Ernesto Cordova is a young painter who, a few years ago, formed part of the Museology Restoration and Conservation Center, located in Old Havana, which no longer exists today. We spoke with him about his work.
On the morning of August 16th, the Queen of Pop’s birthday, I received several calls and emails from friends confirming the fact that the star was visiting Cuba.
I’ve known Leosnel Aguilar Padron for more than ten years. I never suspected he would one day become initiated to Santeria. I found out days after he’d gone through the ritual, and I found it so curious I decided to ask him some questions about it. When I arrived at his house, I found him in the company of his Oyirbona, Ambar del Carmen, the person who must be present at all of the initiation ceremonies. She joined our conversation.
He who is gay is gay: and nothing will make us change our preference, much less trying to vary our tastes to please our family or society. I, at least, have always fought back against those who didn’t accept my condition.
On April 23, I was notified by phone that, after many months’ wait, I was finally going to be paid the royalties for an illustration of mine that had been used as a book cover. I was happy to get the news and the next day, I headed over to the Letras Cubanas publishing house.
Something very personal – a breakup – is what moves me to write this post. Who has not once been in love? Sometimes, we don’t realize what we feel for someone until our relationship unexpectedly comes to an end.
Maikel Echevarría (known by his stage name “Kelly-es”) is a Cuban reggaeton singer. A vocalist for the band Manana Reggae, he tells us that, though most passionate about reggaeton, he also enjoys merengue, house and cumbia.
A year ends and another one begins – such is the circle of life. I often wonder why people congratulate one another on the street. Is it to celebrate the fact we are still alive? If that’s the reason, I can understand that.
While reading an international magazine, I came across a quote by Confucius that caught my attention: “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” I spent the better part of the night awake, thinking of these words.
Well known Spanish actor Willy Toledo is now living in Cuba. He claims to have suffered censorship and political persecution in Spain. The writer notes that he won’t have any such problems in Cuba where protests at government facilities or strikes don’t exist.