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BLACK BY GOD The West Virginian

BBG Newsletter

BLACK BY GOD The West Virginian


Au’Janique L. Smith shines bright in herSouth Charleston High School graduation portrait by Leeshia Lee.?Contact Dr. Shanequa Smith 681-404-4822 for a Community Celebration Honoring The collective Class Of 2022

Until Wednesday, May 4

Voters may submit Applications for an Absentee Ballot to their County Clerk. Note: Applications received after May 4, even if postmarked, by law cannot be accepted.

Through Saturday, May 7

Early Voting is at any Early Voting Location in your county during normal business hours and Saturdays 9am to 5pm.

Tuesday, May 10: Primary Election Day

Polls open 6:30am to 7:30pm. 

NEW for WV in 2022

  • REDISTRICTING may have changed your precinct, district, and polling place. 
  • The eligibility for Voting by Mail (ABSENTEE VOTING) includes updates for Voters who take precautions due to COVID.


It’s easy to see your SAMPLE BALLOT, find your POLLING PLACE, know your options for either voting by mail (ABSENTEE  BALLOT), EARLY VOTING, or IN-PERSON.

Questions? Assistance?  Contact your County Clerk or the WV Secretary of State’s office at 304-558-6000.

Info shared from Rise Up WV, WV Faith Table, and WV Citizen Action Group


“LOVELY DAY’ West Virginia artist Frederick Hightower is working on a statue of Slab Fork native musician Bill Withers. A clay version is complete, but funds are needed to cast the statue in bronze. The Bill Withers Memorial Festival, 1-7 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in Beckley will serve as a fundraiser as well as area musicians honoring Withers.

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MESHEA POORE is inspiring the new generation with WVU’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.She gets a little inspiration from “Pinky and the Brain.”

Read the Interview

SPREAD JOY, BUT HURRYThe @blackgirlsdream  #BlackGirlJoy Challenge welcomes girls, young women, and gender-expansive youth ages 12-24 who can describe their ideas for spreading JOY with their friends, families, and communities to apply for a $550 award.  The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 8.

Apply Here

RALEIGH COUNTY NAACP hosts meet the candidate event May 6 at the Beckley Convention Center, Room C – three days before election day. 

Read more on The Register-Herald


Black By God THE WEST VIRGINIAN isn’t just online — it’s also a quarterly print publication too!

We are seeking content for our 2022 Juneteenth issue. 

We’re looking for:

  • Opinion and reported articles(PITCH US)
  • Black Candidate information 
  • Black nonprofit leaders/nonprofits lead Black leaders 
  • BIPOC WV content creators
  • BIPOC Makers (crafters, artisans, jewelers, poetry, etc.)
  • Events/Announcements/Community resource lists
  • Photos (about town, graduations, weddings, historical)  
  • Historical pieces 
  • Political cartoons / WV black culture memes 
  • Advertisers, sponsored content and more! 

The Juneteenth issue content deadline is May 21st. 

This will make ONE year of our print publications!  With your support, we have distributed more than 15,000 newspapers across West Virginia and grown our subscriptions to over 1,000.

We appreciate your donations and patience as we continue to build a new media culture and structure toward an enduring Black WV media platform.




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Morgantown, WV 26505

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