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Best of 2007

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It’s hard to believe that 2007 has come to an end. As always it’s fun to look back at the year and see the best of what it had to offer. Feel free to take a quick look at the Recorder’s list and check out our selections for the best of 2007. Some of the choices might surprise you:


Vice President of Editorial Content and Production Design: Shannon Williams

Staff Writers: Brandon A. Perry, Jessica Williams-Gibson, and Barato Britt

Best female artist

Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige

Jill Scott

Amy Winehouse

Mary J. Blige

Best Male Artist


Sean Kingston

Jay Z

Kanye West

Best comeback career

Musiq Soulchild

Kool & the Gang

Jill Scott

Randy Moss, New England Patriots

Best local event of the year

Indianapolis Recorder and Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration Kick-off party

Colts Super Bowl celebrations

Indiana State Fair

AFC Championship

Best dressed female

Halle Berry


Oprah Winfrey


Best dressed male

Djimon Hounsou

Barack Obama

Kanye West

George Clinton during the 2007 Grammy Awards (classic!)

Best celebrity couple

Seal and Heidi Klum

Will and Jada

Rihanna and Shia LaBeouf

Shaquille O’Neal and wife Shaunee (say it ain’t so!)

Best Oprah Moment

Oprah’s Academy in Africa

When she joined Barack Obama on stage in Iowa on Dec. 8.

Her show on hoarders

Hip-Hop Roundtable discussions

Best TV show

House Hunters

Law & Order: SVU

The Game


Best Concert


SOS Band

Scream Tour feat. T.I. and Ciara


Best movie

“Why Did I Get Married?”

“Talk to Me”

“Why Did I Get Married?”

“American Gangster”

Best hang out spot/nightclub

D’vine: A Wine Bar

The Point

D’Vine: A Wine Bar

Cloud 9, on a night without any Indiana Pacers

Best fashion trend

Pencil skirts

Kango caps (They evolved in ’07 and are here to stay baby!)

Skinny jeans

Clear Air Jordans (a joke!)

Breakout star in 2008


Tay Zonday

Tay Zonday

Kevin Durant

Best Sports Moment

Colts winning Super Bowl XLI!!!

Best Recorder Story

Shannon Williams

Healthy Living Series (Sept. 7, 14 and 21, 2007)

African-Americans suffer from many illnesses at disproportionate rates. Because of this startling reality, the Recorder decided to create a series that specifically focused on symptoms, warning signs, and preventative measures of some of the common diseases and illnesses that affect Blacks including heart disease, diabetes, kidney and lung disease, and obesity. This was my favorite piece of the year because it raised a tremendous amount of awareness with its easy to understand format.

Brandon A. Perry

Actually I have two favorites, one being the Recorder’s coverage of this year’s local elections. We offered coverage of several critical City-County Council races, introduced an unknown retired Marine named Greg Ballard to the Black community, explained what was at stake for city government and how easy it really is for citizens to vote. The Recorder pledges to also present detailed election coverage in 2008 because we all pay the price for apathy when we fail to exercise our right to vote.

Another favorite is Jessica Williams-Gibson’s article on Being Who You Are (July 27). The article highlighted how African-Americans who are cultured and don’t conform to the stereotypical perception of what it means to “act Black” are sometimes ostracized as “acting too white.” It raised two important questions: “How can a person ‘act’ like a color?” and “Is it only your race that defines who you are?” This is a topic worthy of more discussion to help us gauge the difference between having cultural pride and perpetuating negative stereotypes about our people.

Jessica Williams-Gibson

My pick for best Recorder story was my articles dealing with domestic abuse (Oct. 19 and 26). I’d done articles on the subject in the past but this time, it was different. This year, I was able to learn about domestic abuse on a deeper, more significant level, and, unfortunately, was able to witness firsthand the threats of domestic violence to one of my subjects and what it can do to a woman and her family.

I’m all the more grateful for being able to have a job where not only can I learn more about the ills of society, but that I also can report them to my community, provide knowledge and information and call Recorder readers to action.

Barato Britt

Without question, my favorite Recorder article of the year was in my coverage of Super Bowl XLI. Not only was I awarded the opportunity to cover the Colts on football’s biggest stage, but I had the opportunity to watch history unfold with head coach Tony Dungy becoming the first African-American coach to win the Super Bowl. My stories focused not only on the team’s first ever title in Indy, but in the historical significance of Dungy’s accomplishment.

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