Truth B. Told
Born in Saginaw, MI, spoken word artist/poet/emcee/actor Truth B. Told (born Christopher Owens) is known for many things. Biting his tongue isn't one of them. Witness just a few minutes of one of his critically acclaimed live performances, and you'll understand why. Truth's candid, pull-no-punches, call-it-as-he-sees-it style is one that has resonated with audiences across color lines & age ranges and has garnered awards and accolades from a fanbase that reaches to South Africa and Tokyo. He has opened for acts such as Floetry, Mint Condition, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Dwele, Chrisette Michele and Elle Varner, written a commercial for BET's Black History Moment and a pitch for companies who have appeared (and succeeded) on ABC's "Shark Tank". He has made TV appearances on VH1 & MTV, and has even made an appearance in an independent film "How You Look To Me" with acclaimed actor Frank Langella. Truth was awarded "Spoken Word Album of the Year" at the 2012 National Poetry Awards for his project "LTV2: The Death & Rebirth of Christopher Owens" as well as Spoken Word Artist of the Year in 2013.
Truth has also completed work on a book, "Words I Remember", as well as his hip hop/jazz-infused spoken word project, "Oxymoronicotineverland" both released in June 2015. In fall 2015, Truth B. Told was also featured in Dove & Twitter's #SpeakBeautiful online campaign targeted at empowering women and challenging the societal standards of beauty. Truth B. Told currently is touring while completing his MFA in Creative Writing at Wilkes University with a concentration in poetry and fiction, and runs Culture PHX, a community-focused business who has already made national headlines for their work with WNBA teams.