Famous people from Trinidad and Tobago
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Brian Charles Lara, TC, OCC, AM is a former West Indian international cricket player. He is widely acknowledged as one of the supreme batsman of his era and one of the finest ever to have graced the game. He topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history. Lara also holds the record for the highest individual score in a test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. He is the only batsman to have ever scored a hundred, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games over the course of a senior career. Lara also holds the test record of scoring the highest number of runs in a single over in a Test match, when he scored 28 runs off an over by Robin Peterson of South Africa in 2003. Lara's match-winning performance of 153 not out against Australia in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1999 has been rated by Wisden as the second best batting performance in the history of Test cricket, next only to the 270 runs scored by Sir Donald Bradman in The Ashes Test match of 1937. Muttiah Muralitharan, rated as the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, and the highest wicket-taker in both Test cricket and in One Day Internationals, has hailed Lara as his toughest opponent among all batsmen in the world. Lara was awarded the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World awards in 1994 and 1995 and is also one of only three cricketers to receive the prestigious BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, the other two being Sir Garfield Sobers and Shane Warne.
Haddaway is a film score composer.
V. S. Naipaul, in full, Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, is a British writer born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants. Naipaul is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose. In 2001, V. S. Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Patricia Ann Hale, whom Naipaul married in 1955, served until her death 41 years later as first reader, editor, and critic of his writings. To her, in 2011, Naipaul dedicated his breakthrough novel, A House for Mr. Biswas, of a half-century before.
Stokely Carmichael was a Trinidadian-American black activist active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. Growing up in the United States from the age of eleven, he graduated from Howard University and rose to prominence in the civil rights and Black Power movements, first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and later as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party.
Ato Jabari Boldon is a former athlete from Trinidad and Tobago and four-time Olympic medal winner. Only three other men in history—Usain Bolt, Frankie Fredericks and Carl Lewis—have won as many Olympic individual event sprint medals. He is the current Trinidad and Tobago national record holder in the 50, 60 and 200 metres events with times of 5.64, 6.49 and 19.77 seconds respectively. He also held the 100m national record at 9.86, having run it four times, until Richard Thompson ran 9.85 on 13 August 2011. He also holds the Commonwealth Games record in the 100 m. After retiring from his track career, he was an Opposition Senator in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament, representing the United National Congress from 2006–2007. He is now a ESPN and NBC Sports television broadcast analyst for track and field.
Kenwyne Joel Jones is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Stoke City and the Trinidad and Tobago national team. He previously played for Sunderland, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, W Connection and Joe Public. He began his football career with Joe Public in his native Trinidad and Tobago. He moved to W Connection in 2002, and he was a utility player in the Trinidad and Tobago team in 2003 against Finland. In 2004, he joined Southampton, where he was converted to a striker. He was later loaned to Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City during the 2004–05 season. In 2007 he joined Sunderland for £6 million where he spent three seasons before he signed for Stoke City in August 2010.
Contemporary Christian Artist
Heather Headley (born October 5, 1974) is a Trinidadian-American R and soul singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress And Cordell Francis Made A Song Produced By Her Call Fare And Square. She has won one Tony Award and one Grammy Award. Headley was born in Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago, the daughter of Hannah and Eric Headley. At age four, Headley began playing the music of her native Trinidad, including calypso, reggae, and soca. In 1989 she moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in the United States at the age of fifteen with her mother and brother Junior, when her father was offered a job as pastor of McKee Street Church of God(Fort Wayne,IN). Headley attended Northrop High School, and was a member of their resident show choir, Charisma, and starred as Fanny Brice in the school's production of Funny Girl. After graduating from Northrop High School, Headley attended Northwestern University to study communications and musical theatre until the last day of her junior year, when she made the difficult decision to become a part of the musical Ragtime...
Gary Goodridge, nicknamed "Big Daddy", is a retired Canadian super heavyweight kickboxer and heavyweight mixed martial artist fighting out of Barrie, Ontario. Prior to kickboxing and MMA, he was also one of the top ranked contenders in the world of professional arm wrestling. In early 2012 Goodridge was diagnosed with early onset of dementia pugilistica.
Hip hop Artist
Theophilus Musa London is a Trinidadian-born American rapper from Brooklyn, New York City.
Dwayne James John Bravo is a West Indian cricketer. A genuine all-rounder, Bravo is an aggressive right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He was a key member of the West Indies team that won the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. Bravo played for the Mumbai Indians, and was later signed by the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Bravo is Chennai Super Kings's leading wicket taker. Bravo also plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League, and the Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League. He was named as a franchise player at the launch of the Caribbean Premier League for the 2013 tournament.
Kieron Adrian Pollard is a Trinidadian cricketer who plays for the West Indies. An aggressive all-rounder, Pollard provides medium-fast pace bowling and big-hitting from the middle-order. After shining during the 2009 Champions League Twenty20, he was signed by both the Southern Redbacks and Somerset for their domestic Twenty20 campaigns. He was the joint highest paid player in the 2010 Indian Premier League, playing for Mumbai Indians. He has been announced as an Icon Player at the launch for the Caribbean Premier League for the summer of 2013.
Sir Trevor McDonald OBE is a Trinidadian-British newsreader and journalist. He had a long career as a news presenter with ITN. He is notable for having been ITN's first black journalist, and for having won more awards than any other British broadcaster. McDonald was knighted in 1999 for his services to journalism.
Steven Pressfield is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays. He was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943, while his father was stationed there, in the Navy. He graduated from Duke University in 1965 and in 1966 joined the Marine Corps. In the years following, he worked as an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout, attendant in a mental hospital, fruit-picker in Washington state, and screenwriter. His struggles to make a living as an author, including the period when he was homeless and living out of the back of his car, are detailed in his book The War of Art. His first book, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was published in 1995, and made into a film of the same name, starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Matt Damon, and directed by Robert Redford. His second novel, Gates of Fire, is about the Spartans and the battle at Thermopylae. It is taught at U.S. Military Academy and United States Naval Academy, and at the Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico. In 2012, he launched the publishing house Black Irish Books with his agent Shawn Coyne.
Machel Montano is a soca singer, record producer and songwriter based in Trinidad and Tobago. He is the frontman of the popular soca band The HD Family, and is noted for his high energy, fast-paced, and often unpredictable on-stage performances. During his career, which spans over 30 years, he has recorded several songs alongside many of Caribbean music's most popular acts, such as Lerone Guy of St Anthonys College, Alison Hinds, Beenie Man, Calypso Rose, Burning Flames, Drupatee, Wyclef Jean, Canibus, Red Rat, Shaggy, Sparrow, Denise Belfon, Ken Marlon Charles, Destra, Walker Hornung, Vybz Kartel, Mohombi, G-Unit, Black Stalin, David Rudder, Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Doug E. Fresh, Pitbull, Busta Rhymes and many others. In 1987 he was the youngest finalist to ever win the Caribbean Song Festival. He now stands as one of the most well-known soca acts in the world, using his leverage as an artist able to sell-out shows. Recently he has moved to the Los Angeles area and furthered his pursuit saying "I may not be the one to bring it forth, but in the meantime, I have a lot of work to do in order for something to happen". He is very well known in New York and has had sold out concerts in Madison Square Gardens many times over.
Geoffrey Richard Holder is a Trinidadian actor, choreographer, director, dancer, painter, costume designer, singer and voice-over artist.
Richard "Torpedo" Thompson is a sprinter from Cascade, Trinidad and Tobago who specializes in the 100 metres. He was the silver medalist in the event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, running a personal best of 9.89 seconds. He won NCAA titles indoors and outdoors in 2008. Thompson has also won medals with the national relay team, taking silver medals at both the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, where he ran a national record time.
Stern John is a retired Trinidadian football player. He played for a number of high-profile English football clubs that included Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Southampton, Coventry City and Derby County.
Sunil Philip Narine is a Trinidadian cricketer who plays for the West Indies. Primarily an off-spin bowler, he is also a left-handed batsman. Domestically, Narine has played for Trinidad and Tobago since 2009 and made his One Day International debut in December 2011, and Test debut in June 2012. Narine's participated in the 2012 Indian Premier League where he represented Kolkata Knight Riders and was named Player of the Tournament in his first season with 24 wickets at a miserly 5.47 runs per over. He also became the first player in IPL 2013 to take a hat-trick on 16 April 2013 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders against Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium in Mohali Sunil made his debut in first-class cricket for Trinidad and Tobago in February 2009 during the Regional Four Day Competition, bowling thirteen overs without taking a wicket. He did not play another first-class match until nearly a year later, and after going wicketless in the first innings claimed a single scalp in the second, that of tail-ender Lionel Baker. On 19 January 2011, during the Caribbean Twenty20, Narine played his first Twenty20 match but did not bowl as the match was rained off before Trinidad and Tobago could bowl. T&T won the competition and Narine managed five wickets at an average of 13.40. By virtue of winning the competition Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 held in September and October, in which Narine was one of three bowlers to take ten or more wickets. He made his List A debut on 20 October 2011 in the Regional Super50, claiming figures of one wicket for 35 runs; his wicket that of opening batsman Miles Bascombe. Trinidad and Tobago won the competition and Narine was the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 15 scalps, five more than the nearest competitor, fellow spin bowler Nikita Miller.
C. L. R. James
Cyril Lionel Robert James, best known as C. L. R. James, who sometimes wrote under the pen-name J. R. Johnson, was an Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist, socialist theorist and essayist. His works are influential in various theoretical, social, and historiographical contexts. His work is a staple of subaltern studies, and he figures as a pioneering and influential voice in postcolonial literature. His work is often associated with Caribbean and Afro-nationalism, though James himself contended that the "either-or" was a false dichotomy, and that Caribbean peoples were indebted to European as much as African cultural traditions. A tireless political activist, James's writing on the Communist International stirred debate in Trotskyist circles, and his history of the Haitian Revolution, The Black Jacobins, is a seminal text in the literature of the African Diaspora. Characterized by one literary critic as an "anti-Stalinist dialectician", James was known for his autodidactism, for his occasional playwriting and fiction, and as an avid sportsman. He is also famed as a writer on cricket.
Eric Eustace Williams served as the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He served from 1956 until his death in 1981. He was also a noted Caribbean historian, and is widely regarded as "The Father of The Nation."
Lorraine Toussaint is a Trinidadian-born American actress best known for her role as Rene Jackson in Lifetime drama series Any Day Now.
Edmundo Ros OBE FRAM, born Edmund William Ross, was a Trinidadian musician, vocalist, arranger and bandleader who made his career in Britain. He directed a highly popular Latin American orchestra, had an extensive recording career and owned one of London's leading nightclubs.
Floella Karen Yunies Benjamin, Baroness Benjamin, OBE, DL is a British actress, author, television presenter, singer, businesswoman and politician. She is known as presenter of children's programmes such as Play School, Play Away and Fast Forward. On 28 June 2010, Lady Benjamin was introduced to the House of Lords as a Life Peer nominated by the Liberal Democrats with the title Baroness Benjamin, of Beckenham in the County of Kent.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Kelly-Ann Kaylene Baptiste is a track and field sprint athlete who competes internationally for Trinidad and Tobago.
Jason Kelvin Scotland is a Trinidadian footballer who plays for Barnsley. He plays as a striker. Scotland started his footballing career in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to play professionally for Scottish club Dundee United. He has also had spells with St. Johnstone, Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town. He has 41 international caps and has scored 8 goals for his country since his debut in 2000.
Imran Nazar Hosein
Delon Anthony Armitage is a rugby union footballer who plays at wing or fullback for Toulon and England. He also occasionally plays centre and often does place kicking, mainly from a distance or if the regular kicker is unable to take it. From 1996 to 2002, Armitage lived in Roquefort-les-Pins on the French Riviera and from the age of 12 Armitage began playing for Rugby Nice Côte d'Azur Université-Racing. Armitage was rejected by the France Under-16s, who claimed he was too tall and skinny. On his return to London, Armitage joined Richmond before his current club, London Irish offered him a professional apprenticeship. Armitage joined the Academy in 2002, where he played for the England U19's and was involved in the team that won the U19's National Cup. From there he progressed to the U21 squad. His talent was recognised and Armitage played for England in the IRB World Sevens tournament 2005. In August 2009 he took part in the Middlesex Sevens tournament in Twickenham where he helped London Irish to victory over Samerai International to take the championship. In May 2013 he scored Toulon's only try of the match as they won the 2013 Heineken Cup Final by 16-15 against Clermont Auvergne.
Darren Michael Bravo is a West Indian cricketer who plays domestic cricket for Trinidad and Tobago and has appeared for the West Indies cricket team in One Day International cricket and Test cricket. A left-handed batsman, he is focused and determined, like his role model, Brian Lara he too is a strong off side player: his batting style has drawn comparisons with Brian Lara. In fact, Brian Lara and Bravo's mother are first cousins meaning Bravo and Brian Lara are first cousins once removed. He is also the younger half brother of Dwayne Bravo.
Denesh Ramdin is a West Indian cricketer of Indian descent from Trinidad. He is a right-handed batsman who generally occupies the position of wicket-keeper. Domestically, Ramdin has played for Trinidad and Tobago since 2004. In July 2005 Ramdin made both his Test and One Day International debut against Sri Lanka and India respectively. He holds the record for highest score by a West Indies wicket-keeper in ODIs, as well as the second-highest in Tests. In 2010 Ramdin was dropped from the team and his central contract was not renewed. He was recalled to the ODI team in 2011 and the Test team in 2012. Ramdin was appointed Trinidad and Tobago's captain in November 2011.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC, MP is the seventh Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the sixth person to hold this position. She was sworn in as Prime Minister on 26 May 2010 and is the country's first female Prime Minister. Persad-Bissessar is the political leader of the United National Congress and leads the People's Partnership, a coalition of four parties, formed for the general election of 24 May 2010. She was the first woman to serve as Attorney General, acting Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition of Trinidad and Tobago. She became Political Leader of the United National Congress and Opposition in 2010.
Ravindranath Rampaul is a West Indian cricketer. He is the first quick bowler of Indian descent to represent West Indies at international level, playing Tests, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. Capable of decent pace and accuracy from a simple, smooth bowling action, Rampaul has been identified, along with Jerome Taylor, as a potential leader of the West Indies bowling attack in the years to come.He was also signed up to play in the Indian Premier League by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013 auctions.
Jlloyd Tafari Samuel is a professional footballer who plays as a defender or Midfielder for Esteghlal, he has also represented Trinidad and Tobago at international level.
Russell Nigel Latapy is a Trinidad and Tobago retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and a current manager. In a senior career which spanned more than 20 years at both club and international level, he played in Portugal and Scotland. Latapy gained nearly 80 caps for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, appearing at the 2006 World Cup.
Austin "Jack" Warner is a Trinidad and Tobago politician, businessman, and former football executive. Warner held the offices of Vice president of FIFA and President of CONCACAF until his suspension and eventual resignation from these roles in 2011. He is also the former Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago and was an elected member of that country's parliament from November 2007 to 26 April 2013. A former school teacher, he is the owner of Joe Public F.C., a professional football club based in Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago. Warner had been a member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 1983, and CONCACAF President since 1990. He was re-elected for a new term in the spring of 2011. During his tenure, Warner was implicated in numerous corruption allegations some of which date back to the 1980s. On 24 May 2011 FIFA's ethics committee began official proceedings against Warner concerning at least three separate corruption and bribery charges. On 29 May 2011 Warner and Mohammed bin Hammam were provisionally suspended by FIFA's Ethics Committee from all involvement in soccer, pending the outcome of the investigation of corruption allegations against them.
Stephen Michael Ames is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour holding dual citizenship of Trinidad and Tobago and Canada. Ames was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago and is of English/Trinidadian Portuguese descent, and much of his family resides in the Caribbean nation. His grandmother was Trinidad and Tobago Champion twice. He grew up in Pointe-à-Pierre and learned to play at the Petrotrin Pointe-à-Pierre Golf Club. Ames's golfing talent developed early in life, assisted by support and discipline from his father, Michael. In his Hoerman Cup debut at the age of 16 in 1980, he smashed the course record at Sandy Lane, Barbados with a six-under-par total of 66.
Rabindra Ramanarayan "Robin" Singh is a former cricketer who played as an all-rounder for India, especially in Limited Overs Internationals. He is currently the coach of Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians. He was known for his brilliant running between the wickets, diving efforts to make the crease and great fielding ability.
Civil rights activist
Michael X, born Michael de Freitas in Trinidad and Tobago to a Portuguese father and a Bajan-born mother, was a self-styled black revolutionary and civil rights activist in 1960s London. He was also known as Michael Abdul Malik and Abdul Malik. Convicted of murder in 1972, Michael X was executed by hanging in 1975 in Port of Spain's Royal Gaol.
Una Winifred Atwell was a Trinidadian pianist who enjoyed great popularity in Britain and Australia from the 1950s with a series of boogie-woogie and ragtime hits, selling over 20 million records. She was the first black person to have a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart and is still the only female instrumentalist to do so.
Kerron Stephon Clement is Trinidadian-born track and field athlete who represents the United States and competes in the 400-meter hurdles and 400-meter sprint. He holds the indoor world record in the 400-meter sprint, having broken Michael Johnson's mark in 2005. Clement won the hurdles at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and took the silver behind Angelo Taylor at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He retained his world title at the 2009 World Championships. He is a frequent member of the American 4x400-meter relay and is a two-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist in the event. As a junior athlete, he set a championship record at the 2004 World Junior Championships and won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2004/2005. He quickly progressed on the senior circuit, taking the hurdles title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both 2005 and 2006. He was fourth in his first global appearance at the 2005 World Championships and won his first global gold at the 2006 IAAF World Cup.
George Richard Lytcott Bovell III is an Olympic bronze medalist swimmer and former world record holder from Trinidad and Tobago. He is a four-time Olympian and the Caribbean region's most successful swimmer. Bovell recently won a Bonze Medal at the 2013 FINA Long Course World Championships in Barcelona in the 50m Freestyle, clocking a time of 21.51 seconds. This time would have clinched silver in the Olympic Final one year Earlier in which he placed 7th. In 2012 Bovell won a Bronze Medal at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul in the 100m Individual Medley; a testament to his versatility. He was ranked 2nd, 4th and 8th in the FINA World Rankings for 2012 in the 100m IM, 50m freestyle SCM, and the 50m freestyle LCM respectively.
Marvin Andrews is a Trinidadian football defender at Forfar Athletic. Andrews's career includes spells at Livingston, with whom he won the Scottish League Cup in 2004, and Rangers, where he won the double of the League Cup and the Scottish Premier League title in 2005. Between 1996 and 2006 Andrews was a regular for the Trinidad and Tobago national football team, winning 99 caps up to that point. He had stated that he wished for another callup in future, and earned his 100th cap in a 2–3 defeat to Costa Rica in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match on 6 June 2009.
Keshorn Walcott, ORTT is a Trinidadian javelin thrower. He is a three-time winner in the Under-20 javelin throw at the CARIFTA Games, setting a new North, Central American and Caribbean Junior record in 2012. He improved this record on 27 May 2012 with 80.11 m in Havana. He won the Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a result of 84.58 meters, beating Ukraine's Oleksandr Pyatnytsa and Finland's Antti Ruuskanen, becoming the youngest-ever Olympic champion in javelin throw and the second non-European to ever win the Olympic gold in men's javelin throw since Cy Young in Helsinki in 1952. His throw was a new North, Central American and Caribbean Junior record. Walcott is currently coached by Cuban-born Ismael Mastrapa of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago.
Track and field athlete
Jehue Gordon is a Trinidadian track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres hurdles. He turned professional on June 24, 2010, and signed a deal with Adidas in August 2010. He began his international athletics career along with his brother at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics, where he finished fifth in the semi-finals at the age of 16. He was the bronze medallist in the 400 m hurdles at the 2008 CARIFTA Games and went on to win the gold medal the following year, recording a championship record of 50.01 seconds. His success continued in the form of a bronze medal at the 2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics, where he ran a time of 49.45 seconds, and a silver at the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. He qualified for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and surprised by setting a world-age best and senior national record of 48.66 seconds in the heats. He progressed through the rounds and reached the final, finishing in fourth with a 48.26-second national record. Statisticians A. Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava picked out Gordon's performances as sign of promise for future success. At the start of the 2010 season, he took a 400 m and 110 metres hurdles double at the trials for the CARIFTA Games. He went on to improve the championship records in both the 110 and 400 m hurdles at the 2010 CARIFTA Games, earning himself that year's Austin Sealy Trophy.
Akenhaton Carlos Edwards, more commonly known as Carlos Edwards, is a Trinidadian footballer who plays for Ipswich Town as a winger or right-back.
Don Warrington, MBE is a Trinidadian British actor. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
Rudolph Walker, OBE, is a British character actor, best known for his roles on television. He was the first black actor to appear in a major British TV series, his breakthrough role as Bill in the sitcom Love Thy Neighbour leading to a long and varied acting career. He is currently best known as Patrick Trueman in the BBC One TV soap opera Eastenders. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Walker came to the United Kingdom at the age of 20 in 1960.
Anthony Conrad Nesty is a former competition swimmer from Suriname who was an Olympic gold medalist in the 100-metre butterfly event in 1988.
Carl Víctor Herrera Alleyne is a retired Venezuelan basketball player. A power forward, he was part of the Houston Rockets National Basketball Association championship teams of the mid-1990s.
Stephen Hart is a former Trinidadian football player and head coach of Trinidad and Tobago.
Aldwyn Roberts, better known by the stage name Lord Kitchener, was one of the most internationally famous calypsonians.
Wintley Augustus Phipps, Sr. was born in Trinidad and Tobago. Phipps is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister, world-renowned vocal artist, and innovative initiator of special projects such as the US Dream Academy. He features a "booming baritone" voice, usually singing inspirational gospel music. He also founded Songs of Freedom Publishing Company and Coral Records Recording Company. Mr. Phipps has been the featured speaker and performer at many notable occasions around the world.
David Michael Rudder is a calypsonian from Trinidad.
Jennifer Sandra Carroll is a Trinidadian-born American politician who was the 18th Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. state of Florida. The first African American and the first woman elected to the position, she assumed the office on January 4, 2011. She was the first black person elected lieutenant governor of Florida, and the first black person elected to statewide office in Florida since Reconstruction. Carroll previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2003 until 2010. The New York Times reported that Carroll's tenure as lieutenant governor was "marred by scandal and poor judgment" and she was "increasingly viewed as an embarrassment to the man who chose her for the job." She resigned her post as lieutenant governor on March 12, 2013, following allegations that she was involved in an effort to steer money into Internet cafes that are fronts for gambling, the subject of federal and state criminal investigations.
Hasely Joachim Crawford TC is a former athlete from Trinidad and Tobago. In 1976, he became his country's first Olympic champion and the first Olympic 100 m champion from a Caribbean country. A stadium was renamed in his honour in 2001.
Hazel Dorothy Scott was an internationally known, American jazz and classical pianist and singer; she also performed as herself in several films. She was prominent as a jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In 1950, she became the first woman of color to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show, featuring a variety of entertainment. To evade the political persecution of artists in the McCarthy era, Scott moved to Paris in the late 1950s and performed in France, not returning to the United States until 1967. Born in Port of Spain, Hazel was taken at the age of four by her mother to New York. Recognized early as a musical prodigy, Scott was given scholarships from the age of eight to study at the Juilliard School. She began performing in a jazz band in her teens and was performing on radio at age 16.
Basdeo Panday was the fifth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 1995 to 2001 and has served as Leader of the Opposition from 1976–1977, 1978–1986, 1989–1995 and 2001–2010. He was first elected to Parliament in 1976 as the Member for Couva North. He is the former Chairman and party leader of the Opposition United National Congress. In 2006, Panday was convicted of failing to declare a bank account in London and imprisoned but as of March 20, 2007, that conviction has been quashed by the Court of Appeal. He was granted bail on April 28 pending the outcome of his appeal due to his health condition and the poor state of health facilities at the Arouca prison. On May 1 he decided to resign as Chairman of the United National Congress, but the party's executive refuse to accept his resignation. However, he lost the party's internal elections on January 24, 2010 to Deputy Leader Kamala Persad-Bissessar by a large margin. Basdeo Panday is married to the former Oma Ramkissoon and has four daughters Niala, Mickela, Nicola and Vastala, one from his first marriage to who died in 1981. In 2006, he was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.
Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning is a Trinidadian politician who was the fourth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 17 December 1991 to 9 November 1995 and again from 24 December 2001 to 26 May 2010. He was also Political Leader of the People's National Movement from 1987 to 2010. A geologist by training, Manning has served as Member of Parliament for the San Fernando East constituency since 1971 and is currently the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives. He was the Leader of the Opposition from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2001. Manning was born in San Fernando and received his secondary education at Presentation College, San Fernando, and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of the West Indies at Mona, in 1969. After graduation he returned to Trinidad where he worked as a geologist for Texaco. He entered Parliament in 1971 representing the San Fernando East constituency.
Wendy Fitzwilliam is a former Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe, the second woman of African heritage to capture the Miss Universe crown and the second Miss Universe in history from Trinidad and Tobago.
Darrel Brown is a sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago who specializes in the 100 metres. In the beginning of his career, he was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete at the CARIFTA Games twice, both in 1999 and 2000, after becoming the first athlete to win back-to-back titles in both the 100 and 200 metres. After switching to the "junior" age group in 2001, Brown won the 100 metres for three consecutive years, becoming the first athlete ever to do so. He also performed well in World Youth and Junior Championships. At the 2000 World Junior Championships he finished fourth in both 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay. After setting a new World Youth Record over 100 meters at 10.24 on April 14, 2001, he then won gold medals at the 2001 World Youth Championships and the 2002 World Junior Championships. In 2002 he also won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He also helped win a silver medal in relay at the 2001 World Championships for seniors. The 100 m at the 2003 World Championships saw him finishing second behind Kim Collins. In addition to the silver medal, he set the junior world record of 10.01 seconds in the quarter finals stage. He also won a relay silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, and an individual gold medal at the 2003 Central American and Caribbean Championships.
Cornelius "Cornell" Glen is a Trinidadian footballer currently with Shillong Lajong F.C. in the I-League.
Learie Nicholas Constantine, Baron Constantine was a West Indian cricketer, lawyer and politician who served as Trinidad's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and became the UK's first black peer. He played 18 Test matches before the Second World War and took the West Indies' first wicket in Test cricket. An advocate against racial discrimination, in later life he was influential in the passing of the Race Relations Act in Britain. He was knighted in 1962 and made a life peer in 1969. Born in Trinidad, Constantine established an early reputation as a promising cricketer, and was a member of the West Indies teams that toured England in 1923 and 1928. Unhappy at the lack of opportunities for black people in Trinidad, he decided to pursue a career as a professional cricketer in England, and after the 1928 tour was awarded a professional contract with the Lancashire League club Nelson. He played for the club with great distinction between 1929 and 1938, while continuing as a member of the West Indies Test team in tours of England and Australia. Although his record as a Test cricketer was less impressive than in other cricket he helped to establish a uniquely West Indian style of play. He was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1939.
George Harris, 4th Baron Harris
George Robert Canning Harris, 4th Baron Harris, GCSI, GCIE was a British politician, cricketer and cricket administrator. He succeeded to his title in November 1872, before which he was known as The Honourable George Harris.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Nigel Levine is a British sprint athlete. As well as an impressive sprint talent, Levine made a big impact in his first ever season over 400m in 2007 recording 46.31 and in 2009 reduced that to 45.78. In 2010 he was part of the bronze medal GB 4x400m team at the world indoor championships in Doha and in 2011 he took the coveted European U23 crown as well as being part of the GB 4x400m relay squad. In 2013 he won an individual silver medal 2013 European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg in the 400 metres, as well as helping the relay team to a gold medal.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Keston Bledman, HBM is a track and field sprint athlete, who competes internationally for Trinidad and Tobago. On 7 July 2007, at the 2007 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in São Paulo, Brazil, he upset the Jamaican Yohan Blake in the 100 meters, finishing in 10.32 seconds. Bledman represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He competed at the 4 x 100 m relay together with Marc Burns, Aaron Armstrong and Richard Thompson. In their qualification heat they placed first in front of Japan, the Netherlands and Brazil. Their time of 38.26 was the fastest of all sixteen teams participating in the first round and they qualified for the final. Armstrong was replaced by Emmanuel Callender for the final race and they sprinted to a time of 38.06 seconds, the second time after the Jamaican team, winning the silver medal. On 4 June 2011, Bledman ran 9.93 over 100 m in Clermont, Florida, to become the 78th athlete to cross the 10-second barrier. He won his first national title in June 2012 by beating Richard Thompson over 100 m and ran a personal best time of 9.86 seconds.
Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde-West won the 1986 Miss World 1986 contest, representing Trinidad and Tobago. Walking away with the title Miss World 1986, Giselle Laronde West became the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago to be victorious in the Miss World pageant, at just 23 years-old. She became the second woman from that nation to win an international beauty pageant, after Janelle Commissiong in 1977. The pageant was held in London. In that year, the USA was represented by aspiring actress Halle Berry.
Gerry Bednob is an actor and comedian of Indo Trinidadian heritage from Bangladesh. Gerry currently appears as Bling Bling Shelton in Free Radio on Vh1. He had a role in the 2010 film Furry Vengeance, with Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields, playing Mr. Gupta. He is also the uncle of Michelle Jhagroo.
Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, SC, ORTT is the fifth President of Trinidad and Tobago, in office since 2013. Previously he was High Court Judge at the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago, and he served as a Judge of the International Criminal Court from 2012 to 2013.
Roger Mooking is a Canadian chef, musician and TV host. Born in Trinidad, and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Roger Mooking is currently the host of the television series "Man Fire Food" and is the Host and co-creator of Everyday Exotic, both airing on the Cooking Channel and Food Network Canada. He also appears on Heat Seekers with Aaron Sanchez on Food Network. Roger has made guest appearances on shows such as, Today, Good Morning America, The Marilyn Dennis Show, Iron Chef America and Top Chef Canada. With artists Chin Injeti and Ivana Santilli, Mooking was one-third of the 1990s Juno Award winning R&B, funk, hip-hop trio Bass Is Base.
Destra Garcia is a Soca singer and songwriter based in Trinidad and Tobago. Destra is noted for her high energy performances, harmonious vocal skill and eccentric fashion style
Keon Kelly Daniel is a Trinidadian footballer currently playing for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.
Dennis William Lawrence is a Trinidad and Tobago former footballer who is currently part of the coaching staff for Everton in the Premier League. Prior to coaching, he had a successful playing career in England, Wales and Trinidad and Tobago. He lifted the Caribbean Cup with the Soca Warriors and won several cup competitions with Wrexham before winning a league title with Swansea City. Prior to moving Everton, he had coached for three years at Wigan Athletic during which time became the first Trinidadian to win the The FA Cup.
Ian Hanomansing is a Canadian television journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He currently reports for CBC Television's nightly newscast, The National. He is married and has two sons.
Michael Ellis Fisher is an English physicist, as well as chemist and mathematician, known for his many seminal contributions to statistical physics, including but not restricted to the theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena.
Daren Ganga is a West Indian cricketer of East Indian descent. He is a right-handed top order batsman and part-time right-arm offbreak bowler. After debuting as a 19-year old he has found himself in and out of the West Indies team, playing regularly for and at times captaining the West Indies A side when he was not selected. After being named the 2006 West Indies Players' Association 'Test player of the year', Ganga had for the first time in his career cemented his spot in the side and when captain Ramnaresh Sarwan injured his shoulder in the second Test of their 2007 tour of England, the West Indies Cricket Board turned to Ganga to captain the side for the remainder of the series. Ganga has previously had a chance to hone his leadership from captaining the Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies Under-23 teams. He can also bowl off spin bowling but he is mainly a batsman.
Philip Veraint Simmons is a former all-round cricketer who played as an opening batsman a useful bowler and a slip fielder.
Hedy Fry, PC, MP is a Canadian politician and physician. She is the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre.
Joseph Seraphim Fortes was a prominent figure in the early history of Vancouver. He was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad on February 9, 1863. After leaving his homeland in his mid-teens, he worked in Britain for several years. In 1884 he sailed around Cape Horn from Liverpool on the Robert Kerr, arriving in Burrard Inlet in September 1885. His name occurs repeatedly in the ship's log as Seraphim Fortes. After the disastrous fire, which completely destroyed the recently incorporated City of Vancouver on June 13, 1886, Joe Fortes worked as a shoeshine boy and porter at the Sunnyside Hotel and as a bartender at the Bodega Saloon on Cordova and Carrall. Making his home at English Bay, he lived in a tent on the beach during the milder months of the year. After the start of the 20th century, he moved into a cottage at the foot of Bidwell Street on the shore-side of Beach Avenue. His little house was later moved to the other side of the street, just east of Alexandra Park. Joe Fortes devoted all of his free time to teaching children to swim and to patrolling the beach. The self-appointed unpaid guard continued to support himself by working odd jobs until, in 1900, the City appointed him its first official lifeguard.
Pete de Freitas
Peter Louis Vincent de Freitas was a musician and producer, best known as a drummer with Echo & the Bunnymen. De Freitas was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and educated by the Benedictines at Downside School. He joined the Bunnymen in 1979. He died in a motorcycle accident in 1989 at the age of 27, on his way to Liverpool from London. He was riding a 900cc Ducati motorcycle on the A51 road in Longdon Green, Staffordshire and was in collision with a motor vehicle at approximately 16:00 hrs. Peter is survived by his only daughter Lucie-Marie de Freitas. His ashes are buried in Goring-on-Thames. His sisters Rose and Rachel were founding members of the band The Heart Throbs. His brother Frank is the bass player of The Woodentops.
Lendl Mark Platter Simmons is a West Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman, an occasional right-arm medium pace bowler and a part-time wicket-keeper. A prominent junior cricketer, he played in both the 2002 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand and the 2004 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh for the West Indies U-19s. Two years later he made his ODI debut against Pakistan at Faisalabad on 7 December 2006. Simmons is capable of large scores; with three first class double-centuries to his name, but at the same time he has been prone to inconsistency. His career best of 282, in a first-class match for West Indies A against a touring England XI in January 2009, heralded his Test debut in the final Test of that tour. Simmons scored 24 and 8 as the West Indies secured a series-clinching draw at the Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad. Simmons was retained for the following West Indian tour of England, but has played no further Tests. His uncle is former West Indian Test cricketer Phil Simmons.
Sir Pelham Francis Warner MBE, affectionately and better known as Plum Warner, or even "the Grand Old Man" of English cricket was a Test cricketer.
Adrian Boris Barath is a West Indian cricketer. A right-hand opening batsman for Trinidad and Tobago, Barath made his Test debut in November 2009, becoming the youngest West Indian to score a century. He played his first One Day International in March the following year. He is also the youngest West Indian to have scored a century in first-class cricket.He played for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian premier league.
Stephen Russell Mallory served in the United States Senate as Senator from Florida from 1850 to the secession of his home state and the outbreak of the American Civil War. For much of that period, he was chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs. This was a time of rapid naval reform, and he insisted that the ships of the United States Navy should be as capable as those of Great Britain and France, the foremost navies in the world at that time. He also wrote a bill, and guided it through Congress, that provided for compulsory retirement of officers who did not meet the standards of the profession. Although he was not a leader in the secession movement, Mallory followed his state out of the Union. When the Confederate States of America was formed, he was named Secretary of the Navy in the administration of President Jefferson Davis. He held the position throughout the existence of the Confederacy. Because of indifference to naval matters by most others in the Confederacy, Mallory was able to shape the Confederate Navy according to the principles he had learned while serving in the US Senate. Some of his ideas, such as the incorporation of armor into warship construction, were quite successful and became standard in navies around the world. On the other hand, the navy was often handicapped by administrative ineptitude in the Navy Department. During the war, he was weakened politically by a Congressional investigation into the Navy Department for its failure in defense of New Orleans. After months of taking testimony, the investigating committee concluded that it had no evidence of wrongdoing on his part.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Marc Burns is an athlete from Trinidad and Tobago specializing in the 100 metres and the 4x100 metres. Participating in the 2004 Summer Olympics, he was disqualified from his 100 metres heat, thus failing to make it through to the second round. Marc Burns placed second in the men's 100 metres dash at the Bislett Games IAAF Golden League meet in Oslo in July 2005, in preparation for the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. At the 2005 World Championships he won a silver medal. Later that year he won the World Athletics Final. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games he won a bronze medal over 100 metres. He finished last in the 100 m final at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. At the London Grand Prix he ran a seasons best time of 9.97 seconds coming second behind former world record holder Asafa Powell. In the 2008 Summer Olympics he competed at the 100 metres sprint and placed 2nd in his heat after Samuel Francis in a time of 10.46 seconds. He qualified for the second round in which he improved his time to 10.05 seconds, winning his race with opponents as Kim Collins and Tyrone Edgar. In the semi finals he finished 3rd in his heat behind Usain Bolt and Walter Dix and qualified for the final. There he finished his race in 7th place in a time of 10.01 seconds. Together with Keston Bledman, Aaron Armstrong and Richard Thompson he also competed at the 4x100 metres relay. In their qualification heat they placed first in front of Japan, the Netherlands and Brazil. Their time of 38.26 was the fastest of all sixteen teams participating in the first round and they qualified for the final. Armstrong was replaced by Emmanuel Callender for the final race and they sprinted to a time of 38.06 seconds, the second time after the Jamaican team, winning the silver medal.
Scott Ryan Sealy is a Trinidadian footballer who most recently played for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.
Marian Marsh was an American film actress, and later, environmentalist.
Kevin Molino is a Trinidadian footballer who currently plays for Orlando City in the USL Professional Division.
Kevon Cooper is a cricketer from Trinidad and Tobago. He plays for Trinidad and Tobago as well as for the Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League. He was also signed up to play in the Indian Premier League by Rajasthan Royals during the 2012 auction.
George Maxwell Richards
George Maxwell Richards, TC, CM was the fourth President of Trinidad and Tobago, in office from 2003 to 2013. A chemical engineer by training, Richards was Principal of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad in 1996. He previously worked for Shell Trinidad Ltd before joining the University of the West Indies in 1965. He was sworn into office on 17 March 2003 for a five-year term. Richards was the first Head of State in the Anglophone Caribbean of Amerindian ancestry.
Roaring Lion was a calypsonian. His 65-year career began in the early 1930s and he is best known for his compositions "Ugly Woman", "Mary Ann" and "Netty, Netty", which are still performed today. The song "If You Wanna Be Happy", which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 18 May 1963, as well as the R&B singles chart, is based on Roaring Lion's "Ugly Woman".
David Andrew Jenkins in Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago: British West Indies, the son of an oil refinery manager was a Scottish athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres. Jenkins is a serial entrepreneur, and inventor within the United States sports nutrition industry and is an international multi-patent holder. As President and Chief Executive Officer of NEXT Proteins, Inc., Jenkins is the creator of the world’s first carbonated protein drinks. This technology is embodied in six patents issued in the U.S. as well as in more than 32 countries representing the majority of the world’s population. Jenkins founded and incorporated NEXT Proteins, Inc., based in Carlsbad, California, in 1988. Under his direction and with 100 percent personal funding, NEXT Proteins grew from a garage start up, with $50,000 in capital, to a leader in U.S. whey protein products. Jenkins was educated at Edinburgh Academy, where he excelled at sport. He started off as Scottish 100/200/400 Champion, followed by his first of 6 AAA's 400metre titles. Also In 1971, still aged only nineteen, Jenkins won the 400 meters at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Lalonde Gordon, HBM is a male track and field sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago who specialises in the 400 metres. He won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics with a personal best of 44.52 seconds. He is the second fastest 400 m runner from his country after Ian Morris. He took a second Olympic bronze with the 4 × 400 metres relay team in London, setting a national record in the process. He was also part of the Trinidad and Tobago relay teams that won bronze 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, silver at the 2011 CAC Championships, and bronze at the 2010 CAC Games.
Dionne Brand is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian. She was named Toronto's third Poet Laureate in September 2009.
Steffon Armitage is a rugby union player for RC Toulon in the Top 14.
Anthony Ian Berkeley
Hip hop Artist
Anthony Ian Berkeley better known as Poetic, was an American rapper and producer. He was also a founding member of the hip-hop group Gravediggaz, for which he used the alias Grym Reaper.
Brent Sancho is a Trinidadian soccer player who currently plays for Rochester Rhinos in the USL First Division.
Oscar James is a Trinidadian actor, who is based in the United Kingdom. He has had a long and varied career, but is best known for appearing on British television, in particular the BBC soap opera EastEnders, where he played original character, Tony Carpenter, for over two years. James resides in North London.
Ian Raphael Bishop is a former West Indian cricketer who represented his team between 1989 and 1998. He reached 100 test wickets in only 21 Test matches. A powerful fast bowler with a talent for outswing, severe back injuries cut him down in 1991. He rehabilitated strongly and made adjustments to his bowling action, returning strongly late in 1992. however in 1993, he was struck by injuries again, not returning until mid 1995, thus what was at one stage a highly promising career had been substantially reduced. He now tours the globe as a commentator. Like several other past players for the West Indies, he is quite vocal about the languishing state of his former team. Bishop also commentated for Cricket on Five for the highlights of the 2007 England Tests and the One Day International series between the West Indies cricket team and the Indian cricket team.
Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez is a Trinidadian soca songwriter, recording artist and performer. She is also known by such titles as the Lyon Empress, Mane the Matriarch and the Silver Surfer, a nickname which she claimed during her performance at the 2008 International Soca Monarch. Fay Ann is married to fellow recording artist and 'Ragga Soca' lyricist Bunji Garlin. Fay Ann was born in Point Fortin, Trinidad to parents Austin Lyons and Lynette Steele. Fay Ann Lyons is a three-time Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March champion and the 2009 International Soca Monarch and International Groovy Soca Monarch champion. She created history when she won the International Soca Monarch for the first time in 2009, as the first female to win the Power category, and the first individual to win the Power, Groovy and People's Choice awards on Fantastic Friday during the finals of the competition which is held annually in Trinidad. She also went on to win the Carnival Road March that year, becoming the first soca artist to win that soca 'triplet' of titles. She is the first woman to accomplish that feat while pregnant. Fay Ann is the youngest solo artist, still actively recording, with multiple wins of the Carnival Road March crown.. Fay Ann remains the only female artist who has won the Carnival Road March three times, and is the second to attain back-to-back wins in two consecutive years. Fay Ann and husband Bunji also became parents in 2009 to a daughter, Syri, born on February 28, 2009, just a few weeks after Carnival.
Julius James is a Trinidadian footballer who currently plays for Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League.
Lester Stefan Peltier is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays for the Corgoň Liga club Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia.