ESPN TURNS CLOCK BACK TO BLACK AND WHITE TELEVISION: “STICK TO SPORTS”!

Legends of Inside Sports (1972):  Richard Nixon and Muhammad Ali two of the most controversial personalities in American history.  A time when politics and Inside Sports collided was no coincident.

ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro just sold his entire staff of broadcasters and writers out to pro sports owners with his latest ultimatum “Stick to Sports”!  It is going to be very interesting to watch and hear ESPN broadcasters and writers dance around trying to keep their balance while trying to talk sports and not mix politics.  Most of these guys cannot chew bubble gum and walk a straight line.

Talking sports and politics were unheard before Inside Sports.  The Inside Sports talk show format made its debut on W-O-O-K radio in 1972 in Washington, DC.  Sports talk radio, television and print media has never been the same.  Inside Sports changed the way we talk sports in America and around the world.  The Original Inside Sports was the first sports media format to successfully blend sports and politics.  Every radio and television sports talk show heard and seen in the world today is a copy of the Original Inside Sports. The format has often been imitated but never duplicated!

First, the Washington Post newspaper and owners Katherine Graham and her son Donald kidnapped the tag Inside Sports, it was much like Christopher Columbus discovering America.  In 1978 the mother and son carried the tag to New York City and published “Inside Sports Magazine”.  They then copyrighted the tag making it officially their very own.  The magazine failed losing several million dollars before the Grahams closed shop saying, “No Mas”!

ESPN was the first broadcast media to copy the Inside Sports format.  A fired Community Relations Manager from the NHL Scott Rasmussen watched as the Inside Sports Magazine failed and decided to try the format on television.  Sports Center was the original vehicle, Out Side the Lines, 30-30 and East 60, etc all followed.

Inside Sports was Out Side the Lines and Real Sports long before Bob Levy/ESPN and Byrant Gumble/HBO Real Sports.  It was unheard of to play message music or have media roundtables with different journalist participating.   In 2019 forty-seven years later new ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro has sent out a memo to the entire ESPN staff saying, “Stick to Sports”!  This will make the ESPN format the leader in “FAKE NEWS”!  ESPN has decided to make sports talk a dictatorship.

The bottom-line, I set the table for sports talk in America.  My talk show format was unique because I was a community legend long before I became a sports talk show legend.  My work in the inner-city with at-risk children got its start with the self-help community organization UPO (United Planning Organization).

In 1965 UPO Director/CEO Jim Banks hired three Neighborhood Workers to patrol the Shaw/Cardozo corridor of NW DC.  Our assignment was to assist and enhance the lives of inner-city youth.  I learned politics from the ground up watching the first Black Mayor Walter Washington and Mr. Banks maneuver and play a game of chess with white politicians on The Hill who controlled the DC budget.  They were trying to get our fair share from a group of politicians who could have cared less–sound familiar!

Mr. Banks hired the late Petey Greene, H Rap Brown and yours truly.  Petey Greene would later become a legendary radio and television talk show host.  He would open his show saying, “I will tell it to the young and tell it to the old, there will be no lying and signifying”.  H Rap Brown would become a Civil Rights icon when he became the 5th chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinator Committee (SNN).  He later moved on to become the Minister of Justice for The Black Panther Party (his story is still on-going).  I parlayed my UPO experience into a winner when I met Muhammad Ali on the campus of Howard University in 1967.  UPO later gave a grant to the DC Department of Recreation and Parks to hire additional Roving Leaders for their elite youth gang task force.  I was made a part of the grant package.

In 1967 against all odds ex-con Petey Greene became a radio talk show host on W-O-L Radio.  Every Sunday afternoon Petey Greene’s Washington became must listen to radio in the black community.  He gave me 5 minutes to talk sports (Redskins).  I remember I was hanging out in the U Street corridor one afternoon and I encountered Petey.  He said, “Your man is down on 7th street touring the riot area”!  My response, “My Man”?  He laughed and said, “The President of the United States Richard Nixon”.

Petey and I both were caddies at the Burning Tree Golf Course in suburban, Maryland in the late 50s.  Nixon was then Vice-President and a member of the exclusive all-white golf course.  There were no blacks or women allowed membership.  I became a caddy on the weekends for Nixon and William Rogers who was then the Secretary of State.  In 1969 thanks to Petey I was able to parlay that 7th street encounter into lunch at the White House and a Presidential appointment.

In 1972 I parlayed my 5 minutes on his talk show into my own sports talk radio show “Inside Sports” aired on W-O-O-K radio.


Politics & Sports:  Here I am seen with Mayor Walter Washington and with my high school Coach Dave Brown.  I am thanking coach for saving my life.  In high school, I was trying to go to hell in a hurry!

While ESPN calls itself the World Wide Leader in sports there has been much criticism which includes, accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest and controversy with individual broadcasters and analysts–former ESPN talk show host Jemele Hill was suspended for calling President Trump a white Supremacist.  This is par for the course in this cut-throat business.

In January 2016 ESPN had been seen in 91,405,00 paid television households (78.527 of household with at least one television set).  The Nielsen ratings (the bible for radio and tv advertising) reported a much lower number in 2017, the number of subscribers fell below 90,000,000.  ESPN was losing more than 10, 000 subscribers a day.

The network hit the panic button this was interfering with their bottom-line (MONEY).  When they discovered the problem causing them to lose their bottom-line was the black athlete (Colin Kapernick), all hell broke loose.  NFL owner Jerry Jones led the charge and was joined by President Trump.  His slogan and battle cry became “Fire the son of a bitch”.  In pro sports when it is green vs black or black vs white—black is usually the loser.  NFL players are no longer seen on their knees and Kapernick is rumored to have sold out for 10 million dollars (NFL petty cash).

The NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Pitaro, ESPN and President Don Trump fail to understand their bottom-line problem is not the black athlete—it is racism which is embedded into the fabric of pro sports!

The bottom-line; I sit the table for sports talk in America.  ESPN has decided to make sports talk a dictatorship and take us back to television and America heard and seen in black and white!

Dan LaBartard of ESPN maybe the first casualty of this guideline written into the ESPN bylaws “Stick to Sports”!  He pulled the covers off of White Privilege in America when he called out Donald Trump on his chant “Send Her Back” as it related to four Congresswomen of color who disagreed with his racial policies.

This commentary you would never hear from any black radio or television sports talk show host working for ESPN.  In an impassioned response to Donald Trump’s chant “Send them back” LaBartard said, sports broadcasters must comment on race relations–in particular what he called un-American “Chants of sending them back” directed at Democratic congresswoman IIhan Omar, a Somali refugee, and an American citizen.  The Plantations continue!  Click on the link below and pay close attention to the in-studio staff as LaBartard makes his case against Trump and racism in America.  ESPN’s slogan will soon be known as the leader in Fake News World Wide.  Stay tuned.
https://www.usatoday.com/…/espn-dan-le-batard-re…/39702219/

https://deadspin.com/new-espn-president-jimmy-pitaro-is-rea…

 

WHILE KIDS DIE—I REMEMBER CALVIN WOODLAND!

 

 

Eleven year old Karon Brown was among seven people in a period of 5 days shot dead in DC.  Every child that dies by gun violence in DC, Maryland and Virginia, I consider them a personal lost.  I am all in when it comes to our children no matter their ethnicity.

Karon’s violent death hit close to home.  He attended Stanton Elementary school and he was a member of the Woodland Tigers football team, once known as the Woodland Raiders.  The team was found by my partner, youth advocate and DC boxing legend the late Calvin Woodland.

The Woodland Raiders practiced on the field adjacent to the school.  Calvin was the CEO and coach of the team.  He ran the team with an iron fist (sometimes literally).  I was his assistant coach and I had his back and he had mine.

The kids and their parents trusted, loved and respected him.  The Woodland Raiders became legends in the community and were the pride of SE Washington.  I remember when his son little Alexis was born and became the apple of his father’s eye.  Big Calvin was a great all-around athlete, football, basketball, baseball and his first love boxing–he excelled in them all.

Little Alexis grew up to be a decent athlete but nothing like his father.  Sometimes Calvin pushed him a little too hard not wanting to show favoritism and little Alexis would rebel.  When Calvin suffered a stroke and died suddenly in January 2010 it shook up the community and especially little Alexis.  Calvin was 60 years old.

I tried to become a mentor to little Alexis, but he was stubborn like his father and I eventually lost him when I moved to Bowie, Maryland.  Someone shot and killed him in the streets of SE DC.

That is me with my left arm wrapped around little Alexis and my right arm wrapped around gospel singer Robin ‘Sugar’ Williams.   We were the guest of gospel artist Ed Gerald on his gospel television show on TV 7 in NW DC.

That is little Alexis standing front and center at my annual Kids In Trouble Christmas toy party.  NFL legend Jim Brown is Santa’s Helper at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NW DC.

Children from all walks of life enjoy a Kids In Trouble toy party at the Marriott Hotel in Rosslyn, Virginia.

Calvin Woodland is seen here with me and Don King.  He stood 5’3 but walked around in his SE neighborhood like Wilt Chamberlaim.  There was no Napoleon complex with him.  The likes of Calvin Woodland has been replaced by hustlers and frauds claiming to “Make Children First”!

This is for the kids who die to include eleven year old Karon Brown and the late Alexis Woodland all black young men.  It does not matter whether they were killed in the streets of DC or in Chicago by a cop’s gun or in the halls and classrooms of Sandy Hook, Columbine and Parkland by a classmate’s gun, but kids are certainly dying. There are good cops and bad cops, the good cops go along to get along. Their problem, they lack courage to say, “Enough is enough”.  The old and rich will live on awhile, as always, living in their gated communities, eating caviar and lining their pockets with gold, while letting little kids die.

Kids have died in the swamps of Mississippi organizing sharecroppers, kids have died in the orange groves of California just for telling others to organize and stick together, but kids have certainly died.

While, blacks, whites, Latinos, and Mexicans all kinds of kids will die because they don’t believe in stealing other people’s ideas and making them their own while becoming wealthy, selfish and dysfunctional, or the Capitol Hill gun lobbyist who tell lies, and bribe anybody and everybody at any cost.

There are politicians on both sides of the isle who are there to serve themselves and not the people—all the reasons while kids have died.

The wise of course and the learned will pen Fake News editorials in the papers, and the ladies and gents with Dr. in front of their names, white and black will live on pretending not to know or understand what is going on—while kids die.

There will be surveys and written reports with words to smother the kids who die.

And the sleazy courts and sleazy attorneys, and the bribe-taking police, and the blood-loving generals, and the money-loving preachers, will all raise their hands against the kids who will die, beating them with made up laws and clubs and bayonets and bullets, to frighten the people.

For the kids who die are like iron in the blood of the people—and the old and rich don’t want the people to taste the iron of the kids who die. They don’t want the people to get wise to their own power to believe in our youth of today, or even get together and listen to kids who die—Maybe, there will be no monument for them except in our hearts.

Maybe their bodies will be lost in swamp or a prison grave, or the potter’s field, or the jail where they are hung by their necks and they will call it suicide.

But the day will come—you can be assured that it is coming—when the marching feet of the masses will rise up for the kids who died with a living monument of love, and joy, and laughter. And black hands and white hands are joined together, with a song that reaches the sky—the song of the life triumphant–for the kids who died.  

 

 

THE BELLS: FLYING LIKE EAGLES AT 80 AND STILL MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

photo by Fred Shepard

L-R Hattie and I during the screening of “We Remember Muhammad Ali” on the big screen at the Miracle Theatre on Capitol Hill June 4th.  The debut made us the first husband and wife team to produce Muhammad Ali on the big screen.  Next photo celebrating her 80th Birthday July 6th.

I remember decades ago my Spingarn High School Coach Dave Brown explained to me the difference between chickens, turkeys, and Eagles.  Unbeknownst to me, I had just encountered a group of chickens and turkeys during a high school hall of fame induction banquet.   The DC Coaches Association was honoring DC High School Coaches in 1976.  The banquet was being held at the Fountain Blue Banquet Hall in Prince Georges County,  Coach Brown was an inductee.

The chickens, turkeys and the Usual Suspects were all high school coaches, teachers and administrators in the DC Public School system (they all know who they are).  Decades later, little has changed.

This group of men and women were entrusted with leading and showing our children how to be responsible and caring adults—not to be envious and jealous player-haters like most of them.  Leading the group were the Usual Suspects, Spingarn High School coaches the late Frank Parks, John Wood, and my friend Cardozo/HD Woodson coach Bob Headen.

Coach Dave Brown (hat in hand) and his staff.  L-R: Community volunteer, Mr. Chisholm, coaches, Roper McNair, and Ray Hammond.

Coach Brown who was a little under the weather had asked me if I would accept the induction award in his place—no problem.   My wife Hattie a former teacher in the system was by my side during the awards ceremony.   When it came time to accept the award on behalf of Coach Brown I was told by Mr. Parks I could not accept the award.  He did so without explanation, but while walking away he said, “Your wife can accept”.  I just looked at him and smiled!  Hattie accepted the award.

On my next visit to see Coach Brown at his home in NE DC to give him his award, I told him about the action and position taken by the DC Coaches Association.  He chuckled and reminded me that I would be encountering numerous chickens and turkeys in my life time.   He said, “Son your best bet is to fly like an Eagle above the clouds and avoid them”.

Still, I was so what surprised by the chickens and turkeys that I would encounter in the Game Called Life.  During my playing days as an all-around athlete at Spingarn High School, I thought I was the straw that stirred the drink.  Whenever I was on the field of play (Football, basketball, and baseball) I thought I was the best until the guy in front of me proved me wrong.  I never saw a football I could not catch, a basketball I could not shoot or a base I could not steal.  I play the Game of Life the same way–to win and not at all cost!

When the game was in doubt I wanted the ball and this kept me in hot water with my teammates and coaches.  Head Coach Dave Brown was the exception he looked the other and kept calling my number.  He did put his foot down in a game against our rival Phelps Vocational High School to let me know he was still in charge.  Phelps was our next door neighbor on “Education Hill”, located at 24th &  Benning Road in NE DC.

We were playing Phelps at Eastern High School on a Friday evening.   The game was important for us to win and maintane our hold on first place in the division.  The score was tied 0-0 headed into half-time with 30 seconds left on the clock.  The ball was in our possession in the Red Zone and Coach Brown called my number.  QB Donald Wills hit me with a perfectly timed down and out pass for the score, but I was off-side.  I jumped before the ball was snapped and the play was nullified.   As we were headed toward the bus for a half-time chat I verbally beat up my QB blaming him for not calling the signals loud enoug for me to hear.  I had no clue Coach Brown had heard my verbal beat down of my teammate.

On the bus, he went over some of the mistakes we made in the first half and then asked me what happen on the touchdown that was called back?  My feeble defense, “Wills was not calling the signals loud enough for me to hear”!  Coach’s response was short and quick, he said, “Son your position on the field as a wide receiver allows you to look down the line and watch for the snap of the ball”.  It was so quiet it seems like everyone was holding their breath waiting to exhale.   Coach broke the silence with, “Bell you keep your seat here on the bus son, and we will try to win this one without you”!  I could not believe my ears, he said, “Win without me”.  I could not wait to see this happen.

The scene on the bus reminded me years later when Denzel Washington played a crooked cop in his Academy Award winning performance in “Training Day”.  I wish I could have told Coach what Denzel told the residents in the Hood he patroled after they refused to assist him and held him at gun point until his righteous partner got out the Hood safely.  He said to the residents, “Do you know who the f–k I am, I am the police”.  I look back thinking that is what I felt like saying to Coach Brown when he locked me on the bus, “Do you know who the f–k I am, I am the best wide receiver on the planet”.  My dumb ass would have been walking back to Spingarn.  By the way, they won without me 6-0.  Wills ran a punt back 63 yards to win the game.   I had to suck up my pride and apologize to the coaching staff and my teammates for my selfish and bad behavior.  It was a lesson that was well learned—proving no man is truly and Island.

QB Donald Wills and me, Donald was the best all-around athlete on the football, basketball and baseball teams in 1957.  In memory, Melvin ‘Weasel,’ Jackson (Phelps) was a close second.

I think back to that moment at the DC Coaches Association Banquet, Bob Headen, Frank Parks, John Wood, and the Usual Suspects, out of all of them Headen should have known better.  Parks and Woods were two nobodies trying to be somebody.  I remember I was also critical of the coaches’ banquet being held in PG County instead of Washington, DC home of our public schools.

Headen and I had a long and storied sports history.  We both were outstanding all-around athletes and rivals in high school.  That rivary continued at HBCU schools, Winston-Salem State and St. Agustine Universities.  After college, our sports history brought us back to our hometown of DC.  We were teammates on the most successful and celebrated minor league football team to ever play in the Nation’s Capitol–the Virginia Sailors ( affiliate of the Washington Redskins).

John Cash, Bob Headen and me celebrating a Sailors’ championship win in Mobile, Ala.

During that Virginia Sailors era, Headen became the head football coach of Cardozo High School and I became a Roving Leader for the Department of Recreation & Parks (Youth Gang Task Force).  Headen recruited several teammates on the Sailor team as assistants for his high school team and I was one of them.

In the meantime, I was recruiting my wife Hattie a teacher and swimming coach at the school to say “I do” and to be my lawful bride.  We were married in November 1968 shortly after the riots nearly destroyed DC.

As Wide Receiver coach for the 1970 West All-Star Team.  Here I am showing and telling DC Public High School All-Stars, Wilson’s Wagner and Cardozo’s Stovall to catch ball in your hands and not their chest.

Alethia McCauley a teacher at Cardozo and Bob were married shortly after us.  I was named the Godfather of their first born, Robert Headen, Jr.  After the Sailors, Bob and I would become teammates on a touch football team calling themselves Bergman’s Laundry (sponsors).  The team would become one of the most feared in the Montgomery County Touch Football League.

In 1972 Bob would leave Cardozo and continue his legendary football coaching career at the brand new HD Woodson High School in NE DC.  In 1974 I became the first black to produce and host his own radio sports talk radio show in Washington, DC.  “Inside Sports” aired on W-O-O-K Radio.  The Inside Sports format changed the way we talk and report sports in America.  Bob would develop a powerhouse football team at HD Woodson.  His players were bigger than the NFL Washington Redskins and some thought they were better.  In some circles, they were known as “The Monsters of the Inter-High” as they ran through and over the competition.

There was one game that got my attention and I found it rather disturbing; HD Woodson was at least 60 players strong against a Phelps team who had less than 20 players in uniform.  When the final whistle was blown Bob still had his starters on the field.  The final score was HD Woodson 90 and Phelps 7.   I found this unacceptable coming from my friend and teammate.  What ever happen to sportsmanship and fair play taught by our coaches, Sal Hall, and Dave Brown?

The next day I called him out on my radio sports talk show “Inside Sports” for setting a bad example as a teacher and coach of young men.  This was definitely over kill!  He called me and ask for equal time to explain his position and reason for having his starters still in the game until the final whistle.  I granted him equal time and his rationale to this day still makes no sense.  He said, “I wanted my team to become the first DC Public High School to score 100 points against an opponent”!  I would guess the snub at the coaches banquet was his and the Usual Suspects’ revenge!

Let me name some of the local yokels who became chickens and turkeys in aphabetical order who have flowed in my airspace, Tim Baylor (NFL), Dave Bing (NBA), Kevin Blackistone (Washington Post/ESPN), Adrian Branch (NBA/ESPN), James Brown (CBS/NFL), Adrian Dantley (NBA), Cathy Hughes (Urban Radio & TV One), Cornelius Greene (Ohio State), Lamont Jordan (NFL), Sugar Ray Leonard (Boxing), Tony Paige (NFL), Donnie Simpson (BET/Urban Radio One), John Thompson (George Thompson), Mike Wilbon (ESPN), etc.

There are a few wannabees who are still hiding in the closet and think they are flying under my radar like Richard Evans and Clement Troutman (frauds).

Richard Evans in-closet con man and fraud

There are so many chickens and turkeys flying in limited air space in the DMV they need a flight plan and an air traffic controller to keep them from colliding in midair.

I thank coach Brown for forewarning me, I learned to fly like an Eagle.

WOW—Thank you Zang Auerbach for making our birthdays one to remember.  Zang was a former cartoonist for the Washington Star Newspaper and the brother of our friend NBA legend Red Auerbach.

You can read the complete stories of these chickens and turkeys in my new book titled “Harold Bell’s Walk through American Sports History With Champs & Chumps”.   The second edition is  ‘The Commemorative 45th Anniversary of The Rumble in the Jungle’ @ http://www.blackmeninamerica.com/ click on Books and Book Reviews.

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A PHENOMENAL WOMAN AND ROLE MODEL!

by Chris Johnson


Hattie T was the first born in Orangeburg, S. C. to Civil Rights icons the late Dr. Charles H. Thomas, Jr. and Elease Thomas.  Her mother was a school teacher and her father taught psychology at South Carolina State University.  He was also the President of the local chapter of the NAACP and he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in the early 50s.

This is a faded Christmas card received from Dr. King to the Thomas family during the holidays.  Dr. King is seen sitting on the left and Dr. Thomas is seen standing on the right in the home of the Thomas Family.

Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Dunbar High School in Washington, DC

Dr. Thomas coordinated the first ever student-registration drive on the campus of South Carolina State University that quickly spread across the state of South Carolina.  He was inducted into the Black South Carolina Hall of Fame in 2007.


In the meantime, his oldest daughter Hattie and her siblings followed him and his wife Elease to the picket lines to protest racial discrimination in the city of Orangeburg.

Dr. Thomas rescuing his children, Hattie T in sun glasses, Reggie and Loretta from the Orangeburg jail.

Hattie is a graduate of Allen University in Orangeburg and received her Masters Degree at Indiana University.  She landed her first teaching job in Greensboro, NC at the HBCU Bennett College.

In 1967 she moved to Washington, DC which she considered her second home and accepted a job in the DC Public Schools at Cardozo High School in the NW Shaw/Cardozo community.  The school was located several blocks from the historical U Street corridor.  Her first teaching assignment—girls swimming coach.   It was here she met Civil and Human Rights and youth advocate Harold Bell her future husband.  He was volunteering as the wide receiver coach for the Cardozo football team.  HB with DC Public School’s Inter-High West All-Stars with show and tell of the proper technique of catching

HATTIE SWIM CLASS HILLCREST SWIM CBS

Top Photo: Hattie with beginners in the Cardozo HS pool and me with Redskins’ RB Larry Brown and the late LB Harold McLinton at the Kids In Trouble Hillcrest Saturday Program.  NFL Films/CBS Sports videotape the first ever national television community promo for the NFL.  Larry and Harold are seen here teaching water safety to inner-city youth.

Hattie became engaged to Harold shortly before the 1968 riots in April and watched him take to the dangerous streets of DC as a Roving Leader and Youth Gang Task Force member for DC Department of Recreation and Parks.  He had  nothing but a DC police badge for protection.  He was on the streets trying to negotiate peace between the armed cops and military personnel with inner-city residents.  Hattie and Harold were married in November 1968 and found Kids In Trouble, Inc. in December.  This was just in time for their first ever KIT toy party for elementary school children. 

Hattie was there when Harold’s Virginia Sailor football teammate the late George Kelly played the first ever Santa Claus.  Redskins’ LB Harold McLinton, LB Dave Robinson and QB Doug Williams would follow his lead.

She was there in 1969 when President Richard M. Nixon invited him to the White House to renew an old friendship established in the late 50s when Harold caddied for him at the Burning Tree Golf Course.

Hattie was there in February 1974 when Harold became the first black to host and produce his own radio sports talk show “Inside Sports” in DC.

NBA legend Red and his lovely wife Dotie were his first high profile in studio guest

She was there in 1974 when Congressman Lou Stokes (D-Ohio) read his name into the Congressional Record on the House Floor for his work with youth gangs and at-risk kids on the streets of the inner-city.

She was there when Muhammad Ali woke him up in the middle of the night inviting him to New York City to interview him after he stun the world with his 8th round knockout of George Foreman.  She was there when he became the first black to host and produce his own sports television special in prime time on NBC affiliate WRC TV 4 in November 1975.  His special guest was Muhammad Ali.

She was there when Washingtonian Magazine honored him as Washingtonian of the Year in 1980.  He was the first sportscaster ever honored.

Washingtonians of the Year–QB Joe Theisman and Harold 1980.  Kicker Mark Mosley looks on with wives.

She was there on June 4, 2019 as the Executive Producer against all odds for his on screen “We Remember Muhammad Ali”.

Harold and Hattie with friend Victor Perry outside of the Miracle Theatre on Capitol Hill for the screening of “We Remember Muhammad Ali”.

Happy Birthday to Hattie T. Bell “A Phenomenal Woman” and role model standing by her men, Dr. Charles H. Thomas, Jr. and Harold Bell.  Wishing you many more happy birthdays.

HAROLD BELL STILL NO. 1–FOUR DECADES LATER!

INSIDE SPORTS TRAIL BLAZER
Washington Star Sports Media Critic William Taaffe: “Most sports talk shows do not contain intimate bits of verse set to music, as Bell’s show did on WYCB 1340 last week. Let’s say it right at the top: “Inside Sports” is a jewel of a program–easily the most reflective and provocative radio sports talk show in Washington, DC. Its guest actually say something. The other sports talk shows are bland by comparison.”

HB & RED SOUND OFF0006
Bell seen here with co-host NBA legend Red Auerbach. He is the only sports talk show host in the DMV the Washington Post ever featured in two different stories in the same edition June 21, 1989. His sports archives reads like a Who’s Who!

He was the first sports talk show host to be read into the Congressional Record by Congressman Lou Stokes (D-Ohio) on the House floor on Capitol Hill in 1974.

He was the first sports talk show host named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine in 1980.

Harold Bell is the only sports talk show host in America to campaign for two pro athletes individually and successfully have them inducted into their hall of fames, Willie Wood (NFL)1989 and Earl Lloyd (NBA) 2003.

FOUR DECADES LATER HAROLD BELL & INSIDE SPORTS ARE STILL NO. 1
Black Men in America.com the on-line magazine is ranked No. 6 among the 50 most read on-line black websites in America. The No. 1 blogger and most popular search engine is HAROLD BELL.

The Top 500 Sites on the Web (African American Communities) Alexa an Amazon Company

Which search keywords send traffic to this site?
Keyword Percent of Search Traffic
1. HAROLD BELL 10.05%
2. african american spending habits 5.62%
3. black consumers 3.97%
4. black yacht club 3.90%
5. all in one master tonic 3.38%

1. Blackplanet.com – A community for African Americans, that provides an interactive forum with chat, photos, games.
2. Blackamericaweb.com – African American perspective on news, travel, entertainment, business, technology, and sports.
3. Dallasblack.com – Featuring Dallas/Ft.Worth African-American community events, businesses, scholarships, job post.
4. Africanamerica.org – Intelligent. Black. Community.
5. Blackmeninamerica.com – Black Men In America.com is one of the most popular online magazines in the country.
6. Cityalert.com – CityAlert.com is one of the leading online destinations for Urban trendsetters.
7. Mybrotha.com – Online magazine dedicated to providing information, education and entertainment resources.
8. Blackvoices.com – African-American community offering news and entertainment and cultural resources.
9. Blackhaven.yuku.com – Online forums dedicated to ETHNO centric discussions of issues pertaining to the African diaspora.

Top Keywords from Search Engines
Which search keywords send traffic to this site?
Keyword Percent of Search Traffic
1. HAROLD BELL 10.05%
2. african american spending habits 5.62%
3. black consumers 3.97%
4. black yacht club 3.90%
5. all in one master tonic 3.38%

REVIEWS: WE REMEMBER MUHAMMAD ALI

The applause and comments of Ali’s family following your Tribute to Muhammad Ali on Tuesday, June 4th marking the 3rd anniversary of his death on June 3rd 2016 are still echoing through my heart on FB. It was one of the most stirring presentations since I been on FB. I am sure that I missed a wonderful evening to be a part of this event. I am more grateful, knowing the sacrifices you made to get to the Miracle Theatre on Capitol Hill. I am still one of your supporters. Your generosity with your time and compassion is even greater than your eloquence as a Black sports historian in the DMV. Your contributions are priceless! Carl White

Harold, you are creating another, Inside Sports that will live on forever in the DMV. Everyone can learn something from you about Black contribution in sports. Beautiful faces at the Miracle Theatre! Carl White

I KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN! YOU DESERVE THAT AND MUCH MORE (GOD) KNOWS. THAT’S WONDERFUL! KEEP ON TRUCKIN!!! Mike Govan

Harold that was a beautiful tribute to the people’s champ it was good to see you make it happen. Larry Q Ball Steel

It was a wonderful tribute and evening to The Greatest. / Bernard Wallace
The tribute was a wonderful event/ Sylvia Traymore and Chris Thomas were hilarious!! Dick Smith closeout with My Way was a perfect end to the evening / Gloria Roberts

Much respect for this great moment in memory of a great human being Muhammad Ali put together by Harold Bell and supported by family and friends.360+666 in this realm…****HAM without the pork.. Humam Adulamalik

You are the truth Mr. Bell. Al-Malik Farrakhan

Harold as always you’re keeping our precious community gifts of the past alive less we forget…God Bless You Harold. Darnel Bethell

Thank you Harold as you mentored my Brother Dale and me and countless others…God Bless You Harold thanks always for your kindness your smile for being you….Darnell Bethel

Great event, Harold, and historic. Ali was a great man, and I am looking forward to your documentary. Be blessed and continue to be lead by grace and the Almighty, love you madly. Dick Smith

“I Remember Ali” It was a wonderful event! Homai Maier

“In the 10 years Harold Bell has been writing for Black Men in America no one has ever seriously challenged one of his blogs.” Gary Johnson CEO & Publisher

“Harold, congratulations, your archives are valuable and should be given the broadest possible exposure. Your discs and videos of your programs belong in the new Smithsonian Institution of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). A wing of the new museum will be dedicated to the struggle in sports and will be titled “Leveling the Playing Field”. Your work was a major force over the years in leveling the playing field, especially in terms of the struggle to define and project “Our Truth!” Dr. Harry Edwards

https://blackmeninamerica.com/ali-remembered-in-dc-and-in-his-hometown-of-
louisville/

ALI REMEMBERED IN DC AND IN HIS HOMETOWN OF LOUISVILLE!


TRIBUTE TO MUHAMMAD ALI IN WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 4th

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UNVEILED JUNE 6th THE LOUISVILLE MUHAMMAD ALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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Family Historian Keith Winstead with Ali’s wife Lonnie during the celebration of renaming the airport after his cousin Muhammad Ali.

The Tribute to Muhammad Ali on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, marking the 3rd anniversary of his death on June 3rd, 2016 was a smashing success. The Miracle Theatre on Capitol Hill hosted the tribute. A near capacity crowd was in attendance as comedians Sylvia Traymore and Chris Thomas provided the laughs and friends and family shared never before heard up close and personal stories of The Greatest. The Courtland Experience provided the LIVE music (bound for late night television). There were video memories by poet Ty Gray-El “Thank You Muhammad Ali”, former NBA Media Relations VP Brian McIntyre recalled his first time meeting the champion face to face and Glenn Singleton a man Ali designated as his “Best Fan” recalled how he was chosen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_uxe5gvEaM%2F
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The laugh machines-MC Comedians Sylvia Traymore and Chris Thomas

MIRACLE THEATRE ALI FAMILY & FRIENDS
“We are Family Clay”-Lyle and Leontyne Peck-Sonny Fishback-Jesse Alexander-Keith Winstead-Glenn Singleton

Keith Winstead is the Family Historian, he traveled from Louisville, Kentucky and Genealogist Leontyne Clay Peck, came from Charlottesville, Virginia. They are Ali’s first cousins. Leontyne summed of the feelings of the family when she said, “It was a wonderful evening we feel so blessed that we were part of this beautiful event. We had a great time!! Also, remember that Ali’s other family surname is Greathouse. Isn’t it interesting that the word Great is even in his name! All praise to The Highest and the ancestors for bringing us together.” Vocalist Dick Smith has been the host of the Westminister Presbyterian Church jazz show for the past two decades. He closed out the evening on the appropriate note with the classic by the legendary vocalist Frank Sinatra, ‘My Way.’ He brought the house down. Long live Ali! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IA3ZvCkRkQ%2F Muhammad Ali this is for you.

Keith, Glenn Singleton, and Ali childhood friend, Sonny Fishback all drove to Louisville the next morning where the city named the airport after The Greatest. Despite this great evening and Ali having the Louisville airport named after him, it makes me wonder why are we in 2019 still blaming others for our problems? Without a doubt, there is racism all around us in all colors shapes and forms. How is it the Jewish, Asian and now the Hispanic community is able to pull together to enhance the growth of their people, but we are still acting like crabs in the barrel?

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DC’s Dotie Wade hanging out with the Clay Crew at the Miracle Theatre

Muhammad Ali is looking down and shaking his head as we allow liars, cheats, and pimps in the pulpit to build mega-churches and go to the bank and we go back to the ghetto, to jail or worst. We built this country and the 1% are treating us like immigrants. The frauds in our community are becoming millionaires, having buildings named after them (John Thompson and Cathy Hughes). Blacks in media like Bruce Johnson, Sam Ford, Leon Harris, Winston Martin are jokes. They are the bearers of Fake News or no News when it comes to the black community. Some are passing for white and sometimes black (Rock Newman).

Despite the thick cloud of racism that hangs over this country I am going to continue to live by a phrase that I coined in 1974 to close my radio sports talk show, “Every black face I see is not my brother and every white face I see is not my enemy!” It was a tough lesson to learn but a valuable one.

This brings me to what is the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) and what are they good for? Minister Louis Farrakhan called them a bunch of Uncle Toms working in White media at their convention in 2007. It was so quiet in the hall you could have heard a mouse piss on cotton. In DC there are known pedophiles like Armstrong Williams and sex molesters like Rock Newman who have their own weekly television shows.
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The faces of television news, a pedephile, a theft, a liar, and a sex molester.
Read all about it! / https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/news/loose-lips/article/21062654/rock-newman-sued-for-reaching-into-a-womans-dress-and-unzipping-it-on-stage

In my 1974 interview with Muhammad Ali, I asked him how he distinquished who his real friends were. In my life’s experience I found my friends to be like my shadow. They are with me as long as I am in the sun but disappear when I cross into the shade. His response, “A friend is someone who is always giving and never expecting anything in return.”

This brings me to my friends who I have given and to those have never given anything, not a toy, book, camp or an education for a child; I gave John Thompson 5 minutes every Monday to promote Georgetown basketball on Inside Sports when he could not win a game. I gave Sugar Ray Leonard an opportunity to regain his self-esteem when he didn’t have two pennies to rub together. I gave and provided James Brown a platform to propel him into a CBS/NFL studio host. I gave Washington Post/ESPN Mike Wilbon a shoulder to cry on when he was an upstart at the Washington Post. I gave NBA Hall of Fame player Dave Bing a hard time on the playgrounds of DC to help prepare him for the NBA, I acted as Cathy Hughes and her son Alfred’s “Big Brother” when they needed one. I gave 20 more years of television news life to the late Jim Vance. I gave NBA Hall of Fame player Adrian Dantley the 411 concerning his agent David Falk. Falk had ciphered several million dollars from his account without his knowledge.

I gave QB Doug Williams a community platform before his MVP performance in the 1988 Super Bowl. When NFL great Jim Brown was given a jail sentence for domestic abuse he didn’t call Ghost Busters to get him out of jail he called Harold Bell. DC basketball playground legend Jo Jo Hunter served 18 years before I helped to get him an early release from his jail cell. I tried to give our Mayor for life the late Marion Barry the 411 that the feds were going to try to set him up. He said, “Harold I have everything covered.” His security man William Stays listening to the conversation rolled his eyes. Several months later ‘The Bitch set him up!’ He has a statue in front of the Wilson Building in downtown DC.

When the NFL blackballed Green Bay Packer great Willie Wood from his rightful place in its Hall of Fame, I provided him with a platform via legendary DC sports writer the late Dick Heller. He was inducted in 1989. When NBA pioneer Earl Lloyd was denied his rightful place in its Hall of Fame, I gave and provided him with a platform via Red Auerbach to be inducted in 2003.

In 2016 I uncovered a scam artist scamming NBA players Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and former players Dave Bing, Bob Lanier and Oscar Robinson. The scam artist was producing a documentary on the life story of Earl Lloyd titled, “The First to Do It!”

The players and former players were asked to be investors. Sherrie Deans, the then Executive Director of the NBA Players Association told the Hollywood Reporter, “Earl Lloyd’s achievements and the times in which he lived provide important lessons for players and fans today. Our support of this film reflects our commitment to preserving the legacy of our players and our game. And the positive impacts that both have had on our society.” Much like the investors, she didn’t have a clue.

I wrote a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silva and Spurs Coach Greg Popovich alerting them of the scam.

I receive a response from Commissioner Silva that read,

May 26, 2017

“Dear Mr. Bell, Thank you for sharing your concerns with me regarding “The First To Do It” the documentary on Earl Lloyd. Preserving and honoring our history is very important to the NBA and during the NBA All-Star Game in February, the NBA Player’s Union hosted Earl Lloyd’s family and other guests for a screening of the film.

Thank you again for taking the time to reach out to me.”

Sincerely,
Adam

“The First To Do It” was never seen or heard from again—it disappeared from the movie screens.

I am not sure that Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, or Carmelo Anthony was able to recover their investment. Former Washington Post writer and TNT NBA reporter Dave Aldridge did assist the researcher in Alexandria, Virginia to recover money from the bounced checks the scammer had written to her.

My entire sports media career my format has been on AM radio the lowest signal on the radio dial, but I never allowed that to stunt my growth in the media. I stayed a step ahead of major media by doing my home work. There is not enough space and time to list all of the benefactors of Kids In Trouble and Inside Sports so I will move on, but where is the beef?

When are we in the BLACK COMMUNITY going to say enough is enough?

Why are we still in 2019 blaming others for our problems–without a doubt there is racism all around us in all colors shapes and forms… but why is it the Jewish, Asian and now the Hispanic community can pull together to enhance the growth of their people, but we are still acting like crabs in the barrel?
For example, we allow liars, cheats, and pimps in the pulpit to build Mega Churches and go to the bank and we go back to the ghetto, to jail or worst!

We built this country and the 1% are treating us like immigrants. The frauds in our community are becoming millionaires, buildings are being named after them (John Thompson and Cathy Hughes). Blacks in media like Bruce Johnson, Sam Ford, Leon Harris, Winston Martin are jokes. They are the bearers of Fake News or no News in the black community. When you see them in the community you can bet someone is dead, during his early years the SE community nicknamed Bruce Johnson “Doctor Death”.

Some who are misguilded are passing for white and sometimes black (Rock Newman). What is the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) good for? Minister Louis Farrakhan called them a bunch of Uncle Toms working in White media at their convention in their own house in 2007. It was so quiet you could hear a mouse piss on cotton. In DC there are known pedophiles like Armstrong Williams and sex molesters like Rock Newman who have their own weekly television shows!

Newman several months ago sexual abused a female comedian on stage in front of hundreds of witnesses during a charity benefit for my friend the late comedian Dick Gregory. First, he stuffed paper napkins down her bra and unzipped her dress from behind. She is now suing him. The only media to respond to this story was the City Paper! TV 4-5-7 and 9 have taken a commercial break. Courtland Milloy and Colby King of the Washington Post are sitting on their hands waiting for the return of Michelle and Barack before they write anything positive involving the black community. The Informer and Afro-American Newspapers are once a week publications and serve no purpose with “Old News!” Cathy Hughes and Urban One Radio and TV gets its marching orders from Comcast Cable. Who can we turn to?

HB JB DICK GREGORY
NFL great Jim Brown, comedian Dick Gregory and yours truly huddle at a tribute to NFL great Willie Wood.

In the meantime, black athletes are being inducted in one hall of fame one after another while being scared to take a knee for their own human and civil rights.

Black cops are members of the FOP (KKK) in the police department around the country and are being brainwashed to believe “It’s us against them.” Remember this is not a job that they were drafted into–they volunteered for it and we pay their salaries. Black politicians are being voted into office while making promises they will never keep and we recycle them every 4 years while our children and black men’s blood flow in our streets like Niagara Falls. When are we in the BLACK COMMUNITY are truly going to say enough is enough and mean it?

WHITE PRIVILEGE is here to stay. For example, the recent incident in the NBA playoff finals where the white NBA owner put his hands on the black player was WHITE PRIVILEGE. When was the last time you checked to see how many blacks own teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL or MLB lately? In the meantime, we can do something about BLACK PRIVILEGE and the frauds who are operating in plain sight in our community. My advice is to use FB for something other than to show your new hair-do, a new car, your vacation cruise, etc. Use it to make a difference in your community, because if you don’t stand for something you will continue to fall for anything. Long live Muhammad Ali.

MIRACLE THEATRE MY WAY
Dick Smith closes down DC tribute with the classic vocal “My Way.”

ROCK NEWMAN: WHEN WHITE PRIVILGE DOES NOT COUNT WHEN YOU ARE BLACK?

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Can you believe there was no coverage relating to the sexual abuse by Rock Newman of black female comedian Sylvia Traymore Morrison. Why was there no media coverage of the incident by TV channels 4, 5, 7 and 9?

There was not a word printed in the Washington Post, Washington Afro or Washington Informer???

Has anyone seen our old friends Courtland Milloy, Colby King, Bruce Johnson, Sam Ford, the old head vanguards of black media in the Nation’s Capitol? Their pens have gone dry and their microphones have gone mute! But you could not not shut them up when it came to Bill Cosby.

According to the City Paper, Ms. Morrison was performing during the annual March on Washington Film Festival at the Burke Theater in Washington, DC in July of 2018.  She was the final act of the evening following the screening of “I am Dick Gregory”, a documentary about the late comedian and civil rights activist.

We should not only question whether Black Lives Matter, but does the respect and the dignity of a black woman matter?

Something is wrong with this picture.  This horrible act by Newman was performed on stage in front of hundreds of people who knew Mrs. Morrison who is a respected pioneering black female comedian and native Washingtonian.  She was the first black female to write for Saturday Night Live.  Newman claims he never heard of Ms. Morrison.  I wonder why did he think that gave him the right to violate her space (place a napkin in her bra and unzip her dress). 

Unlike Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, R. Kelly and other sexual preditors, they all sexually abused women behind close doors.   Newman saved his performance for stage and screen (cell phone video).

He was a student/athlete at Howard University in the 70s when it was discovered he had in his possession two driver’s licenses.  The Prince Georges County license I. D. him as white and the DC license I. D. him as black.  I saw both licenses with my own eyes.  My college roommate and teammate Dr. Arnold McKnight was the baseball coach at Howard University when Mr. Newman lost his wallet in the lockerroom.   Dr. McKnight found the wallet on the floor and started to search throught it hoping to I. D. the person who lost it.  The two licenses I. D. Newman.

A lawsuit was filed against Newman in January I had no clue. Newman is a Charles County, Maryland native. I penned a blog in February 2019 calling him out related driving for black in DC and driving while white in Maryland. I had become suspicious he was passing when a DC cop asked me out of the blue, “Is Rock Newman black or white?”

Presently he uses his platform to perpetrate a fraud as the host and producer of The Rock Newman Show on Howard University’s WHUT-TV. He also sits on the Board of Trustees for the university.  His success as a boxing promoter has been tarnished by his protege, the once undefeated and undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World–Riddick Bowe.  Bowe claims Newman and Cora Masters-Barry stole millions of dollars from him.  While Newman rides around DC in his white convertible Rolls-Royce with his white French poodle riding shotgun, Bowe is homeless and broke in Florida.

In 2005 in Mike Tyson’s last professional fight held in DC at the MCI Center, Newman was a co-promoter with Marty Wynn.  Wynn was forewarded to watch his back when the money was to be counted–he didn’t listen. Wynn and Newman had an ugly disagreement over how the earnings from the fight were to be divided (see emails below). 

I tried to reach Both Newman, and Ms. Morrison for comment for this blog, but my calls and emails went without a response.

Rock Newman posted the case on Facebook. Someone once said “Its best to be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” Read Mr. Newman’s response on Facebook and you will clearly see that the someone was clearly talking about him. He was never considered the sharpest knife in the draw when he was at Howard. Coach McKnight had to take one of his instructors out to dinner and to bed to get her to change his failing grade to keep him from flunking out of school.

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/news/loose-lips/article/21062654/rock-newman-sued-for-reaching-into-a-womans-dress-and-unzipping-it-on-stage

https://theoriginalinsidesports.blog/2019/02/12/re-vist-rock-newman-in-black-white-face/

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In the meantime, Sylvia Traymore Morrisson re-groups and heads out to Las Vegas on June 4th to open three shows for the controversial comedian Mo’Nique. You go girl!