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Happy International Women's Day (Monday, March 8). We hope you are all doing well and staying safe.
March has been declared the month to highlight women who have made a difference in history as well as their contributions to modern society. Starting with our Caribbean mothers, we can all relate a remarkable story about how they did their best to raise us better than they had been raised, and the sacrifices they made to give us more than they ever had. In fact, all they ever wanted was for their children to be better and to do better.
Here is a selection of women leaders of Caribbean descent who are making a difference in almost every facet of society; the military, science, politics, education, business, health care, media, music, fashion.
1. Nikkia Reveillac, a Trinidad & Tobago national, is the Head of Research at Twitter. As Head of Research, she is charged with helping the multimedia platform develop products and policies that facilitate healthy conversations among its 330 million monthly active users. She was born and raised in Arima and went to Arima Girls’ RC School, then St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph. Reveillac says she doesn’t have to “try hard” to maintain her culture in the US as it “just comes naturally,” and that her “Trinidadian and Caribbean energy” is always appreciated by those she comes into contact with. At age 18, after completing A-levels, she moved to Miami, Florida. Nikkia did a degree in international business at Barry University, Miami. After her degree, she moved to New York in 2001, which she said is a great place to “try to figure things out,” since there are so many opportunities. During that period, she taught dance classes. A cover letter she wrote earned her a meeting and then an entry-level position at Colgate-Palmolive. She spent 13 years climbing the ranks, living in the U.S., Switzerland, and Mexico as she worked her way to Director of Insights for the company. She joined Twitter last year..
rocket engineer, space scientist, internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, educational leader and science ambassador. Her accomplishments in the field of space exploration have been extraordinary. In the highly technical fields of science and engineering where women are in the minority, she is one of the most-recognized women in aerospace engineering and one of the few women of color to serve in a senior technical management position at NASA. Dr. Alleyne is also an expert in the areas of space, science and technology application in international development, specifically focused on developing countries. She is renowned for her work on global STEM education for girls, which she does through The Brightest Stars Foundation, a non-governmental organization founded in 2007 that is dedicated to educating, empowering and inspiring young women to be future leaders through the study of science, math and technology.
6. Nia Dacosta born to Jamaican parents in New York, is the first Black woman to direct a Marvel film. When Disney’s Marvel Studios tapped Nia DaCosta last year to direct the upcoming “Captain Marvel” sequel – due to hit theaters in 2022, she became the first Black woman director to tackle the Marvel Universe. The 31-year-old at the time had only released one movie in theaters and raised roughly $5,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to fund a short film, called “Little Woods,” about two North Dakota sisters who have to cross the Canadian border illegally to obtain medicine for their mother. She later expanded that into her first feature film in 2018, winning the Tribeca Film Festival’s Nora Ephron award for the best woman writer-director and catching the eye of Academy Award-winner Jordan Peele.
Calling DaCosta a “bold new talent,” Peele hired her to direct and co-write his much-anticipated horror sequel “Candyman,” which will be in theaters in August 2021 after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. DaCosta takes over for Anna Bodn and Ryan Fleck, who directed the first pic to massive box office success. Marvel is known for switching up its directors on its popular franchises like Thor, Iron Man and Captain America to give the next installment a fresh voice, and had been meeting with candidates for the past couple of months.
The media mogul, television producer, executive producer, and entrepreneur has worked in the music business for many years and helped launch and revamp the careers of artists such as Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Q-Tip, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Fantasia and Missy Elliott. She transitioned into television in 2005, producing The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott on UPN and creating her own television production company, Monami Entertainment. In 2006, Jim Ackerman, a director at VH1 at the time, approached her to help develop a reality television series centered on rapper Jim Jones. The series, now known as Love & Hip Hop, went on to become a huge success, spawning a media franchise that included the spin-offs Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, K. Michelle: My Life, Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood and Leave It To Stevie.
Claudia and Angela
on behalf of the IMC, TTADC
P.O. Box 55833
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