Amazing time with family during this weekend’s gala at the Harlem Hospital Center for The Bomb Shelter, an amazing non profit offering free arts programs for talented youth. I’m honored to have been chosen by their members to receive the very first Spirit Guide Award. :+)
A few weeks ago, I walked into Wells Fargo, projected my voice and said, “I’d like to close my account.” Faces dropped. A Latino brother took me to his desk. “Can I ask why you’d like to close your account?” “Because of their support of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Aside from the fraud situation, I should have closed my account then. But it’s taken longer than planned.” He shook his head with understanding. After my account was closed, he looked up. “I don’t agree with DAPL either. And we’ve lost a lot of customers because of it.” He slid me his card. “Can you send an email about why you’re closing your account? They read all emails from current and former customers. And know that there are discussions at the top. They’re trying to figure out how to get out of it, but they’re stuck in a contract.” I stared at his card. “Yeah, well economic protests tend to make people at the top pay attention. But it might be too late for them at this point. Just like what happened to Uber.” #NoDAPL
I had the honor of meeting NYC’s first and only black mayor, David Dinkins, at Mayor De Blasio and 1st lady Chirlane McCray’s Black History Month reception. I had a wonderful moment speaking to Mr. Dinkins about what the next generation of leaders should be doing now. He said they should find an organization to partner with and do the work within. He said, “See that turtle over there on that fence? That turtle didn’t get there alone. That turtle got there by standing on the shoulders of those who came before it.” #BlackHistory
I experienced history in DC at The Women’s March on Washington. The energy was electric! The vibe was so warm and nurturing. The speeches were amazing. The march passionately shut DC and cities across the country down. I am so happy to have witnessed and been a part of something that will be in history books. These are just some of the pictures I took. #WomensMarch
MLK Day is not a day off. I was raised to know that today is a day of service. I’m blessed that the work I’m paid to do doubles as community service.
My #MLKDay 2017 to do and got-it-done list:
1) Sent my kid to a youth leadership conference.
2) Worked on a speech I’ve been hired to write for the Women’s March on Washington. #Speechwriter
3) Wrote & edited campaign materials for Amnesty International campaigns against Police Brutality & The Syrian Refugees Crisis
4) Soul food dinner with family.
Dr. King would be proud. :+) Productive. Busy. Satisfying. Today was a good day.
Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve. #TuesdayMotivation
Check out the broadcast from my BRIC Arts Media workshop, “How To Be A Radio Host.” Scroll down. Press play!
Definitely the best moment of the week. Thank you, BRIC Arts Media & Rose Crichton !!! @bfreebk @BricTV @Regrann from @thirdeyerebels – Reporting Live From @bricartsmedia Media Talks: Hosting for Radio w/ Raqiyah Mays @raqiyahmays
I like teaching & I think I’m pretty good at it…
The view from the control room monitoring the broadcast.
With BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech Crew.
Sat for the Q&A in the high heels.
Spoke to diversified audience of people eager to learn.
Posed for a few photos with students.
When class was over, some received copies of ” The Man Curse”. Notice the Man Curse Flyers In Their Hands.
Hosting for Radio w/ Raqiyah Mays
Thursday, Dec 15, 2016
The Media Center at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street 2nd Floor
Are you in the process of developing your new podcast? Learn industry tips to build and engage your audience from WBLS’s own Raqiyah Mays.
Raqiyah Mays is a radio personality, author, journalist, and activist with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Mays work in journalism extends back to when Quincy Jones owned Vibe Magazine. Mays’ bylines graced cover stories for publications like XXL, The Source, and Billboard. A writer by nature, her debut fiction novel, The Man Curse was released on November 16, 2015. From marching in Ferguson, MO to Baltimore and attending protests in NYC, Raqiyah’s activism spans from events to social media with regular updates on nation-wide cases of injustice on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
We’ll be streaming this Media Talks event via FACEBOOK LIVE on the Brooklyn Free Speech Facebook Page (@BFreeBK).
We’ll start the live stream at 5:55PM w/ the event starting shortly thereafter. Please arrive to The Media Center (Television Studio A) at BRIC Arts | Media House (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11217) by 5:30pm, latest.
Light refreshments will be served.
ABOUT THE MEDIA TALKS SERIES
Media Talks features professional television producers, directors, documentary filmmakers, video editors, and new media producers sharing their perspectives and stories with the Brooklyn community. These lively and inspiring discussions are held throughout the borough and air on our Brooklyn Free Speech channels. Media Talks are always free and open to the public.
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Brooklyn Free Speech is a New York Emmy-nominated community television network that amplifies and honors alternative voices in media. We serve as a creative space for novice and seasoned television artists and filmmakers to learn, create, and share their talents with the world. Learn how you can share your voice with Brooklyn, and beyond at BRICartsmedia.org/BFreeBK.
The Media Center gives Brooklynites the tools and know-how to professionally create and cablecast their own television programs on the New York Emmy-nominated Brooklyn Free Speech, and produces non-commercial television programs that reflect the borough’s diversity of thought and culture. We provide a voice for Brooklynites just like you to air their hopes, dreams, and aspirations to the world.
The Media Center provides all Brooklynites with access to television studio facilities, equipment, and free or low-cost media training. We are located in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District at BRIC Arts | Media House, 647 Fulton Street.