Advice show made for and by people of color debuts on May 16
An advice column is one of the most American of things, but whose America? If Miss Manners and Dear Abby tell you how to blend in and behave, KQED’s new podcast Truth Be Told explores how you can be you in a world that doesn’t always want you to be.
Hosted by Tonya Mosley, the six-part series made by and for people of color speaks to the unique yet universal challenges people of color face in the United States. It’s like the friend you call after a long, exhausting day – the one who will laugh, cry, scream and moan with you. The one who gets it.
Through unfiltered advice, Mosley takes on audience questions, digging into what it means to not just to survive, but to thrive, as a person of color in America. Is it okay to take seek out pleasure when the world around us seems to be burning? Am I having a child just to make mi mamá happy? Is it worth it to keep ties with estranged relatives? Am I Latina, Black or Asian enough? How have white supremacy and legacies of colonization shaped who we find attractive?
In search of answers to these questions and more, Mosley travels from San Francisco to Detroit to New York to meet with “Wise Ones,” unconventional experts whose wisdom stems from their lived experiences, studies and artistry. People like adrienne maree brown, author of Octavia's Brood & Pleasure Activism; Casey Gerald, author of There Will Be No Miracles Here; Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop; and even Tonya’s 92-year-old grandmother Ernestine Mosley.