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We don’t discuss enough the emotional and mental health needs of black men. So in this week’s episode, we make space for it. Tonya Mosley sits down with three Wise Ones to answer our listener’s question: “Dear Truth Be Told, why is therapy so taboo in the black community, especially amongst black men?” In order … Continue reading You’re OK, I’m Not: Black Men and Therapy →
The days are shorter and colder, and like you, we’re looking for inspiration to sustain us through winter. For our last episode of the season we talk with two authors who are passing on the wisdom of the great icons Bruce Lee and Frida Kahlo to teach us what we’re capable of. Arianna Davis is … Continue reading Pain and Purpose: Lessons From Bruce Lee and Frida Kahlo →
To share a bit of inspiration, Tonya Mosley speaks to young activists about what kind of future they want to see.
Black women are, by and large, on the front lines of the political fight for democracy. Last year, we saw a record number of Black women serving in Congress and a record number of Black women serving at the state level in politics. There’s data that shows Black, brown and Indigenous women are in the … Continue reading If I Ruled the World →
On Aug. 28, 2020, the world heard the news that actor Chadwick Boseman had died at the age of 43 of colon cancer. Boseman was known for his role as King T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther.” He also portrayed iconic Black figures such as James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson. Boseman’s death came as … Continue reading Fight Like Chadwick →
Walter Thompson-Hernández has reported and hosted videos from nearly every continent and throughout the United States, covering Japan’s Chicano subculture, the Compton Cowboys’ legacy and the disruption of cosplay stereotypes. His latest project is a first-person audio anthology called “California Love.” “White folks have had the freedom to move to Los Angeles and tell our … Continue reading Bonus: TBT and California Love’s Walter Thompson-Hernández on IG Live →
Earlier this week, we woke up to another morning of tragic news: Jacob Blake was shot and tasered several times by police on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, leaving him in serious condition as of Tuesday. He was trying to break up a dispute. His father reported that his son is now paralyzed from the waist … Continue reading It Is Not In Your Head →
There is no right way to parent during a pandemic, and everyone is doing their best. On this week’s episode, we hear from parents in the thick of raising children during the coronavirus pandemic. We got a lot of questions from listeners, so we gathered them and enlisted two Wise Ones to help us work … Continue reading Under One Roof: Doing the Best We Can →
How do we fight an enemy like COVID-19 without the power of physical connection — the very force that has bolstered us through tough times in the past? That is the question we are unpacking in this week’s episode, prompted by our very own host, Tonya Mosley. “Colonialism always works by separating and displacing people … Continue reading Together Apart: Redefining Home →
This week, Tonya Mosley is joined by “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman to answer a round of listener questions. Sow and Friedman met in Washington D.C. in 2008 at a “Gossip Girl” viewing party. After that, they became long-distance best friends, started a podcast together and wrote a soon to be … Continue reading Friendship: The Other Love of Your Life →
We yearn for glimmers of joy as we dismantle racist systems and consume traumatic news updates, all while sheltering at home in a pandemic. So, we’re revisiting our very first episode, Holding on to Joy, with an updated conversation between host Tonya Mosley and her grandmother, this week’s Wise One, Ernestine Mosley. Our question-asker is … Continue reading Holding on to Joy →
June is Pride month and COVID-19 has altered the ways the LGBTQ can celebrate together. For many, the uprisings have been a reminder that Pride started as a riot and that Black Lives Matter includes Black trans, queer, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people. In this week’s episode, host Tonya Mosley is joined by Steven Canals, the … Continue reading Coming Out While Staying In: Dealing With Homophobia At Home →
We have been watching the uprisings across the country calling for justice, not just for George Floyd, but for all Black Americans. It has been 53 years since this country experienced unrest of this magnitude with the Long, Hot Summer of 1967. Writer and podcaster Carvell Wallace wrote on Timeline about these riots and how … Continue reading Protesting for the Soul of America: The New Civil Rights Movement →
The global coronavirus pandemic is bringing mixed emotions to Mother’s Day this year. Many are grieving the loss of a mother and the inability to mourn or celebrate in person. Many are trying to reconnect after being estranged. And those who are estranged from their mothers or have strained relationships, the shelter-in-place mandate has not … Continue reading Mom, We Need a Break →
Many of us are feeling isolated right now as we rely on Zoom and FaceTime to see our friends and family. When this will end exactly is unknown, but for some it will remain their reality. Households impacted by family separation and deportation see this long-distance digital relationship as “normal.” This week’s episode, “Deportation Wounds,” … Continue reading Deportation Wounds →
This week we’re talking about diets, separating weight from health and navigating white spaces as a big woman of color. “White World, Black Body” brings our host, Tonya Mosley, in conversation with two Wise Ones, Virgie Tovar and Chloe Hilliard, who have each bridged personal journeys with body image and food with their professional work. … Continue reading White World, Black Body →
On this episode of Truth Be Told, we gathered your questions and lived experiences during the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. Tonya Mosley talks to Dr. Seema Yasmin, journalist, author and infectious disease detective. She’s seen what the migration of diseases like COVID-19 can do to communities and how racism rears its … Continue reading ‘Rona and Racism: A Survival Guide →
Listen to this week’s episode to hear our host Tonya Mosley and Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir, unpack the question: “How are black Americans expected to overcome and thrive in this country without the necessary mechanisms of healing?” This question comes from actor Boris Kodjoe, who you may have seen in shows … Continue reading Healing for Black America →
How many times have you paused and asked, Is it just me or — Yeah, us too. We all experience life in our unique bodies and skin. And yet, we’re alone in surviving, growing and thriving. The world we live in gaslights us into thinking anything to do with identity is in our imagination. Well, … Continue reading Truth Be Told is Back Y’all! →
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. … Continue reading Community – Bonus Live Show →
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 … Continue reading Family Ties – Episode 6 →
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 … Continue reading Motherhood – Episode 5 →
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 … Continue reading Well-Meaning White Folks – Episode 4 →
As a person of color chances are high that you’ve been made to feel like you aren’t black enough, queer enough, Asian enough, LatinX enough... never enough. In this episode, we talk with Mala Muñoz, Diosa Femme, and Jeff Chang about what it means to be “enough” and how we can strengthen our solidarities by checking our privileges.
In a world dominated by white supremacy, Tonya talks with Dr. Amy Sueyoshi about how we can “decolonize our desires” by taking a hard look at who we love, and why.
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Apr 19th, 2016
Latest Episode
Nov 19th, 2020
Release Period
2 per month
Avg. Episode Length
33 minutes

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