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05 Oct: Baroness Valerie Amos: First Black Woman in a British Cabinet/ First Black Leader of the House of Lords

Today we’re heading to London to meet the Baroness! Baroness Valerie Ann Amos was born on March 13, 1954 in Georgetown, Guyana but moved to London at age nine. She became the first black woman in a British Cabinet in 2003 when she was appointed Secretary of State for International Development and was also the first black Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She is formally known as The…

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05 Oct: She Rock! Meet Rhona Fox, Actress/ Film Producer

She’s a Foxy Lady and she Rocks!  Rhona Fox,  is a dynamic Indian-American actress. Born in Essequibo, Guyana, Fox was raised in Nassau, Bahamas, where her parents who are teachers, moved to secure a better life for her and her two older brothers. After graduating high school at 16, she journeyed to New York on a summer vacation and the rest was destiny. Enrolling in college there, the Big Apple remains home and work today….

05 Oct: She Rocks Her Guyanese Heritage! International Pop Sensation Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty

Pop Sensation, actress, and fashion designer Rihanna was born Robyn  Rihanna Fenty to a Guyanese mother,  Monica Braithwaite (a former accountant) and a Barbadian father, Ronald Fenty. Rihanna once revealed the following during an interview: “They are so excited, so proud of me, and very supportive. My mom and all my family is from Guyana. Only up to my generation and own was born in Barbados, but everybody above me is Guyanese. I only moved here (the US)…

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04 Oct: She Rocks! Aliann Tabitha Pompey, Olympic Sprinter

Aliann Pompey is a Guyanese sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres. She has represented Guyana at the Summer Olympics on four separate occasions (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012). She has competed at the World Championships in Athletics five times. Born in Georgetown, Guyana, she moved to the United States at the age of 14 and graduated from Cohoes High School, and then Manhattan College in The Bronx, New York City. Initially uninterested in track…

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04 Oct: She Rocks: Meet Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder (CCH Pounder), Film & Television Actress

Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder, known professionally as C. C. H. Pounder (styled “CCH Pounder“), is a Guyanese-American film and television actress. She has appeared in numerous films, made-for-television films, television miniseries and plays, and has made guest appearances on notable television shows. Pounder was born on December 25, 1952, in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), the daughter of Betsy Enid James Arnella and Ronald Urlington Pounder. She was educated inEngland and moved to the U.S. in 1970, where she attended Ithaca…