Monday, November 16, 2015

Raqiyah Mays' New Novel 'The Man Curse'

[New York, NY, November 16, 2015] – The highly anticipated debut fiction novel, “The Man Curse,” (Simon & Schuster) by author, journalist, radio personality, and activist Raqiyah Mays is on sale today. 

Currently in the midst of a 9-city book reading tour with The Limited, Mays − featured in The Limited’s “New Look of Leadership” Campaign embracing female empowerment and leadership − has already visited four stores in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Her remaining dates take her to The Limited stores in Jersey City, NJ; Yonkers, NY; Long Island, NY; Woodbridge, NJ; and Columbia, SC. Mays blogs and documents each stop on social media with pictorials showing diverse demographics of women gathering to hear an excerpt from “The Man Curse,” followed by style sessions conducted by The Limited with gift card giveaways and store discounts. 

 “The Man Curse,” is described as “self-help fiction,” discussing generational curses and cycles in the lives of women through the voice of Meena Butler, a professional woman who tries to break The Man Curse that has prevented the women of her family from marrying.

Reaction to “The Man Curse” has been overwhelming:  

“I love The Man Curse. So many gems. I related to so much of it, and I think it will resonate with women everywhere. Raqiyah Mays has always had a powerful voice, but now we know that she is also a seriously talented writer.” —Jennifer Schram Maxwell, casting director of The Limited "New Look of Leadership"

“Funny, poignant, and deeply engaging, "The Man Curse" cuts right to the heart of every longing soul out there. Raqiyah writes with uncompromising honesty, exploring the complexities of relationships—romantic and familial alike. She weaves together a captivating tale that moves with a kind of mysticism. Don’t miss this wonderfully written debut.” —Stacy Gueraseva, author of "Def Jam, Inc." and founder of

“As women, we need to take The Man Curse seriously. It validates our common journey and makes room for an open and honest dialogue that can lead to healing. Awesome read.” —Jineea Butler, president and founder of Hip Hop Union
Mays has always lived her life out loud.  She uses her various platforms to discuss topics that most are afraid to address.  Her uninhabited style comes across in her new book.  While we know its fiction, the book takes readers on a self-help journey that leaves you no choice but to self-reflect.  


About Raqiyah Mays:
With 2015 marking her 20th year in the media business, Raqiyah has written for everyone from Ebony and Essence to The Associated Press & Billboard throughout her career. A radio personality on New York’s 107.5 WBLS, in 2009, she was featured in VH1’s “Future Leaders of Black History” campaign. Featured in The Limited clothing store’s 2015 nationwide “New Look of Leadership” campaign, she’s been chosen as a female leader for her passionate work as an author, journalist, radio personality, stepmother, and activist. 

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