Free money for school

I always credit my maternal grandmother, Ismay “Mama” Amsterdam, with directly and indirectly instilling in me many of the intrinsic values that make me the person I am today. My generous, loving, hard-working, and supportive Mama only managed to acquire a 4th-grade education while growing up in abject poverty in Guyana, South America.  Read more…

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Not a stereotypical Appalachian

I am an example of diversity in West Virginia; someone who does not fit the stereotype of an Appalachian. I am a Black woman and an immigrant. I was born in a small South American country called Guyana. My family immigrated to Brooklyn, New York when I was 17 years old.  We were sponsored by […]

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