We had the good fortune of connecting with Maddie “Moprah” Mosley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maddie “Moprah”, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Whether I’m out here willing to risk it all for my current celebrity crush or I’m contemplating the next risk I’m going to take for myself, risk is always on my mind, always! I think it’s what personally keeps me on my toes. It sounds cliché, but I truly don’t want to live a life of regrets, left wondering well what if, I’m already an overthinker as it is. I feel like the driving force behind people not taking risks is fear, usually fear of failure. I however, would rather take a risk and possibly fail, than shy away from taking that initial leap of faith. I think being able to do that also requires a different mindset on what failure means to you. When I think of failure, two things come to mind: Failing forward and room for growth. I try to think of my failures as a positive thing, moments in time that will one day be some of the juiciest chapters in my tell-all autobiography. Plus, I think too many people sell themselves short and automatically think they’re going to fail instead of thinking about the success that could come from them betting on themselves. Risk sometimes requires you to do things that people haven’t done or aren’t willing to do. You have to trust yourself and what’s best for you, while allowing yourself to sit in the unknown that lies ahead. I’m not saying that taking risks is always easy, but I will say that all of the risks that I’ve taken in life thus far, have influenced the person that I am today. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to unlock my potential. I also wouldn’t have crossed paths with some of the amazing people that I have or had some of the memorable experiences that I’ve been blessed with, if I wouldn’t have originally trusted my gut and just gone for it. Though everyone’s path in life looks different and some will take more risks than others, I feel like I’ll spend the rest of my life dreaming big and taking risks because that’s one of the ways I’ll continue to show up for myself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a multimedia journalist, and for me that embodies more than just being a journalist. I like to think of myself as a creative, an artist, an entertainer, etc. I don’t like to limit myself or my potential and put everything I’m throwing down, into one basket. Getting to know people and learning their personal stories, is a genuine hobby of mine. Therefore, I’m grateful for a career avenue that allows me to do just that. However, I’d continue to do it, even if it wasn’t the foundation of my career. I’m most excited about the future and for some of the projects that I’m working on for this year. I started my own online talk show called “More With Moprah” and I have a handful of interviews that haven’t been released yet, that I’ll be rolling out at the start of this new year. I’ve interviewed and will continue to interview everyone from change makers, authors, influencers, musicians, etc. Going after your goals and dreams always requires some level of hard work and tenacity. Even though I think a large part of getting to where you want to be is all about who you know and not what you know, that doesn’t mean that it’s a breeze or a walk in the park to get there. You still have to be willing to hustle and grind. I feel like I’m still in the early stages of my career and though I’m grateful for all that I’ve learned and achieved thus far, I’m not anywhere near where I’d like to be, as I’m sure most people aren’t. This is what motivates me to keep progressing in my career and life. Some of the most important lessons that I’ve learned up until now, are to trust and believe in yourself and to advocate for yourself. Nobody knows you like you do and what’s going to make you the happiest at the end of the day. Each of us is unique in design and has something to offer the world. With that being said, if somebody isn’t feeling what you’re bringing to the table, you say, thank you next and move onto the next opportunity where you, your brand and the value you bring, will fully be accepted. I would hope that the world would know that I simply love to have fun, while being authentic to who I am both personally and professionally. I aspire to always uplift and motivate those around me. Breaking down barriers is important to me not only for female journalists, but female journalists of color. I believe in the importance of female empowerment and what it means to be a woman of character, while remaining true to one’s self. I want my brand to make people feel something from the stories or personal content that I’m sharing. Whether people are laughing one minute or crying the next, I want them to walk away feeling like there’s still good in the world and that the least that we can do as decent human beings is to be kind and show compassion towards others, especially those that may be completely different from ourselves.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ok so I’m pretty basic when it comes to things like this because I really do try and have fun anywhere, at any given time, no matter who I’m with. So honestly, any place with a dance floor, music and tacos, and I’m a happy camper! I will say that I feel like there’s many places in Arizona that fit my description well, but I do think Downtown Phoenix has this whole vibe going on. There’s lots of food, art and other activities to experience in that area that I would recommend to anybody.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Naturally, as an “Oprah enthusiast”, Queen O always gets a shoutout from me, her girl, “Moprah”. Not only do I respect her work and example as a journalist, but her philanthropic efforts and business success, as well. One of the most important things to me in regards to her story and all that she’s done, is the path that she’s paved and the impact she’s had on the black community, especially that of black women. I also can’t go without giving a shoutout to all of the amazing personal mentors that I’ve had throughout my life, who have helped and inspired me in a variety of ways and in a variety of areas. Two of whom, are both of my grandmas. They have always been the epitome and embodiment of what faithful, empowered, and unapologetic women, are and do. I hope to carry on their legacies and make them proud. As my girl Beyoncé says, “Girls, we run this mutha!”
Youtube: “More With Moprah” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1K50P7HrrOjtdaKneyQ0w
Other: TikTok: @moprahmosley
(Starting from the personal header photo at the top) Abigail Wolf: @abigailwolfphotography (Images 7 & 8) Amanda Phillips: @amandaiphillips (Image 3) Andrew Roberts: @itsme.andrew (Images 1 & 5) Bill Mosley (Image 6) Jessica Bertram: @jessicabertram (Image 9) Kathy Head: @k_dash_momager (Image 2) Maddie Mosley: @moprahmosley (Image 4)