From Executive Producers Harold and Hattie Bell, SPEAK THE TRUTH is a virtual talk show hosted by Black Men In America.com 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 America.com.
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 America.com 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.
October 10, 2021
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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 https://theoriginalinsidesports.blog/ and https://blackmeninamerica.com.
September 12, 2021 – Show
August 29, 2021
Join Harold and the team (Dr. Judy Fisher, Jacques Chevalier, C.J. and Selma Alabama District Attorney, Michael Jackson) as they discuss racism in the military, with a video focusing on Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown Jr. Brown is the first African American service chief and the second ever on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
August 22, 2021
Join Harold and the panel as they talk about “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali, the turmoil in the world, healthcare and the related scams against senior citizens. Today’s panel includes, ArLena Richardson, Sidney Davis, Charles Hopkins, Gary Johnson, Olympian Mel Pender and Selma Alabama District Attorney Michael Jackson.
August 15, 2021
Join “Speak The Truth” host Harold Bell as he and the panel discuss the impact of supporting black churches, black banks and police department who are not held accountable for their actions.
August 8, 2021
Join Harold and the panel as they talk about black athletes and the Olympic Games, who loves America, what does patriotism look like, Jesse Owens and institutional racism.
August 1, 2021
Join Harold Bell and the panel as they discuss the increase in violence in our cities and Community Oriented Policing with special guest author Dwayne Bryant.
July 25, 2021
Join Harold and the panel as Harold takes the lead in telling our history and truth as we celebrate a group of unsung women from World War II, known as the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
July 18, 2021
Facilitated by Black Men In America.com 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.
July 11, 2021
Harold and his guests (Author, Historian and Genealogist) Char McCargo Bah and Dorris Keeven-Franke discuss the history of Alexandria, Virginia, the removal of confederate statues, the crime wave across America, senior citizens being scammed and the swearing in of Selma Alabama District Attorney Michael Jackson as the first African American to lead the District Attorneys Association.
Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC. She has been a genealogist since 1981; and, has appeared in numerous television interviews with CBS, FOX-5, Comcast, Public Broadcasting Services just to name a few, as well as documentaries. In 2017, she completed a documentary titled, “The First to Make It,” about the first African American NBA player. She has received numerous awards in 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2010, and in 2009 for her work in genealogy. Click here to learn more.
In her own words, Dorris Keeven-Franke has a passion for sharing history! “I loves love telling the difficult stories. I enjoy helping people connect with their heritage, their culture, and the history of the places we live. Everyone has a story, and every place has a story. It’s’ when those stories come to life, that we give a voice to the people and the times and the places that they lived. Whether its’ found in a cemetery, a courthouse, or a cabin in the woods, there is a story of the people that were there. In order to preserve these stories we must share them, they will not be forgotten. Whether the story is a German emigrant who becomes an abolitionist, or a slave who is an American hero, these are the stories that bring meaning to the communities we live in, and help us understand our past. Helping our young people to know their ancestors and the stories of their lives, creates a better tomorrow for everyone.” Click here to learn more.
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July 4, 2021
Join Harold Bell and the panel as they discuss the big business of college sports. The team watched a vintage show hosted by Harold with guests Spencer Hayward, Butch Beard, Mike Jarvis, Gary Williams, Clarence “Big House” Gaines and John Chaney.
June 27, 2021
Harold Bell and friends welcome Lawrence Lucas, President Emeritus of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Coalition for Minority Employees and Singer, Musician, Songwriter and Entrepreneur J. R. Perry III. Panelists included Dr. Judy Fisher, veteran broadcaster Maggie Linton, Contributor Chris Johnson, Sidney Davis, Charles Hopkins and Jacques Chevalier. Mr. Lucas provides and update on the plight of the Black farmers and J.R. Perry helps us celebrate Black Music Month.
June 20, 2021
Hayfield High School (Alexandria, VA) football star Prince Viguera Butler and his father William Butler join host Harold Bell for a Father’s Day show on “Speak The Truth” with panelist Dr. Judy Fisher, veteran broadcaster Maggie Linton, Contributor Chris Johnson and Jacques Chevalier.
June 13, 2021
Sidney Davis and Charles Hopkins lead this discussion with guest panelist Dr. Judy Fisher, Jacques Chevalier, Christopher “C.J.” Johnson, LaShawn Quander-Mosley, Rev. David Wolf, Rev. Carolyn Byars, Minister Jeffrey Bowden, Anna Towns and Selma Alabama District Attorney Michael Jackson.
May 31, 2021 – Join Harold Bell and the team as they reflect and remember as we come up on Memorial Day. Special Guest Mr. A. Peter Bailey has taught as an adjunct professor at three universities. He was an Associate Editor of Ebony Magazine; and President of the New York Association of Black Journalists. He has written for numerous publications including Jet, Essence, Black Enterprise, and Newsweek magazines, as well as the New York Times, the Richmond Free Press and the New York Daily News. Mr. Bailey is also the author of the Harlem Hospital Story: 100 Years of Struggle Against Illness and Racism, Revelations, The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey, Precious Memories and Great Expectations. He also co-authored Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X. He is a former 2015 National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) award winning journalist.
May 23, 2021
Join Harold Bell and the team as he talks about his good friends singing legends Marvin Gaye and Lloyd Price and the impact they’ve had on American culture and music. Marvin Gaye’s, “What’s Going On?” is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago when the song was first released. This show was facilitated by Christopher “C.J.” Johnson.
May 16, 2021
Join Harold, Hattie and a host of friends and mentees as they help Harold celebrate being 83-years young. Some of those paying tribute include Jacques Chevalier, Cristina Johnson and her family Deon J., Deon Johnson, and Caitlyn. Also paying tribute are Andrew Johnson, Selma District Attorney Michael Jackson, Edward Sargent, Nekia Riley Lawson, Otho Jones, Jono (Jonathan) and Valencia Robinson.
May 9, 2021
Join Harold and his friends as they pay tribute to their mothers and the women who helped shaped their life. Special guests include Sidney Davis, Christopher “C.J.” Johnson, Jacques Chevalier, Maggie Linton, Lavonia Perryman, Harold Burke and former NFL Receiver and Washington Football Team legend Roy Jefferson.
May 2, 2021
Join Harold and his friends as they continue the discussion about police involvement in the community. Special guests include Charles County, Maryland Community Activist Janice Wilson, Sidney Davis, Christopher “C.J.” Johnson, Charles Hopkins, Jacques Chevalier, Maggie Linton and Sharon Mitchell Bowden.
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April 25, 2021
Join Harold and his friends as they continue the discussion about police brutality and the problems with the police around the country. Special guests include Oveta Glover, President of the Columbia, SC Chapter of NAACP, Selma District Attorney Michael Jackson, Colin Byrd, Mayor of Greenbelt, Maryland, Sidney Davis, Christopher “C.J.” Johnson, Charles Hopkins, Jacques Chevalier, Michael Johnson and James L. Felder.
April 23, 2021
In this special edited version, join your host Harold Bell and Gary Johnson and special guest Dr. Jerry “Doc” Semper as he discusses what you should do if you’re stopped by the police.
April 18, 2021
Join Harold and his friends as they discuss police brutality and the problems with the police around the country. Special guests include Dr. Jerry “Doc” Semper, Sidney Davis, Christopher “C.J.” Johnson, Charles Hopkins, Jacques Chevalier, Daniel Lampkins, Tony Woods, Raymond Hawkins, Craig Jefferies, Winston Chaney and Bobby Bennett.
April 11, 2021
Join Harold and his friends as the discuss Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All Star game from Atlanta. The team also discussed police brutality and the police reform bills being introduced around the country. Special guests include Sidney Davis, Bennie Evans, Michael Johnson, Selma District Attorney Michael Jackson, Christopher “C.J.” Johnson, Charles Hopkins, Jacques Chevalier and Al and Bert Strane.
April 4, 2021
J. A. Preston’s acting credits on stage and screen read like a Who’s Who of black actors and actresses in Hollywood. Those credits include “A Few Good Men,” “Air Force One,” “Body Heat,” “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” and the TV “Hill Street Blues” and dozens of other TV shows. J. A. was one of the first black Air Traffic Controllers in America before heading to Broadway and later on to Hollywood.
March 28, 2021
FBI Special Agent (retired) Ms. Jerri Williams helped us close out Women’s History Month. During most of her Bureau career she worked major economic fraud investigations and was amazed at the schemes and deceptions con-artist and corrupt corporate and public officials would devise to steal other people’s money. She has written 4 books and she is working on her 5th. DEA AGENT (retired) Andrew Johnson is a native Washingtonian and former DC Homicide Detective. He retired as a DEA supervisor. He speaks about the legacy of DC and NBA great Elgin Baylor.
March 21, 2021
Join Harold and special guest author Ty Gray-EL as leads a discussion on a tribute to Women’s History Month, Black History and Muhammad Ali.
March 14, 2021
Join Harold and the team as they discuss Women’s History Month and the women who influenced them.
March 7, 2021 Show
Harold and the team have a follow-up discussion about voting rights and injustice in the black community with Selma, Alabama District Attorney Michael Jackson, Juanita Bright, Jacques Chevalier, Sidney Davis, Charles Hopkins, Nkechi Taifa, Linda Mercer, Maggie Linton, Jackie Jones and Christopher “C. J.” Johnson.
Harold and the team have an honest and serious discussion on trust and accountability of our leaders and ourselves in the black community. The team explores holding the Biden administration accountable for promises made, police shootings and killings and more. Guests included Keith Winstead, Sidney Davis, Kamal Rahman Harris, Lawrence Lucas, Jackie Jones and Christopher “C. J.” Johnson.
Harold and the team have a robust discussion of Negro League Baseball. Guests included former players and journalists Al Strane, Bert Strane, Robert Mitchell, John Hollins, Phil Dixon, Harold Michael Harvey, Von Joshua, Bob Kendrick and Robert Mitchell.
Harold and the team discuss Joe Biden’s video conference with Black leaders, Harold’s interview with veteran sports journalist Larry Fitzgerald, Sr. and the status of Black media personalities and coaches in sports.
- Cover photo credit: The Homestead Grays. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
- Photo credit: Phil Dixon and Whittier College
This show features our panel discussing Negro League Baseball, Black History Month and the impact of DC area sports legend Harold Bell. Learn from our special guests, author Phil S. Dixon and Bert Strane. Mr. Dixon is widely regarded as one of America’s foremost experts on baseball history. He has authored several books on the Negro Baseball Leagues.
Cordy Tindell Vivian also known as C. T. Vivian (July 30, 1924 – July 17, 2020) was an American minister, author, and close friend and lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr. Vivian resided in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded the C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc. His good friend author Harold Michael Harvey joined us to recall stories of this historic figure in our history. In a speech in 2007, then Senator Barack Obama, recognized Vivian in his opening remarks in the words of Martin L. King Jr. as “the greatest preacher to ever live.”
Harold Michael Harvey is an American award-winning journalist, former lawyer, political pundit, novelist, essayist, and publisher. He earned a degree in Political Science from Tuskegee Institute and a Juris Doctorate degree from Atlanta Law School. Harvey was honored for “Outstanding Work in Newspaper Journalism,” in 1976 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
C.T. Vivian and Harold Michael Harvey
As rioters stormed the Capitol building and lawmakers were ushered to undisclosed locations, Americans were left grappling with the scenes appearing on their televisions and phones — and that includes young people. In this episode of SPEAK THE TRUTH we hear from young voices. Ja’Veal, Brandon, Miles and C.J., speak their truth. It’s tough enough being a teenager. They are dealing with a pandemic, disruption in their education and now this racial strife and an insurrection. We also heard from parents and grandparents. This show ends with a stirring a Capella tribute to children by singer Robin Sugar Williams.
Going Into 2021 Without Grudges
The first episode of 2021 focused on the impact of holding grudges and a round table of hot topics with our panel.
A Conversation with Royal Height (Black Lives Matter), Lawrence Lucas (Black Farmers) and Robert Brown (Black Music Promoter)
The Plight of the Black Farmers – Part 3
This is the December 20, 2020 episode featuring our third discussion on the plight of the Black farmers facilitated by guest host Lawrence Lucas, President of USDA Coalition for Minorities and his guests Corey Lea, Michael Stovall, Rosetta Davis and Waymon Hinson. This video also features veteran newswoman Jackie Jones and Black Men In America.com columnist Christopher “C.J.” Johnson. Scroll down to watch parts 1 and 2.
What About The Children? Featuring Robin Sugar Williams
Prince Viguera Butler — Hayfield Secondary School Class of 2021 — Alexandria, VA
Brian McIntyre is a retired senior executive with the National Basketball Association. He talks about the current NBA and their association with the community and the league and the player’s role in getting out the vote.
Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman (Retired)
During his 9-years at the US Postal Service, Ronald Stroman led government affairs and international mail issues for USPS, and worked with state and local officials to oversee the expansion of vote by mail.
Prior to joining the Postal Service, Stroman served as the staff director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In that role he worked with lawmakers to develop several postal reform bills that often received bipartisan support, but never made it out of Congress.
Stroman also led the agency’s work in an intergovernmental strategy on electronic data for international packages, and helped law enforcement agencies detect shipments of illegal drugs.
Stroman also spearheaded strategic outreach for elections and political mail divisions as the use of vote-by-mail has increased over the past five years.
Source: Jory Heckman – Federal News Network
Black Men In America.com presents “Speak The Truth.” This episode was recorded on October 11, 2020. The topic is racial profiling and police brutality featuring Nathaniel Alston, Jr. with your hosts Harold Bell, veteran newswoman Jackie Jones and Black Men In America.com columnist Christopher “C.J.” Johnson. Panelists include Juanita Bright, John Hollins and John & Kim Shackelford.
The Plight of the Black Farmers – Part 2
This is the September 4, 2020 episode featuring a follow-up discussion on the plight of the Black farmers hosted by Harold Bell facilitated by guest host Lawrence Lucas, President of USDA Coalition for Minorities and his guests Michael Stovall, Waymon Hinson and Jillian Hishaw, with veteran newswoman Jackie Jones and Black Men In America.com columnist Christopher “C.J.” Johnson.
SPEAK THE TRUTH is a virtual talk show hosted by Black Men In America.com on the ZOOM platform. Every week Gary Johnson, the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In America.com and his co-hosts, National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) award winner and Washington, DC area talk show sports legend Harold Bell and Christopher (C.J.) Johnson, Political Commentator/Columnist for Black Men In America.com talk about “hot topics” and the current events on the minds of folks in our community and across the nation.
The Plight of the Black Farmers – Part 1
This is the August 16, 2020 episode featuring a discussion on the plight of the Black farmers facilitated by guest host Lawrence Lucas, President of USDA Coalition for Minorities and his guests. Thanks to Mr. Lucas, Lloyd Wright, Michael Stovall, Waymon Hinson, Jillian Hishaw and Kordel Davis.
Join co-host Harold Bell and radio and TV personality Marc Clark as they engage Dr. Gilbert Hoffman and Dr. Otho Jones (former DC Public School Administrators). We will spotlight these two native Washingtonians who have been in the struggle and in the war zones of our classrooms as teachers, principals, administrators and consultants.
Join Harold and Hattie Bell as they spotlight members of “The Thomas Circle” who have been in the struggle and in the war zones of the Civil Rights movement since the early 1950s. The Town Hall Meeting panelist include the Rileys, Ann, Nekia, Coach Harold, Clara Canty, Alton Whitley, Elaine Bush and Jan Elease. This show was recorded on September 20. 2020.
Dwayne Bryant is an internationally renowned author, transformational speaker and TV personality known for his high-energy, unique ability to connect to an audience, keen intellect and wit. He is the author of the book, “The Stop.”
In the wake of the public outcry against police brutality, Dwayne empowers audiences with The STOP – Improving Police and Community Relations™ book, workbook, Driver’s Education Manual, The STOP Challenge Poster™ and his online 17-part series entitled The Conversation – Improving Police and Community Relations™, which explains the tension between the Police and the Black Community. In this compelling series, every aspect of Police / Black Community Relations is explored, including the harmful impact of police brutality. Dwayne shares several solutions the community can immediately implement utilizing proactive techniques, data, real-life case studies and proven strategies to ensure a new level of police and community cooperation.
To learn more about Dwayne click here to visit his official website.
“Speak The Truth,” is a Zoom video show sponsored by Black Men In America.com (www.blackmeninamerica.com) featuring The Legend of Inside Sports with Harold Bell and his co-hosts Jackie Jones, Gary Johnson, David Aldridge, Mac Alsobrooks, Butch McAdams, Maggie Linton, Dave McKenna, Christopher Johnson, Dion Jenkins, Edward Sargent and Curtis E. Mozie, (Beyond The Yellow Tape: Life and Death On The Streets of DC).