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!”
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.
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.
We love the holidays as it is the one time of year we truly embrace being home for the holidays and taking in all of our favorite Latin traditions. Tamales, check. Atole, check. The Loteria cards, check. Drunk Tío Juan in the corner, check. Now you cannot forget the tunes. While we most definitely have Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and Wham’s “Last Christmas” on the holiday playlist, we will certainly include our favorite Latin music artists as well. To make your life easier we made a list of the most beloved Latin holiday music.
Los Lobos have just released a brand new Christmas song, and it’s so good!
Our favorite East L.A. rock band just released “Christmas And You” and it will make you so very nostalgic and teary-eyed. The music video was also shot on the streets of East Los. The holiday ballad was written by band members David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez. Los Lobos, who went mainstream for their recording of “La Bamba,” is back with a new album perfect for Christmas that the whole family will love.
The album is titled “Llego Navidad” and it includes holiday music from all over Latin America.
According to a press release, Los Lobos started with 150 selections and narrowed their way down to a tracklist that includes a regional folk song from Veracruz in Mexico (“La Rama”), a rework of ’70s South American salsa hit “La Murga de Panamá,” the 1958 novelty song “Dónde Está Santa Claus” and the Tex-Mex border classic “Christmas Time In Texas.” It’s surely will be a classic for years to come.
Juanes — “Mi Burrito Sabanero”
This is one of our favorite holiday songs from our childhood, so this new-ish version from 2009 is a family pleaser. There are lots of artists that cover this song, but Juanes by far is one of the best.
Celia Cruz — “Campanas De Navidad”
If you’re throwing a real fiesta, your party playlist must include this salsa holiday song by the one and only Celia Cruz.
Jenni Rivera — “Amarga Navidad”
Now we don’t wish a bad Christmas on anyone, but sometimes sh*t happens. It’s no secret that people typically break up during the holidays, so this song by Jenni Rivera will help somewhat. Let’s face it, you’re going to get tipsy anyway, so you might as well do it while listening to a song that you can relate to.
José Feliciano — “Feliz Navidad”
José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” goes hand-in-hand with Christmas just as much as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Heck, everyone knows the words to this song, especially non-Latinos. So, we’re lucky that we Latinos can basically assume all rights to this song at every holiday function — even that work office party.
Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon – “Aires de Navidad”
With a glass of coquito, grab your favorite relative and get down to Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon’s “Aires de Navidad.” This song just speaks to our festive family that can be simultaneously bickering over politics and dancing at the same time.
Yuri — “Eterna Navidad”
Now, if you really want to go old-school your holiday playlist must include this ’80s retro version of Yuri’s “Eterna Navidad.” The video will literally drive you mad, so just to stick to the song and forget this dizzy video.
Alejandro Sanz — “Noche de Luz”
For those romantical folks who want to get in the holiday spirit but also want to secretly daydream over the lustful Alejandro Sanz, his “Noche de Luz” song will melt your heart.
José Alfredo Jiménez — “Se Va Diciembre”
Your abuelitos will love that you included a lovely ranchera ballad from their heyday. The inclusion of José Alfredo Jiménez’s “Se Va Diciembre” will perhaps score you an extra present this year. You’re welcome.
Luis Miguel — “Santa Claus Llego A La Ciudad”
After watching the life story of Luis Miguel on Netflix we can’t help but feel a little closer to the crooner. So here he is doing what he knows best, singing his heart out.
Prince Royce — “Mi Regalo Favorito”
This Christmas playlist would not be completed without the addition of Prince Royce’s “Mi Regalo Favorito” from 2013. It’s got everything you could possibly want: that bachata beat, Spanglish lyrics, and Prince Royce’s lovely voice.
We hope you liked our holiday roundup. If there’s anything we missed let us know in the comment section below!
Creating a family is one of life’s most beautiful aspects of being human. Part of raising children is passing down important family traditions and also instilling critical aspects of life that perhaps we didn’t get ourselves as kids. We create little versions of ourselves by sharing with them our taste in fashion, giving them our favorite foods, taking them to special places we loved as kids, and also inspiring them our favorite musical artists. That is what makes this story so undeniably special.
A mom from California plays dress up with her little girl and it’s giving us major #familygoals.
Marie Corona’s Instagram is filled with images of her family like most people have. However, what makes her Instagram a little different from the typical mom is that she’s using creative ways to pose as inspirational and influential artists. From the looks of her account, Marie initially just dressed up her daughter Juleanna “Jules” Navarro for fun, but then it all changed when she got a shoutout from one of her favorite music stars.
In 2015, she dressed Jules up as Erykah Badu wearing a headwrap just like her. Badu retweeted the image and a star was born. “It was the most exciting thing to me at the time because I had just seen her live the month prior and, well, the legendary Miss Badu called my daughter cute,” Marie said in an interview with The Houston Chronicle. That image inspired Marie to take her creative skills to another level.
For the past couple of years, Marie has been recreating album covers featuring her daughter. Here’s one of Kanye’s 2010 My “Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Marie told the publication that she didn’t know how to use Photoshop so she improvised and created entirely new sets.
“I got some old cardboard we had at home and painted it red, then taped a painted poster board over that to look like the album cover. I printed out the ‘Parental Advisory’ sign to make it a little more legit,” Marie told The Houston Chronicle. “For the final touch, I got one of my wine glasses and filled that with apple juice and a little food coloring to make it look like wine.”
We must say her DIY mind definitely makes the image stand out a lot more had she just used Photoshop and taken a short cut.
Here’s her daughter recreating Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” cover.
Utter perfection! One of Marie’s followers wrote on Instagram, “Jajajaja omg I didn’t reconocer her I swear you out do yourself every time I love it.”
Of course, she had to do Beyonce.
To incredible females side-by-side. We adore how much Jules is a total sport about the whole thing. But it does leave us wondering if she’s a perfect angel during these photoshoots because we’d love to see some outtakes for sure.
The picture that is getting the most buzz is Marie’s recreation of Selena’s “Amor Prohibido.”
Marie said that the picture earned a “Like” by Selena’s sister, Suzette!
Here are some more amazing album covers.
Here is Jules as Snoh Aalegra in her 2019 album cover for ” Ugh, those feels again.”
Here’s a great one of Amy Whinehouse.
We love that Jules gets the sentiment down so perfectly. She’s a natural in front of the camera and clearly takes direction well from her mom.
Now that Marie has her second child, a little boy named Andre, she is getting him into the swing of things just like his big sister.
Not only does it look like Marie has mastered Photoshop, but we can’t wait to see more of little Andre. Marie added that her motivation is not just to get “Likes” on social media, but for her kids to see how much she loves them.
“I hope they look back at these pictures when they’re older and appreciate not only the craziness, but also my love for them, music and Halloween,” she told The Houston Chronicle.