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FACE TO FACE: Kayla and her Zontians leading the charge to end violence against women

Why is there violence against women? They are our mothers, sisters… our nurturers and care givers. Why is there violence against girls?

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FACE TO FACE: Denise is breaking ‘the chain’ of sexual health ignorance

Bahamians know their country consists of a small population. Take a look at any Bahamian and a fellow citizen would either know them, one of their family members, or someone connected to them… for the most part.

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FACE TO FACE: I said if I die, I die; but if I live, Lord, I will live for you

Today is a brand new day for Daniella Forbes and her family. Whereas thousands have fled Marsh Harbour, Abaco with no intention of returning, she and her husband believe they are being called by God to return and establish a church there.

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FACE TO FACE: Sharing in the light of Hindus’ greatest festival

This week’s focus is not on an individual, but a group of people and what they taught me about humanity.

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FACE TO FACE: Standing tall - and always together

The epitome of brotherly love is displayed between Dr Victor Horsley and his two elder brothers, Barton and Neil.

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FACE TO FACE: Charlene’s lifelong ambition realised in decades of helping others

I had the opportunity recently to visit Dr Charlene Wallace’s Palmdale office and see her in action. She was busy advising patients, young and old, conducting eye examinations, and helping them choose the perfect pair of glasses to suit their face. She did it all with a glowing smile and an obvious dedication to her craft. When I learned she was the first Bahamian female Optometrist to return to The Bahamas and be engaged at the Ministry of Health, I understood the level of seemingly boundless energy she has. She is a trailblazer and she has set a good path for others to follow based on determination, commitment and zeal.

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FACE TO FACE: Giving back - Doug's deep connection to The Bahamas

IMET William “Doug” Douglass through my father, Allan Ingraham. Daddy was very excited to tell me how Doug was building a recreational court for the kids in a settlement near Doug’s home in South Eleuthera back in 2017. It was a near $200,000 investm

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FACE TO FACE: He aimed to become a judge - he served as the highest in the land

SIR Michael Barnett is living proof that if you can see it, and if you believe it with all your heart, then you can achieve it. Lifetime goals are something to never give up on, despite any obstacles that may come your way. He stands as a testament to the fact that it is indeed possible. Now in his sixties, he is at the peak of his career and is still going strong.

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FACE TO FACE: The long history of hurricanes in The Bahamas

THE Bahamas has come face to face with many catastrophic hurricanes in the past, and has always proven its resilience. But there is no doubt that these powerful storms change the Bahamian landscape and impact the economy. There are lessons to be learned, and a good way to do that is to take look back in time.

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FACE TO FACE: Bahamians will continue to make valuable contributions to the US – if given the chance

THERE was a time when tens of thousands of Bahamians migrated to the United States of America. It was 1943, and World War II was still raging. Many Americans were drafted to serve in the armed forces. Others left the farms to work in more profitable war industries.

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FACE TO FACE: We don’t give these storms the respect they deserve

I had a chat about Hurricane Dorian with 29-year veteran meteorologist Wayne Neely, who has spent most of his professional life writing books with detailed accounts of hurricanes that have affected The Bahamas.

FACE TO FACE: Marilyn’s moving and shaking with Houston’s elite - but never forgets her roots

Bahamians all around the globe stared at their mobile phones in despair this weekend and into today as they saw videos and photographs of the destruction Hurricane Dorian wreaked on this country as it dragged across the northern islands.

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FACE TO FACE: They said I wouldn’t last a month - I stayed 31 years

When you think of advocates for disability in The Bahamas, it’s hard not to think of Mrs. Sheila Culmer. She has been at the forefront of advocacy before I was even born. I recently sat with her and found out why she has dedicated her entire life to helping those with special needs.

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FACE TO FACE: They said I wouldn’t last a month - I stayed 31 years

When you think of advocates for disability in The Bahamas, it’s hard not to think of Mrs. Sheila Culmer. She has been at the forefront of advocacy before I was even born. I recently sat with her and found out why she has dedicated her entire life to helping those with special needs.

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FACE TO FACE: Mdeez - From the bleachers to Montego Bay

On the very day Davon Alistar “MDeez” Knight was scheduled to light up the stage at Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica, he was laid to rest. The festival was to be widely broadcast throughout the Caribbean with a live stream available for fans around the world.

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FACE TO FACE: Rotary needs to change, not just for the sake of it but to make things better

The cover of the international magazine the Rotarian features Barry Rassin and his wife Esther with a group of flamingoes gathered in front.

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FACE TO FACE: Bob marched to his own drum and enriched my life

The value of life and the value of this weekly column was put into deep perspective for me as I prepared this edition – a dedication to media pioneer Bob Thompson.

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FACE TO FACE: Marsha’s keeping our culture alive through her art

Bahamian art and culture means the world to Marsha B. Knowles Adderley. The colours, sounds and vibrancy of Bahamian life are lived through Marsha.

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FACE TO FACE: Butch or Plati Dread - life’s never been conventional

A trend is growing in Nassau. More and more people are becoming interested in alternatives to traditional ways of living.

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FACE TO FACE: A legend born out of a broken heart

In the late 1990s, “Matters of the Heart” was such a popular radio programme it became a household name.

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FACE TO FACE: Felicia fighting to help young women from falling through the cracks in the system

When Felicia was just 16-years-old, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She knew she was too young and that life would never be the same. She was born in a two-parent home and she considered her life stable until the age of 10, when her parents got divorced.

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FACE TO FACE: It’s all adding up for the girl from Fox Hill

Jamielle Davis is a Fox Hill girl to the bone. Her homestead is in Fox Hill, as is her church and the school she spent all of her formative years in.

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FACE TO FACE: Atarah on the path to finding the top talent

Nearly 50 Bahamians in a crowd of 10,000 people attending Morgan State University came to a thunderous applause when Atarah Pinder, Jamielle Davis, Michaela Thompson and a few other Bahamian students walked across the stage to receive their awards.

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FACE TO FACE: ‘All parts of who we are – positive and negative – are who we need to be’

The first time I met Stanya Davis I was at the National Art Gallery attending a women’s empowerment event with some friends. It turned out to be a fulfilling and inspiring experience, hosted by Stanya who was relatable, funny, direct and honest. That became the first of several encounters with a woman who has found a way to interact with and touch the lives of thousands of women in our country. She found the power to do this because her own journey to self was so impactful she felt compelled to help other women heal the way she has.

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FACE TO FACE: Kiti’s path from Andros to a role on the world stage

A Bahamian has been elected to chair the North American and Caribbean region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). Kitiboni Adderley, a zestful, caring physical therapist with more than 18 years experience was elected by her peers during the WCPT’s 2019 Congress held last month in Geneva. The WCPT, which consists of five regions covering 113 countries, represents more than 450,000 physical therapists worldwide.

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FACE TO FACE: When things don’t quite go as you planned, some unexpected heroes step up

Those were the resounding words declared by the surgeon as he pulled out my baby girl on the morning of April 24, 2019. With tears of joy flowing from my eyes, I heard her cry and saw the beautiful body that was growing inside of me all those months… all 8 pounds, 8.5 ounces of her.

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FACE TO FACE: Sam’s never stood still and always goes the distance for others

I recently met an unsung hero on First St, The Grove – a gem right among the people with a lifetime of giving and serving to share. Those of the generation before me may know his name. But all too often, wonderful people like Sam Williams get lost in the stories of today, when young people could benefit from learning of people like him and find their own way to make a similar or even greater impact.

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FACE TO FACE: A sheltered island girl who sat at the head of the nation

From Rose’s to Mount Fitzwilliam is one of the best books I have ever read. After completing the nearly 400 pages of rich history and personal reflection, I closed it with the same feeling I had when I arrived at the end of Sir Clifford Darling’s A Bahamian Life Story… a greater sense of responsibility, love of country and impetus to do and be my best.

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FACE TO FACE: Dale’s life mission - to get the best out of her students

We often complain about the public education system – its shortfalls and setbacks – but we don’t often praise some of the hardworking educators who go above and beyond to overcome these hurdles to invest into the lives of our children. Their contributions make a difference. Even when some parents don’t seem invested enough, there are teachers who move into action to nurture the potential of their students.

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FACE TO FACE: A zest for life which has never been broken

One cannot meet a person like Paul Fernander and forget him.

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FACE TO FACE: Kevin bares his soul in language which helps us all to see

The poem on the right is one in a series about to be released in a newly-published book Revelations of a Silent Heart by author Kevin Cartwright. I have had a sneak peek at the book and I find the poems so heartfelt, so sincere and very touching. This is his literary debut, which he describes as “a brave compilation of various moods of poetry and prose that speak about life, love, risks and the courage to face head on whatever life throws at him”.

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FACE TO FACE: A childhood dream to give a life of service

Reverend George Bodie is a prime example of the truth that your circumstances in life do not have to define the outcome of your life. In times like these with violence and crime on the rise and with inner cities constantly threatened by gang activity, Rev Bodie shares his path to a life that is one to be proud of.

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FACE TO FACE: A life lived helping us all learn

Why is it that all librarians are similar in personality? I am not referring to the misconception of a fussy old person who hates noise. I am talking about the trend of librarians being level-headed, helpful, resourceful, friendly people with a quiet spirit and gentle demeanour. Dorcas Bowler is the epitome of that description.

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FACE TO FACE: Now that’s a SMART idea

Last week I met a group of smart women who decided to come together to do something special for this country.

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FACE TO FACE: In honour of women who all made their mark

Women all around the world celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) last Friday, a global occasion recognising the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

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FACE TO FACE: Following in the footsteps of the King

Eric Gibson is a household name. The moment a Bahamian hears it, the title “King” precedes it in their mind. King Eric & His Knights were a popular calypso band in The Bahamas since their inception in 1957, a time when music legend Harry Belafonte released his “Calypso” album which received much international acclaim.

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FACE TO FACE: Happy families – not if you're in love with yourself

It’s a topic not often discussed in Bahamian relationships, but one that is prevalent and could be wreaking havoc on families – narcissism.

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FACE TO FACE: A family bonded in history where the ties stay strong

Last week I visited a woman whose age did not dictate her level of poise and persona. Big in personality and kind in heart, Keva Hanna-Lawrence spoke with authority and excellent diction as she shared some of the things she could remember from her days growing up in Acklins with her parents and siblings, including former Governor General Sir Arthur D Hanna.

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FACE TO FACE: A lesson to cherish and build a new life - never give up

Many of us know we have greatness within us. We know we are meant to achieve more and do more than we are at present.

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FACE TO FACE: Tanya’s found a new career - working for God

Many young women today are into a glitz and glamour lifestyle.

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FACE TO FACE: Majority rule - did we deliver then betray the dream?

The month of January is a powerful one when it comes to remembering what unifying as a people and working towards a common cause can bring.

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FACE TO FACE: Nurse Ophelia - a legacy to be proud of

It was such a pleasure as well as an eye-opening experience sitting face to face with a centenarian who could converse with me, smile with me and sing with me. She reminded me of the simpler things in life. She helped me to put things in perspective and consider what really matters in old age – family who love you, spend time with you and are willing to take care of you - and a legacy that they can be proud of.

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FACE TO FACE: Life reset under the Bahamian sun

April 30, 2017 will always be one of the most memorable dates in my life.

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FACE TO FACE: For those murdered – that’s it. Nobody wins when somebody drops

Having been a journalist for more than two decades now, I have witnessed the spike in murders in this country.

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FACE TO FACE: ‘As a mother, when tragedy strikes, you could end up in a place where you forget about your spiritual life; the natural kicks in and you ask God: Why?’

IT was really a shock to hear that Katherine Hilton, the mother of Ashlee Hilton, died just two weeks after her daughter was fatally shot by a gunman on the grounds of Sandiland’s Rehabilitation Centre.

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FACE TO FACE: When the mountain is too high you have to ask for a little help

Jarvis and Dereka Grant are a power couple in the world of culture in The Bahamas.

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FACE TO FACE: Goofing around in class with the future PM - what would come next?

Too often when we see successful people, we automatically think they had it made or the road was well paved for them.

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FACE TO FACE: How can we say we live in a fair and equal world?

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and it remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it, according to the United Nations.

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FACE TO FACE: A lifetime bringing hope in the fight against diabetes

While World Diabetes Day was being commemorated last week, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands brought the dismal news that The Bahamas is the world leader in the prevalence of diabetes.

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FACE TO FACE: From grocery boy to the halls of learning

He grew up as a Valley Boy in Culmersville, lost his father as a young boy and began working at an early age to help his mother. His life could have been a story of mediocrity blamed on his circumstances. Instead, he would be the boy who worked to pay for his education, studied hard in school, set goals for himself and achieved them - and then some.

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FACE TO FACE: From humble beginnings to the NFL

When Edwin A Smith was a little boy growing up in Bain Town in the 1950s, there were great Bahamian athletes making it to the big leagues in baseball or track and field. So, little boys had much to aspire to if they wished to become a professional athlete. But Ed, who spent his afternoons shooting marbles, flying kites, playing stick ball, wrestling, or swimming on Long Wharf beach during the summers, had no idea at the time he would one day make Bahamian history as the first to go pro in an entirely different sport.

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FACE TO FACE: From pupil to the preacher they said would never last

My high school friend Valentino Williams has always been the kind of person to do things on a big scale. I always saw great ambition in my schoolmate. He would come up with great ideas and get people to join in. He could be a fierce competitor in schoolwork as well as in basketball, track and field.

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FACE TO FACE: How a lasting love grew out of tragedy

When Lucy Lightbourne was in her prime at 30 years old, she had a lot going for her. She had just bought a new car and was serving as the manager of Anne’s Paradise, a popular restaurant and lounge on Thompson Boulevard owned by Elridge Smith.

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FACE TO FACE: Banding together in the battle against breast cancer

This summer as Anita Rolle was deciding what she wanted to do for her birthday, it hit her. Why celebrate my birthday alone when there are so many other cancer survivors like me with a new lease on life? Just a few months later, “Anita’s Celebration for a Cause” was born. Anita realised there were countless others in The Bahamas who needed support and encouragement as they are either battling or beat cancer and they all needed each other.

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FACE TO FACE: A voice falls silent, one which made us all so proud

It was difficult for me to accept I had to write this edition of Face to Face posthumously. I had every intention of interviewing Audrey Dean-Wright in person. I had already told her as much. I was excited and, when I started writing this column, I let her know that it would be my honour to tell her life story – one so fulfilled I hadn’t even figured out how I would compact it into a single page. But I knew it was necessary, because so many great Bahamians who have contributed so much don’t have their stories told… they are not celebrated enough.

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FACE TO FACE: Going above and beyond to help people hear again

The Bahamas is a small country filled with incredible people and it never ceases to amaze me when I have the good fortune to meet one of them. In this case, it was a Bahamian woman who is a trailblazer in medicine and continues to work hard to improve the lives of Bahamians suffering from hearing issues.

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FACE TO FACE: It’s never too late to turn your life around

Amein Burrows has completely turned his life around and believes if he has done it, so can the countless young men in this country who find themselves in a revolving door situation with the cops and the courts. He found the life he was chasing after – quick, fast money, nice cars and girls – came with a price too heavy to bear.

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FACE TO FACE: Jacinta’s pulled by her African heritage but will bury her heart in Fox Hill

As a child, she would play school with her dolls and teach them things she had learnt. Her navel string is planted in Fox Hill and there, she grew up practicing on family and friends at home, putting them in school for fun, too. Now that she is grown and has her own school located in the heart of Fox Hill, she is taking on a new responsibility; one that requires her to champion the rights of men, women, boys and girls throughout the country.

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FACE TO FACE: I never set out to be the chairman of any board. I just always tried to do my best

She grew up at the junction of honesty and integrity road – literally. Her childhood home served as a refuge for many. Her mother taught her how to give unselfishly and to consider the needs of others. She did well in school and carved out a successful career in accounting and finance. Yet today, she has become the focus of a controversy that is playing out nationally without most not really knowing who she is or what she is all about.

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FACE TO FACE: Teenage twins on a mission for ‘everyone’s grammy’

Deaconess Esther Elizabeth Neely-Brown left such an indelible mark on the lives she touched that her legacy lives on even though she died in November 2016.

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FACE TO FACE: Novie - deep down and soulful, on stage and off

For many years, she was a lead singer in the popular local band “Visage”. She has that signature voice you know the moment you hear it – it’s soul stirring, deep and meaningful. A few years ago, she became a solo artist and continues to make her mark, not only as one of The Bahamas’ beloved entertainers, but as an educator who guides hundreds of Bahamian students in the field of music.

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FACE TO FACE: Life’s lesson - give it everything you’ve got and don’t be afraid

THE Rev Dr James S Sweeting is one of those men who has lived several lives and is still around and ready to do more. Many people touch just one or two professions in their lifetime. Often, it is advised to stick with one career. But Rev Sweeting proves it is possible to be successful in several careers and as a business owner – all in the same lifetime. The key to it, he says, is to give each goal you set everything you’ve got and to know when its time to move on to another level.

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FACE TO FACE: A mission to tell the story of a stolen people

A few weeks ago, one of the most renowned Pan-Africanists in the world graced our shores. He is so well known, not only for his booming voice and strong delivery, but also for the hard-hitting messages he brings which aim to empower people with the knowledge he feels would liberate them from mental slavery.

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FACE TO FACE: A voice full of soul and spirit

When I sit down face to face with people from all walks of life to interview for this column, the greatest impact usually happens during the interview; some “aha” moment when I understand someone’s purpose or vision, or when I am inspired by their story.

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FACE TO FACE: A woman with fashion in her blood

I was scrolling through Instagram one day when I came upon the work of this Bahamian designer. I was in awe. I followed her immediately. Since then, I have had many a jaw dropping and breathtaking experience seeing another one of her creations pop up on my timeline. Even her business name is a cut above – Remilda Rose is a name attached to some of the most beautiful garments to touch red carpets and turn heads in The Bahamas.

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FACE TO FACE: Building a legacy in Eleuthera

I was recently in Eleuthera connecting with my Ingraham side of the family and learning about our heritage in Palmetto Point when I met a talented woman with a friendly disposition and was immediately drawn to her. She became the next focus of Face to Face because after getting to know her a bit better, I found that she had a wealth of knowledge, experience, love of country and a life story worth sharing.

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FACE TO FACE: Beating the drum for the beauty of Eleuthera

I first met Beat Schlagenhauf when I was covering an event for the Rhythm and Youth Band. This Rake n’ Scrape group comprised young boys and girls and was birthed at the Gerald Cash Primary School under the direction of then music teacher, Nathaniel Adams.

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FACE TO FACE: My father, the hero

WHEN I was 14 years old, I had the opportunity to participate in the filming of a Hollywood movie right here in Nassau. Gerard Depardieu was the main actor – a French father who took his daughter, played by Katherine Heigl, on vacation to The Bahamas

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FACE TO FACE: Two girl scientists on a mission

WHEN looking for solutions to the problems that face this country, we often look to our religious, political and social leaders for the answers. We look for grown-up solutions to problems that are affecting children as well. But what if some of the answers we need could be found in the children?

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FACE TO FACE: Witnessing tears and violence drove Elaine to show a brighter path

Why do we hurt the ones we say we love? I believe somewhere in our hearts and minds when we hurt others, it’s because we were not loving ourselves. The love we say we have for others must be felt within the very core of our being. Once safe and secure in our own personal love, then we can have healthy, loving relationships that edify us rather than destroy us.

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FACE TO FACE: The Birdman of The Bahamas

Metellus Chipman is no stranger to the world of culture and entertainment in The Bahamas.

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FACE TO FACE: Farewell to a mentor

This past weekend, a noted member of the press and the legal fraternity was laid to rest. She was an attorney with passion as a legal advocate for women and children, a journalist and a communications specialist. More importantly to me, she was like a big sister throughout my childhood years.

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FACE TO FACE: Climbing the corporate ladder then the light bulb went off . . .

Donavon Powell was on a clear path to success in America, making strides in the financial arena after successfully completing college. He had everything going for him and no reason at this point in his career to stop climbing the corporate ladder in the land of opportunity. But instead he chose to follow a calling and try and make a difference in the land of his birth. He came up with an idea that had the potential to make a positive impact in The Bahamas and give him a chance to return home and earn a living.

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FACE TO FACE: Straight outta Compton - and around the world

You could have been abandoned as a young child, left to fend for yourself in one of the toughest ghettos in America with crime statistics stacked against you, and you could still rise above them to become an international professional basketball player, making money playing a game you love. That’s the testimony of Mahershal Simonet, a passionate and driven man who is making a difference on and off the basketball court. He is a skilful point guard and shooting guard who has played in some 15 countries around the world; now he is in The Bahamas discovering his roots and sowing positive seeds into the lives of children here.

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FACE TO FACE: Lessons of life learned around the water pump

Take a slow drive through any Over-the-Hill community and you will find a water pump. It’s a necessity in an area where there are still homes without infrastructure for running water.

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FACE TO FACE: What Dynamite Daisy did next

“Dynamite Daisy” is a household name in The Bahamas. She is a comedienne well known as the life of the party at weddings, birthdays, church events and functions all over the country. She appears on radio and television shows and commercials, and was the star of many of her own full-stage productions with a group of fellow actors who performed to packed crowds. She has even travelled throughout the United States and the Caribbean with her dynamite act.

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FACE TO FACE – He just spat the words out: ‘Oh, it’s cancer’ - but I’m determined to beat it.

I am used to seeing Sharon all dressed up to the nines – hair done, clothing on point and always wearing a big smile. When her cousin contacted me to say Sharon had developed breast cancer and her attitude is so commendable she thought I should visit her for an interview, I obliged. However, I was not prepared for the Sharon I met. Her big, beautiful coif is reduced to the scalp, and although she was never big in size, she is definitely smaller. The only thing that seemed the same to me were her beautiful eyes, her voice and the big, bright smile that usually greets me.

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FACE TO FACE: A Miami icon born on Shirley Street

He’s been on this planet for 99 years, has all his faculties and is quite funny, witty and charming. He can hold a conversation with anyone and is so well-read he probably knows quite a bit about the subjects that intrigue most people. It’s amazing - the level of energy that exudes Garth C. Reeves Sr. It seems Father Time and the fountain of youth both blessed him, and he relishes in every moment that he’s alive.

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FACE TO FACE: Walking in her mother's footsteps

Some people come to The Bahamas and get sand in their shoes and they never seem to shake it out; returning to these islands again and again to be kissed by the Bahamian sun. That’s exactly what happened to Lady Caroline Simmonds.

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FACE TO FACE - A Blind Love: couple seeks help for baby’s surgery

They say love is blind. When in love, sometimes nothing can stop two people who desire to spend the rest of their lives together. Antoine and Abbie Munroe, who are both blind, have brought truth to this old adage in a positive way. Their testament of love is one so strong that despite the discouragement from many of their family members and friends, they married and now have a beautiful baby girl.

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FACE TO FACE: Hey Mr Bully, look at the boy now

Addis Huyler is a successful, dynamic and confident Bahamian man on a mission to ensure his fellow Bahamians are recognised and honoured for the work they do to help make this country a better one. He is the mastermind behind the Bahamian Icon awards, now in its sixth year, celebrating the dedication and success of Bahamians in areas such as sports, entrepreneurship, commerce, media, entertainment, health, tourism and fine art. He is also the CEO of the SIDDA Communications group, a successful marketing and public relations consultancy. With all this going for him, you would have no idea Addis was once a gawky, tall, lumbering kid who dealt with bullying throughout his school years.

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FACE TO FACE: The Mayor and his raccoons

When I was asked to pay a visit to the man they call “the mayor of Fox Hill” as he prepares to be consecrated to the Bishopric, I wasn’t ready for the surprise. No flashy car and lofty mansion here.

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FACE TO FACE: The singer with words to say about the law

She is a Gospel recording artist who shares her gift at churches and events throughout The Bahamas and the world. She was a school administrator for 32 years, helping to nurture the lives of Bahamian children. Yet Lenora Taylor was treated with such disrespect by police, even in her senior years, that she felt obliged to share her story and call on the leaders of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to ensure the officers who deal with the public act with more professionalism.

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FACE TO FACE: A life helping others then Michelle faced her own battle to survive

When a doctor tells you to say your final goodbyes to loved ones, sometimes there’s no coming back. It can be a harrowing moment. The anaesthesiologist asks you to count backwards from ten to one, and the doctor has already told you that you may not survive. But when you have faith, be it as small as a mustard seed, you can overcome anything – and Dr Michelle C Major did just that.

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FACE TO FACE: Nursing came before everything. I even took my dad to the prom

I spent hours on the top of Blue Hills in New Providence at the home of a sprightly and dainty Bahamian grandmother.

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