As I am writing this, preparing for a weekend of events conceptualized and executed by women; listening to Faye Moffett’s Love Language; there is a strong urge to express my gratitude for all the feminine energies in Tulsa. We have shaped our community by empowering ourselves and each other. Let’s continue to reach out to each other and for each other.
Faye Moffett feels her platform allows her to do just that; empower women by speaking for women, to humanity, in her writing and performances.
“People need it…Music, don’t matter what type, just makes you feel good.” Moffett tells me, ” I have five sisters. Everyone goes through it (life), women are more (open) to write about it. (My writing) is really real-life based.”
While Moffett draws a lot of her inspiration from real life stories or events she focuses her point of view on the internal aspect, feelings experienced or the head space she was in at the time.
Moffett has been writing and performing most of her life, starting with a church performance to commemorate presenting the key to the city of Tulsa to Rosa Parks at age thirteen.
Moffett eased into her voice with Charlie Redd and the Full Flava Kings, singing background and harmonies, eventually she started performing songs as a front vocalist.
Working with the Full Flava Kings ” Groomed me into the type of artist I am today. I was the shy girl with the big voice (then), it was a vibe we had with one another…” that inspired Moffett to see and hone her own talents as a writer and performer.
Moffett still has high regard for the energy and inspiration gained by being around, and working with, other artists.
” Other artists definitely motivate me. We have a lot of creative people in Oklahoma…It keeps you reinventing yourself. (Artists) keep each other going.”
Moffett’s performance at MisFest tonight is a great example of the artist community Faye is familiar with in Tulsa. MisFest starts today at one PM, at River West Festival Park. You can see Faye Moffett along with many other local and national artists until eleven PM tonight.
Casey McLerran is the Literary Editor at the Black Wall Street Times. She is a Sooner State transplant from Forest Hills, NY. McLerran arrived in Oklahoma at the age of three shortly after gentrification displaced her and her family out of their home in New York. At first glance, many think they have McLerran figured out. To be frank, she’s a biracial American young woman that unapologetically embraces her half-African identity — a feminist-womanist she is. Her pen operates as her voice as well as her sword. Her accolades include the 2018 Rural Oklahoma Poetry Museum’s Oklahoma Poem Award, a business management degree, and her three beautiful children. Her objective with the Black Wall Street Times is to elevate and amplify the literary art of modern black American culture, pay tribute to African-American literary trailblazers, all while simultaneously linking and introducing children to the world of colorful American writers.