A quiet racket | Parkite Sports

She’s based in the US, but her parents are Haitian and Japanese. Naomi Osaka is at the forefront of the changing of the guard in women’s tennis, with an unflappable nature that served her well in last year’s US Open final. Caroline Taylor charts her dramatic rise to fame. Published in the first issue (July 2019) of the relaunched Parkite Sports Magazine From the moment … Continue reading A quiet racket | Parkite Sports

Wright on | Caribbean Beat

Growing up in Guyana, Letitia Wright never imagined a Hollywood career. But after a string of stage and TV roles and early recognition of her talent, her casting in the blockbuster movie Black Panther was the break every actor hopes for, says Caroline Taylor. Published as the cover story in the May/June issue of Caribbean Beat Despite a cast brimming with award-winning Hollywood legends, there … Continue reading Wright on | Caribbean Beat

“It was never my goal to blend in” | Caribbean Beat

For anyone who likes easy answers to questions of identity, Naomi Osaka is a conundrum: half-Haitian, half-Japanese, raised for part of her childhood in New York City, visibly hybrid. As Caroline Taylor learns, Osaka hasn’t always been comfortable with the role of mixed-race role model — but she’s learning to embrace it, on her own terms. Published as the cover story of the July/August issue … Continue reading “It was never my goal to blend in” | Caribbean Beat

Night King, R’hollor, ice, and fire questions I hope Game of Thrones will answer

The Night King. The Long Night. The White Walkers.  The wights. R’hollor. The Lord of Light. Magic. Inquiring minds want to know more… During the “long night” that was the nearly two year break between seasons 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones, a friend and I were comparing notes about our favourite — and least favourite — storylines and moments… as well as outstanding questions we had … Continue reading Night King, R’hollor, ice, and fire questions I hope Game of Thrones will answer

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Jeanine De Bique: “It doesn’t matter where you come from” | Caribbean Beat

Jeanine De Bique, Trinidad-born classical singer, on the influence of her upbringing, and why Trinis “could do anything” — as told to Caroline Taylor in the November/December 2018 issue of Caribbean Beat I went St Gabriel’s RC School in San Fernando, and was in choir participating in the Music Festival and SanFest. I had a love for music, and was very good at it. I believe it … Continue reading Jeanine De Bique: “It doesn’t matter where you come from” | Caribbean Beat

Are share buttons and share counts a thing of the past?

I’m prepping four of the websites I work on to migrate — finally — to HTTPS. It’s something I’ve been putting off for a long time, both because of the number of things that can go wrong if not managed properly, and my attachment to the social proof (especially the share counts) of our websites’ top content. Like the 36,200 shares — and that’s just … Continue reading Are share buttons and share counts a thing of the past?

Winston Duke (at centre) as M’Baku in Black Panther. © Marvel Studios 2018

Winston Duke: “I’m unfinished” | Caribbean Beat

Tobago-born actor Winston Duke, appearing in the eagerly awaited Black Panther movie, on his love of stories and magical realism, how his village childhood shaped his ethos, and his love of soca music — as told to Caroline Taylor in Caribbean Beat magazine (January/February 2018) I left Tobago when I was about ten years old. My memories of Tobago are of running up and down on the beach, … Continue reading Winston Duke: “I’m unfinished” | Caribbean Beat

The Cutlass: cutting through barriers | Caribbean Beat

Written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine (July/August 2017) If making films in countries with established industries is gruelling, imagine trying to make them in the Caribbean — where, more often than not, the infrastructure doesn’t exist. Still, auteurs eager to tell Caribbean stories on screen soldier on, often getting boosts from regional festivals like the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), where stronger local … Continue reading The Cutlass: cutting through barriers | Caribbean Beat