Raqiyah Mays
With nearly two decades of diversified experience working in a range of entertainment fields—from radio to TV, film to publishing—Raqiyah is currently the Entertainment Editorial Director of TheShadowLeague.com. Founded by media mogul and Revolt TV president, Keith Clinkscales, The Shadow League is dedicated to covering sports and pop culture from a multicultural perspective. The Shadow League’s partners include Black Enterprise, The Washington Post and The Root. Raqiyah has written for The Associated Press, VIBE, Essence, Billboard, XXL, Complex, The Source, and a host of digital sites including thegrio.com and Ebony.com. She was reporter-at-large for the VIBE book “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G,” which was turned into the critically acclaimed feature film, Notorious. The New Jersey native was also a contributor to the anthology “Where Did Our Love Go: Love & Relationships in the African-American Community” (Bolden/Agate). In 2009, Raqiyah was named one of VH1's "Future Leaders of Black History,” featured in their TV commercial campaign. She’s been a radio personality on Sirius Satellite Radio, New York’s Hot 97, and the late 98.7 Kiss FM. A trained actress, she performed off-Broadway for five years, touring the country and performing on stages nationwide as a cast member with the hit show Platanos & Collard Greens. Raqiyah has numerous TV appearances and is a current correspondent on Black Enterprise’s Our World and a cultural critic on Arise TV. In the past, she’s been a frequent guest on shows with MTV, BET, VH1, the Fuse Network, and the Fox News Channel. A passionate advocate for the arts and African-American achievement, Raqiyah occasionally promotes and coordinates educational and networking events for the film and television industry through her company, Broadway Night Out.