Year In Review: Everyday Barbadians make their voices heard
It has been a year when the everyday lives of Barbadians permeated the barriers of the private sphere, to tell stories which deeply touched us all.
From boldly speaking up in situations of injustice, defending our own in situations of misinformation, to seeking solutions to a range of challenges facing our society, various communities across Barbados shined out - even in difficult circumstances.
And as families and various groups across the nation grapple with uncertainty each day, there continues to be hope for the future.
Take a look at our top five community pieces for 2018 and then check out our honourable mentions in the related articles below.
One Barbadian lady is taking her business elsewhere after a ZR Driver on the Silver Sands route insulted some of his customers because of their weight. This is not the first time Loop Community has reported on such an incident involving a ZR driver, as earlier this year a mother and her child were put out of a PSV when the driver refused to put out his cigarette, even though the mother had complained that her child is asthmatic.
Almost every baby's journey of life begins in a hospital but being discharged before your baby is an outcome no mother pictures. However, this is Blossom Vaughn's reality - Blossom has been anything but merry during the Christmas holidays this year.
It does not just take money on the part of families, but also time, lots of effort and true dedication to maintaining a family member’s special dietary needs while they are behind bars at Her Majesty’s Prison – Dodds, in St. Philip. This disclosure came from two criminal lawyers who said that it is no easy feat when families take on the responsibility of feeding their incarcerated relative.
TMZ went for the wrong Barbadian – Robyn 'Rihanna' Fenty. And on the occasion, the Queen of Clapbacks didn’t even have to say anything as her friends from childhood, old schoolmates and other Bajans went after TMZ in full Bajan splendour.
Many Barbadians were touched as Loop News Reporter Christina Smith, addressed the worrying trend of young males being charged and convicted for violent crimes.
"It then becomes clear in this situation that the enemy is not the leaders of the gangs or the drug lords or the boys on the block or even the gun; the enemy here is poverty. This is evident when one analyzes the neighbourhoods where the gun violence impacts most."