Best of 2018: Who’s The Best Black Media in Indianapolis?

Best of 2018: Who’s The Best Black Media in Indianapolis?

Welcome back to our first annual Black Indy Award Series for 2018. We are recognizing the Brightest & Blackest from all areas of culture in the city of Indianapolis. In case you missed our first group of nominees in our Best Rapper in Indianapolis Category, make sure you check it out and leave your vote!

We follow that up with one of the most important areas of Black Culture in the city — the realm of Black Media. Our list of nominees help the community stay informed and control our own narrative, which combats against the normally negative images and stories of Black People that are portrayed in the media. We salute ALL of our nominees for stepping up to fight for our equal and fair representation in the hugely important area of Media & News!

How it works.

Votes will be determined as a combination of two categories: The Fan Vote (Make sure you vote for #1 at the bottom of this page) and Our Weighted Panel Vote. Our handpicked judges panel will vote based off the nominees Fan Vote total and several other categories. At the end of the two week voting period, each side of votes will be weighted 50/50 in order to decide who wins Indianapolis’s Best Black Media of 2018

The Line Up


All317HipHop may not be your “traditional” media outlet — but they do just as much, if not more — to positively represent Black Culture in the City as anyone else. Covering the city’s wide variety of Hip-Hop events and shows, All317HipHop uses the art of Photography to represent the stories and finger on the pulse of Hip-Hop culture in the city.

Everything Underground

Everything Underground has maintained a high level of excellence that has even spread beyond the city of Indianapolis. The outlet is behind the Trailblazers Awards, which were most recently hosted at The Historic Walker Theatre, and this year will be located in Kansas City, Missouri. They have also been a constant advocate of anti-racism initiatives and awareness with their platform.

Indianapolis Recorder

The Indianapolis Recorder is one of the oldest and more respected Black Newspapers in the country, and continues to publish stories concerning the Black Community that traditionally never make it to the pages of other mainstream outlets.

JHM Radio

Using the internet airwaves and their unique TV-Style, Facebook-Live, Broadcasting approach — JHM Radio has dedicated themselves to sharing inspiring and relevant stories from Indianapolis Community Members. Their live programs manage to cover the realms of Politics, Entrepreneurship, Health, News, Religion, Current Events, and more. A model of how new age internet radio is reaching more people than ever.

Leak Magazine


One of the longest running publications covering Rap Music in the city, Leak continues to push the culture and break new artists and music through their physical publication and yearly Leak Awards.

The Grey Area Media

The Grey Area Media makes this list as a stand-alone podcast because of their consistency in broadcasting highly important and informative information on their weekly broadcast. Bringing in a dozens of prominent individuals in the city’s Black Community — The Grey Area focuses on positive, solution based discussions and debates — and aims to maintain fair and non-biased reporting on these issues.


Who is The Best Black Media In Indianapolis?

  • All317HipHop (46%, 16 Votes)
  • JHM Radio (29%, 10 Votes)
  • The Grey Area Media (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Everything Underground (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Leak Magazine (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Indianapolis Recorder (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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