Chasing the dream | Caribbean Beat

Cuban actress Ana de Armas may seem like an overnight success, but behind her rise to stardom are fifteen years of hard work, starting at Havana’s famous theatre school. Caroline Taylor says her biggest successes are still to come. Published in the November/December 2020 issue of Caribbean Beat The long wait for No Time to …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Did you know? 25+ cool facts about Trinidad & Tobago | Discover T&T

Originally written for and published on the Discover Trinidad & Tobago website in 2016 There are many people and things that have landed Trinidad and Tobago in the history books…or which are just plain cool! Here are just some. And if you know more that you think should be here, feel free to give us a shout! …

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