The first thing I wondered was where does she find the time to do it all?
Leah Marville, Miss Barbados World 2009, along with being an international model signed to agencies in South Africa, Germany and New York, is currently enrolled at the Hugh Wooding Law School pursuing her law degree. Marville also has a burgeoning career in television production. Her prodigious work with the Love Campaign, a charitable organisation she founded to raise awareness about HIV prevention and discrimination, also demands much of her attention. Last year more was added to her plate when her production company took over the reins of the Miss Barbados World Pageant, a role which would also make significant demands.
Marville, who also finds time to do some PR work for ISLANDpeople when showcasing the culture in Barbados, unbelievable as it may seem, is pretty cool under all the heat.
As she speaks we discover that it is not all outer beauty, but a significant degree of depth inwardly as well which makes her so special.
From the extremely beautiful Marville to a subject which many of us hate to discuss... death. When writer Lorraine Waldropt informed me that the subject of our Real Women Real Stories this week was undertaker Margaret Joseph, I must admit I was a bit skeptical at first, but after reading Joseph's story she cast a whole new perspective on death. We introduce the mother and grandmother who, ironically, makes a living from the dead.
We have all heard it before "The Truth Shall Set You Free" but writer Allan Wesley poses the burning question "Can you Handle the Truth?" While I also have a question to ask: Can we ever go beyond black and white?
I ask this question after the senseless and horrific killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by neighbourhood watch crusader George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
Zimmerman, who killed Martin in cold blood is claiming self defence for his actions, a claim in my view which holds no water. Martin's weapons of choice — a bag of skittles and a can of Arizona ice tea.
This killing has touched a raw nerve in the hearts of many and caused a huge uproar in Florida as well as New York as people have taken to the streets calling for Zimmerman's arrest.
As I look into the eyes of this grieving mother on the nightly news, I am hoping that by the time you read this, this man would have been arrested and charged with murder. This is not only my view but that of millions around the world who believe in justice... tried and true.
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