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Anjulie

20 Nov: She Rocks Her Guyanese Heritage: “Anjulie – Canadian Singer/Songwriter/Pop Star

Anjulie (born Anjulie Persaud; 1983) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She was raised in Oakville, Ontario, the youngest of four children by her Guyanese parents. Anjulie is a self-described music addict and has been writing and composing her own music since she was 17. She is credited for writing many songs performed by famous artists most notably “The Boys” by Nicki Minaj, which she co-wrote. She wrote the song “Say Goodbye to Jr. High”, contributed background vocals and played…

Captain Beverley Drake

18 Nov: She Rocks! Beverley Drake, Guyana’s First Female Commercial and Army Pilot

In a once unthinkable career for women, aviation in modern times has seen a multitude of females excelling in the field. One such example is US-based Guyanese (Captain) Beverley Drake, who knocked down the stereotype in her aviation career to prove that women can do a man’s job. Beverley, who grew up in Georgetown, in an interview with Guyana Times Sunday Magazine revealed that her father always wanted her to become a pilot, so he…

Designer Michelle Cole

16 Nov: Ripping the Runways: Michelle Cole: Fashion Designer & CEO, ColeFacts Showroom

The elegant and unique style of Guyanese designer, Michelle Cole, is taking the runways by storm! Quoted as “one of the Caribbean’s most dynamic and artistically talented fashion designers,” Michelle Cole in quickly broadening her influence over the industry.  She is currently one of the most successful fashion executives in Guyana and CEO of Colefacts, an affordable yet exquisite fashion line. Whether by vision or intervention, on her eleventh birthday, Michelle was presented a sewing machine by her mother.  She made…

Actress Dawnn Lewis

15 Nov: She Rocks Her Guyanese Heritage: Dawnn Lewis – Actress/Grammy Award-Winning Singer

Dawnn Lewis is a popular actress and singer, perhaps best known for her roles on sitcoms such as  A Different World and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.  She was born on August 13, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Guyanese parents Joyce and Carl Lewis.  She attended the High School of Music & Art and graduated at age 16. After high school, Dawnn went on to the University of Miami where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Career: Dawnn made…

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13 Nov: A Splash of History: Maritza Correia McClendon – First Black Woman to Compete on the US Olympic Swim Team

In 2004 Maritza Correia McClendon made history when she became the first Black woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. She helped to secure the silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.  Maritza was born on December 23, 1981 in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Guyanese parent, Vincent and Anne Correia. In 1988, when Maritza was seven years old, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis which is…

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11 Nov: She Rocks! Kelly-Ann Gibbs Cartwright: Civil/Commercial Litigation Powerhouse

As a young girl growing up in Georgetown, Guyana, Kelly-Ann Gibbs Cartwright had a talent for challenging others in conversation. “My parents always told me that I should be a lawyer because of my constant debating technique as a child,” she explains. Her family moved to the U.S. in 1978, and just a few years later when she was a junior in college, Kelly-Ann became seriously interested in following the career path her parents had envisaged.  She attended the University…

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10 Nov: Happy Remembrance (Poppy) Day Guyana!

Today Guyana and other countries around the world celebrates Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is commemorated on the 11th November each year, and marks the end of World War I in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the…

Lady Sara Lou Carter

10 Nov: A Piece of History: The Lady Sara Lou Carter Charm School for Girls in Guyana

Lady Sara Lou Carter, nee Harris was an educator, fashion model, entertainer and humanitarian, born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina in 1926.   She married Guyanese Sir John Carter in 1960, after meeting him in 1958 when she visited Guyana to participate in a fashion show. A graduate of Bennett College in North Carolina, Lady Sara taught third grade in her hometown of Wilkesboro, NC for a year. Sara went on to pursue her master’s degree…