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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.