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

Credit: Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte / Smithsonian’s 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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New Latina "SNL" Cast Member Called Out Over Controversial Tweets


New Latina “SNL” Cast Member Called Out Over Controversial Tweets

Earlier this month, when “Saturday Night Live” announced one of its new cast members was Latina, many comedy/SNL fans had a this reaction:

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Melissa Villaseñor, a Mexican-American from Whittier, Calif., was one of three new cast members added to the “SNL” roster.

Villaseñor, who is known as a talented impressionist, was a big hit on the show “America’s Got Talent.”

Well, the excitement has subsided a bit. Journalist Aura Bogado recently noticed Villaseñor made her account private and deleted over 2,000 tweets…

… Twitter user ReignOfApril posted screenshots from Villaseñor’s account. It contained tweets about dating black men:

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About Mexicans on bikes:

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And this:

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CREDIT: Credit: @ShanelleLittle / Twitter

Some have dismissed the Tweets as the result of a young comedian — the posts are from 2010 and 2011 — trying to find her comedic voice.

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CREDIT: Credit: mj_kosinski / Twitter

Bogado disagrees.

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Villaseñor has since made her Twitter account public again. Neither she or “SNL” have made a public statement about the tweets.

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READ: SNL’s New Latina Cast Member Is The Queen Of Celebrity Impressions

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