Journalist

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Raqiyah’s work in journalism goes back to the Quincy Jones owned days of Vibe Magazine. As an intern in the mid-90s, she became Executive Assistant to then Editor in Chief, Danyel Smith. And later, editorial coordinator assisting the managing editor. Moving on to pursue an early career as a freelance hip hop journalist, Raqiyah’s bylines graced cover stories for publications like XXL, The Source, and Billboard. Expanding her beat to report on everything from women and R&B to politics and radio, she scored covers for Black Elegance magazine, profiles, and features for The Associated Press, VIBE, Essence, and Complex. She later became executive editor of “The Ave” Magazine, dedicated to coverage combining social issues with the intellect and outlook of the hip hop world. Today she’s a content producer taking over digital media, curating and providing top notch branded content with a self empowerment, film, TV, and social issue focus for a host of websites including Ebony.com, Blackenterprise.com, Madamenoire.com’s motherhood site mommynoire.com, and WBLS.com.  She uses journalism and Hollywood interviews to humanize celebrities through open discussions on real life and the world.

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