Lorraine Toussaint Draws On Her Caribbean Roots To Enhance Her Acting

Our Proud2BKaribbean feature this week is the amazing actress, producer, activist, mother and much more-Lorraine Toussaint. What makes Lorraine Toussaint unique you ask? To us it is how she has truly mastered her craft of acting. She draws her audience into her role and they totally believe that is who she is. She says that chose acting because she loves telling the stories of real people.

Her Beginnings

Lorraine Toussaint, was born in San Fernando, Trinidad, but moved to Brooklyn, New York, USA, with her mother when she was ten years old. After matriculating at a NY performing arts school and later obtaining a full scholarship and graduating from the Juilliard School, Toussaint started her early career in theater. Later branching out into TV (Saving Grace, Law & Order, CSI, and more recently The Equalizer), and even streaming content (Orange is the New Black and Concreate Cowboys to name a few), Lorraine Toussaint has built a strong impactful brand that is recognized everywhere.

Her Accolades & Awards

Among her many awards, Lorraine Toussaint won Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Yvonne “Vee” Parker in Orange is the New Black. Toussaint comments that throughout her career, she has been careful to choose roles that portray real women. One such example is her role of Amelia Boynton Robinson in Ava DuVernay‘s historical drama film called Selma. She joined the cast of the Fox comedy-drama Rosewood in 2015 and was most recently cast in the CBS reboot for The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah.

Branding Lessons

It was interesting what Lorraine Toussaint had to say about her Trinidadian heritage. “It has served me in the world, and it’s an empowering label, an empowering perspective of the world, coming from a place where being a person of color doesn’t render you a minority. To be part of the majority as a person of color is very important, so I keep bringing her (daughter) home. *

Roots are important, no matter how far and wide your branches may reach, without strong, grounded, firm roots – we topple over. The acting powerhouse that is Lorraine Toussaint is deeply rooted and not going anywhere – anytime soon. And we’re here for it, ALL!

SOUND OFF: What is your favorite Lorraine Toussaint role?


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOXyTyFVBjg
  2. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005501/bio
  3. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/lorraine_toussaint
  4. https://www.wsj.com/articles/lorraine-toussaint-from-a-lonely-childhood-to-success-on-hollywood-11617114339
  5. https://www.discovertnt.com/interview-lorraine-toussaint#axzz6scy271Vm


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