Guyanese Girls Rock

Guyanese Girls Rock Celebrating the achievements of Guyanese women across the Globe.
OUR MOTTO: You are more than just enough; you were born to rock!
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Guyanese Girls Rock is an Empowerment Movement created to celebrate the accomplishments of Guyanese women and girls across the globe. Visitors to the GGR Blog will find inspirational stories of accomplished female achievers, of Guyanese heritage, who are finding professional and academic success internationally. The Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that is dedicated to empowering Guyanese women and girls to create their own paths to success. Our goal is to inspire young women to unlock their true leadership capabilities by encouraging excellence and empowering them to succeed through access to enrichment programs, scholarships, and exposure to professional and exceptional female role models.

05/24/2020

Happy 54th Independence Anniversary Guyana! 🇬🇾❤️💛💚 Repost from @GuyanaFest Virtual celebration of Guyana’s Independence Day weekend! 🎉🇬🇾
Shoutout to @DjKaylag. She Rocks!
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#guyana #guyanese #guyaneseamerican #guyanesecanadian #guyanesemoms guyanesebritish #afroguyanese #indoguyanese #guyananice #guyananicebad #growingupcaribbean #caribbeanparty #soca #dancehall #reggae #guyanesestyle
#westindiandoitbest #saturdayevents #westindianmusic #calypso
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05/14/2020
Dr Samantha Tross 🇬🇾 Interview (Growing up in Guyana, Becoming a Orthopaedic Surgeon)

Dr. Samantha Tross has been able to combine being the first Black woman to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon in the UK along with being well respected in her field. In this video, Dr. Tross sits down with Wadadlian Nutmegger to discuss her beginnings in Guyana, the challenges of migrating to Britain, and her motivation, spirit, and determination on her journey to becoming an Orthopaedic doctor. A very interesting journey that has taken Dr. Tross to several countries and given her a wide variety of experiences which has allowed her to be an inspiration for many entering, and already in, the medical field.

Dr Samantha Tross has been able to combine being the first Black Woman to become a Orthopaedic Surgeon in the UK along with being well respected in her field...

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05/14/2020

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Wukkout!
05/14/2020
Meet Krista Martins, Founder of Wukkout! A Caribbean Dance Fitness Movement

Wukkout!

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 undergra

05/10/2020
Guyanese Mom Rocks!

We celebrate you today, tomorrow and always . Happy Mother's Day. Guyanese Moms Rock! ❤️💛💚💐🇬🇾

05/10/2020

We celebrate you today, tomorrow and always . Happy Mother's Day. You Rocks!

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05/07/2020

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“I badly wanted to go back to work as I knew there were people there that needed help. This was the reason I went into t...
05/05/2020
Guyanese-born physician assistant beat COVID-19 in NY and back on the frontlines

“I badly wanted to go back to work as I knew there were people there that needed help. This was the reason I went into the medical field; it was to help others (but) being on the frontline is nothing that I had ever trained for,” she told Stabroek News

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 pr...

First ever indigenous woman appointed as Guyana's director of tourism
04/28/2020
First ever indigenous woman appointed as Guyana's director of tourism

First ever indigenous woman appointed as Guyana's director of tourism

The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Deputy Director, Carla James, as director of the tourism body beginning May | eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News | People in Travel & Tourism

04/10/2020

Happy “Good” Friday Y’all & Happy Easter Weekend! Due to this pandemic, there’s not a lot of “feel-good” moments right now but in the words of GG @oliviakandtheparkers - “You deserve good things, you deserve the best!” We’ll definitely get through this phase. Make the best of the weekend. Dress up in your favorite Easter outfit if you feel like it and love up on your family! Stay safe!

Carla Chandra named new Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority.In the capacity of Director, she will bring to the job ...
04/06/2020

Carla Chandra named new Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority.
In the capacity of Director, she will bring to the job a breadth of managerial and industry experience that truly belies her age. A graduate of President’s College, Carla began her tourism career in 2001 in the then Ministry of Trade and Industry as a lowly Research Assistant. Then from 2003, her career at the Guyana Tourism Authority took off vertically as she assumed more and more positions of responsibility as well as seniority – Statistics and Research Officer, Senior Statistics and Research Officer, Logistics Manager and Personal Assistant to the Director of the Authority, Marketing Manager of the Authority, Deputy Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority.

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Rihanna says racism in the UK is becoming more and more of a norm. For her British Vogue profile, Rihanna touches on rac...
04/06/2020

Rihanna says racism in the UK is becoming more and more of a norm.
For her British Vogue profile, Rihanna touches on racial injustices and why it’s important for her to use her platform to raise awareness about the plight about Black people around the world. The singer and cosmetics mogul explained how seeing her Guyanese mother being subjected to discrimination while growing up in Barbados makes it hard for her to “turn a blind eye” to many injustices that are still happening today.

“The Guyanese are like the Mexicans of Barbados,” she explained to British Vogue. “So I identify – and that’s why I really relate and empathize with Mexican people, or Latino people, who are discriminated against in America. I know what it feels like to have the immigration come into your home in the middle of the night and drag people out.”

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We are living in uncertain times, but the physicians who provide medical care are still on duty. Tune in and listen to h...
04/06/2020

We are living in uncertain times, but the physicians who provide medical care are still on duty. Tune in and listen to how Dr. Michelle Huggins' dedication to her calling is still shining.

Dr. Michelle Huggins, a native of Georgetown Guyana, considers her internal medicine practice a calling, not a career. Located for four years in downtown Douglasville, Georgia, Huggins Medical Group is a female-run practice that’s much more than a business. “It’s a place where the mind, body and spirit are nurtured,” she says. “We take care of the whole creation.”

The practice offers care for patients 14 and up, treating the common cold, diabetes, hypertension and a great deal more. Dr. Huggins credits her staff – an office manager and two medical assistants – with helping make Huggins Medical Group an everyday adventure. It’s a profession full of ongoing challenges, she says, but there’s nothing better than seeing her patients improve and maintain self-care routines.

Read More about Dr. Michelle Huggins in People You Need to Know Business Guide. sparkplugpr.com

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Shawna was born to Guyanese parents. She is currently the course manager for the Air Liaison Officer Course at Nellis AF...
03/27/2020
Shawna Kimbrell: The First Female African-American Fighter Pilot Is Inspiring the Next Generation

Shawna was born to Guyanese parents. She is currently the course manager for the Air Liaison Officer Course at Nellis AFB and she teaches pilots how to work with the Army in air-to-ground integration.

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 Squ

This Tuesday, Guyanese Girl @shamainmusic will be Performing live on Facebook and IG with her band.  Please spread the w...
03/23/2020

This Tuesday, Guyanese Girl @shamainmusic will be Performing live on Facebook and IG with her band. Please spread the word and tune in at 8pm🎙🎤 #shamainmusic #liveperformance #iglive #facebooklive #music #band #concert #guyanese #guyanesegirl #guyanesegirlrock

Nicolette Fernandes (Guyana)Nicolette Fernandes has been the flagbearer for Guyana and the Caribbean in women’s squash f...
03/22/2020

Nicolette Fernandes (Guyana)

Nicolette Fernandes has been the flagbearer for Guyana and the Caribbean in women’s squash for almost 20 years. She was a bronze medallist at the Central America and Caribbean Games all the way back in 2002 before claiming gold, the country’s only medal four years later. She would win a bronze in 2010 while claiming gold at the South American Games that same year. She won a bronze medal in Guadalajara at the Pan American Games in 2011. Fernandes’ career was not without its setbacks though. In 2007, a serious knee injury put the squash ace out for almost two years, but she returned with a bang in 2009, earning the Guyanese National Sports Commission’s Sportswoman of the year award. Outside of her achievements for Guyana, Fernandes has not won any of the four majors, the World Open, British Open, hong Kong Open or Qatar Classic, but she has won a Wispa Tour Series and achieved a world ranking as high as 19. https://www.sportsmax.tv/index.php/studentwriters/item/59657-bestxi-finest-caribbean-sportswomen-of-all-time

From Guyana to Mama Africa: Margaux Wong Traces Her Roots & Culture
03/09/2020
From Guyana to Mama Africa: Margaux Wong Traces Her Roots & Culture

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, Marg

Colorful days, solemn rituals, joyous celebrations – Holi is a boisterous occasion! Draped in white, people throng the s...
03/09/2020
Happy Holi (Phagwah)!

Colorful days, solemn rituals, joyous celebrations – Holi is a boisterous occasion! Draped in white, people throng the streets in large numbers and smear each other with bright hued powders and squirt coloured water on one another through pichkaris (big syringe-like hand-pumps), irrespective of caste, color, race, sex, or social status; all these petty differences are temporarily relegated to the background and people give into an unalloyed colorful rebellion.

The festival of Holi can be regarded as a celebration of the Colors of Unity & Brotherhood - an opportunity to forget all differences and indulge in unadulterated fun. It has traditionally been celebrated in high spirit without any distinction of cast, creed, color, race, status or sex. It is on

In the words of former First Lady Michelle Obama, “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish” Keep on rocki...
03/08/2020

In the words of former First Lady Michelle Obama, “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish” Keep on rocking my Guyanese sisters, and happy international women’s day to all women around the world! @cloyettehs #internationalwomensday #womenhistorymonth #michelleobama #womenempowerment #womensupportingwomen

I was born in Guyana, a very multicultural society. I didn’t understand what that meant until after moving to the U.S., ...
02/26/2020
Celebrating Black History Month: Guenet Gittens-Roberts - Orlando Business Journal

I was born in Guyana, a very multicultural society. I didn’t understand what that meant until after moving to the U.S., where everyone seemed to live in their own separate space.

Guenet Gittens-Roberts, CEO of #GGRMarketingAndPublicRelations, shares part of her story in celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth. Who helped your career? #Orlando #Florida #businesswomen @GGRMarketingandPR

Meet Shantay Noel, Owner of Crafted By Chey, a 60-61 Croal Street establishment that specialises in the creation of ‘nic...
02/21/2020
Shonta Noel’s Crafted By Chey - Stabroek News

Meet Shantay Noel, Owner of Crafted By Chey, a 60-61 Croal Street establishment that specialises in the creation of ‘nice things’… event invitations, cake boxes, decorative party bags, customised and elaborately designed cake boxes and décor created to the particular tastes of her clients. She Rocks!

If she concedes that her own pursuit of a career in creative disciplines arose out of being “first pushed by my mother,” Shonta Noel is quick to add that

Happy 50th Republic Weekend!  We’re celebrating the Beauties and the Beauty of our beautiful Guyana!  🇬🇾❤️💛💚🇬🇾Model:  Co...
02/21/2020

Happy 50th Republic Weekend! We’re celebrating the Beauties and the Beauty of our beautiful Guyana! 🇬🇾❤️💛💚🇬🇾
Model: Collis-Ann Roberts
#guyanarepublic #iloveguyana #georgetown #guyana #mashramani #guyanese #guyanesegirl #guyanesegirlsrock #guyanapride

02/19/2020

Celebrating talent:  Thirteen (13) year old Naomi Roberts performing at the recent Panorama Junior Solo Competition in Georgetown, Guyana. She rocks!

Lieutenant Hakh is fairly new to the military having completed the Reserve Officer Course 16 in 2019 after two years of ...
02/14/2020
She's the only female pilot in the GDF - Guyana Chronicle

Lieutenant Hakh is fairly new to the military having completed the Reserve Officer Course 16 in 2019 after two years of training. She grew up in the community of Bel Air, Georgetown and while she was completing secondary school, a simple career talk from a representative of one of the domestic airlines led her to consider becoming a pilot.
“Becoming a pilot for me was not something I really dreamt of. I got to like the idea and I pursued it,”she said.

With the ratings and training under her belt, Second Lieutenant Bibi Hakh of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) decided to join the military to serve Guyana. The Women’s Army Corps of the GDF is celebrating its 53rd anniversary and the former St Roses’ High girl is one of several women whom the army...

McClendon’s father, a Guyana native who moved the family to Puerto Rico, where Maritza was born, and then to Florida to ...
02/13/2020
Maritza McClendon: The Trailblazer Who Nearly Wasn't

McClendon’s father, a Guyana native who moved the family to Puerto Rico, where Maritza was born, and then to Florida to accommodate his animal feed business, was a promising athlete whose ambitions were thwarted by a knee injury. Maritza suffered the consequences of his unfulfilled dream

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It was a case of a ‘little axe cutting down big trees’ when nine-year-old prodigy Jasmine Billingy showed true heart and...
02/11/2020
9-year-old Billingy cops National Table Tennis Women’s U-21 Gold

It was a case of a ‘little axe cutting down big trees’ when nine-year-old prodigy Jasmine Billingy showed true heart and skill to battle her way to Gold in the women’s U-21 category at the Guyana Table Tennis Association’s (GTTA) National Championships on Saturday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) on Mandela Avenue.

It was a case of a ‘little axe cutting down big trees’ when nine-year-old prodigy Jasmine Billingy showed true heart and skill to battle her way to Gold in the women’s U-21 category at the Guyana Table Tennis Association’s (GTTA) National Championships on Saturday evening at the Cliff Anders...

Guyanese Valerie Amos Makes History as the First Black Head of Any Oxford College
02/08/2020
Guyanese Valerie Amos Makes History as the First Black Head of Any Oxford College

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 curren

Unbought & Unbossed!
02/07/2020
Shirley Chisholm: The First Black Woman to Run for President Had Guyanese Roots

Unbought & Unbossed!

Shirley Chisholm is the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first to campaign for the Presidency. She was an outspoken advocate for women and minorities during the seven terms she served in the House. Her legacy of political and social activism laid the foundation for the rise of

MEET COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS LIEUTENANT COLONEL NATASHA STANFORDShe Rocks!
02/04/2020

MEET COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS LIEUTENANT COLONEL NATASHA STANFORD

She Rocks!

Today we share with you a brief profile of
COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS
LIEUTENANT COLONEL NATASHA STANFORD

99382 Lieutenant Colonel Natasha Stanford is the Commanding Officer of the Women’s Army Corps. She enlisted in the Guyana Defence Force in March 1994. Her decision to enlist was largely influenced by her father, a former soldier. Her early interactions with the military stemmed from her athletic prowess which saw her participating in the Inter-Services Athletics Competition. “So, I saw the advertisement that they were recruiting for the Standard Officer Course and a now-retired Sergeant encouraged me to make use of the opportunity and I also felt that the GDF could assist me in boosting my athletic and academic abilities,” Lt Colonel Stanford stated.

Lt Colonel Stanford underwent training on the Standard Officer Course 25. So far, she has held appointments at several units of the Force including the Training Corps, the Coast Guard and Base Camp Stephenson and also worked as Officer Commanding of the Force’s Finance Department. Lt Col Stanford is currently the Staff Officer One General 4 – Finance and has completed all the necessary military and academic requirements which ensured her elevation in rank. She is the holder of a Diploma in Accountancy and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Lieutenant Colonel Stanford is currently the most senior Female Officer in active service.

“After almost 26 years of service, I still remember the day that I decided to enlist in the Guyana Defence Force. I have seen myself grow from one stage to the next and move from one rank to another and I cherish it all. The countless opportunities I have gained, I believe, far outweigh any experiences I may have garnered with any other career choice. As a female Officer and at this juncture of my career, I am honoured to lead this body of women. As we celebrate this 53rd Anniversary, we are privileged to be operating in an environment that not only fosters our growth but challenges us to reach our highest potential. My aim is to ensure that the members of the Corps are a group of empowered female ranks who are healthy, educated, trained and well equipped to perform their roles and functions in the Guyana Defence Force and wider society."

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Guyanese Girls Rock! is a global empowerment movement created to celebrate Guyanese women and girls who are demonstrated leaders and accomplished achievers. Since launching in 2012, the GGR Blog has featured more than 150 inspirational women who have realized professional and academic success.

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