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Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, a daughter to James and Georgina Ashe Prevoe, she married Albert T. Best in 1925. In 1946 she founded The Clarion, the first black-owned and published Nova Scotia newspaper. In 1952 she started a radio show, The Quiet Corner, which was aired for 12 years. From 1968 to 1975 she was a columnist for The Pictou Advocate, a newspaper based in Pictou, Nova Scotia.
In 1977, she published an autobiography, That Lonesome Road.