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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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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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The Estefans’ Red Table Talk is officially here and queer!

So get used to it!

The beloved Cuban singer and her family hosted their second episode of the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Things got real real as she, her daughter Emily Estefan and niece Lili Estefan sat down for a raw and honest conversation about their lives and relationships.

In the second episode of ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans‘ titled, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” the family revealed that Gloria was shocked to learn that her “miracle baby” was queer.

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Speaking frankly, Gloria explained that her initial reaction to her daughter’s coming out was to dissuade her from telling her grandmother the truth. According to Gloria, she feared that her own mother would die from the news about Emily.

“I came out to my parents like in 2017. But as you’ll see on the show, I think they knew way before that,” Emily, who is 25-years-old Entertainment Weekly in an interview. “What I’m most excited about in this episode is the complexity of it all. I wouldn’t be doing anybody justice if I went up there and lied and said that it was easy or that there weren’t complex emotions involved, even though my mom has been such a fierce supporter of the LGBTQ community. Everybody has a perspective. And as human beings, we’re always trying to be understood instead of understanding. As you’ll see in the clip, it was difficult for me to hear that. No matter under any perspective, those words were difficult to hear.”

Sadly, Emily never had the chance to share this part of her identity with her grandmother, Gloria Fajardo.

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Fajardo passed away in 2017 before Emily had the chance to come out to her. It is unknown whether she knew of her sexual orientation before she passed away.

“That is one of my biggest unanswered questions that I will live the rest of my life with,” Emily explained “Many of the people around me that love me have told me they knew. But in my heart, my grandmother and I were so close but I’m really not sure. But that’s part of life too — you don’t get every answer that you want. I’m also learning that regrets are a waste of time. But I’m still on that journey. A few years ago, I would’ve never imagined that we’d be talking about this as I’m about to release an episode where I say things I’ve not even told family members of mine. I’m still growing and learning.”

In the latest episode of the Red Table Talk, Gloria explains that Emily became known as her “miracle baby” after she was conceived following a devastating tour bus accident in 1990.

At the time, Estefan’s doctors told her she would not be able to concieve more children. At the time, Gloria and her husband, Emilio Estefan, already had their son, Nayib Estefan. Nayib is 15 years older than his sister Emily.

In the latest interview, Emily talks about the pressures of having to live up to the concept of a “perfect daughter” that had been projected onto her by media outlets. She also addresses how she became the target of tabloid fodder in Spanish-language media after her relationship with Gemeny Hernandez was revealed.

“My parents would tell me all the time that we all have to earn respect, which I totally understand and fully agree with,” Emily explained of her experiences growing up in the spotlight. “Life is difficult and you don’t know what people’s intentions are all the time. When my dad started dating my mom, my grandma would slam the door in his face! My parents never exhibited anything extreme like that when it came to my relationships, but they would remind me what their courtship was like. I would let them know that we’re going through similar things, but in different colors. Life is about repetition and trying to pick up new things along the way. My grandma came from a time where she didn’t go on a date with my grandpa until they had their marriage certificate, and even then her mom was chaperoning them. They didn’t kiss until they were married.”

Emily revealed that she and her girlfriend Gemeny have been together for almost four years now and that she has been welcomed as part of the Estefan family.

“Family dynamics are hard, no matter what,” Emily went onto share. “Gem is one of those people who is like a mirror: She came into my life and showed me my truth. Sometimes that’s not beautiful, but that’s what love is. It’s not beauty or dates or romance all the time, but all of the things that come with love. I’m really young, but I feel that having her by my side has made me truly understand what a loving, adult relationship is like. That’s why it’s been so easy for me to fight this fight and speak my truth, because it’s all worth it. She helped me be brave. Now she has a relationship with my family which is the incredible part and can maybe be explored in season 2? Having her come to sit at the table and talk about those dynamics. Everybody loves each other, but as I said, love isn’t easy. And you know what it’s like being a part of a Latino family. The baby starts dating somebody, even if it’s Mickey Mouse, they still wouldn’t think he’s good enough!”

The second episode of the Estefan’s Red Table Talk, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” debuted this past Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon ET on Facebook Watch.

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The First Trailer For ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans’ is Here— ‘We’re Loud, We’re Proud, Let’s Go’

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The First Trailer For ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans’ is Here— ‘We’re Loud, We’re Proud, Let’s Go’

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¡Wepa! After months and months of waiting Facebook Watch’s “Red Table Talk: The Estefans” starring the iconic musician Gloria Estefan and the women in her family is officially… almost here!

The new addition to Facebook’s “Red Table Talk” franchise (which originally starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris) will star Estefan, her daughter Emily Estefan, and her niece Lili Estefan it will premiere this month on October 7 and will allow fans to tune in as the three women talk real-world matters with family, celebrity friends, and other guests.

The Estefans are putting it all on the Red Table this month, taking on topics like mental health, sexuality, and heartbreak.

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The new series will be filmed in Miami and will see the three-time Grammy and four-time Latin Grammy award winner sitting alongside her daughter and musician Emily Estefan and her niece, Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV host, Lili Estefan. Gloria Estefan is executive producing the series alongside Jada Pinkett Smith.

Speaking about the series, Pinkett Smith told Deadline in a statement earlier this year that she was “incredibly proud of Red Table Talk, and thrilled to build upon this franchise with my family and with Gloria, Emily and Lili… 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.”

Besides executive producing, Gloria will also take on the occasional role of table mediator while her niece Lili will act as the table’s veteran interviewer. Speaking about the show, Gloria says in the trailer “Three different women, three different generations… We’re loud, we’re proud, let’s go.”

Mina Lefevre, the head of development & programming for Facebook Watch has called the new series a “shining example” of content.

“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,” Lefevre commented. “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.”

Check out the trailer below!

Yes! Let’s do this!

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