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13 May: Meet Krista Martins, Founder of Wukkout! A Caribbean Dance Fitness Movement

Krista Martins is a professional choreographer, ACE-certified group fitness instructor and founder of Wukkout!® She has been teaching and performing professionally for over 15 years; she is also a Professor at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus where she teaches hip hop dance to undergraduate students. Krista has performed in a wide variety of music videos, commercials and television shows including but not limited to performances with MTV, BET, and the NFL. Most notably, her choreography…

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05 May: Guyanese-born physician assistant beat COVID-19 in NY and back on the frontlines

Via stabroeknews.com Guyanese-born physician assistant, a frontline worker at a New York hospital, successfully beat the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and returned to her job when it was “overloaded” with patients, many of whom were dying.  Shara Khan told Stabroek News (SN) she was not prepared for what came next. The facility was turned into a Covid-19 hospital. “I badly wanted to go back to work as I knew there were people there that needed…

Shawna Kimbrell: the first female African-American fighter pilot

27 Mar: Shawna Kimbrell: The First Female African-American Fighter Pilot Is Inspiring the Next Generation

via  face2faceafrica.com We first introduced you to Shawna Kimbrell back in 2012.  Today, she spends her time inspiring the next generation of fighter pilots.  Here’s her story. Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell, the first black female fighter pilot in the U.S. Airforce was assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron in Misawa, Japan. She was deployed in support of Operation Northern and Southern Watch, becoming the first female pilot to fly combat missions. Rising to become a Major…

From Guyana to Mama Africa: Tracing my roots and culture

09 Mar: From Guyana to Mama Africa: Margaux Wong Traces Her Roots & Culture

Via www.nation.co.ke The story of how former United States President Barack Obama discovered his African roots has undeniably been a source of inspiration to many Africans in the diaspora, who are proud to be associated with their ancestry. Just like Obama in his memoir Dreams from My Father, Margaux Wong’ is a woman on a mission — to discover her African roots — she was born and raised in Guyana, a country in the north-eastern…

Valerie Amos makes history as first black head of any Oxford college

08 Feb: Guyanese Valerie Amos Makes History as the First Black Head of Any Oxford College

Via briefly.co.za – Baroness Valerie Amos has been appointed the new Master of University College at Oxford University – She makes history as both the first female Master of University College, Oxford, and the first black head of any Oxford college – Baroness Valerie Amos will step down as current Director of University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and will begin her new role on 1 August The Director of University of…

Omaiah Hall: A star in the making

03 Feb: She Rocks! Meet Omaiah Hall – Guyana’s 2020 Junior Calypso Monarch

Via www. guyanachronicle.com OMAIAH Aaliyah Hall is an 18-year-old Communications student at the University of Guyana who was recently crowned the Junior Calypso and Soca Monarch  in Guyana. She’s also an alumni of Bishops and St. Roses High Schools.  In a recent interview with ‘The Buzz’,  Omaiah shared that she has always been passionate about the arts, especially music.  Here’s her story.. “I love how you can relate an entire story through a song and…

London’s Finest Guyanese Street Food Is at the Heart of Elephant and Castle

31 Jan: Meet Faye Gomes – London’s Finest Guyanese Street Food Vendor

Via www.msn.com On Monday evening as the shopping centre sits silent, down in the moat — Elephant and Castle’s mantle — things are just getting started. As the warble of Mighty Sparrow’s calypso sounds from the record stall, behind the closed doors of the cabin decked out in the green, red, and yellow isosceles triangles of the Guyana flag, Faye Gomes and her team are busy with the week’s prep. Her assistant Sharon is doing…

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31 Jan: Stories We Love! Guyana’s Priyanna Ramdhani cops Silver in Honolulu Open Tournament

Via www.inewsguyana.com Badminton sensation Guyanese Priyanna Ramdhani has, in 2020, wasted no time in adding a silver medal to her already vast collection of medals obtained from playing her favourite sport. Over the past weekend, this 18-year-old copped a silver medal playing in the finals of the 2020 Honolulu Open ‘A Division’ Badminton tournament, hosted in Hawaii, USA from January 3-5, 2020. This is the first tournament in which she has participated for 2020. Priyanna…

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13 Jan: Guyanese Chef is Serving Bold Caribbean Brunch Fare Saturday on Barracks Row

Via washingtoncitypaper.com Natasha Allicock is popping up inside Valor Brewpub with shumai burgers and Asian jerk oxtail. Natasha Allicock is one of the most versatile chefs in D.C., and chances are you haven’t tried her food. The private chef was born in Guyana, a Caribbean nation in South America that is a cultural and culinary melting pot. Her father’s Chinese roots and mother’s Indian roots heavily influenced her cooking career. Through her company, iChef LLC, Allicock…

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12 Jun: Congratulations to Guyanese Catherine Pollard On Her New Top Post At The UN

Guyanese born Catherine Pollard has a new top position at the United Nations.   UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Catherine Pollard of Guyana as the next Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance.  She will succeed Jan Beagle of New Zealand to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her extraordinary work in management reform in the United Nations system and 40 years of dedicated service to the Organization. Ms. Pollard brings to the position…