In this New York Times video from 2015, we meet Moziah Bridges a thirteen-year-old with his own company, Mo’s Bows. Mo tells us that he began making bow ties at the age of nine, when he asked his grandmother to teach him to sew. Now he has five of his family members working for him, and sells his bowties for forty to sixty dollars a piece. His mother quit her job in sales to help run the company. She says that she makes the decisions, but that it is Mo’s choice to have the company.
Who is Moziah Bridges, and why has he received so much attention from news outlets?
What kind of behind-the-scenes picture does this New York Times piece offer of Mo’s life? Why does he sometimes have problems at school? How does the video center on Mo’s relationship with his mother?
In what ways does Mo challenge stereotypes about race and gender as well as age?
How is Mo different from other boys his age? Have you ever felt your age to be an obstacle to a goal you have or an idea you are trying to express?