The acclaimed mental health podcast is now live on the Cumulus Podcast Network

New podcast Edges with Shantae Howell is also live

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) today announced that DCP Entertainment’s award-winning podcast The truth must be told joins the Cumulus Podcast Network, with the first episode of Season 3 now live. The truth must be told is a bold and curious advice show featuring host Tonya Mosley discussing with some of the greatest thinkers of our time about what it means to grow and thrive as a black person in America, and how to discover new ways of being that serve as a portal to more love, more healing, and more joy. Each season consists of six episodes which will be released every Thursday.

The truth must be told Host Tonya Mosley said: “I am part of the first generation of black Americans to be born with full citizenship rights in this country. The right to vote, to live where I want, to go to school where I want, to marry who I want. This podcast is an exploration of what the next stage of liberation means for us as black Americans. And I’m proud to be part of the DCP Entertainment and Cumulus podcast network for amplify this vital work, using media to spark important conversations that drive our society forward.”

Season 3 of The truth must be told:

Now Live – ‘Love’ – Award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni offers dynamic advice on loving and accepting non-binary people in the Black Church.

February 24 – “Obligation” – Writers Jamilah Lemieux and Kiese Laymon recreate the groundbreaking 1971 conversation between Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin in the context of 2022. How can black men and women love each other better?

March 3 – “Perseverance” – Tonya speaks with Ayanna Brown, mother of a black son who was murdered, about grief and perseverance.

March 10 – ‘Protection’ – Poet Saeed Jones and writer Damon Young explore the fractured relationship between gay and straight black men and discuss how to break free from misogyny and homophobia.

March 17 – ‘Pride’ – This episode explores the argument that the nuclear family is a white construct that has blinded black America to the bonds and systems we have created to survive and thrive in this country.

March 24 – ‘Victory’ – This episode explores what breaking free from the confines of turmoil culture looks like. Other topics covered in this episode include Nap Ministry and a discussion with the author of “You Are Lazy, You Just Need to Slow Down”.

The Cumulus Podcast Network is adding an additional mental health-focused show from DCP Entertainment called Edges, which is a seasonal storytelling show inspired by host Shantae Howell’s mental health journey, which is inextricably linked to her hair. The first episode is live now, with new episodes releasing every Tuesday.

Shantae Howell, creator and host of Edges added, “As long as I can remember, a lot of my identity and self-esteem has been wrapped up in my hair. Edges is a concept inspired by my hair and mental health journey, my (still very much in progress) coming of age story born out of years of therapy and introspection. This project is my unboxing and my peace with the parts of my life that I am still processing. To be able to look in the mirror and look at old photos with empathy and love for the person I was, am and will be.”

Both podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Pandora, among other platforms. Cumulus partners with DCP Entertainment to distribute, market and monetize all of its existing and upcoming podcasts.

On The truth must be told

the New York Times called The truth must be told “one of the 4 best mental health podcasts” in 2020 and Oprah Magazine called named it one of the “Best New Podcasts of 2019”. Reader’s Digest calls The truth must be told episodes“personal and often funny, while simultaneously addressing difficult-to-discuss issues with sincerity and intent. Mosley is warm, personable and conversational when discussing heavy topics” and the The Financial Times says the show is “a compelling listen that avoids the serious trap.” The truth must be told is a TMI production in collaboration with Molten Heart and in association with Fearless Media. The podcast is distributed by DCP Entertainment.

About Tonya Mosley

In addition to hosting the The truth must be told, Tonya is a correspondent for “Here & Now”, the nationally distributed radio show on NPR. Until this month, Tonya was a co-host of the show. Tonya is also a regular host of “Fresh Air”, NPR’s signature long-running show and one of the most downloaded podcasts in the world. She previously served as Silicon Valley bureau chief and correspondent for KQED and series creator for KUOW in Seattle. In April 2021, Tonya was one of five nominees for a Webby Award for Best Podcast Hostalongside luminaries like Oprah, Conan O’Brien and Jemele Hill.

On Edges

Host Shantae Howell speaks with her family, friends and other members of the black community to share their “hair x sanity” stories. With Edges, Shantae hopes to inspire self-awareness, introspection, and hopefully a laugh or two.

About Shantae Howell

Based in Chicago, Shantae has held media roles in public relations, strategy and creative. In the 9-5 of things, she found success behind the scenes, working with brands like Ben & Jerry’s and Cooking aid to produce long-form branded content and custom integrations. In her previous role at Vox Media, she led content development for award-winning programs including A woman’s place and Who we are. Shantae was named one of AdMonsters’ Top Women in Media 2021 and was a 2021 finalist for the Forbes “30 Under 30” list.

About DCP Entertainment

DCP Entertainment’s mission is to provide a platform for people of color, women, and LGBTQ communities; and to highlight stories about mental health, disability and overcoming adversity. Current productions include say his name, which won a Webby “People’s Voice” 2021, 2021 New York Festival Radio Awards for “Narrative/Documentary Podcast” and “Social Justice Podcast”, and was nominated for the 2021 Ambies “Podcast of the Year” award; and Touré Show: Central Park 5, which was the winner of the 2020 Webby Award “Best Crime and Justice Episode”. Other productions include Democracy, make it simple, woke AF, and Who was Prince? For more information, visit


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