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Rare Celia Cruz Photos Are Adding Sazón To The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Celia Cruz and other iconic Cuban artists have made their way to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. thanks to the brilliant work of photographer, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte.

In a portrait series titled “Cuba Out of Cuba,” Duarte, in collaboration with Tico Torres, presents a portfolio of 18 limited edition photos acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for its permanent collection. This includes their iconic Celia Cruz photograph, “¡Yo soy de Cuba la voz – Guantanamera!”

SLAY, Celia, SLAY!

Celiz Cruz
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As photographers who worked with “La Guarachera de Cuba” for 12 years, and even published a book titled “Presenting Celia Cruz,” they feel honored to feature their work and the best of Cuba’s culture in the renowned museum.

“For Latinos and Cubans specifically, Celia is a musical legend. For us, Celia was the light. A beacon. She was a wonderful person with amazing energy. You knew you were in the presence of an extraordinary human being. And a voice that not only moved you, but shook the entire room!,” Duarte expressed in an interview with Billboard.

Celia Cruz
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Other Cuban artists featured in this epic portrait collection are Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Paquito D’Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Arturo O’Farrill, Carlos “Patato” Valdés, Andy García, Cristina Saralegui, Carmen Herrera, Emilio Sanchez, Enrique Riverón, Luis Cruz Azaceta, José Bedia, Isabel, Toledo, Narciso Rodriguez, Adolfo Sardiña, Nilo Cruz, and Nena Goodman.

The “Cuba Out of Cuba” series, according to Duarte, began in 1994 “while commissioned for a shoot for Art & Antiques Magazine featuring Cuban artists that lived in the United States for many years as well as those that had recently arrived from Cuba.” The project then expanded to include artists, writers, actors, designers, and more.

“This project is very close to our hearts and is a documentation of the Cuba we knew and grew up in, which is the Cuba that is outside of Cuba.”

Check out more photos from the “Cuba Out of Cuba” series portrait, here.


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Cuban Doctors Arrive In Italy To Combat The Coronavirus– Demonstrate History Of Global Humanitarian Commitment

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Cuban Doctors Arrive In Italy To Combat The Coronavirus– Demonstrate History Of Global Humanitarian Commitment

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Communist-run Cuba received a round of applause yesterday after it was shown that the country had dispatched a fleet of doctors and healthcare providers to Italy.

Since the 1959 revolution, the Caribbean country has sent Cuban medical personnel overseas to disaster sites around the world, particularly in poor countries.

Cuban medical internationalism is the Cuban program that has sent doctors to the most underserved corners of the world. Its broad sweep of mission program has seen the country attend to 37 countries in Latin American countries,33 African countries and 24 Asian countries. In the face of the 2010s Cholera outbreak in Haiti and West Africa, the Cuban doctors played a key part in the relief.

And while a — research study pointed out that the country has provided more medical personnel to the developing world than all the G8 countries combined, Cuba’s aid to Italy in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic is notably surprising. After all, this is the first time that Cuba has sent an emergency unit to Italy, one of the world’s richest countries and also the one worst affected by the disease. Cuba’s presence there demonstrates it’s role as a medical commodity.

On Monday, the Cuban doctors were seen arriving in Italy to assist in combatting Covid-19.

According to Reuters, this is the sixth medical group that Cuba has sent in recent days to fight the spread of the disease. Recently it sent contingents to doctors to its socialist allies Venezuela and Nicaragua. It also sent doctors to Jamaica, Suriname, and Grenada.

“We are all afraid but we have a revolutionary duty to fulfill, so we take out fear and put it to one side,” Dr. Leonardo Fernandez, an intensive care specialist from Cuba, told Reuters on Saturday. “He who says he is not afraid is a superhero, but we are not superheroes, we are revolutionary doctors.”

Cuba’s healthcare system was built with the help of its former Soviet Union ally but many of its advances have collapsed in the wake of the communist bloc’s fall.

In the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse, Cubans have bemoaned their lack of access to medicine, hospitals have become dilapidated.

Gloria Estefan Will Be Hosting A Latinx Spinoff Of ‘Red Table Talk’ Alongside Her Daughter And Niece, ’La Flaca’

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Gloria Estefan Will Be Hosting A Latinx Spinoff Of ‘Red Table Talk’ Alongside Her Daughter And Niece, ’La Flaca’

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Facebook Watch announced just this week, that they will be creating a spin-off of their original series Red Table Talk —except this time it will feature Latinx musical icon Gloria Estefan. The Miami based show which will feature latinx celebs will be titled; Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Here’s everything we know so far. 

Facebook Watch is turning Red Table Talk into a franchise.

With the green light for a second series from Pinkett Smith and Westbrook Studios, señores y señoras, we’re getting a Latinx spinoff. Set in Miami, Red Table Talk: The Estefans, will feature music icon Gloria Estefan, her daughter and rising musician Emily Estefan and her niece and Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV host Lili Estefan. 

We’ll see all three generations of the Estefans talk about things that matter.

Like the original program, the spinoff will feature the three women of different generations discussing social and personal issues with family, celebrity guests and experts. Pinkett Smith and Gloria Estefan will both serve as executive producers.

“I’m incredibly proud of Red Table Talk, and thrilled to build upon this franchise with my family and with Gloria, Emily and Lili.” 

In a Deadline article Jada Pinkett Smith added, “Red Table Talk has created a space to have open, honest and healing conversations around social and topical issues, and what’s most powerful for me is hearing people’s stories and engaging with our fans in such a tangible way on the Facebook Watch platform. I’m excited to see the Estefans put their spin on the franchise and take it to new places.”

The new and fresh version will likely help keep “Red Table Talk,” one of the most popular shows on Facebook Watch.

Red Table Talk is available exclusively on the Facebook platform with new episodes of the talker streaming through 2022. 

Pinket Smith’s show was nominated for a 2019 Daytime Emmy.

Red Table Talk debuted in May 2018 and has aired 50 episodes on Facebook Watch over two seasons. The show has over 7 million followers on Facebook and spawned a main discussion group with over 600,000 members as well as other group forums. “Red Table Talk” promises candid conversations of current social and cultural issues including race, divorce, domestic violence, sex, fitness and parenting.

Facebook did not announce an expected premiere date for “Red Table Talk: The Estefans.” 

In a statement, Gloria Estefan said: “I’m incredibly excited to carry the ‘Red Table Talk’ torch with my family in Miami. Jada and I have spoken about this a lot and feel my daughter, niece and I can tackle issues important to us and our fans with a new and fresh voice.”

Gloria Estefan’s journey to becoming one of the biggest Latin American pop stars began in 1959.

In 1959, Gloria’s family fled Cuba for Miami. She met Emilio Estefan in 1975; the two married in 1978, and shortly after that Emilio’s band, the Miami Latin Boys, changed their name to Miami Sound Machine —the biggest crossover act of the 80s and 90s.

Gloria Estefan has had one of the longest and most successful careers of any contemporary pop star.

And she’s done it in two languages, recording numerous Spanish-language albums, such as Mi Tierra (1993), Abriendo Puertas (1995) and Alma Caribeña (2000)all of which won Grammys for Best Tropical Latin Album. In 2015, President Barack Obama presented Gloria and Emilio with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 2017, it was announced that Gloria is one of the recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors

We can’t wait to see what the Estefans bring to the (red) table.

Not to disregard the Pinket Smith efforts because they brought much needed discussions to the public with the creation of this show. The original Red Table Talk discussed race, relationships, culture, mental health and more —but we’re excited for the Estefans to discuss issues that affect the Latinx community specifically.

Facebook Watch knows that by giving the show a different angle, they can target another demographic group —and the Latinx community is on board with the representation. 

“We’ve been fortunate enough to be in business with such wonderful partners and are thrilled to expand the Red Table Talk franchise with Jada Pinkett Smith, the Estefans and Westbrook Studios,” said Mina Lefevre, head of development & programming for Facebook Watch. “Red Table Talk is a shining example of how content, community and conversation come together on Facebook Watch. We’re proud to keep this conversation going around topics our fans care about.”