Anna Deveare Smith brings “Notes from the Field”

October 6th: the promo I saw a Facebook post today that made me smile. Hard. Wide. Wisftfully. Nostalgically. One of my “idols” — the incomparable Anna Deavere Smith — was performing at my old workplace, Second Stage Theatre. Why the wist? A dozen years or so ago, I’d have been working on that show. Seeing that show poster reminded me of how there was something kinda magical about … Continue reading Anna Deveare Smith brings “Notes from the Field”

K2K: Fashion, Mas and Philanthropy | OUTLISH

Originally written for and published on OUTLISH.com in 2012 “A breath of fresh air.” That was the phrase that numerous people used over and over, when I spoke to them after K2K’s launch of their 2013 Carnival presentation, “The Human Race” last Thursday. Twin designers Karen and Kathy Norman have introduced something to the Carnival landscape that one patron said Trinidad and Tobago is “desperate” … Continue reading K2K: Fashion, Mas and Philanthropy | OUTLISH

Heather Headley: a star with her feet on the ground | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2012. The full interview transcript is published here, and at Discover Trinidad & Tobago. In 2000, news spread about a Trinidad-born actress making waves on Broadway. Her command of her emotions made you sure that her onstage tears must come from some fresh real-world trauma. The truth was very different. “I would be in the moment, thinking of the … Continue reading Heather Headley: a star with her feet on the ground | Caribbean Beat

Heather Headley: One of Trinidad’s Brightest Stars

This interview was done for and published in full on Discover Trinidad & Tobago, and formed the basis of another article in Caribbean Beat magazine. It took a while, but I finally caught up with Heather Headley for a proper interview in late January 2012, just a few weeks before Whitney Houston’s passing. We talked about her memories of and ties to her homeland, Trinidad; preparations for her latest … Continue reading Heather Headley: One of Trinidad’s Brightest Stars

K2K Carnival’s Karen & Kathy Norman | Discover Trinidad & Tobago

Originally written for and published in Discover Trinidad & Tobago magazine in 2012 The twins behind K2K Alliance, Kathy and Karen Norman, have generated a lot of buzz around their new medium-category, all-inclusive 2012 Carnival band “The Waters – Seas of Consciousness”. They talked to Caroline Taylor about the story behind their designs; the journey to making the band; Trinidad’s vs Brazil’s Carnival; and re-claiming Trinidad’s mas. … Continue reading K2K Carnival’s Karen & Kathy Norman | Discover Trinidad & Tobago

Staceyann Chin: “I have walked long hard roads to get here” | Caribbean Beat

Originally written as an Own Words piece for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2008 Born on Christmas day/before morning fate or kismet/truth or just dumb luck I have walked long/hard roads to get here… today I am exactly the woman I have always wanted to be (Getting Lucky) I never grew up saying I wanted a public life, or to be a poet, or to be on … Continue reading Staceyann Chin: “I have walked long hard roads to get here” | Caribbean Beat

Jean-Ralph Thurin: high fashion from Haiti | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2008 There never seemed any doubt about what path Jean-Ralph Thurin’s career would take. This past November, Thurin formally launched his bridal salon, Thurin Atelier [now Jean-Ralph Thurin LLC], presenting his Thurin Luxe 2008 collection to some of the most influential players in the fashion industry. Before the atelier (“workshop” in French) had even opened its doors, wedding … Continue reading Jean-Ralph Thurin: high fashion from Haiti | Caribbean Beat

Passing of a king of carnival | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 Last January 22, Carlos Lezama, the man known as “the Father of Brooklyn Carnival”, died at King’s County Hospital in his adopted home town of Brooklyn, New York. He was 83. The West Indian Day Parade, also known as Brooklyn Carnival, happens each Labour Day in New York, and was one of the first major … Continue reading Passing of a king of carnival | Caribbean Beat