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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 #Amen #TheManCurse #IdidThat

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#BreakTheManCurse #180

Posted in The Man Curse, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn’t go as planned, and that’s ok. #BeInspired #TheManCurse 
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#BreakTheManCurse #178

Posted in The Man Curse, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

The most memorable people in life will be the friends who loved you when you weren’t very loveable. #BeInspired #TheManCursePurchase and Download at OR Amazon

#BreakTheManCurse #175

Posted in The Man Curse, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

We don’t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our path for a reason. #BeInspired #TheManCurse
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Newark Celebrates Author Raqiyah Mays

Posted in The Man Curse, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays
Thank you to Newark’s Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District for this press release. Scroll all the way down to see pictures!


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NEWARK, NJ (April 22, 2016) —Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) officially launched the first event in its free lecture, music and multimedia arts series – Music Speaks – on Saturday, April 16, with author, journalist, and WBLS 107.5 FM on-air personality Raqiyah Mays.  Her debut novel, The Man Curse, is out now on Simon and Schuster digital.  For Mays, this milestone held special meaning.  “My immediate family is from Newark. I still have family living and working in Newark.  It was fitting to share and celebrate the birth of my newest baby, The Man Curse, in the place where I was born that also happens to be celebrating 350 years of its own birth” says Mays.

Designed to increase Newark citizens’ appreciation for African American musical genres, Music Speaks is the official partnership program of the Newark 350th Celebration. This past weekend, Music Speaks: Rock Your Soul was highlighted with the retweeted hashtags #LPCCDMusicSpeaks and #RockYourSoul. But the day’s worth of activities were so much more. With a focus on literature, Music Speaks: Rock Your Soul began with an Afternoon of Empowerment hosted in the West ward’s Providence Missionary Baptist Church, and co-presented by our partners Babyland Family Services, Inc., Newark Circle of Sisters, The Brickerati, and Newark Arts Council.  A group of women gathered together for an author reading and interactive talk back around issues presented in Mays’ The Man Curse, a self-fiction novel which touches on generational cycles like domestic violence. Leading the discussion, based on the book, was Stephanie Smith, M.S.W., President of Vesta Project.

As April is awareness month of prevention of violence and sexual assault against Women and Girls, The Man Curse was both timely and relevant.  Praised as the one of the freshest voices since Terry McMillian by veteran publisher Karen Hunter, Mays chatted up attendees who shared their personal experiences with the issues facing The Man Curse protagonist Meena.  With refreshments, opening and closing affirmations written by Shelly L. Bell of Babyland Family Services, poetry by Mia X, informational work packets that included FREE excerpts of The Man Curse, and an intergenerational room full of amazing women, the first-annual Music Speaks: Rock Your Soul Afternoon of Empowerment was an example of how arts & culture can be used to truly build and transform healthy communities.

That evening at Music Speaks: Rock Your Soul, the official book release for Raqiyah Mays The Man Curse, co-hosted by Newark Arts Council, In A Word Fab, The Brickerati, Newark Circle of Sisters and Tammi LaMorn of Taste Venue, Newarkers rocked out The Taste Venue with a live performance by JaE, a group best described as a cross between Lenny Kravitz and Lauryn Hill.  This high-heeled guitar slayer, singer/songwriter and her all girl band definitely brought a funky, soul-fueled rock vibe to LPCCD’s Music Speaks.  Attendees grooved to the tunes of DJ Just Love while sampling the “Rock Your Soul” and “Meena-tini” drink specials inspired by characters in The Man Curse.  “It was a beautiful full-day of inspiration,” says Mays. “From the afternoon, being able to work with Lincoln Park Cultural Coast District to empower courageous women through my “Leading You to Love” workshop, to the evening’s book release party, where I felt so much love and support from those effectively working to rebuild Newark.  Truly amazing.”

Throughout the day, attendees were treated to FREE digital download of The Man Curse book as Mays encouraged recipients to get on the literary digital highway.  “When my agent told me that 60-70 % of Simon & Schuster’s book sales are digital, I was excited to sign on and take a ride to the next frontier.  Especially when so many new initiatives for young people are rooted in encouraging reading on tablets, I am happy to be part of leading the way to a future that millions of adults already see the wisdom in embracing. It’s encouraging that organizations like Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District also understand the importance.”

LPCCD’s Music Speaks is a free lecture, music and multimedia arts series designed to increase Newark citizens’ appreciation for the African American musical genres which include R&B/soul, jazz, hip hop and house.  In addition, programs include literature, visual, performance and mixed media arts as well as outdoor installations.   LPCCD originally developed this traveling program in the early days of the Lincoln Park Music Festival, and relaunched it this year through partnerships and collaborations with neighborhood institutions such as Newark Arts Council, and partners such as Art Life Matters, Hycide, Newark Circle of Sisters, Newark Riverfront Revival, Yendor Productions and blending art and culture as the tapestry and back drop to various neighborhood destinations such as Grafton Recreation Center, St. Peter’s Recreation Center, Prudential Arena, Lincoln Park also known as “The Coast” and more.

LPCCD’s executive director Anthony Smith states “The role and contribution of sustainable and health & wellness is key in community building.  This holistic approach includes not only physical wellness, but environmental, emotional and mental wellness also.  Additionally, personal safety is an important issue to the organization, our residents and citizens of Greater Newark.  Personal safety, both in public and in our own homes, is paramount to the development of fully healthy living, loving beings.  It was an honor to work with such a powerful new voice in literature – Raqiyah Mays – whose debut novel The Man Curse speaks to these issues.  We are excited at what is to come from Music Speaks this festival season.”

Remaining Music Speaks events include:

May 21, 2016 – “Music Speaks: Rock The Block” Public Art programming, featuring neighborhood transformation of abandoned outdoor spaces into visually appealing beautification projects with Yendor Productions, Lincoln Park Music Festival Sustainable Health and Wellness Village partners and others.  A block party with purpose! (Central Ward). FREE.

July& October 2016 – “Music Speaks: Rock The Shot” Photography programming.  Free photography lessons by renowned professional photographers (North and South Wards); shoot LPMF (Central Ward) and Photography Exhibition  (Central Ward). Workshops: July 9, 16 & 23, 2016.  Exhibit: October 2016.  FREE. Workshops require sign up in advance.

 July 27, 2016 – “Music Speaks: Hip Hop Rocks” Hip hop programming, featuring “A Conversation With” an icon or legend who has made an impact on the culture by preceded by screening “Can’t Forget New Jersey” film by 211 Media Group (Central Ward).  FREE. RSVP required.

 July 31, 2016 – “Music Speaks: Rock The Spirit” Gospel programming, featuring a rooftop Gospel Brunch celebrating Newark’s own The Drinkards in song with voices of LPMF’s Gospel Day and local church praise teams, produced by Susu Productions/YOPAT with Hotel Indigo Newark (Central Ward). Brunch reservation with venue required. Fundraiser for LPCCD.

 August 19, 2016 – “Music Speaks: Rock The Riverfront” House music programming with house beats by a renown house music DJ followed by a screening of “Hands To The Sky” film by Domingo Canate, in partnership with Newark Riverfront (East Ward). FREE.

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Phone:  973-289-4081


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In the end we stood in a circle and held hands for an ending affirmation led by Kim Ford.

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Signed some autographs and gave away free downloads of the book thanks to Lincoln Park.

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Community advocates from Newark Circle of Sisters were in the house.

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A new fan.

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She was happy to receive her free download said she can’t wait to read #TheManCurse

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Leading You to Love of Self: How to Begin to Trust

Posted in The Man Curse, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

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By Raqiyah Mays

Trust. The issue so many of us have. If people are too generous? We question them. Too happy? We wonder why? If they ask for a handout? We side-eye. But why?

Typically it’s because we’ve been let down in the past. That friend we loaned money to never paid us back. That boy who said he loved us was cheating behind our backs. That promotion we were gunning for, went to the shady lady who used her body as ammunition.

Sometimes these trust issues run deeper taking us back to childhood. Dad didn’t stop by when he said he would. Mom was late picking us up from school, yet again. All of these instances help to subconsciously solidify feelings of abandonment and the ability to trust one’s word. If you can’t trust family, trusting anyone not blood becomes even more difficult.

But how do we trust? It’s difficult. Learning this isn’t achieved overnight. It’s a process that begins in the mirror. In the book, “Calling in the One,” author Katherine Woodward Thomas writes:  “When we lie to ourselves, we sever ourselves from the source of our power – our own inner truth. We becomes fragmented and discordant within,” she writes. “When we say one thing and then do another, say things that we don’t really mean, or consistently break our word to both ourselves and others, we profoundly diminish our capacity to create the lives that we are hoping to create.”

Deep, right? We can’t change the past or what happened with our family. But we can change ourselves. We can show ourselves integrity and witness the empowering energy of honesty that follows from there. At the root, this begins with telling ourselves the truth. Even in the smallest things from promising to go to bed daily at 11pm. To even larger goals, like writing that book or looking for that new job. When we don’t follow through with what we tell ourselves we’re going to do, we end up unhappy, “fragmented,” and our energy is drained in the same way we feel when someone lies to us.


WBLS’ very own Raqiyah Mays is an author, journalist, and empowerment activist. Her debut “Self-help” fiction novel “The Man Curse” (Simon & Schuster) is available for digital download at

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#‎BreakTheManCurse‬ Reminder #55

Posted in The Man Curse, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

There are wounds that never show on the body. ‪#‎TheManCurse‬ ‪#‎BeInspired‬ Buy it at

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#‎BreakTheManCurse‬ Reminder #48

Posted in The Man Curse with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

Embrace the struggle and let it make you stronger. It won’t last forever.

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#‎BreakTheManCurse‬ Reminder #46

Posted in The Man Curse with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

Just because you took longer than others doesn’t mean you failed. ‪

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#‎BreakTheManCurse‬ Reminder #45

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

Happiness starts with you — not your relationships, job, or money.

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