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

Lorraine Toussaint — living with purpose

This interview was conducted with Lorraine Toussaint in early 2008 — on the way back from dropping her daughter to school, at a time when Hollywood was at a virtual standstill during the months’ long 2007–2008 writers’ strike. The interview was published in full on Discover Trinidad & Tobago, and formed the basis of another article in Caribbean Beat magazine. CAROLINE TAYLOR: So you’re producing an upcoming … Continue reading Lorraine Toussaint — living with purpose

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

Shontelle Layne: focus pon me | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2008 Focus pon me: that’s the title of one of the tracks Shontelle Layne wrote for her debut album. But really, it’s all about the music. It’s been a busy few years for Shontelle Layne. In between working towards a degree in entertainment law at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Layne has penned … Continue reading Shontelle Layne: focus pon me | Caribbean Beat

Ella Andall’s Earth Music | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 It’s Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day in Trinidad, but instead of taking a day off, Ella Andall is doing what she always does—singing. It’s a 90-minute drive from her home in Arima to the southern town of Rio Claro, where Andall is slated to sing. She’s not sure what the set-up will be, whether there will … Continue reading Ella Andall’s Earth Music | Caribbean Beat

Cherrie blossoms | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 If you’ve been to Trinidad, you might have shared a taxi with Michael Cherrie, or passed him on the streets of Port of Spain or Trincity en route to a class, a rehearsal, a show, or a shoot. You might not have known that this genial fellow wearing the khaki shorts, T-shirt, sandals and backpack … Continue reading Cherrie blossoms | Caribbean Beat