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Partying in Havana, Chanel's Fashion Show Faux Pas

Joseph Anthony | Posted 05.24.2016 | Latino Voices
Joseph Anthony

Chanel landed in Havana, their first show in Latin America. From the moment their boat docked, loaded with aforementioned celebrities and models, Chanel put out all the stops for its "Cruise 2017" collection.

Carnival's Cuban Crisis is Over, For Now...

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 04.29.2016 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

Carnival Cruise Lines will be setting sail after all for Cuba with US passengers, regardless of where they were born, following the reversal of an ear...

An Open Letter to President Obama about José Martí

Alfred J. López | Posted 04.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

Although the media commotion over your visit to Cuba has diminished, I'm sure that Cuba will continue to hold your attention in the coming months. So I thought this would be an opportune moment to write you about someone who was apparently much on your mind during your historic visit.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part One

Perry Brass | Posted 04.01.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

The author near the Capitol, in Havana, with some of Cuba's famous old American cars, most of which are used in one way or another as taxis. I spent ...

Young Cuban-Americans Think Marco Rubio Is Stuck In The Past

The Huffington Post | Scott Conroy | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics

MIAMI -- On a recent morning at Versailles Restaurant in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, the scene looked pretty much as it always does at "the wo...

Does Obama's Opening to Cuba Help Donald Trump in Florida?

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Ironically, Marco Rubio's strident opposition to President Obama's opening to Cuba may backfire, and prove to be his downfall.

Immigration By the Numbers

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Joe Peyronnin

The immigration issue has roiled the Republican Party as its presidential candidates attempt to appeal to the conservative, anti-immigration wing of their party in order to win the nomination. But, as a consequence, the GOP is likely to pay a heavy price in the 2016 national elections.

Review: A Cuban-American Novel on the Pain of Living in Two Worlds

The National Book Review | Posted 09.27.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Make Your Home Among Strangers tells the story of Lizet, a young daughter of Cuban immigrants. She has applied to the prestigious Rawlings College in secret, thinking her family would be thrilled at her admission.

Trump's Change of Heart on Cuba: Master Stroke or Political Suicide?

Alfred J. López | Posted 09.10.2015 | Entertainment
Alfred J. López

So what lies behind Trump's apparent about-face? Is his statement that the opening of U.S.-Cuba relations "is fine" just an off-the-cuff comment, a brief aside in a long interview that covered many other topics? Or does it signal a change in his political calculations?

What My Millennial Students Can Learn from José Martí

Alfred J. López | Posted 08.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

The highlight of Summer 2015 was the six weeks I spent in Miami, teaching a course on José Martí at Florida International University. So here's a preliminary and very personal list of what I think you can learn from your old Tío Pepe.

One Board at a Time: Building Cuba's Skateboard Scene

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

Skateboarding is a global family. Language, cultural, and social barriers are broken down everyday throughout the world thanks to the power of a plywood board and four wheels. Therefore, it is of no surprise that American skateboarders have been a key part of rescuing the Cuban skate scene.

Cuban Dissidents: Allies of US Policy or a Hindrance?

Rafael Hernandez | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Rafael Hernandez

Beginning with Brigade 2506 until today, Cubans on the island have regarded Cuban political exiles as a function of North American policy dealing with the revolution. In that regard, December 17, 2014 showed that it wasn't the tail wagging the dog, but ultimately the dog doing the deciding.

Bulk of Chicano and Latino Populations Critical of Sen. Rubio's Run for Presidency

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
DeeDee Garcia Blase

Republicans have long forgotten that the GOP has, indeed, supported immigration amnesty for years under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), while damning Mexicans and other Latino immigrants who do not receive Cuban amnesty.

Cuban-Americans Behaving Badly, or, the Cayman in Winter

Alfred J. López | Posted 05.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Alfred J. López

I believe that had such a biography appeared 30 or even 20 years ago, the reception would have been much uglier, if only because first-generation exiles, the hardest of the hardliners, would have been alive in greater numbers.

The Right to Be Honest

Gabriel Marcella | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Gabriel Marcella

Resumed trade and open contact with the Cuban people will empower them to be confident and effective in claiming their right to participate in a Cuba where liberty and honesty can exist, freed from the repressive power of the state.

Obama Corrects a Historic Mistake

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

By re-establishing diplomatic relations, the U.S. will finally recognize the Cuban government as the sovereign representative of their state. Gone is the myth -- promoted by anti-normalization exiles and the internal opposition -- of a hijacked sovereignty that the United States should not respect.

Mandy Fridmann

Miami's Cubans Express Sharply Divided Opinions About Obama's Announcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Mandy Fridmann | Posted 12.18.2014 | Latino Voices

President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that the United States would drastically shift its policy toward Cuba for the first time in more than ...

Why Obama's Cuba Policy Changes Are Possible, In One Easy Chart

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas and Ana Benedetti | Posted 12.18.2014 | Latino Voices

President Barack Obama’s move to normalize U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961 would have been unthinkable for most other p...

The End of the Cold War

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama just spoke on the telephone with the leader of Cuba to finalize the two countries' new relations -- an event that hadn't happened in over half a century. The Cold War is now almost completely a matter of interest only to historians, to put things into context.

Polls Show Support For U.S. To Re-Establish Ties With Cuba

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

Most Americans, including Hispanics, think the U.S. should re-establish diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba, according to a poll conducted by The...

An Idiot's Guide To Miami

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 11.23.2014 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

You've entered one of the most bizarre, multicultural, misunderstood, beautiful, fastest-growing, yet slowest, corrupt, confusing and craziest cities in the country.

Why Cubans Are Defecting From the Republican Party

John A. Tures | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

Cuban-Americans supplied not just votes, but candidates for the GOP. But now there is survey evidence that the group is split between the GOP and Democrats. The question is no longer if, but why.

South Florida Poll Confirms Big Shift in Exile Community on Cuba

Sarah Stephens | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Why has Florida's Cuban American community, the number one source of political support for the harshest possible Cuba policy, shifted its views so markedly?

New Poll of Cuban Americans Confirms Growing Support for Engagement With Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

A bold U.S. president now has an opportunity to establish a legacy no less historic than Nixon's opening to China, and to do so at relatively little political cost.

Presidential Inauguration Poet Richard Blanco Discusses Journey to Podium

Catherine C. Lutz | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Catherine C. Lutz

On the surface, Blanco's story is that of a Cuban-American boy trying to figure out where he belongs: geographically, culturally and sexually. But as he intimately and expertly related through his poetry, his emotional experiences are universal.