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Truth Be Told


Truth Be Told is an advice show by and for people of color.

Truth Be Told is an advice show by and for people of color.


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Truth Be Told is an advice show by and for people of color.






Community Live Show

Truth be Told is all about building community and connecting people of color to find collective wisdom and joy in these dangerous and difficult times. We are also a podcast proudly made in the Bay Area, so we knew from the start that we HAD to do a live show and get our people together. On June 13th in downtown Oakland, over a hundred people gathered to share the love and seek advice from wise ones Ashara Ekundayo and Bari Williams, in conversation with TBT’s Tonya Mosely. (Slight problem?...


Family Ties

We’ve all had that one big question in our lives that looms over us and keeps us up at night. Maybe you are making a life altering decision about a relationship; whether to get into one, get out of one — or stay in one. Maybe you’re one step away from leaving a job, or taking a new one. Or maybe, like our host Tonya Mosley, you are trying to figure out if you should start a relationship with your estranged father’s family. What should you do when faced with a big “what do I do” moment? In...



Before we even know who we are and what we want out of life, women are expected to mother, to ultimately be mothers. And for women of color? There are added financial and cultural pressures as well as legacies of historical trauma and present-day racism that we are often up against. How do all these forces impact the choice to be a mother? And how might we reimagine what it even means to be a mother? In this episode of Truth Be Told, we talk with Audrey Galo, founder of AG Voiced, Tanya...


Well-Meaning White Folks

Allies are necessary to our collective pursuit of racial equity and antiracism, but sometimes talking across and through differences can be messy, hurtful, and downright exhausting. As people of color we ALL have had our fair share of those “unintentionally” painful encounters. In this episode of Truth be Told, Tonya and Code Switch host Gene Demby tackle two questions from people struggling with how to deal with well-meaning white folks, at home and at work. Why the The Tower Tarot Card?...



Have you ever been made to feel like you aren’t enough? Not black enough, not queer enough, not Asian enough, not enough? In this episode of Truth Be Told, we explore how we can move beyond the question of “enough” and ask ourselves if we are doing enough, for our communities with Locatora Radio hosts Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme. Tonya also talks with author Jeff Chang, co-founder of CultureStr/ke and ColorLines, about the complicated history behind the term “people of color” and how we need...


Colonized Desire

Do you have “a type?” What if you’re a person of color, and you only have crushes on white folks? There’s a lot of mystery about what gets our hearts pumping, but one thing is for sure, our attractions aren’t simply just our own. From romantic movies to commercials, we are inundated with messages about what sex and love should look like. As people of color, we rarely get to see ourselves in those narratives and this can have some real consequences. In this episode of Truth Be Told, we talk...



Our first episode of Truth Be Told is finally here and we’re going in deep to take on one of the biggest questions of our time: How can I feel joy, when the world is burning? Families are being separated at the border, drugs are ravaging our communities, the wealth gap between the rich and the poor is widening, and parts of California are literally being consumed by flames. It feels like the end of days – and yet we still want to laugh, dance, and love. In this inaugural episode of Truth Be...


Introducing Truth Be Told, Hosted by Tonya Mosley

KQED’s Truth Be Told is a brand-new advice show made by and for people of color. If Miss Manners tells you how to behave, Truth Be Told explores how you can be you in a world that doesn’t always want you to…just be. Through unfiltered advice, host Tonya Mosley takes on listener questions, digging into what it means to not just survive, but thrive, as a person of color in our country. Our first episode drops May 16, 2019 with new episodes every Thursday. You can hear the trailer right now and...