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29 Nov: She Rocks! June Haynes – Former Senior Vice President of Retail for Valentino

When June Haynes was a young girl in Guyana, she would spend her afternoons in her mom’s clothing store flipping through Vogue magazines that had been sent from America. Her love of style brought her to New York, where she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and majored in fashion buying and merchandising.  The combination of determination and felicity landed her the Senior Vice President of Retail & Brand Ambassador position at Valentino, the luxury fashion house founded by…

Poet Grace Nichols

29 Nov: She Rocks! Grace Nichols – Award Winning Guyanese Poet

Grace Nichols is a Guyanese poet.  She was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1950, the fifth of seven children. She was raised in the village of Highdam and attended the school where her father worked as headmaster and her mother taught piano lessons. At age eight she moved with her family to Georgetown, and at age sixteen she left high school with the hope of becoming a teacher. Earning a degree in communications at the University…

Simone Denny

28 Nov: She Rocks Her Guyanese Heritage! Simone Denny – Canadian Pop/Dance/House/Techno Vocalist

Soulful.  Divine.  Spellbinding.  Simone Denny is…a legend in the making.  Born and raised in Toronto, this powerhouse diva is of Guyanese heritage.  Simone’s Caribbean Canadian environment exposed her to a wide and eclectic mixed bag of musical influences. She grew up listening to calypso, reggae, Brazilian music, and of course, R&B. Simone knew in her heart that music would always be a major part of her life. Singing at a talent show in the 6th grade…

Christine Sukhram

27 Nov: She Rocks! Christine Sukhram, Six-Time Guyana Women’s Open Golf Champion

Christine Sukhram is the only leading lady in Guyana when it comes to golf.  She is currently the reigning Guyana Women’s Open Champion. In 2004, at the age of 15, Christine recorded her second international junior title when she won the Pepsi Junior Golf Tournament in Barbados. After proving herself a winner, Christine was selected for the Soca Soft Drinks sponsorship program for talented young Guyanese. Among her most memorable victories at that tender age was the Best Ladies Competition,…

Tesia Alexander

25 Nov: Tesia Alexander: LIAT Airline First Female Aircraft Engineer

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is often assumed to be male.  Slowly, however, the number of women is increasing, not only in the United States and the UK, but also in the Caribbean.   LIAT’s first female aircraft maintenance engineer, Tesia Alexander, is leading the way for other women who want to explore this field.  In 2009 Tesia became the first female aircraft engineer appointed by Liat, in its 53 years of operation.   Tesia is based Antigua and credits her success…

Guyana Tu Tu

21 Nov: Yes – It’s a Guyana Flag Tu Tu!

If you’re ever looking for a fancy tu tu have no fear, the Guyana Flag Tu Tu is here! I found these on Etsy Marketplace and thought that it was quite crafty of the designer. What is a tu tu? A tutu is a skirt worn as a costume in a ballet performance, often with attached bodice. It consists of a Basque (or waistband, it can either be part of the bodice or a separate band) and…

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21 Nov: She Rocks! Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra: Cookbook Writer and Food Historian

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s a delight to bring you Guyanese-born author Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra who serves up exquisite recipes in her cookbooks “Warm Breads and Honey Cakes: Home Baking from Around the World” and “Sugar and Spice: Sweets and Treats from Around the World”, and much more. Gaitri is a food writer and historian. She currently resides in The Netherlands where she researches and writes about food and food traditions and culture. Gaitri grew up balancing…

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…