Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne currently serves as an assistant program scientist for the International Space Station, based at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. Her roles as assistant program scientist include communicating the ISS’s scientific accomplishments with the general public, the leaders at NASA, the U.S. Congress, and scientific and educational communities. She is the only woman of Caribbean descent in a top position at NASA.
Alleyne was born in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and left the island in 1983 at the age of 17 to study at Howard University in Washington, D.C. There, she earned her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with an aerospace option. She went on to pursue a Masters from Florida A&M University in mechanical engineering with a specialization in composite materials and became one of two persons in her program recruited by NASA to work at the Kennedy Space Center as a flight systems engineer. She worked there for two years before she attended the University of Maryland to pursue another Masters in aerospace engineering with a specialization in hypersonic aerodynamics and propulsion.
After graduating with her second Masters, she was recruited to work with the Missile Defense Agency under the U.S. Department of Defense on several ballistic missile defense projects as an aerospace systems engineer.
After her projects with the Department of Defense, Alleyne applied to NASA’s Astronaut Program in 2003. Out of the 4,000 applicants in the elite program, Alleyne made it to the final twelve but did not make the final round.
Shortly after the experience, Alleyne was hired by NASA. Her return to NASA coincided with their Constellation and Orion programs, where she worked as a lead system engineer, crew module systems engineer, and test manager.
This aerospace engineer Dr. Alleyne is truly an inspiration to the Caribbean especially young girls. Dr. Alleyne and her foundation:
The Brightest Stars Foundation (a non-governmental organization that is dedicated to educating, empowering and inspiring young women to be future leaders in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Founded in 2007 by Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, the Brightest Stars Foundation has inspired and empowered over 3000 young people, globally, to see their potential and to strive for excellence in their academic pursuits.)has empowered 10,000 girls from the Eastern Caribbean, 1,500 from each island.
Her message to them is “to dream big dreams and to know that there is no limit to what they can achieve with hard work, determination, focus and a belief in themselves.” As a well accomplished university scholar in the STEM field she plans to visit several islands starting with Trinidad in order to motivate girls in the Caribbean.
Cells in the body grows and multiply abnormally is the start of breast cancer. When the cells that normally control cell growth does not work properly anymore this cause the development of breast cancer also.
As a result of this the cells grow uncontrollably and may result in the formation of tumors. One of the most recognized symptoms of breast cancer are lumps and mass within the breast tissue.
Lumps may be felt under the skin and most individuals do not find out about signs of cancer until they revealed by image test such as mammogram (breast -X-ray)
In addition to the signs of lumps and masses it is important to also observe and be aware of any other changes of the breast and nipple.
Such signs include:
a lump or thickness in or near the breast or under the arm
unexplained swelling or shrinkage of the breast, particularly on one side only
dimpling or puckering of the breast,nipple discharge (fluid) other than breast milk that occurs without squeezing the nipple
breast skin changes, such as redness, flaking, thickening, or pitting that looks like the skin of an orange a nipple that becomes sunken (inverted), red, thick, or scaled
Breast cancer in Men
You should not be surprised to find out that men can retrieve breast cancer. Even though breast cancer occurs mainly in women; breast cancer starts out within the breast tissue. Cells in nearly any part of the body can cause cancers.
Between the age of 9 and 10 both young boys and girls have a small amount of breast tissue consisting of a few ducts located under the nipple and areola.
Even after puberty, boys and men normally have low levels of female hormones, and breast tissue doesn’t grow much. Men’s breast tissue has ducts.
When to get evaluated?
Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening.
Women should also know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a health care provider right away. Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI’s along with mammograms.
Born March 22, 1940 George Edward Alcorn Jr. was born to George Alcorn Sr., and Arletta Dixon Alcorn. He was an excellent student with the support of his mother and father who instilled in him and his young brother Charles the importance of education.
While in high school George excelled in his academic work as well as an athlete in baseball and football on the high school varsity team. He received an academic scholarship to Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
He also graduated with honors with a degree in physics in 1962 and followed this by enrolling in the Nuclear Physics program at Howard University. He completed his Master’s work in 1963.
During the summers if 1962 and 1963 he worked at a leading aerospace company at North Rockwell in the space decision and was assigned to perform computer analysis on the orbital mechanics and launch trajectories for rockets and missiles.
Some of his work involved the Titan and Saturn rockets from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Apollo space missions and well as the NOVA missile.
In 1967 he was enrolled in the Physics program at Howard University and received a PhD in Atomic and Molecular physics. After he settled and got married to Marie DaViller in 1969. Soon after George worked in the aerospace division at the Ford Motor Company and served as a senior scientist in that division.
He later worked as a senior physicist for Perkin Elmer, a multinational technology corporation and then as an advisory engineer for International Business Machines (IBM). His relationship with IBM proved quite valuable in 1973 when he was selected to teach as an IBM Visiting Professor in Electrical Engineering at Howard University (eventually becoming a full professor).
As if his schedule was not already busy enough, he also taught Electrical Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia as a full professor.
In 1978, Alcorn left IBM and joined NASA where he invented an imaging X-ray spectrometer which used thermomigration of aluminum. X-ray spectrometry is used to provide data which can be analyzed for a number of applications, including for obtaining information about remote solar systems and other space objects.
He would receive a patent for the device in 1984. As a result of the significance of this work, he was the NASA/GSFC Inventor of the Year (GSFC is an acronym for the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA’s first space flight center established in May of 1959). In 1986 he developed an improved method of fabrication using laser drilling.
In 1992, Alcorn was appointed the head of the Office of Commercial Programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). He was then placed in charge of GSFC’s Evolution program where he oversaw the development of the space station.
In 1999, he was awarded the Government Technology Leadership award and two years later was awarded special congressional recognition for his work for aiding business in the Virgin Island in employing technology. Finally in 2005 he was named the Assistant Director for Standard/Excellent – Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate for GSFC.
Throughout his career, Alcorn received numerous awards for his contributions to science. Additionally, he received the NASA-EEO medal and the Heritage of Greatness Award from Howard University for his efforts in diversifying NASA and the world of science.
In 1966 after the Watts riots in Los Angeles, California Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University decided to come up with a solution to bring African Americans together within the community. Dr. Karenga researched intensely on African Harvest and combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations such as those of the Zulu and Ashanti in order to start the basis of Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa derives from a Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits”.
Kiswahili was chosen because it is a non-tribal African language which encompasses a larger portion of the African continent. Kwanzaa is observed from December 26 through January 1st. Families that celebrate Kwanzaa may implement in their celebrations: songs and dance, storytelling, poetry reading, and large traditional meals.
Each of the 7 night when the family gathers together a child would light the candle on the Kinara (the candle holder) once this is done one of the seven principles would be discussed.
What are the seven principles?
In Swahili the seven principles are called Nguza Saba these seven principles are values of African culture which contribute to the building and reinforcing community among African Americans.
The seven principles are
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
These are the seven symbols of Kwanzaa
Mazao (The Crops)
These are symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor.
Mkeka (The Mat)
This is symbolic of our tradition and history and therefore, the foundation on which we build.
Kinara (The Candle Holder)
This is symbolic of our roots, our parent people — continental Africans.
Muhindi (The Corn)
This is symbolic of our children and our future which they embody.
Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles)
These are symbolic of the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, the matrix and minimum set of values which African people are urged to live by in order to rescue and reconstruct their lives in their own image and according to their own needs.
Kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup)
This is symbolic of the foundational principle and practice of unity which makes all else possible.
Zawadi (The Gifts)
These are symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by the children.
The candle lighting ceremony occurs each evening and provides the opportunity to gather and discuss the meaning of Kwanzaa. The lighting of the candles begin on the first night by lighting the black candle that is located in the middle. Once the candle is lit the principle of Umoja/ unity is discussed.
Families gather for the great feast of karamu on December 31st. Karamu may be held at a home, community center, or church etc.. Celebrants enjoy traditional African dishes as well as those featuring ingredients Africans brought to the United States, such as sesame seeds (benne), peanuts (groundnuts), sweet potatoes, collard greens, and spicy sauces. Especially at karamu, Kwanzaa is celebrated with red, black and green.
These three colors were important symbols in ancient Africa that gained new
recognition through the efforts of Marcus Garvey’s Black Nationalist movement.
Green is for the fertile land of Africa; Black is for the color of the people; and red is for the blood that is shed in the struggling for freedom.
Kwanzaa has been adapted by people of African descendants outside of the United States also. Particularly in the Caribbean and other countries across the world.
Kwanzaa was conceived as a nonpolitical and nonreligious holiday which also does not take the place of Christmas.
Here are some traditional food and drink menus used in the celebration of Kwanzaa throughout the Caribbean:
Red Sorrel: is a Jamaican variation on hibiscus tea, and is traditionally paired with black cake during Christmas.
Turron : A Spanish delicacy of nougat studded with nuts (usually almonds) or seeds, turrón is popular as a Christmas treat in Puerto Rico and Cuba
Arroz Con Dulce : Rice puddings pop up in Christmas spreads everywhere, from the Caribbean to Scandinavia to the Philippines
Rice and Peas (Arroz con Gandules) : Although the name suggests otherwise, there are no peas in Jamaica’s rice and peas. Instead, “peas” here refers to beans. And while rice and peas is an everyday dish in Jamaica
Black Cake : Fruitcake has a deservedly bad reputation in the States, but don’t let that dissuade you from trying its Caribbean counterpart, the black cake. Popular in Jamaica, Bermuda, St. Vincent, and other Caribbean islands.
Inclosing, should Kwanzaa be celebrated more in the Caribbean, Latin and Central America, and other parts of the world of African descendants?
Emancipation Proclamation Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary n on September 22nd, 1862. It stipulated that if the Southern states did not cease their rebellion by January 1st, 1863, then Proclamation would go into effect. When the Confederacy did not yield, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863.
Five months after the Emancipation Proclamation. It outlawed slavery and freed over 500,000 enslaved African Americans.
Many people did not realize that this monumental decision had taken place and because of this it resulted into many people being remained enslaved until the news reached them…two-and-a-half years later.
As news broke two and a half years later many Slave owners headed West to avoid freeing their slaves. Texas, being the farthest west and still apart of the South they became the last to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. There are many rumored stories that that gives presumption of why Texas did not receive the news of freeing slaves.
One of the versions told throughout the years is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. Another is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. We may not really know what the actual reason behind the Texans not having knowledge of the Emancipation Proclamation, it remained a stays quo.
The Emancipation Proclamation freed over 500,000 enslaved African Americans, many challenged the fact of letting go the enslaved African Americans and challenged the Proclamation. More over, some of the the reasons why Texans did not free slaves was partially due to intentional prevarication on the part of state governments, as well as slave-holding individuals.
“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”
After Granger announces the General Order Number 3, on plantations many Slave owners did not want to announce the news — or wait for a government agent to arrive — and it was not uncommon for them to delay until after the harvest.
Nevertheless, justice prevailed, however, and the first African American community to formally celebrate their freedom was in Galveston, TX.
Galveston was the site of the first public reading of the proclamation in the south, as well as the first community to celebrate the holiday now known as “Juneteenth,” so named for the date of the reading of the historic Proclamation.
Today, every June 19 many African American celebrate Juneteenth with music, festivals, outdoor cookouts etc.
You deserve everything full of goodness, blessing, prosperity and all above. A world wouldn’t be without you. Nurturing with the love and kindness for a new born child can only be bonded with a mother’s touch, a mothers love, a mothers existence, and the simplest twinkle of joy in that ever seeing galaxy eyes.
Her smile that sets the moon on fire and changes the dynamics of the atmosphere. Remembering the little things that a mother has done and that has brought joy to your life, reflect on that today and everyday. The things that was thought to you from an infant to adult life. It is forever instilled in your life because of a mother’s teachings.
We look for guidance as a child, and like the ducklings gliding on the water surface following the lead of the mother duck or goose, so are we.
A mother does not have to be directly birthing a child, but nurturing, and instilling the love and guidance, protection, traits, and character of how you should exhume a child’s upbringing.
For some Mothers Day brings bad memories, it triggers a spot that has been void and not fulfilled.