Photo (Left to right) Harold Bell, Maggie Linton, Jackie Jones, Chris Johnson

From Executive Producers Harold and Hattie BellSPEAK THE TRUTH is a virtual talk show hosted by Black Men In on the ZOOM platform.  Every week 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  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.

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.

Learn More About Jerri.  Click here to visit Jerri’s Official Website.


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 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 2021Alexandria, 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

Racial Profiling

Black Men In 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 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 columnist Christopher “C.J.” Johnson.

Eddie Cotton, 82, Hermanville, MS, clears a field for a fall crop of hay, using a 40-yr-old tractor. He is among thousands of black farmers denied federal loans in past years.  “They took away my ability to provide for my family,” he says of the discrimination.  ©Robin Nelson/ZUMA

SPEAK THE TRUTH is a virtual talk show hosted by Black Men In on the ZOOM platform.  Every week Gary Johnson, the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In 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 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.

Please click here to watch the Sunday, September 27th episode.

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 ( 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).