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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.

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

Rise of the Woman: #WomensMarch on Washington

Posted in Black Lives Matter with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2017 by Raqiyah Mays

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

I’m never getting rid of this badge. #History

Cheesing with the immortal Angela Davis!

Alicia Keys surprised the crowd

Janelle Monae addresses the crowd

Always good to see Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr

Honored to meet activist and former President of the NAACP, Hazel Dukes.

Michael Moore amped the crowd up.

Jake Gyllenhaal showed low-key support.

Uzo Aduba with her “What Meryl Said” sign

Building with Michaela Angela Davis & Beverly Bond

The largest protest in US history, 1 million strong.

Gloria Steinem (Photo courtesy of Bill Allen)

Jidenna, Janelle Monae, & Jordan Davis’ mother

Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem (Photo courtesy of Bill Allen)

Smiling with Deja Vu (Photo courtesy of Bill Allen)

Madonna brought the ruckus. (Photo courtesy of Bill Allen)

Always good to see the Rev. Jesse Jackson

Women’s March Co-chair, Tamika Mallory, delivering her amazing speech

Co-chair Linda Sarsour delivering a powerful speech.

Co-chair Carmen Perez leading the march on her birthday!

Met these amazing ladies who traveled 10 hours from Flint

Van Jones was in the house.

This elder marched with King on Washington in the 60s.

Senator Cory Booker took this selfie himself.

Maxwell performed for the ladies. (Photo courtesy of Bill Allen)

Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter, Dominique

Co-chair Bob Bland delivering her speech with her daughter.

The crowd behind me while marching.

L-R Deja Vu, me, Michael Angela Davis, Tamika Mallory, Mark Thomson, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, NY Justice League Family

Jidenna, Janelle Monae, and Jordan Davis’ mother (courtesy of Bill Allen)

Marching from darkness to light. It’s a marathon, not a race. #WomensMarch #OnwardUpward

Check Raqiyah Mays Host “How to Be a Radio Personality”

Posted in How to Be Empowerment Workshops, WBLS FM with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

Check out the broadcast from my BRIC Arts Media workshop, “How To Be A Radio Host.”  Scroll down. Press play!

 

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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

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I like teaching & I think I’m pretty good at it…

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The view from the control room monitoring the broadcast.

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With BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech Crew.

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Sat for the Q&A in the high heels.

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Was a live Broadcast. Here’s part of the studio audience.

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Spoke to diversified audience of people eager to learn.

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Posed for a few photos with students.

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When class was over, some received copies of ” The Man Curse”. Notice the Man Curse Flyers In Their Hands.

[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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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.

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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Newark NJ Declares #SayHerName to Fight Violence Against Black Women

Posted in Black Lives Matter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 7, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

I had a wonderful time attending the closing night panel and festivities for #SayHerNameNewark. A young women’s empowerment event, in Newark NJ, dedicated to giving voice to the issues, causes, and names of black women killed by violence – police brutality, domestic – sexual and physical violence. Adults and youth spoke along with assorted art performances and displays to represent the struggle. Shout to Kim J Ford & Leah Jackson for inviting me to this amazing event. Check the pictures below!

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Posing with my fellow panelist, a powerful group of women all active in their community

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Young black girls packed the building. Based on what I’ve heard from these kids, the future looks very promising.

 

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Kim Ford did an excellent job hosting and moderating.

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Co-host Leah Jackson was also amazing. Especially when she shared her empowerment poem with the audience.

 

 

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Powerful pieces of art colored the room.

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Meet Gail Marquis: Olympic Star, Wall Street Executive, Activist, Star of The University of Phoenix Commercials

Posted in Black Lives Matter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 3, 2016 by Raqiyah Mays

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Saw the amazing Gail Marquis in a University of Pheonix commercial about her life from Olympic Champion to LGBT activist to Wall Street Executive. I was standing in front of the TV screaming with happiness taking pictures. If you don’t know this lady, you need to. Proud to say we performed together with so many other amazing women, years ago, off Broadway, in “The Vagina Monologues.” But this commercial? So much bigger. SO AMAZING. So inspiring. Wow. #Dope #GailMarquis#BlackGirlMagic

SEE THE COMMERCIAL HERE: Still I Rise – Gail Marquis – University of Phoenix Commercial