highlighting people in the new cuba


  • The Queen’s Gambit of Cuba

    To be a girl in a sea of men. This is one of the themes in Netflix’ new series, The Queen’s Gambit. The show follows Beth Harmon (exquisitely played by actress Anya Taylor-Joy), a child who ends up parentless, and eventually gets mentored in chess by a janitor in the basement of an orphanage. The…

  • A Podcast to School You on Cuba Today

    In the landscape of Cuban podcasts, there is not much of a selection of balanced shows to listen to. Just utter the word “Cuba” and see quickly how it polarises a room. Some will demonize the country, while others will speak of its utopia. The truth of the matter is that Cuba is a complicated…

  • Cubans Inside the Hollywood Academy

    (Yul Vazquez, Ana de Armas, Libia Batista, Arturo Sandoval) 2020 has been delivering some dizzy punches, both bad and good (hello Corona). This particular punch is a good one, and most certainly, a watershed moment for Latinos represented at the Oscars. Since we celebrate all things Cuba, it’s only natural we shout-out the Cuban members…

  • Celeste Mendoza at Hotel Nacional

    Behold this electric performance, just a small moment from a woman who helped shape Cuban music. Her name is Celeste Mendoza. It seems the majority of Americans have had little exposure to this artist. During my time at Tropix Media in Havana, I had the good fortune of digging into the national archives for gold…

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