How the 90s Television Show "Moesha" Inspired Me

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. 

I don't care what anyone says, images in media matter. If they didn't, I wouldn't still be talking about a show that aired 20 years ago, a show I reference in my debut novel, Hot Like Fire!! Yes, it meant that much.

 

(You can read the first chapter here. )