In a previous post, I wrote about how one of my favorite television shows growing up was "Moesha." If you've been living under a rock and never heard of it before, the show is about a young, gifted, and Black teenager (played by the multi-talented and beautiful singer Brandy). Moesha chronicles the interesting, and often complex, world of high school.
I don't care if Moesha was just a character or not, she was my inspiration:
Moesha showed me the possibilities of being a writer. She serves as the editor of her high school newspaper (which I went on to do as well). She creates her own media source called "The Blurb" and writes a '30s inspired story -- a concept I still adore.
Moesha hustled. She had a business-like, go-getter mentality, maintaining a job and going to school simultaneously.
Moesha took risks. She wasn't afraid of going for any opportunity, like pretending to be a journalist for Vibe Magazine. That little risk landed her a chance to "interview" a legend, Maya Angelou.
Moesha was well read. She introduced my 10, 11, 12, and 13 year old self to poets and writers like Sonia Sanchez, Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, Zora Neale Hurston, etc.