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“Speak The Truth” Talks About The Friendship Between Harold Bell and Muhammad Ali


From Executive Producers Harold and Hattie BellSPEAK THE TRUTH is a virtual talk show hosted by Black Men In on the ZOOM platform.  The show was launched with a rock-solid foundation starting with National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) 2020 Pioneer Award winner and Washington, DC area talk show sports legend Harold Bell and his co-hosts, longtime television broadcaster, producer and radio host Maggie Linton and veteran newswoman Jackie Jones, who is the Assistant Dean for Programs and Chair of the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State University, along with Christopher (C.J.) Johnson, Political Commentator for Black Men In

Over the past year the show has evolved with a rotating panel of co-hosts to include guest panelist Dr. Judy Fisher, Jacques Chevalier, Christopher “C.J.” Johnson, Sidney Davis, Charles Hopkins and Selma Alabama District Attorney Michael Jackson to name a few.

Facilitated by Black Men In Publisher/Founder, Gary Johnson, SPEAK THE TRUTH” talks about “hot topics” and the current events on the minds of folks in our community and across the nation.

September 19, 2021 – Show

Washington, DC radio talk show host Harold Bell developed and sustained a friendship with “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali. The two met in 1967 on the campus of Howard University. The champ was addressing hundreds of students talking about the Vietnam war and racism in America. The two struck up a friendship that would last for years. When Ali defeated Big George Foreman in the “Rumble In The Jungle,” Harold Bell was the first person to land an exclusive interview when Ali returned to America. How did that happen? The champ picked up the phone and called Harold at home and told him to come to New York for the interview. Ali kept his promise to Harold. Before the fight he told Harold that he would knockout George Foreman and give Harold an interview. This little known (at the time) Washington, DC sports radio talk show host scooped all the national media including ABC’s Wide World of Sports and Howard Cosell. Harold Bell was the first Black American to host and produce his own radio sports talk show in Washington, DC. To learn more about Harold Bell visit and

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