CNN’s United Shades of America Features Crystal Good, Founder of Black By God: The West Virginian

headshot of crystal good, who has short curly hair and wears glasses

Sixth-generation West Virginian Black writer-poet, advocate, entrepreneur, culture worker, and newspaper publisher Crystal Good was the feature and consulting producer on the 2022 “Black in Appalachia” episode of United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell for CNN. The episode aired July 17, 2022. Good is founder of Black By God: The West Virginian, a news and storytelling organization centering Black voices from West Virginia. Read more about Good’s producer role and the episode in Anoa Changa’s Newsone article, “‘United Shades of America’ Episode Centering Black Appalachians Elevates People and Places Erased by White Narratives,” and check out @aundrelarrow’s Twitter thread with photos and commentary about the episode filming process. 

Good will talk about founding Black by God and developing her Folk Reporters program in an AFS-sponsored session at the 2022 AFS Annual Meeting in Tulsa. See the revised program for details.

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