By VALERIE SWEETEN CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT
Jesse Muhammad of Missouri City was surprised to hear that his blog received three awards in the 2009 annual Black Weblog Awards on Sept. 4.
The results were based on popular vote.
He won “Blog of the Year,” “Best Personal Blog” and “Best Twitter Microblog.”
The Black Weblog Awards were founded in 2005 to recognize black bloggers and those in the African Diaspora. Participants came from more than 90 countries.
Muhammad, 31, known as Brother Jesse, began his blog in 2006.
His personal site chronicles his journey to find his father and offers his perspective on current events and everyday issues.
He also has sites on Twitter and Facebook.
“I'm truly humbled by the overwhelming support from my readers and the public. I dedicate these awards to them. The mission of my blog is to inspire people to overcome mediocrity and take action. This honor is truly a testament to that. Our best work is yet to come,” said Muhammad.
Pastor Rudy Rasmus of St. John's United Methodist Church, 2019 Crawford St., has known Muhammad since he was a teenager.
Rasmus, who follows the Twitter blog, said Muhammad is a “heck of a blogger with a serious determination.”
“He's always been one of those people you knew was going to make it and do good in life,” said Rasmus.
The two have worked together on community projects. Muhammad has a desire to make a difference according to Rasmus.
“He's a serious family man. That extends to the people and community around him. It's really refreshing to see a young man that makes sacrifices to care for the neighborhood. He's deserving of the recognition. This is only the beginning of what Jesse can do for our city,” Rasmus said.
Muhammad, a native Houstonian, was raised in northeast Houston with his mother, Mavis Jackson, and four siblings.
Read the full article at:BrotherJesseBlog_HoustonChronicle_October82009
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Valerie Sweeten has been publishing as a freelance writer since the late 80s working in newspaper, fashion, pr, and web content. In 1991-1995, she worked for People Magazine--southwest regional bureau in Houston and was able to work as an editorial assistant and correspondent. She enjoys working with nonprofits helping out wherever she can with my skills. Next on the horizon for her is a couple of children's books.
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