal finances. Can include business strategy, entrepreneurship, real estate and investing. 

Podcasts by and for comedians that highlight the industry and inspire laughter. Industry expert interviews, industry news, stand-up specials, etc.

Podcasts dedicated to Black culture and its intersectionalities such as Black womanhood, Black manhood, hot topics, etc.

This award recognizes exemplary achievement in the condensation of episode content, development of a cohesive theme throughout, and delivery of top-notch audio quality. Must include at least three reels up to 5 minutes each. Black Podcasters Association members will vote on nominees per 2023 judges, and determine the winner

Education-related podcasts by and for educators, academic scholars and students, including K–12 topics, education policy, higher learning, academic journals, teacher hacks, etc.

Podcasts dedicated to child- and family-related topics. Parenting, child development, family entertainment, children's shows. etc.

Podcasts about the fashion and beauty industries. Fashion news, beauty news, reviews, personal hygiene, makeup, design, etc.

Podcasts dedicated to the film or television industries. Television and movie reviews, upcoming projects, entertainment news, industry hacks and recaps, etc.

Podcast shares financial advice on income, career, wealth building, investing, budgeting, spending, debts, FIRE, retirement and/or similar. 

Podcasts for the foodies. Food critics, food connoisseurs, chefs, tips, etc. 

Podcasts dedicated to physical and mental health-related topics. Nutritional health, self-care, stigma, industry news, etc. These podcasts can also discuss the progress (or lack thereof) regarding Black health and wellness and the intersectionality of other industries on Black wellness.

Podcasts dedicated to history-related topics. Black history, United States history, world history, music history, etc. 

An individual host consistently displaying an ability to deliver quality content in an engaging, informative and entertaining manner. Public votes to determine the winner; 2023 judges determine the nominees.

Any podcast hosting duo consistently displaying an ability to deliver quality content in an engaging, informative and entertaining manner. Public votes to determine the winner; 2023 judges determine the nominees.

Any podcast at least three billed co-hosts consistently displaying an ability to deliver quality content in an engaging, informative and entertaining manner. Public votes to determine the winner; 2023 judges determine the nominees.

Podcasts whose production is based outside of the United States and its territories.

Podcasts by and/or for individuals who self-identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Non-fiction podcasts that depict a story in a single season consisting of 4 or more episodes.

Podcasts dedicated to the literary arts. Amateur reviews, book critics, creative writing, book clubs, etc.

Podcasts that focus on music-related topics. Album reviews, artist and industry expert interviews, music industry news and hot topics.

Podcasts with at least six episodes, whose first episode was released between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023 (not including trailer). Black Podcasters Association members will vote on nominees per 2023 judges, and determine the winner

Podcasts that focus on politics and current events. 

A media network dedicated to podcast content by and for Black people that positively amplifies that community. Must be at least 51% Black-owned and operated. Must have at least two active shows, each with at least six episodes released between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023. Public votes to determine the winner; 2023 judges determine the nominees.

An individual or group that has consistently displayed an ability to develop and execute creative podcast content strategy and innovative perspectives. Must include at least three reels up to 5 minutes each. Black Podcasters Association members will vote on nominees per 2023 judges, and determine the winner.

Discusses relationship topics, advice, healthy and unhealthy, how-to’s, etc. These podcasts can speak on internet dating, social media’s influence on dating, marriage and divorce rates, dating abroad and LGBTQ+ dating.

Podcasts dedicated to the exploration of traditional and non-traditional religious and spiritual denominations and practices.

Podcasts about STEM related topics: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Scripted podcasts that depict an original fictional story. Anthologies, audio dramas, short stories, etc.

Podcasts that discuss sex- and relationship-related topics ranging from marriage and family, sexual and reproductive health, sexual fluidity, intimacy and dating and other taboo topics. 

Exemplary achievement in the art and practice of creating layered sound for podcast projects. Soundscape that is integral to the flow of content in a seamless, engaging, and innovative manner. Must include at least three reels up to 5 minutes each. Black Podcasters Association members will vote on nominees per 2023 judges, and determine the winner

Podcasts covering sports-related topics. Team and athlete features, sports news and fantasy sports. Public votes to determine the winner; 2023 judges determine the nominees.

Podcasts about travel and personal hobbies, resources, hacks, destinations, tourism and city guides.

Scripted non-fiction podcasts that depict true crime stories.

Podcasts that consistently showcase exemplary achievement in content development, production and audience growth and engagement. Public votes to determine the winner; 2023 judges determine the nominees.

This award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a podcaster who has consistently produced high-quality content, engaged with their audience and made a positive impact on the podcasting community over the course of a year. Black Podcasters Association members will vote on nominees per 2023 judges, and determine the winner