Saturday, October 15, 2016
12:45 – 1:15
A Talk Back & Listening Session with Oscar and Grammy Award-Winner Common. Join us as Rev. Al Sharpton and WBLS’ radio personality, writer and author Raqiyah Mays sit down with the Hip Hop recording artist, actor, film producer, poet and activist as he reveals his new album Black America.
Raqiyah Mays is an author, journalist, and radio personality chosen by retail outlet, The Limited, as a dynamic female leader featured in its 2015 “New Look of Leadership” campaign. Her inspirational debut fiction novel, "The Man Curse,” was released by Simon & Schuster in 2015. “The Man Curse” features a family of women who feel they are cursed to never marry and the soul-searching necessary to break this belief. Raqiyah contributed a chapter to Gil Robertson’s anthology “Where Did Our Love Go: Love & Relationships in the African American community.” She was also featured in Thembisa Mshaka’s book of female entertainment industry professionals, “Put Your Dreams First: Handle your entertainment business.” As reporter at large for Cheo Hodari Coker’s “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G,” the book was turned into the feature film, Notorious. A New York radio personality on 107.5 WBLS, Mays regularly visits domestic violence shelters to conduct empowerment workshops based off her novel “The Man Curse.” The winner of numerous awards, in 2009 she was featured in VH1's "Future of Black History" commercial campaign, chosen as one of 10 African Americans destined to lead and make black history. For more information on her debut Simon & Schuster novel "The Man Curse" please visit Amazon or TheManCurse.com.