Basketball, Black History Month, Sports / March 1, 2017 Edwin B. Henderson: Grandfather of Black Basketball

By Beverly Lindsay-Johnson “If there were no E.B. Henderson, there may not be a Michael Jordan or LeBron James. All these people who have made a living off basketball.” — Howard University Assistant Professor Mark Beckford Who is E.B. Henderson? Edwin B. Henderson, also known as E.B., was a basketball player, a pioneer, visionary, author...

Black History Month / February 24, 2017 Flo-Jo … Faster Than A Speeding Bullet….

Florence Griffith Joyner is considered the best female track star ever to have competed at the Olympic level. Joyner still holds the fastest record for the 100-meter and 200-meter dash and collected three gold medals during the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul. Joyner’s record times have been difficult for other athletes to even come...

Fact-Checks / December 8, 2016 Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?

Many people consider it common knowledge that more black men are in prison than in college. “A third more African-American men are incarcerated than in higher education,” according to Jason Ziedenberg and Vincent Schiraldi, who wrote the 2002 report from the Justice Policy Institute, “Cellblocks or Classrooms: The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and...

A&E, Fact-Checks, Music / September 19, 2016 #nomakeup with a little help?

Alicia Keys launched a movement after she published a letter on Lena Dunham’s blog, Lenny, in May, stating that she has had enough of wearing makeup everyday. Her reason is simple: “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my...

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...

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...

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...

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 / April 28, 2017 Does being a background singer lead to spotlight of success

By Sydney Davenport Some people crave the spotlight. They want to see their name in lights and are willing to do what it takes to make it to the big time. Not vocalist Jazmine Thomas of Savannah, Georgia. She’s hoping to find success is not behind the scenes, but in the background. Thomas, a music...

News, Opinion / March 30, 2017 Howard U. Hospital: My Trip to the ER

By Shirley Carswell The Sunday Washington Post article on Howard University Hospital, which described a once-grand institution fallen on hard times, struck close to home for me. That’s because I had an unexpected visit to Howard’s emergency room two days earlier. My medical emergency wasn’t life threatening, but the pain I was experiencing after busting...

#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…

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