“The Man Curse” by Raqiyah Mays

Do you think you are cursed in your love life? Or have you had some strange issues happen in your family and you’ve never been the same since? Well, stop everything and read the following:

The time has come and it is an absolute pleasure and honor to write this blog about none other than Ms. Raqiyah Mays who is doing so much and it is a blessing to know her. In the following you will see photos of this Leader from her latest photo shoot where she was one of the women selected for The Limited’s “The NEW Look of Leadership” campaign but also you will learn more about her NEW book which is hitting the world wide web on November 16th and you can support her by buying her book at the following: themancurse.com, barnesandnoble.com, amazon, ibooks, and at Google play.

WHAT IS THE MAN CURSE?
The Man Curse is a self-help fiction novel that explores the phenomenon of generational curses and cycles in families as told through the story of Meena Butler, a professional woman working to break the man curse and become the first woman in her family to marry. Is she cursed? Or is it all in her head?

When Raqiyah and I first met, she had just spoken to a group of women at a Domestic Violence event (it was one of the most amazing ones I have ever been too, there will be another one in May, if you would like more info or to be connected as a vendor, sponsor, to just attend etc. let me know and I will put you in contact with organizers) and that is where I learned of “The Man Curse” as well as her being a Leader for the campaign she is apart of now! What I admire the most about Ms. Mays, who happens to be WBLS‬ 107.5 FM Radio Personality, an Author, Journalist, and an Activist, is her boldness to share what is on her heart as well as on her mind. Friends, I have read the first few pages of her book and I am here to let you know I cannot wait until I get my hands and eyes on the rest of the book which comes out tomorrow!

Shortly after we met, she asked me if I could share my story in a tv interview that we would both take part in, I agreed that it was time to let people know that my favorite cousin, Sandy Jeanty, was murdered by her fiance’ over a decade ago and the pain is still deep, I say that to say, what is so different about Raqiyah is she is helping so many heal. She has taken parts of her story and life and turned it into a piece of literature that reaches the soul! I, for one, have seen so much D.V in and around my younger years growing whether it was via my aunt whom was stabbed by her spouse or again when my cousin was murdered by someone whom was supposed to love her, marry her and live happily ever after with her! To be honest friends, I almost gave up on love and have ran away from many men as I believed that I would be hurt, demonized or even killed. Today, I am taking control back and saying that though there may have been a Man Curse surrounding me and my family, I, you, we can overcome and be happy in love with whomever God has for us.

I close by sharing that I am finally able to open up about some of these deep seated issues I have hidden for many many years, people like Ms. Mays shares these messages in her work because she knows people like me and you need to be freed from these invisible chains of oppression which bound us for way too long! Friends, if you are in a Domestic Violence situation, whether it is verbal, physical (this one is HUGE), emotional, monetary (sometimes your abuser will hold funding and monies from you as a way to hold you as a prisoner), spiritual and more it’s time to GET OUT. I am speaking from experience and I will never forget one of the last phrases I utilized when finally speaking up about losing my own cousin at the aforementioned event, “Remember fam, you are NOT the only ones whom are affected when you are in these abusive situations as you have cousins, aunties, grandparents, uncles and friends whom love you very much besides your children and parents.”

Be safe, love yourselves, reach out to those who love you, or seek help from abuse centers which the police stations near you can escort you too and turn this thing around! Don’t forget to check out the following for ways you can hear Raqiyah Mays speak and see her LIVE.

If you are in these areas, please see the dates and plan on meeting Raqiyah Mays at one of these venues

If you are in these areas, please see the dates and plan on meeting Raqiyah Mays at one of these venues

“There hasn’t been an author in 20 years, since Terry McMillan, to fully express the experience of black women in love and romance. I believe Raqiyah Mays can fill that void with The Man Curse.”
*Karen Hunter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, publisher, Sirius/XM host of “The Karen Hunter Show”

Raqiyah Mays was selected out of thousands of women to be one of the women chosen for The Limited's new campaign here in the Tri-State area, doesn't she look great??!!

Raqiyah Mays was selected out of thousands of women to be one of the women chosen for The Limited’s new campaign here in the Tri-State area, doesn’t she look great??!!

GoD Bless You ALL,

AniYa A.

Freedom Entertainment Group

President & CEO

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Studying

Studying, Studying, Studying

This morning as I was preparing myself for a day which I knew I had so much to tackle, the word came and I couldn’t be more pleased.. See, when I have a lot on my mind, I sometimes zone out and daydream of a better world, a better place, a much better outcome!! I guess it started many years ago as a child and I recall getting in trouble in school especially because I was always zoning out and often times I believe that my teachers may have thought that I had an issue with attention or something like that..

Truth be told, I was frustrated with what was around me because I envisioned a better L.I.F.E, then confirmation came when I received a word from an older Jewish man whom shared that I would be somebody one day!! I will write out the entire scenario again and blog it, in the interim, I have the following that I had to share today..

See, Mr. A. told mii at the mere age of 12 maybe 13 that I would endure alot and I would be labeled as a “statistic” in the future and that I had the power within to overcome my trials and tribulations!! He also went on to say, if I educated myself and kept going forward NO matter what many doors would open and I would become whomever I wanted to be…….. By the time I was 15 my Guidance Counselor Mr. M. shared that I had enough high school credits to graduate by the time I was 16, but he gave mii the option of staying back and spending the year with my graduating class or going forward and skipping my Junior year of high school.. I thought about what that would mean and whether or NOT I had the ability to become someone, I stopped and wondered how I would be alone without any friends or relatives to make mii smile or piss mii off, I stopped for one more moment and recalled that I would be losing out on a whole lot because even at that age (15) I knew that opportunities did NOT come multiple times!! Though Mr. M. told mii to go home and think about my next step, I ran back to his office after taking a few steps into the hallway, headed towards the exit and said, “Please tell mii what I need to do to Graduate…..” The tears escaped their holding place and I recall my heart beating rather quickly as I made a decision that I could NOT take back!!

Today, I have gone through many ups and downs, I have had many strange battles to fight, I have been pushed to the max and back but friends, the thing I know to be true is if you are persistent you can and will make it!! The Word was soooooooooo powerful today that I couldn’t think about doing much more other than sharing it with you because NOT only have I studied to show myself approved (2 Timothy 2:15) but there are many of you who wonder whether studying, working hard, going forward towards the unknown is even worth it; I am here to share that it is.. Take a step in FAITH today (Hebrews 11:1, 1 Timothy 4:12, John 6:35), do what your heart tells you!!

I end here, I left the high school I was at only to return to the Christian private high school I had attempted to run away from a year or so earlier, under the teaching of a phenomenal teacher Mrs. S. who also happened to be a Pastors wife, I learned many lessons and though I had a long journey ahead of mii, I recalled certain Biblical principles she shared including but NOT limited to my favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 6: 10 – 20 and much more to this very day!!

Know this my friends and brethren, ALL is possible when you believe, I have a really impressive resume as I have accomplished many great things in my day, but I ask thee would I be able to share any of my accomplishments had I NOT Studied, Studied, Studied and also worked very hard……… Continue to follow your hearts, work hard and don’t forget to say a prayer or two every now and then..

Blessings to You ALL,

Your Sister in Christ

The End Result

This evening as I was taking the long ride home from spending the day with my great aunt, caring for her after she had surgery, I looked up and I watched how people ran on and off the platform attempting to catch their trains. Within seconds I recalled two amazing Blessings that I have been longing to share!

Before I do share though; I have one question for you:

What does “The End Result” mean to you when you read it?

It can have many meaning as that is how L.I.F.E works, we each are the master of our own perception.

Instead of talking about the things that have been happening in my world lately, I am taking this time to share two amazing stories of people I highly regard as they waited for “The End Result!”

One was preparing for marriage and the other preparing to become a mother. I watched from a distance and prayed for the Best for them, there were days when one’s situation did NOT look as promising with negative reports coming from doctors and though she did NOT show a bit of negativity I am sure there were days when doubt settled in. She was true to GoD and stayed on HIS Word day in and day out saying, “I know what GoD Promised mii and that is what I will Trust Him For!”

WOW, IKR……. Talking about some powerful Faith (Hebrews 11:1)

I had close contact with the mother to be so the aforementioned in parenthesis were her actual words. The wife to be was quite a distance away but thank GoD for social media and other facets of communicating because I was able to witness how GoD took a beautiful hard working executive and turned her into a beautiful hard working executive and wife. She wasn’t only hard working on her daily job but this Woman of Virtue continued to prove daily that her walk got stronger daily as the date for her marriage approached! Friends, let me tell you, by the time the beautiful couple got married, I felt as though I wasn’t just watching the preparations for marriage rather GoD was also preparing mii for “The End Result” as well.

See, I have been through some rocky situations, well who hasn’t right? But what is amazing is I never thought it were possible for my mindset to change in regards to these two very touchy issues, you know like Marriage and Babies and stuff – LOLOL (sorry had to laugh here). A lot of young girls grow up playing with dolls connecting with magazine clippings, fascinating about their dream guy for their special day but I was totally different as it really didn’t occur to me that the whole marriage and building a home thing should be on the list I should be striving for. I was the oldest of 6 – where my oldest siblings at who wanted nothing to do with children because of ALL the brats.. (LOL again – J/K)

Well, I am finally at that point where I understand things much more differently and after seeing what these women accomplished practically simultaneously, in two completely different parts of the US, from different backgrounds but what they had/ have in common is that Faith – Unshakable Faith and that is more than incredible.

The Mother to Be has her Babies – Yup, got GoD’s Promise – she got her beautiful healthy fiesty little twins!

The Wife to Be has her Husband – she has GoD’s Promise – and she has a successful career but the additional blessing is that her and husband also running a franchise together!! #Hmmmmmmmmmm

I close with this simple statement: Both remained faithful to GoD and kept HIS will for their lives. They got The End Result, will you??

Best Regards,

AniYa A.

Proverbs 31 * Hebrews 11:1 * Psalm 33:9