Michelle Fenty ...the other First Lady of Washington DC
She is an accomplished attorney born in London to Jamaican immigrants; she rose to political prominence when her husband Adrian Fenty became Mayor of Washington DC in 2007.
He served as Mayor from 2007 to 2011.
Fenty says when she and her husband met at Howard Law School in 1984, she never envisioned that he would one day hold high political office.
Fast forward to today and Fenty is no longer walking the corridors of power in DC, but is now heading the Trinidad office of the Inter-American Development Bank.
This region, she says, holds a special significance for her because of her parents, who instilled in her from very early the importance of ethics and education. She refers to her sense of humour as "very British" but adds that what makes her truly Jamaican is that "what you see is what you get".
As the Mayor's wife Fenty did not just sit around hosting political "tete tete tetes" with the wives of other Washington "bigwigs" but instead was very active as an advocate for women's health and wellness. She also served as President of the Advisory Board for the Capital Breast Care Centre in Washington DC. She is also the mother of three children — twin sons and a daughter.
In an exclusive interview Fenty sat down with writer Renee Cummings to talk about her relocation to T&T and a whole lot more.
Our Real Women Real Stories series continues to be a hit with our readers and writer Lorraine Waldropt, in her stellar style, continues to capture the imagination of our readers with her colourful description of these unique women. When Waldropt writes she literally transports the reader into their world and takes us through the experience with her.
This week, I am pleased to introduce Candice Heerah, a well-known roti maker who sells roti opposite the popular Smokey and Bunty's bar in St James.
Heerah talks to Waldropt while busily taking the roti from her hot tawa into the mouths of her hungry customers.
As far as issues go, women and domestic violence continue to receive our rapt attention. Writer Nicole Farrell, like many others, has taken issue with the reunion between pop star Rihanna and singer Chris Brown after the much publicised domestic violence incident. Farrell questions "Where does forgiveness end and apparent insanity begin after domestic abuse?"
We also feature part one of our two-part exclusive story about Jamaican actress Esther Anderson and the late Bob Marley. Anderson speaks of her early days as Marley's lover and the release of her recent film on him entitled The Making of a Legend, some 31 years after his death.
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