Positive Profiles

Deputy Inspector Rhonda O’Reilly-Bovell

15 May: Guyanese Deputy Police Inspector Rhonda O’Reilly-Bovell Inducted into Hunter College Hall of Fame

New York Police Department Deputy Inspector Rhonda O’Reilly-Bovell received a resounding applause when she stepped on to the stage at Hunter College to be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame, and presented with a certificate during a May 4 ceremony in the school’s West wing in Manhattan. The Guyanese-American, whose astounding accomplishment got the attention of the Hall of Fame committee, also had her name unveiled on a plaque with six other inductees during…

How Kansas City's Braid Heaven Perfected the "Bubble Braid" Technique for Natural Hair

03 May: Five Guyanese Sisters Dominate Kansas City Hair Scene with Unique “Bubble Braid” Technique

A family that braids together stays together!  The braiding technique developed by the talented Smith sisters has made them a household name in Kansas City, Missouri and earned them a well-deserved feature in the May issue of Allure Magazine.  Originally from Linden, the five sisters (Glynnis, Shelly, Rhonda, Alecia and Leslyn Smith) are the powerhouse stylists at “Braid Heaven” Hair Salon who have perfected the “bubble braiding” technique.  Here’s their story by Allure Magazine. They…

She Rocks!  Meet Dr. Nadia Nalini - A Dedicated Hematology/Oncology Practitioner

13 Mar: She Rocks! Dedicated Dr. Physician Nadia Nalini is a ‘Special Person’

Dr. Nadia Nalini is a Hematology and Oncology Specialist at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.  In a recent interview with kaiteurnewsonline.com,  Dr. Nalini talked about her journey from her early years in Guyana to a well sought after Cancer Specialist in the United States.  Here are a few excerpts of her story… Delving into the fields of Hematology and Oncology has allowed Nadia to save many lives over the years, essentially allowing her to realise…

Renita Fisher launches campaign for House District 56

05 Mar: Guyanese, Renita Fisher, Launches Campaign for Minnesota Legislative Seat

Guyanese Renita Fisher has officially launched her campaign to represent House District 56A (Savage-Burnsville) in the Minnesota Legislature during the upcoming November 6, 2018. Born in Guyana, South America, Renita studied Mandarin at the Beijing Language and Culture University in China. She is an Operational Risk Consultant with over 16 years of experience working in mortgage banking operations and management. Most importantly, she is the proud mom of a 13-year-old son who enjoys acting in…

NCIS New Orleans star CCH Pounder honored by AFUWI

05 Mar: Actress CCH Pounder Receives Distinguished Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley Award

Two-thousand-eighteen (2018) is shaping up to be a fantastic year for Guyanese Actresses.  As we watch our very own Letitia Wright and Shaunette Renee Wilson serve up “Wakanda “goodness at the box office, CC Pounder was recently honored by the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI). The veteran Guyanese actress whose official name is Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder, plays medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on CBS’s NCIS New Orleans.  She was honored…

This First Generation Black American Is Running As A Republican

05 Mar: Daughter of Guyanese Immigrants Running for Republican Seat in Congress

In some ways, Shion Fenty’s campaign is similar to that of many others taking place this year across the U.S. She’s a 37-year-old Black woman, a first-time candidate, and is facing two middle-aged white men in the primary. But there’s something that sets her apart from the wave of other women of color running for office this year: Fenty is a Republican. The fact that she’s a Black woman and the daughter of immigrants in…

‘Fast Five’ Interview with Guyanese-American Art Curator Grace Aneiza Ali

04 Mar: ‘Fast Five’ Interview with Guyanese-American Art Curator Grace Aneiza Ali

Guyanese-born art curator Grace Aneiza Ali has made it her mission to create spaces for works of art that bring more visibility and awareness to the many experiences of the little-known Guyanese community across America. Migrating to Washington D.C. at the age of 14, her curatorial work heavily focuses on migration, particularly from Guyana, and examines the intersections at which art, activism and social change connect. Ali spoke with Brown Girl Magazine recently about the…

Guyana's first woman press association president thinks big

04 Mar: Nazima Raghubir is the First Woman Elected to Guyana Press Association

SHE was recently elected the first woman president of the Guyana Press Association (GPA), shattering the glass ceiling that existed for seven decades. Although excited for her new role, Nazima Raghubir is ready to hit the ground running with plans to have the GPA offer more training for its journalists. “There is a high turnover of media workers, journalists in Guyana. A lot of us aren’t trained and we don’t have a journalism programme at…

Guyanese Contestant Crowned Miss West Indian Canadian 2017

04 Mar: Guyanese Alexsis Theodore Crowned Miss West Indian Canadian 2017

After an eventful and exciting evening of talent showcase, evening wear and question and answer segments at the Miss West Indian Canadian Pageant, Canadian-Guyanese contestant Alexsis Theodore came out on top and was crowned Miss WI Canadian 2017, taking on the title from last year’s winner Chanelle Lee. The event hosted by prominent emcee Reneil Kistodial was held on Sunday, October 22nd at the Red Rose Convention Centre in Mississauga. With the beautiful sunny weather…

Keisha Edwards: Creating Wearable Art

04 Mar: Keisha Edwards: Creating Wearable Art

Owner and principal designer of Shasha Designs (shashadesigns.com), Keisha Edwards, says she has always had a designer’s mind. Born in Georgetown, Guyana, she recalls, as a child, sketching outfits and asking her mother, a seamstress, to bring her creations to life. In fact, coming from a line of seamstresses and tailors has given her an almost hereditary talent. She taught herself to sew, and the art of design, she says, came from God. “The seed…