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Raqiyah Mays is a journalist, radio personality, author, and activist. She has been a major voice in hip-hop on the airwaves, on the page, and behind the scenes, and has now turned her attention to fiction. Her debut novel The Man Curse was just published by Simon and Schuster Digital.

Raqiyah began her career at Vibe, working closely with then-editor in chief Danyel Smith during the magazine’s Golden Age. She then became a freelance journalist, before moving onto radio, where she worked for both of NYC’s giant hip-hop stations, Power 105 and Hot 97.

The Man Curse, released this past November, chronicles the struggles of a young woman who works at a suspiciously familiar-seeming urban magazine under a glamourous EIC, as she attempts to become the first woman in her family to find true love.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. Dj Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show With Lord Sear Feat. Pete Rock 30-11-1995
  2. 01 Awesome 2 Show June 5 1994
  3. Boodah Brothers from 103Jamz
  4. Prince Paul Interview For Psychoanalysis At WHCR FM
  5. The Bangles, “The Real World”
  6. Leader The Real World - MTV series 1 in New York
  7. Project Pat, “Chickenhead”
  8. The Notorious B.I.G., “Hypnotize”
  9. Mary J. Blige, “Family Affair”
  10. Lauryn Hill, “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
  11. Jazz Connection, “A Great Day In Harlem”
  12. Eminem, “Marshall Mathers”
  13. JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE Official Trailer
  14. Stevie Wonder, “Jungle Fever”
  15. Jay Z f/Too $hort, “A Week Ago”
  16. MC El Controversial, “Sali Pa La Calle”
  17. J.R. Writer, “Live on Hot 97”
  18. Capone N’ Noreaga f/Foxy Brown, “Bang, Bang”
  19. The Sopranos - My ass!
  20. The Great Debaters - on the Red Carpet w/Raqiyah
  21. TSL Exclusive Interview With Terrence Howard From
  22. Spotlight: Raqiyah Mays
  23. How can you get The Man Curse?
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