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A love letter to doing everything for Trinidad Carnival #TBT

Published as part of the "Carnival is love" series in the Jan/Feb 2022 edition of Caribbean Beat Is a vibe coming outta we soulEverybody take up yuh roleThis year we playing brave and boldJumbies coming out ah dey hole— Machel Montano, “Jumbie” Picture it: Port of Spain, 2007. For a plucky twenty-something, it is the …

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Remembering Gillian Nathaniel-Balintulo

I was just going to do a short post on Facebook. But I realised there was too much to say. One of the things I cherish about the way I grew up is that all I saw was that steelbands could be and do anything; choirs could be and do anything; and women could be …

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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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Tobago therapy | Caribbean Beat

Written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine (January/February 2017) You may be forgiven for thinking that Carnival is an ever-present phenomenon in both Trinidad and Tobago at this time of year. But what if you’re a local or an international visitor who’s not really into Carnival? What if you’d much prefer to escape and recharge …

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Take Back the Night. Image via Kent State University

Taking back more than the night

It stopped being “take back the night” a long time ago, didn't it? It’s take back the day, the night, the street, the mall, the workplace, the classroom, the home, the church/mosque/mandir/etc, the community, and so many hearts and minds… We're almost like a society walking around with chronic PTSD, where the symptoms only get more and …

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Machel Montano performs at CIC Fete. Photo by Jermaine Cruickshank, courtesy Machel Montano, via discovertnt.com

Carnival 2017: the who, what, where, when, why | Discover Trinidad & Tobago

Originally written for and published in the 2017 edition of Discover Trinidad & Tobago. The Carnival season is like one large buffet. You can sample all of it over multiple courses; just some of it, by confining yourself to a few things which appeal to you; or none at all (which means leaving the restaurant altogether, …

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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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Winston Duke in Person of Interest.

Nine Hollywood actors of Trinidad & Tobago heritage | Discover T&T

Originally written for and published on the Discover Trinidad & Tobago website in 2016. Parts are excerpted from my Caribbean Beat article (2015), featuring 40+ Hollywood actors of Caribbean heritage. There are several actors working in Hollywood with roots in Trinidad and Tobago. Some were born here and migrated as children or young adults. Some are children of Trinbagonian parents. Here …

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