Truth Be Told with Tonya Mosley

Truth Be Told with Tonya Mosley

We’re the friend you call after a long day. The one who gets it. Through wisdom from some of the greatest thinkers of our time, host Tonya Mosley explores what it means to grow and thrive as a Black person in America while discovering new ways of being that serves as a portal to more love, more healing, and more joy. When journalist Tonya Mosley began conceptualizing a podcast, she knew she wanted it to be an advice show that flipped the idea of what advice could be on its head. "I wanted answers to questions that were coming up in my own life as a Black person in America," says Mosley. "I thought, what if there was a podcast where we can take on deep and complex topics that are meaningful to people's everyday lives?" That podcast is Truth Be Told, which Mosley launched in 2019 and is Apple Podcasts' featured Spotlight podcast for March 2022. Mosley, who hosts the weekly show through her production company TMI, has plans to look into what liberation looks like for Black Americans over the next four seasons. In upcoming episodes, she explores the evolution of assimilation and what can be born out of the process of decolonization, with each episode guided through different emotional states like love, anger, and resilience. "I am of the first generation of Black Americans to be born under the full rights of citizenship in this country--the right to vote, to live where I want, go to school where I want, marry who I want," Mosley says. "This podcast is an exploration of what the next leg of liberation means for us as Black Americans. I'm doing this work in my own life, and I thought it would be an amazing step to share it in the form of a podcast so that we can all learn and express ourselves together for the purposes of moving society forward." The concept for the show took root in March 2019. During a six-week period, Mosley, a radio and television journalist who won an Emmy Award in 2016 for her televised piece "Beyond Ferguson" and several others for her public radio series "Black in Seattle," invited people of color to several community events in Oakland, Silicon Valley, and the Bay Area. Through these listening sessions, she learned that audiences like asking questions about dilemmas and conversations they weren't hearing anywhere else and that they'd want to talk to someone with lived experience. "We wanted to turn the idea of an expert on its head," Mosley says. "Wisdom is what we want. We don't necessarily want what we often coin or term as advice from an expert from an academic level, but more so from lived experience." With Truth Be Told, Mosley wants a safe space to talk about difficult topics like race and racism by inviting guests who understand these issues firsthand, and look just like their core audience, rather than through the lens of whiteness. "If we're thinking about de-centering whiteness, a lot of people think that means pushing white people to the side in a way that devalues their experiences," Mosley clarifies. "What it really is saying is that we want to do our best to center the lived experiences of everyone who calls this place home. So, what that means is allowing space in the mainstream where we can have these kinds of conversations.” Truth Be Told is a TMI Production in association with Fearless Media. We are @DearTruthBeTold on Twitter and @deartbt on Instagram. Reach out to us using the hashtag #DearTBT.

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July 3, 2022 3 min

We want to turn you on to a new show that you should consider adding to your podcast queue: History is US. It’s a 6-part documentary podcast from C13-Originals Studios and Jon Meacham — the team behind the 2021 Webby Award-Winning Best Podcast Series “It Was Said.“

It’s written and narrated by Dr. Eddie Glaude, who is a friend of Truth Be Told. You might remember him as a Wise One from Season 2. Eddie is an award-winning author and ...

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Bad habits, toxic relationships, soul-sucking jobs — our inner voices tell us the truth, but are we listening? A moment of nakedness in the vastness of the ocean helped restaurant owner Kristi Brown slow down enough to hear what her inner voice was telling her. On this episode of Truth Be Told, we explore how listening to ourselves can lead us to joy and our ultimate purpose.

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June 9, 2022 44 min

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke is known as a truth-teller. In this episode of Truth Be Told she goes even deeper, revealing for the first time the depths of despair she’s felt over the last few months, and the ways during these dark times she’s chasing joy and renewal. 

And grab your notebook! Mental health counselor Rian Roberson steps in to give us our own mini-therapy session. 

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June 2, 2022 19 min

What are the words - when there are no words?

In the face of so much violence, death, and heartbreak, minister and writer Danté Stewart joins us to talk about what he calls “little experiments of liberation.”


GUESTS:

Danté Stewart, minister, writer and author of Shoutin’ Into The Fire: An American Epistle. 

TW: @stewartdantec


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May 26, 2022 28 min

Our nation’s obsession with thinness refuses to acknowledge that the ideal, at its core, is racist. How do we get beyond the belief that bigger Black bodies are a problem? And instead, allow ourselves, no matter what size, to take up space?


GUESTS:

Sabring Strings, Ph.D., scholar, and author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia

Carvell Wallace, author, and memoirist

Mozell Ward, trainer at Radically Fit


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May 19, 2022 34 min

As Black Americans, we’ve had to fight to get grocery stores into our neighborhoods, while fast-food chains were encouraged to thrive thereby federal policy. It feels like the opposite of a fully liberated life...one where access to nourishing food would be easier than the smoothest drive-thru. How can we build a future where we're closer to the source of our food? We digest that history and envision a future of liberation and ...

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May 12, 2022 42 min

What do body autonomy and reproductive health look like in a post Roe vs. Wade world? The stress of racism and barriers to care–including abortion care–are part of a downward spiral in reproductive justice. Too often, those stressors play out in our wombs as fibroids and cancers. We talk about seeking justice and liberation with our guests.

GUESTS:

Anoa Changa, journalist and writer of “What’s Next for Roe v. Wade?”

Dr. Ashley Davis, ...

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May 5, 2022 31 min

How do we move out of survival mode and into a place where our bodies are strong? Trauma therapist Resmaa Menakem kicks off Season 4 exploring what nourishment means outside of white notions of what our Black bodies should be.


GUESTS:

Chef Kristi Brown, co-owner of Communion

Resmaa Menakem, somatic therapist, author of the new book The Quaking of America


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May 1, 2022 4 min

In season four, we explore what nourishment means for us outside of diet culture and white notions of what our Black bodies should be.

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April 21, 2022 26 min

Bonus Episode: Comedian Kevin Fredericks aka KevOnStage joins Tonya to talk about family, faith, and what liberation truly looks like in the midst of social media fame.

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April 14, 2022 12 min

Bonus Episode: This week, we talk to acclaimed journalist and host of the Black Girl Songbook podcast, Danyel Smith about her new book Shine Bright: A Personal History of Black Women in Pop, including the wise words of Rihanna and the lasting power of Donna Summer.

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April 7, 2022 21 min

Bonus Episode: This week, we talk to musician Anthony Hamilton about his new tour, Black love, and what he learned from the pandemic.

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March 31, 2022 31 min

We’ve heard of burnout and “zoom fatigue,” but what are practices we can take to let ourselves pause and not be made to feel guilty about it? This week we talk to the founder of the Nap Ministry, Tricia Hersey about how to treat our bodies, not as hustle machines, but as living, divine beings that need rest. And what does that even look like?

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March 24, 2022 38 min

They say honesty is the best policy, but what does it really take to be radically honest with ourselves for the benefit of our relationships? This week we’re joined by sex educator Ericka Hart and her partner and manager Ebony P. Donnley, as they share how a relationship founded on honesty can be a pathway to our collective liberation. From open relationships to body image, nothing is off the table in this conversation!

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March 17, 2022 35 min

What does sexual freedom really look like? This week we interrogate the messages we’ve internalized about sex and we ask ourselves: Can we decolonize our sex lives to aid in the larger quest towards liberation for us all?

To help us unpack some of the layers we called on Ev’Yan Whitney – a sexuality doula, author, and sensualist – who helps people better understand their core desires, needs, and how to put into action what they feel...

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March 10, 2022 40 min

How do we raise Black children who feel free? One way, according to conscious parenting coach Yolanda Williams, is for caregivers to first deal with their own childhood trauma. Williams sat down with Tonya to offer some actionable tips on how to raise “free-thinking Black children” - and stop the tradition of spanking as a form of discipline. We gained so much insight from Yolanda in this episode and you will too. Click here to acc...

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March 3, 2022 32 min

In our society, Black parents may breathe a bit easier at night knowing their children are safe and accounted for. But when a tragedy takes that breath away, how do you persevere? What does it take to keep going after a painful loss? 


Perseverance is defined as the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. This week, Tonya travels to Seattle to speak with Ayanna Brown, a mother who has...

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February 24, 2022 38 min

Black men have it hard in America. 


And by and large, Black women have felt an obligation to show up, love, and support them. Is it too much to ask that they show up for us?


That’s the topic we’re taking on this week with writer and cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux. She recently wrote a piece for Vanity Fair where she coined the term “the Black Ass Lie,” pointing out the harm that comes from the ongoing narrative that straight Black m...

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February 17, 2022 42 min

For many of us, the church is a place of refuge. It’s where we first experience community and an understanding of love. But real talk: what do you do as a non binary person if the place that made you, doesn’t exactly accept who you are?

That’s the dilemma from our very own editor James T. Green, who explores their identity and faith with renowned writer and poet, Nikki Giovanni. In this conversation, Nikki shares some of her most in...

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February 10, 2022 3 min

It’s 2022 and we’re taking on two of the most urgent questions of our time: What does liberation look like for Black Americans? And what does it mean to be free? 


Season 3, which premieres on February 17th, offers a compelling sonic exploration into what liberation looks, sounds, and feels like for Black Americans with some of the greatest thinkers of our time. Host Tonya Mosley takes us on a deeply personal exploration — peeling ba...

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