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Peter Bailey, the son of a nurse and preacher, was born and raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Growing up in a coastal town where a profitable drug and prostitution trade battled a burgeoning Rastafarian movement preaching black upliftment. "Economic hardship led to drugs, prostitution and violence so at times paradise became hell," says Bailey whose best friend was shot and killed by local authorities. "I got tired of crying so I started writing."
Bailey moved on to the University of Delaware where he majored in English. During his junior year he landing an internship at the Village Voice in New York City where his first assignment was to investigate a warehouse used by Mayor Rudy Giuliani to store documents. Upon graduation, Bailey went on to write for Newsweek then Time magazine, covering issues ranging from the AIDS epidemic to Whiteness studies. Bailey finally came to the Miami Herald for what he calls its "grassroots appeal."