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Vanessa Garcia is a multimedia writer and artist currently working on a memoir on ABCs (American Born Cubans). She is a Schaeffer Fellow at the University of Irvine, where she teaches Literary Journalism.

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Good Night, Noche Buena

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Growing up in Miami, in the mid '80s, the holidays revolved around Noche Buena, which literally translates into "the good night," but which, in Cubanese, translates into Christmas Eve. Noche Buena took a week to prepare for. My dad would pack my sister and I into his car, rock n'...

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The Bumpy Road Towards a Peace Without Borders: Juanes, Cuba and its 13 Million Voices

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 3:18 PM

On September 20, 2009, Juanes headlined Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace Without Borders) in Cuba -- a concert that gathered musicians from around the world to play at La Plaza de La Revolución in Havana. Now, 4 years later, filmmaker, Janelle Gueits, wants to tell the story behind the concert in...

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Why I Won't Lean In

(44) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 11:38 AM

For several weeks now, sixteen to be exact, Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, has been on The New York Times bestseller list. For that, I am grateful. It's an important book; a book that's obviously stirred a necessary conversation -- one about women, their place in contemporary society, and their...

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From Red to Blue: An Interview With Diddier Santos Moleiro

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 3:44 PM

This past week, the documentary film, Ni Rojo, Ni Verde, Azul! (translation: Not Red, or Green; Blue!) debuted online. The production company that made the film, Matraka Productions, hopes it goes global. Viral. But more lies in this wish than just the typical ego rub, audience wrangling, and the ubiquitous...

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The Cuban Spring

(22) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 5:14 PM

As someone who writes about ABCs (American Born Cubans), Cuba, and Cuban-Americans, people often ask me the following question: "If it's so bad in Cuba, why don't Cubans revolt?" Why don't the people inside the island pour out into the street and lift their fists into the air, burn effigies,...

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Yoani Sanchez in Miami to Measure Cuban-American Pulse

(6) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 5:02 PM

Super-star Cuban dissident blogger, Yoani Sanchez, is about to hit Miami on April 1, in what might prove to be the most interesting leg of her global tour. Skeptics and supporters abound. The two sides of the Cuban-American hyphen will tug at the Diaspora, and what will result is a...

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Rubio's Zoo: A Response to Marco Rubio's Views on Travel to Cuba

(19) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 6:58 PM

Last weekend, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made a speech in Miami to the Cuba-Democracy PAC. A PAC whose purpose it is to "promote an unconditional transition in Cuba to Democracy." It's no surprise that he told them what they wanted to hear. He said that his Senate colleagues and other...

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The Y to my ABC -- Why Yoani Sanchez Matters to Me as an American Born Cuban

(5) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 12:44 PM

I'm sure, by now, you've heard of Yoani Sanchez. She's the Cuban blogger currently making headlines as she travels the world, eloquently narrating today's Cuba to those outside the island as she goes.

More specifically, she's the Cuban author of Generación Y, a blog she started in Cuba in 2007....

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