An insider guide to Port of Spain, Trinidad | The Guardian (UK)

This guide was written as an assignment for The Guardian (UK), and published as An insider’s cultural guide to Port of Spain: steel, sass and sweat 1) Your city’s culture in five words Steel, seascapes, sass, and sweat. 2) What sound defines your city? The hills and valleys of Port of Spain’s residential communities is a strange combination of urban and rural. At dawn, there’s a distinct soundtrack … Continue reading An insider guide to Port of Spain, Trinidad | The Guardian (UK)

The Apartment: About Last Night

A couple of months ago, I was happy to be part of what hopefully will be another landmark moment in T&T scripted television drama, when the Pauline Mark-led team behind The Apartment: About Last Night shot the pilot movie for what we all hope will be a successful multi-season local TV series. Next month (the week of 2nd September, 2015), it makes its premiere at MovieTowne, with the … Continue reading The Apartment: About Last Night

Savage seasons: a little whingeing on TV character exits, cliffhangers, and gutwrenchers 2014-15

I’m grateful to have a very full life, so actually watch much fewer TV shows and movies and read far far fewer books than I’d like. But when I want to escape into other worlds and decompress from my own (though sometimes these other worlds leave me more agitated than I’d been before I tuned in), there are some worlds and families that I dutifully reconnect … Continue reading Savage seasons: a little whingeing on TV character exits, cliffhangers, and gutwrenchers 2014-15

Caribbean Hollywood | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat Magazine (May/June 2015) It was sixty-five years ago that Cyrano de Bergerac was released, a film that would make Puerto Rican actor José Ferrer the first Caribbean person to win an Oscar (for best actor in a leading role, 1951). He also won a Golden Globe, and a Tony award for the Broadway production, and ultimately donated his Oscar trophy to the University … Continue reading Caribbean Hollywood | Caribbean Beat

Caroline Taylor quote meme. Courtesy the Trinidad & Tobago Performing Arts Network

Giving a meme interview

I’m late on posting this, but a few months ago some colleagues at the new arts & media outfit, A Big Box of Crayons, interviewed me for their “20 shades of crayon” series. You can read the full interview here. The good folks over at the Trinidad & Tobago Performing Arts Network picked up the story…and turned some of the interview into a meme. So, I … Continue reading Giving a meme interview

Clockwise Grenada | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2014 Like many Eastern Caribbean islands, Grenada is small enough to explore on a day-trip, taking in many of the island’s most engaging sights, views, and attractions while following the hour hand of the clock, before the sun goes down. If you want maximum flexibility and are a confident driver — unfazed by bumpy roads and … Continue reading Clockwise Grenada | Caribbean Beat

Party done! Musings on Trinidad Carnival 2014

Another Trinidad Carnival has come and gone. And it has left me with many more questions than answers. I’ll start with the most benign. On a lighter note: masquerader tips, tricks…and lessons Toe pads do not work. At least not for me. Though, maybe my toes would be even worse without them. Kinesio tape rocks. If you have any injuries, old or new, get a … Continue reading Party done! Musings on Trinidad Carnival 2014

Pragmatism vs idealism…or something

I am at odds. On the one hand are the succinct, sage but fatalistic words of Trini (West Indian? African diaspora? Universal?) sayings like: “Like who like you” “Bat in yuh crease” “Goat doh make sheep” And the blood-chilling end to the fable that lives in different incarnations in different parts of the world (the scorpion and frog in Aesop, the morrocoy and scorpion in … Continue reading Pragmatism vs idealism…or something