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
Image via Wikipedia I am so glad Windies won the cricket. Five years without winning a test series. Nine years since we’d lifted that trophy. Inconsistent performance from players, Stanford 20/20 in shambles, cricket board mired in controversy… Like I said, I am so glad the Windies won the cricket against England today. And as a Trini, I am jealous of everyone who was living … Continue reading Saying it, since it should be said…
A few minutes ago, the West Indies’ Stanford Superstars seized a US$20 million victory in the Stanford 20/20 Super Series from tournament favourites England – without losing a wicket! And it was a thrashing. Stellar bowling by the Superstars got England all out for just 99 runs. And then it was time for our batsmen to hit the crease. Twenty-nine-year-old captain Chris Gayle from Jamaica … Continue reading Well, hit meh fuh six!
Somehow, I had managed to be a born and bred Trini who loves the water…but had never gone kayaking in Trinidad or Tobago. One of my 2008 resolutions was to address some of these gaps in my island-girl identity, which include getting out into our rivers, oceans, forests and open spaces far more often. Yesterday – my birthday – seemed a perfect day to try … Continue reading Birthday Kayaking + Trinidad’s "Silver Surfer"