Blatino Awards Name Inaugural Nominees

JC Adams
MIAMI — FlavaMen Magazine has announced its inaugural slate of Blatino Awards nominees, recognizing ethnic clubs and promoters, adult stars and studios, films and websites by and for men of color. Members of the public cast their votes online to determine the finalists.

Voting to determine the winners is now open to the public at through Aug. 10. The winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Atlanta Black Pride Celebration on Sept. 5.

B.C. Productions/Chocolate Cream, Flava Works, Pitbull Productions and Rockafellaz Entertainment are contending for Best Studio.

Performers Breion Diamond, Castro, Jovonnie, Mr. Saukei and Rock are the nominees for Most Notable Porn Star.

Thug Overload nabbed three of five Best Black DVD nominees, while Rockafellaz earned two. Flava Works and Latino Fan Club nabbed two nominees apiece for Best Latin DVD and Pitbull Productions earned the fifth slot.

The five-year-old FlavaMen is a quarterly publication focused on "full-frontal photo spreads of Black and Latino men with articles, stories and interviews on the various aspects of the ethnic homosexual community," a rep said.

The 2009 Blatino Awards performance and film nominees are as follows:

Best Acting Bottom
Elmo Jackson
Mr. Saukei
Remy Mars

Best Acting Top
Breion Diamond
Ian Rock
Race Cooper

Best Acting Versatile
Carlito Rockafella
Shorty J.

Best Director
Keith Kannon of Flava Works
Marvin Jones of B.C. Productions/Chocolate Cream
Rock from Rockafellaz Entertainment

Best Black DVD
"Abuse the Rim" (Thug Overload)
"The Destruction of Shorty J." (Thug Overload)
"Freaks Come Out at Night" (Thug Overload)
"Raw Dickin' It" (Rockafellaz Entertainment)
"Raw Rods 2" (Rockafellaz Entertainment)

Best Latin DVD
"Alejandro the Conqueror" (Latino Fan Club)
"Santo Domingo Uncut 1" (Flava Works)
"Santo Domingo Uncut 2" (Flava Works)
"Teen Hustler 3" (Latino Fan Club)
"Thugz Paradise Rio" (Blatino Gold/Pitbull Productions)

Best Studio
B.C. Productions/Chocolate Cream
Flava Works
Pitbull Productions
Rockafellaz Entertainment

Most Notable Porn Star
Breion Diamond
Castro (a.k.a. Supreme)
Mr. Saukei

The web nominees are as follows:

Best Black Website

Best Blog
Black Boy Addictionz
Ray’s Bleu Juice
Rockafellaz/Rock’s Blog
Rod 2.0

Best Latin Website

Best New Website
Black Boy Addictionz
Ray's Bleu Juice

The nominees for clubs and club promoters are as follows:

Best Black Club
Atlanta 708, Atlanta
Bulldog Bar, Atlanta
Club Boi, Miami
Club Langston, New York
Traxx, Atlanta

Best Club Promoter
Bleu, HotBoyz NYC, New York
Ivan Daniels, Los Angeles
Urbano, Clubhouse Productions, Chicago
WassupNATL, Atlanta

Best Latin Club
Circus Disco/Arena West, Los Angeles
Discotekka, Miami
Escuelita, New York
Splash Bar, New York