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The Spirit Guide Award

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2017 by Raqiyah Mays

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. :+)

Posing with my proud mother

My son Kalel played 12-year-old personal photographer for the event.

My kid took this pic :+)

Gave a speech on an artist’s responsibility to use their art to speak truth and improve the world.

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Goodbye Wells Fargo #NoDAPL

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2017 by Raqiyah Mays

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

Mayor David Dinkins #BlackHistory

Posted in Black Lives Matter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 1, 2017 by Raqiyah Mays

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

Thank you, Obama

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 11, 2017 by Raqiyah Mays

​”If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing.” – Barack Obama #ObamaFarewell #Beautiful

[SOLD OUT!] BRIC Arts Media Presents: Hosting for Radio w/Raqiyah Mays

Posted in How to Be Empowerment Workshops, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 12, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

My friends at BRIC Arts Media have invited me to provide tips to the public on how to be a radio personality. The event is free. Check the info below and RSVP HERE!

Hosting for Radio w/ Raqiyah Mays

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

6:00 PM

The Media Center at BRIC House

647 Fulton Street 2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY

RSVP HERE

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.

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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.

TELL ME MORE ABOUT BROOKLYN FREE SPEECH
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.

Venue Information:
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.

 

1 Year Anniversary: My Debut Fiction Novel, “The Man Curse”

Posted in The Man Curse, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 16, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

One year ago today, my greatest artistic accomplishment to date was released: My debut fiction novel “The Man Curse.” Dream publisher (Simon & Schuster). Dream accomplishment (since the 4th grade). Dream release month (birthday season.) Dream book release party (packed it out). Dream book tour (with The Limited). Dream reviews (Check Amazon). It was all a dream that took 10 years to manifest. Definitely worth remembering and celebrating. Thank you, Lord!!! Still haven’t checked it out? Download your copy to your tablet or smartphone via Amazon or TheManCurse.com. #Amen #TheManCurse #IdidThat

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It’s My Birthday!! 11/11!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

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It’s my birthday! Heyyy! #ScorpioSeason

11/11, double master number that drives everything in my life to manifest in twos. So what do I want? 2 things:

  1. Healthy Mind, Body & Soul:  I’ve honestly been neglectful in the past year. So busy and driven to promote a book, be a present mom, lover, and activist glued to the news, twitter, and TV subconsciously waiting for the next death by brutality. I forgot about myself. Some things were neglected. I forgot about the necessary sleep and doctor’s appointments, TV-off silence, stillness, yoga, meditation, and exercise (just to name a few things). I’ve been running. Working. And then this election hit? WTF!? Damn!! So for my bday year? Oohsaa. The focus is on taking care of me first. Mind. Body & Soul. Can’t wait to see what manifests within the next 12 months. Every year it’s something better. #Amen
  2. More Book Sales & Awareness: Selling a book is a marathon, not a race. Those who ran to read “The Man Curse” love how it touches and changes lives with lessons learned after drama. It’s been turned into an empowerment workshop that I conduct for women’s groups and those in domestic violence shelters. I wrote the Screenplay. But more need help. More need to know about “The Man Curse.” More need to buy it and talk about it with their people. Read it. Share it with a lady friend in need by going online buy my debut fiction novel The Man Curse – available for all laptops, smartphones, and tablets. That’s right, available for download only. So pop your digital cherry like a scorpio would do on a bday and download my book.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ON AMAZON

OR

CLICK HERE TO FIND OTHER ONLINE RETAILERS SELLING THE MAN CURSE

Thank you!

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Meet Taraji P. Henson’s character in Hidden Figures: Katherine Johnson

Posted in Black Lives Matter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

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Check out Taraji’s real-life character, Katherine Johnson in the upcoming film, Hidden Figures about black female NASA scientists. I was happy to read her story in Vanity Fair. #BlackHistory #BlackGirlMagic

READ MORE: Katherine Johnson, the NASA Mathematician Who Advanced Human Rights with a Slide Rule and Pencil.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 9, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

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Apologizing doesn’t always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It means you value your relationship more than your ego. #Wednesdaymotivation

The Man to Meet: Colin Kaepernick

Posted in Black Lives Matter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 8, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

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I’d really like to meet this man, fellow scorpio and activist, Colin Karpernick. Would love to build with him on so much, especially his new “Know Your Rights” camp he created in California, inspired by The Black Panther’s youth camps.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/colin-kaepernick-black-panther-youth-camp_us_5818b31ee4b0390e69d2935f?

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