Posts tagged "Cuba"

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. works to release prisoners in Cuba and Colombia

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. works to release prisoners in Cuba and Colombia
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is working on diplomacy in Latin America. Jackson was in Cuba over the weekend at the invitation of the Catholic Church, and he also hoped to meet with an American man, Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government, according to Essence. Gross, 64, was sentenced to 15 years... Read more »

Relive the Buena Vista Social Club

Relive the Buena Vista Social Club
I saw Compay Segundo perform in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2002. He is one of the musical stars of the film “The Buena Vista Social Club” that will show as part of Millennium Park’s Summer Film Series in Chicago tonight at 7:30 p.m. On that night that I saw the man in concert, who was 95... Read more »

Blogostroika: Yoani Sánchez tours U.S.

Blogostroika: Yoani Sánchez tours U.S.
Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez shows us that one woman can make a difference. Sánchez, 37, has used her blog, Generation Y, and Twitter as tools to criticize the Cuban government and write about the struggles of life in Cuba. It is the first time the government has allowed her to leave Cuba since 2004. She... Read more »
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Yoani Sanchez cannot be silenced

Yoani Sanchez cannot be silenced
Imagine you’re going to attend a trail that you read in the newspaper was open to the public. You’re a blogger and you want to write about the events. Then when you get there you are arrested. The authorities claim that you plan to disrupt the trial. You are held in detention for 30 hours... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Gymnasts Orozco, Leyva live the American Dream

Olympics 2012: Gymnasts Orozco, Leyva live the American Dream
The U.S. men’s gymnastics team had high hopes of winning Olympic team gold. Fifth place is a disappointment for this team. But there are still two stars on the team who have lived the American Dream. They are Latino gymnasts John Orozco and Danell Leyva. Orozco of Puerto Rican heritage grew up in the hardscrabble... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Ryan Lochte Cuban-American winner

Olympics 2012: Ryan Lochte Cuban-American winner
Ryan Lochte won the men’s 400 IM Saturday to the surprise of many beating out golden boy Michael Phelps. But one other surprising thing about the swimmer is that he is Latino. His mother was born in Cuba and married his father who is from the United States. He loves his Cuban grandmother’s cooking, including... Read more »
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12 things to watch in 2012

12 things to watch in 2012
2012 The Year Ahead 1. The Latino voter – How will Latino voters influence the 2012 presidential election? Latinos are key voters in many states. Obama got 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008 but those numbers could slip as many Latinos are upset over his immigration policies that have resulted in more than... Read more »

Herman Cain thinks Cuban is a language?!?

Herman Cain thinks Cuban is a language?!?
Here’s a quick lesson for Herman Cain. 1) They speak Spanish in Cuba, not Cuban. 2) Cuba is an island. 3) If Cubans make it to U.S. soil, they become eligible for legal status. Why does Cain need these basic facts? On a visit to Miami this week he munched on a Cuban croqueta and... Read more »

Oscar Hijuelos explores identity and language in his first memoir "Thoughts Without Cigarettes"

Oscar Hijuelos Writer Oscar Hijuelos read from his new memoir “Thoughts Without Cigarettes” at the Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago Saturday. The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love” in 1990, and he was the first Latino author to win that prize for fiction. Hijuelos spoke... Read more »
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Elian Gonzalez 10 years later

Remember Elian Gonzalez? He was the little 6-year-old boy who became the focus on an international drama between the United States in Cuba in 2000. His mother died when she fled Cuba with Elian on a boat. Little Elian survived the journey. Then he was taken in by relatives in Miami who wanted to raise... Read more »