Black Storytelling and Policymaking in West Virginia

The West Virginia Legislature 2022

Black Storytelling and Policymaking in West Virginia

The West Virginia Legislature 2022


Black Storytelling and Policymaking in West Virginia

BBG is working every day to fulfill our mission of building a civically engaged community news platform.

We’ve created the Citizens Guide to Online Advocacy For The 2022 West Virginia Legislative Session.


The 2022 edition of the BBG Citizen’s Guide to Online Advocacy includes a comprehensive list of all West Virginia Senate members and House members. In addition, it provides all of their contact information, including socials with details on how to advocate via social media.

Our guide is just one of many products and events that center on political literacy:

We are producing a special legislative print that will drop on Feb. 11th.

We welcome your editorial content and policy information.

Our deadline is Jan. 25th.

We are proud to co-host policy education events and introduce our readers to the panelists of the 2nd Young, Gifted, and Black West Virginia Policy Makers in a unique audio series hosted by Malik Smith with support from Producer Leeshia Lee.


Meet Jihad D. Dixon currently serves at The Obama Foundation in Washington, D.C. as the associate for strategy and operations for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in conversation with BBG reporter Malik Q. Smith.




The Inaugural Black Policy Action Day organizing committee is seeking sponsors for a two-part event series on February 10-11, 2022.

These events will profile the people and policies impacting Black lives in West Virginia. For more information, or if you or your organization is able to contribute as an event sponsor, please contact

Please join the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC) on Thursday, January 27th, for the official launch of their latest report entitled, “Black Storytelling and Policymaking in Appalachia.”




BBG featured renaissance man and ag-prenuer Jason Tartt in our first print issue.

We are so excited to see his work highlighted in Yes! Magazine.



Congratulations to Steven Cody Straley, who completed his MA thesis on “A Constant Reminder to All,” on Stonewall Jackson monuments in West Virginia. 

Request for Comments on MBDA Rural Business Center ProgramMBDA is seeking public comment on various issues related to rural areas and rural minority business enterprises to inform the agency and provide fundamental information regarding this sector of the economy. 


Contact: bwobwv@gmail


We are seeking volunteers for our Folk Reporters citizen journalist program. 

Read more about this opportunity on and read the latest from Folk Reporter Samuel Moss on the prospect of nuclear power in West Virginia.


BBG Publishers Note

Dear Readers,

2022 is coming in fast and furious. Much like the cars my Auntie and Grandma drove in their moonshine days. I told Jay Leno about it on You Bet Your Life!


The face of a West Virginia moonshiner in America’s consciousness is not Black women but there is a thick history here.

Winning a game show was fun. (yes, I won)It reminds me of two of my favorite poets, Gwendolyn Brooks, a five-time Jeopardy champion, and Doug Van Gundy, who won “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”Perhaps I have some moonshine poems in the still!  

But, I always feel like a winner with your support even without Jay and Kevin!Thank you. And, a special thanks to artist Liz Pavlovic who is donating50% of the proceeds of the Abominable Joe Man sticker to BBG!


We appreciate all your donations, time, and talents toward building BBG. The Legislature is going to keep us busy. We hope to be a resource and share information with you over the next 60 days.

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In Gratitude,

~ Crystal Good


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