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Vanessa Garcia
Vanessa Garcia is a multimedia writer and artist. Her novel WHITE LIGHT is available by Shade Mountain Press in September, 2015. She is also working on a nonfiction book on American Born Cubans (ABCs) and their relationship with Cuba.

Entries by Vanessa Garcia

Building a Code of Intimacy: Loving in English and Spanish

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Spanish has always been my love language. It was my first language. The language I associate with home, with family, and with a specific word, almost untranslatable into English: Cariño.

Merriam Webster translates this word into "affection" or "love." But it's more than that. It's the easy way in...

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The Tinder Wars

(7) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 7:13 PM

Remember when you went on a great first date with someone and, after you went home for the night, the essence of them lingered on your skin, in your aural and visual memory -- you'd call back his voice, his features, his beard -- all of this in your imagination?...

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ABCs Middle Line Breaks the Cuban-American Hardline

(7) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 10:38 AM

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, Obama made history, there's not doubt about that. He opened diplomatic relations with Cuba after over half a century of closure. As someone who thinks about Cuba often, I've sat down to write my response to this event, started and stopped, hundreds of times in the...

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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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