The Michigan Chronicle is again proud to announce the return of the highly anticipated 2017 Best in Black Detroit awards! The Best in Black Detroit awards is a community driven award production to recognize black achievement across a wide range of categories from the best gospel choir, best happy hour, best-elected official that reside or work in and around the Detroit area. Finalists and winners are nominated and voted for by you, the community. This year, we are recognizing people and businesses in more than 40 categories. From favorite stylist to best BBQ joint in the D, we will honor those receiving the most nominations/votes during a live awards show in the fall.

If the outpour of support generated by nominees and winners from last year’s inaugural 2016 Best In Black awards is any indication of turnout of this year’s event, the 2017 Best In Black award show will be a major success. In 2016, the community responded in a major way, with more than four thousand nominations and more than 400 hundred thousand casted votes. This year, the community can begin submitting their nominations beginning Friday, August 4th.

“The Michigan Chronicle is proud to recognize black owned businesses in our community that put their best foot forward every day. It is only fitting that the Michigan Chronicle, the Voice of Community, is the outlet in which to express our appreciation and gratitude for their hard work and commitment to excellence, said Real Times Media CEO and Michigan Chronicle publisher Hiram E. Jackson.

The kick off celebration for this year’s Best In Black event will be hosted by AJ Williams, editor of the Michigan Chronicle’s City.Life.Style section, at her monthly first Friday’s after work affair. The launch party will he held on Friday, August 4th 6 pm- 9 pm at 350 Terrace located at 350 Madison in Detroit. All is welcome to attend. There is no cover charge.

Here’s how the selection process works:

Visit www.bestinblackdetroit.com to submit your nomination. You can submit the name of your favorite black owned business, entrepreneur or organization beginning August 4th through September 4th. Finalists will be announced on September 13th. Voters will be allowed to vote for one of the top finalists through October 8th. Votes will be tallied and the winner from each category will be announced at the much-anticipated Best In Black awards in the fall. To ensure that your choice wins in each category, vote early and vote often.

We answered your call and expanded the scope of recognition by adding several new categories we thought more than worthy of recognition.

This year, we are excited to announce new categories, such as Best Cake Lady, Best Church Organist or Pianist, Best Community Choir and Best Ballroom Instructor just to name a few. For a complete list of categories and to submit your nomination visit www.bestinblackdetroit.com.