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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.


READ: 12 Reasons Celia Cruz Remains The True MVP

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We Finally Have Our First Look At The Animated ‘One Day At A Time’ Episode We’ve Waited For

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We Finally Have Our First Look At The Animated ‘One Day At A Time’ Episode We’ve Waited For

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Everyone has been waiting for the animated “One Day At A Time” episode and we finally have our first look. Safe to say that we all really like what we see.

The show is staying true to their political form.

The coronavirus has changed everything, even Hollywood. Production was suspended when the rest of California went into lockdown. This means that shows cant record new episodes and movies are being delayed.

It is, however, a good time for animation. Since people have to be physically distanced to stop the spread of the deadly virus, some shows are eyeing animation. “One Day At A Time” embraced the idea early on and announced an animated episode to keep fans happy.

The sneak peek of the show is about talking to family about politics.

Latinos, like all other ethnicities, are not a monolith. Different experiences have shaped each person to believe what they believe and vote the way they vote. Latino families often include people across the political spectrum and it is always hard to get on the same page.

ODAAT fans are here for this kind of authentic visibility into a Latino family. We all have lived with the family divided between Republicans and Democrats. A lot of it has to do with where people live and who they are around. However, Cubans and Cuban-Americans are by and large Republicans. However, younger Cuban-Americans are more like to be a Democrat than older Cubans and Cuban-Americans, they are still predominately Republican.

Whatever the subject matter is, we are just so excited to continue to enjoy more ODAAT.

We are just days away from finally seeing the latest Alvarez adventure and we can’t wait. This is one show that does it right.

READ: ‘One Day At A Time’ Is Doing A Special Animated Episode After Production Shutdown Due To Coronavirus

Celia Cruz Was The Afro-Latina Queen Who Taught Young Black America The Importance Of Education And Hope

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Celia Cruz Was The Afro-Latina Queen Who Taught Young Black America The Importance Of Education And Hope

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If you’re a Latina from or living in the United States there’s no doubt that you have some memories of your days watching the longtime children’s program “Sesame Street.” For many Americans, the show has proven to be a  common ground. The show which was initially conceived as an educational intervention program directed at low-income, minority children gave kids of different colors and economic backgrounds a chance to learn numbers, the alphabet and speak rudimentary Spanish and English. Part of the show’s effort in this execution included featuring strong female characters that didn’t fall into regular female stereotypes.

Easily one of the greatest women to visit the show as Celia Cruz and video clips of her time on the show are resurfacing and stirring up comments commemorating her work as well as the show.

Fans of the Cuban-American Gurachara singer are commemorating her visit to Sesame Street on Twitter.

So far, the video which was posted on Twitter on July 22nd has received 11,618 retweets and 24,499 likes. Hundreds of Celia’s fans have commented

Many of the comments highlight how Celia’s music resonated with them as kids.

Literally every little Cuban girl knows La Madre de Azucar!

Many of the Cubana commentators have noted how the song takes them back to their time in Cuba

So many Cuban-Americans have commented on how they remember their abuelas playing Celia as kids.

And many remember seeing the episode when it first aired.

Ah to have seen this treasure back in the day would have been a true blessing.

Almost everyone is pointing out how cute the kids’ reactions are.

Literally, that girl is getting it and that boy is having an out of body experience.

And others are sharing her other visits to Sesame.

Cruz made multiple visits to the show, and by the comments, it’s clear that each one had a profound impact on little viewers.

Check out the full clip from Celia’s visit below!

And don’t forget to check out this moment Celia Cruz appeared to teach a song about numbers.

Or, this clip of her singing ‘Songo’s Song’

No doubt we could use more lessons and light from people like Celia Crus. Especially during these hard times.