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Secrets and scandals good enough for fiction, but some of it's true

Secrets and scandals good enough for fiction, but some of it's true

Growing up in Baltimore as the child of Trinidadian immigrants, Lauren Francis-Sharma saw her hardworking parents pursue the American dream, while holding fast to nostalgic dreams of a Caribbean homeland an ocean away. "From an early age, I straddled two cultures," says Francis-Sharma, 42, who was born in New York City but spent her formative years with her parents and younger sister in a Northwood rowhouse. "Sometimes it was a struggle to be truly accepted." Theirs was a loving household where calypso music by The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener got spins on the turntable, along with Motown classics. At mealtime, "my mother prepared traditional dishes...

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