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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY6sYlAYvGM I’d like to share a snippet of a performance from a woman who helped shape Cuban music. Her name is Celeste Mendoza, and I find that the majority of my American friends do not know her name. In terms of the Cuban pantheon of female greats, if Celia Cruz was the Queen of Salsa,…

Queen & Slims’ Cuban-American Director

(Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie-Turner-Smith, Dir Melina Matsoukas, Writer Lena Waithe) The film Queen and Slim is the creation of Director Melina Matsoukas, born of a Cuban mother who was raised on the island, and migrated to New York at 10 yrs old. If you’ve seen Beyonce’s music video “Formation”, a solidarity love letter to New Orleans,…

A Chat on Cuba, Millennials & 2018

Recently, I met Paula Goldstein through our mutual friend and globetrotting DJ, Mia Moretti. Paula runs a sweet website named Voyage d'etudes, focusing on travel, and women doing inspirational things abroad. (Paula Goldstein, Founder/Editor of Voyage D'etudes) How did it all come together? "I spent most of my 20s living out of a half-unpacked suitcase"…

The New Cuba hits LA & San Fran

Internet is tricky in Cuba. This is pretty much an understatement, but the "why's" require a much more expansive conversation to wrap our heads around the stakes. (Photo credit: Juan Cruz Rodriguez for Resolviendo Exhibit, Annenberg) I will be visiting LA & San Francisco this month to discuss one of the most fascinating subcultures on…

We Invite You to Havana World Music

I’m thrilled to announce a cool music festival happening in Cuba this March called Havana World Music. What’s more exciting is that The New Cuba will be hosting guests from abroad to come attend the festival with VIP access. There will also be a few days of fun to explore Havana’s best and brightest spots.…