A&E, Fact-Checks, Music, News / September 18, 2016 George Clinton on the Mothership, the Smithsonian — and Funk

The Mothership is the space vehicle of George Clinton aka Mr. Funkenstein and his wingmen of Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication. As part of the Parliament-Funkadelic theory, it existed as a fictional vehicle of funk arrival to engage fans who were down with the P-Funk movement. After the success of his hit “Chocolate City,” Clinton says, the Mothership was later developed into a physical...

A&E, Enduring Myths, Music, News / June 8, 2016 His Purple Badness: 5 Conspiracy Theories About Prince

Beyoncé and Jay Z aren’t the only ones in the center of speculation about the Illuminati. Such talk has swirled around Prince, too. Inquiring minds also wonder whether Prince died from “chemtrail flu” from planes on April 21 —despite the autopsy report citing an accidental overdose of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl. Then there are those who say...

Fact-Checks, Video / May 15, 2016 A Look at African Americans in College

Even though African Americans continue to make strides in higher education, some have the idea that they are not enrolled in college in the numbers they “should” be. When it comes to higher education are blacks lagging behind other groups? NewsVision reporter Alexis Porter takes a closer look for TruthBeTold.news. Her report was also featured in...

A&E, Big Brotha / April 24, 2016 Strange Casting: On Zoë Saldana and Authenticity in Hollywood

By Marc Rivers Even if they don’t look the part, white actors usually do not have to defend being chosen for their roles — as Zoë Saldana is being forced to do for her starring role in the new Nina Simone biopic. The tall and glamorous Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were hardly dead ringers...

Fact-Checks, News / April 13, 2016 Best NBA Team of All Time? It’s Up for Debate as History Repeats Itself

By Heavenlee Blue The Golden State Warriors have matched the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls with 72 regular-season wins, but there are still people including most former Bulls players declaring Chicago superior. But who is truly the better team? The Warriors must win their final game of the season at 10:30 p.m. EST today against the Memphis Grizzlies...

A&E, Big Brotha, Music, Opinion / April 3, 2016 Black Actresses Ready for Love

By Marc Rivers Rita Hayworth serenades a nightclub audience with the Latin-tinged love song “Amado Mio” in one of the most famous scenes in“Gilda.” A spotlight caresses her body; the rhinestones on her pearly white dress twinkle like stars. The soft lighting makes her glow. The rest of the audience sits in shadow; all eyes...

Fact-Checks, Video / March 31, 2016 Should African Americans Receive Reparations?

Blacks continue to be the least wealthy race in America. According to a 2013 study by the Pew Research, white wealth was 13 times that of black wealth. Human rights activists with the United Nations say slavery is to blame for the plight of African Americans. So Truth Be Told, do African Americans deserve reparations? Here’s what...

For the Record, News / March 31, 2016 95-Year-Old Naval Mystery Ends, Bringing Family Together

  By Leanna Commins WASHINGTON – Edward Wilson, a mere 19, was one of several African-American crewmembers aboard the USS Conestoga when it mysteriously disappeared at sea after it departed March 25, 1921, from San Francisco for Hawaii. For nearly a century, what happened to the 56-member crew has been a puzzling footnote in U.S....

Enduring Myths, Fact-Checks / March 17, 2016 Enduring Myths: The Willie Lynch Letter

Welcome to our first installment of the “Enduring Myths” series. The series will examine myths by and about African Americans that have persisted for years. In this first installment, we examine the so-called “Willie Lynch Letter.” The letter is allegedly from a speech that was given by Willie Lynch, a British slave owner, in 1712...

A&E, For the Record, News / February 28, 2016 #OscarsSoWhite, Because #HollywoodSoWhite — and Male

By Miesha Miller April Reign, who spearheaded the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, will be live-tweeting “The Wood” with some of her 22,000 Twitter followers during the telecast of the 88th Academy Awards tonight. As part of a nationwide series of protests and “tune-outs,” the Rev. Al Sharpton plans to lead a rally outside the Dolby Theatre in...

A&E, Big Brotha, Opinion / February 28, 2016 The Complicated Love Affair With The Oscars

 won’t be watching the Oscars on Sunday. For the second year in a row, every acting nominee is white. It is the first time that there have been two straight years of all-white nominees since 1995 to 1996, just three years after I was born. Jesse Jackson called for a boycott of the 1996 ceremony....

A&E, Big Brotha, Music / February 14, 2016 TBT Radio – Podcast #3

We’re BAAACK for podcast #3! We are super excited and will keep it simple – All we talked about was Beyonce’s “Formation.”  

Fact-Checks / February 6, 2016 Mental Illness is for White People?

Imagine a 4-year-old girl playing on a Harlem playground. She’s laughing and having a great time in the beauty of a warm summer afternoon. Then, all of a sudden, she is hit by a stray bullet. The innocent little girl collapses to the ground and cries. She’s rushed to the emergency room where the bullet...

Fact-Checks, News / December 22, 2015 Does a Dollar Spent in the Black Community Really Stay There for Only Six Hours?

    By Brookie Madison Two weeks ago, journalist Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, cited a figure that has often been used to show how little blacks spend in their neighborhoods compared to other racial and ethnic groups. The lifespan of a dollar in the Asian community is 28 days, in the Jewish community...

Fact-Checks, News / November 25, 2015 Does Filming the Police Drive a Wedge Between Cops and Blacks?

James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, gave a speech before the International Association of Chiefs of Police in late October, telling the group that those filming the police were “driving a wedge between African-American communities and law enforcement.” It’s an interesting statement since Comey is part of the Obama administration, which has called...

A&E, Big Brotha, Music, Opinion / November 20, 2015 Songs for Peace

It was a Saturday morning in Paris. Memorials were hung and candles lit at the Bataclan Concert Hall, which saw the greatest carnage from a terrorist attack the night before that left 129 dead. As hundreds of mourners gathered, an unknown musician set up a piano, a peace sign painted on its lid, sat down...

News / November 19, 2015 All Lives Matter *

Just because people want to save rainforests doesn’t mean that they’re dismissive of other forests, says political cartoonist Keith Knight. Similarly, the #BlackLivesMatter movement doesn’t mean that proponent don’t care about other lives, Knight said during “Drawn From the Headlines: Communication and Political Cartoons,” a discussion Wednesday night at the National Archives in Washington. “You’ve gotta think...

A&E, Music / November 16, 2015 TBTRadio – Podcast #1

  Hey, everyone! Hope you enjoy Truth be Told’s first podcast. Today’s subjects range from the origins of our site, to the importance of black institutions, to Missy Elliot’s new single. Plus: is Spongebob SquarePants the last great American hero? Hosts Marc Rivers and Maya Cade discuss.   (NOTE: This podcast was recorded before the...

Fact-Checks / November 10, 2015 Is D.C. Still the Chocolate City?

  Washington, D.C., was one of the blackest cities in the United States during the 1970s. The population of African Americans peaked at 71.1 percent, and everyone from residents to radio personalities began calling it the “Chocolate City.” Parliament even released an album and single titled “Chocolate City” as a tribute to the nation’s capital...

Fact-Checks, News / November 10, 2015 Can Ben Carson Help GOP Attract Black Voters?

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson launched a new radio campaign last week — featuring a Carson-inspired rap, meant to grow his appeal among African-American voters, according to his campaign. The $150,000 advertisement, interspersed with rhymes from rapper Aspiring Mogul and bits from Carson’s stump speech, will air for two weeks in eight urban markets. The...

Fact-Checks / November 9, 2015 Does Planned Parenthood Have a Strategic Plan for Black Genocide?

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-abortion group, leaked deceptively edited videos earlier this summer that showcased Planned Parenthood employees speaking in offhand conversation about the selling of fetal tissue. The video series depicts months of conversation between undercover CMP employees and Planned Parenthood staff. The video series has in return added more fuel to...

A&E, Big Brotha, Music, Opinion / November 8, 2015 Black Violin Challenges Stereotypes in “Stereotypes”

Despite a rich history of classical black composers and musicians, black people are far from ubiquitous in classical music. And hip-hop, in which black people are ubiquitous, seems to operate in a world still separate from classical. Essayist and journalist David Samuels called Kanye West “the Mozart of American music” In a 2012 article in...

Opinion / November 8, 2015 Can You Spell That for Me Again?

Picking a name for a child is complicated. Parents should choose something that not only sounds right with the family surname, but they should also take future nicknames (good and awful) as well as job opportunities into consideration. Growing up with an unusual name is an experience like no other. ”How do you spell that?”...

A&E, Fact-Checks, Music, News

George Clinton on the Mothership, the Smithsonian — and Funk

The Mothership is the space vehicle of George Clinton aka Mr. Funkenstein and his wingmen of Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication. As part of the Parliament-Funkadelic theory, it existed as a fictional vehicle of funk arrival to engage fans who were down with the P-Funk movement. After the success of his hit “Chocolate City,” Clinton says, the Mothership was later developed into a physical…

Fact-Checks, Video

A Look at African Americans in College

Even though African Americans continue to make strides in higher education, some have the idea that they are not enrolled in college in the numbers they “should” be. When it comes to higher education are blacks lagging behind other groups? NewsVision reporter Alexis Porter takes a closer look for TruthBeTold.news. Her report was also featured in…

Black Actresses Ready for Love
A&E, Big Brotha, Music, Opinion

Black Actresses Ready for Love

By Marc Rivers Rita Hayworth serenades a nightclub audience with the Latin-tinged love song “Amado Mio” in one of the most famous scenes in“Gilda.” A spotlight caresses her body; the rhinestones on her pearly white dress twinkle like stars. The soft lighting makes her glow. The rest of the audience sits in shadow; all eyes…

Fact-Checks, Video

Should African Americans Receive Reparations?

Blacks continue to be the least wealthy race in America. According to a 2013 study by the Pew Research, white wealth was 13 times that of black wealth. Human rights activists with the United Nations say slavery is to blame for the plight of African Americans. So Truth Be Told, do African Americans deserve reparations? Here’s what…

Enduring Myths: The Willie Lynch Letter
Enduring Myths, Fact-Checks

Enduring Myths: The Willie Lynch Letter

Welcome to our first installment of the “Enduring Myths” series. The series will examine myths by and about African Americans that have persisted for years. In this first installment, we examine the so-called “Willie Lynch Letter.” The letter is allegedly from a speech that was given by Willie Lynch, a British slave owner, in 1712…

#OscarsSoWhite, Because #HollywoodSoWhite — and Male
A&E, For the Record, News

#OscarsSoWhite, Because #HollywoodSoWhite — and Male

By Miesha Miller April Reign, who spearheaded the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, will be live-tweeting “The Wood” with some of her 22,000 Twitter followers during the telecast of the 88th Academy Awards tonight. As part of a nationwide series of protests and “tune-outs,” the Rev. Al Sharpton plans to lead a rally outside the Dolby Theatre in…

The Complicated Love Affair With The Oscars
A&E, Big Brotha, Opinion

The Complicated Love Affair With The Oscars

 won’t be watching the Oscars on Sunday. For the second year in a row, every acting nominee is white. It is the first time that there have been two straight years of all-white nominees since 1995 to 1996, just three years after I was born. Jesse Jackson called for a boycott of the 1996 ceremony….

Mental Illness is for White People?
Fact-Checks

Mental Illness is for White People?

Imagine a 4-year-old girl playing on a Harlem playground. She’s laughing and having a great time in the beauty of a warm summer afternoon. Then, all of a sudden, she is hit by a stray bullet. The innocent little girl collapses to the ground and cries. She’s rushed to the emergency room where the bullet…

Does Filming the Police Drive a Wedge Between Cops and Blacks?
Fact-Checks, News

Does Filming the Police Drive a Wedge Between Cops and Blacks?

James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, gave a speech before the International Association of Chiefs of Police in late October, telling the group that those filming the police were “driving a wedge between African-American communities and law enforcement.” It’s an interesting statement since Comey is part of the Obama administration, which has called…

Songs for Peace
A&E, Big Brotha, Music, Opinion

Songs for Peace

It was a Saturday morning in Paris. Memorials were hung and candles lit at the Bataclan Concert Hall, which saw the greatest carnage from a terrorist attack the night before that left 129 dead. As hundreds of mourners gathered, an unknown musician set up a piano, a peace sign painted on its lid, sat down…

All Lives Matter *
News

All Lives Matter *

Just because people want to save rainforests doesn’t mean that they’re dismissive of other forests, says political cartoonist Keith Knight. Similarly, the #BlackLivesMatter movement doesn’t mean that proponent don’t care about other lives, Knight said during “Drawn From the Headlines: Communication and Political Cartoons,” a discussion Wednesday night at the National Archives in Washington. “You’ve gotta think…

A&E, Music

TBTRadio – Podcast #1

  Hey, everyone! Hope you enjoy Truth be Told’s first podcast. Today’s subjects range from the origins of our site, to the importance of black institutions, to Missy Elliot’s new single. Plus: is Spongebob SquarePants the last great American hero? Hosts Marc Rivers and Maya Cade discuss.   (NOTE: This podcast was recorded before the…

Is D.C. Still the Chocolate City?
Fact-Checks

Is D.C. Still the Chocolate City?

  Washington, D.C., was one of the blackest cities in the United States during the 1970s. The population of African Americans peaked at 71.1 percent, and everyone from residents to radio personalities began calling it the “Chocolate City.” Parliament even released an album and single titled “Chocolate City” as a tribute to the nation’s capital…

Can Ben Carson Help GOP Attract Black Voters?
Fact-Checks, News

Can Ben Carson Help GOP Attract Black Voters?

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson launched a new radio campaign last week — featuring a Carson-inspired rap, meant to grow his appeal among African-American voters, according to his campaign. The $150,000 advertisement, interspersed with rhymes from rapper Aspiring Mogul and bits from Carson’s stump speech, will air for two weeks in eight urban markets. The…

Does Planned Parenthood Have a Strategic Plan for Black Genocide?
Fact-Checks

Does Planned Parenthood Have a Strategic Plan for Black Genocide?

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-abortion group, leaked deceptively edited videos earlier this summer that showcased Planned Parenthood employees speaking in offhand conversation about the selling of fetal tissue. The video series depicts months of conversation between undercover CMP employees and Planned Parenthood staff. The video series has in return added more fuel to…

Can You Spell That for Me Again?
Opinion

Can You Spell That for Me Again?

Picking a name for a child is complicated. Parents should choose something that not only sounds right with the family surname, but they should also take future nicknames (good and awful) as well as job opportunities into consideration. Growing up with an unusual name is an experience like no other. ”How do you spell that?”…

88th Academy Awards Predictions
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88th Academy Awards Predictions

Best Picture: “The Big Short” alt. “The Revenant”   Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”) alt. George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)   Best Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio (“The Revenant”) alt. Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)   Best Actress: Brie Larson (“Room”) alt. Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”)   Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)   Best…

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