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BBG Founder and Appalachian docent Crystal Good talks with W. Kamau Bell on Season 7 of United Shades of America

BBG meets United Shades of America 

‘United Shades of America’ follows comedian and political provocateur W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across America to understand the unique challenges they face.

Show highlighting Black Appalachia airs Sunday, July 17 at 10 p.m.

Come to the Virtual watch party on Facebook

‘Black in the Newsroom’ is a short film exploring the story of Elizabeth Montgomery, a journalist who lands her dream job in a newsroom– but ends up fighting a deep-rooted system of harm. Film presented by Media 2070: Media Reparations project.

Screen "Black in the Newsroom"

Enjoy a screening of the mini-documentary "Black in the Newsroom" followed by a distinguished panel of BIPOC journalists.

4 p.m., July 17, 2022 in Morgantown

About this event

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Three from BBG


The 1974 textbook war in Kanawha County was a precursor to the conflict around critical race theory. Read Kyle Vass’ story


The United States is under attack. We take casualties by the dozens daily, by the hundreds weekly, and all told the attackers have put hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens in the ground. We have lost more of our fellow Americans in the past two years than we lost in combat over 245 years.

Story by Christopher Regan

Writer, actor, and activist Sarah Doneghy


That’s when their racism is revealed.The jokes, comments, and stereotypes always flow so freely. I speak up every time.

Commentary by Sarah Doneghy

Charleston native makes across history with Jamaica

West Virginia athlete Elishia Davis helped Jamaica make history as the first Caribbean team advance to the Women’s World Lacrosse Championships, played June 29-June 7 in Maryland.

From The Herald-Dispatch

This Week in West Virginia History:

Johnnie Johnson

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Johnnie Johnson (July 8, 1924-April 13, 2005) was born in Fairmont. He began playing the piano at the age of five. The son of a coal miner, Johnson grew up listening to ”hillbilly” and big band music. He left West Virginia in 1941, during World War II, to work in a Detroit defense plant.

From The Register-Herald

BBG was there!

Dr. Shanequa Smith along with a group of fellow West Virginians traveled last week to Chicago for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice Conference.  You’re invited to hear what Dr. Smith learned about restorative justice and how she sees restorative justice taking root in West Virginia. 

 Register for this virtual conversation happening next Tuesday, July 19 at 11 a.m.

Crystal’s Commentary

Jayli is proud of her first print-published column The Fashion Buzz in BBG.

Dear Readers,

I started BBG for many reasons but the one that motivates me to work so hard is the opportunity to support writers and content creators with inspiration, resources, training, and a publication that celebrates their uniqueness in West Virginia’s media landscape. 

As BBG from ages 12 to 112, we are excited to be a place for “First Published Authors” like Jayli. 

We know what we are up against:

But we know it can be done. History tells us so. 

Black newspapers have been in West Virginia since 1885, and we ain’t going anywhere. So I stand in the spirit of the editor of the West Virginia Digest, I.J.K. Wells (1944) who printed this plea to his readers:

“The West Virginia Digest, the people’s paper, will no doubt appear infrequently because of labor shortage and help.  It will not make its weekly schedule for some time.  Because you fail to see it every week, don’t think it’s dead.  The cause for which it stands cannot die, and because there is a need for a newspaper, this one or some other one will spring up from time to time.”

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