Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 17 January 2017 — Talking with Belkis Cantillo these days can be an impossible mission. With her home raided on several occasions, a daughter about to give her her first granddaughter and the foundation of the new Dignity Movement, the life of this woman is a whirlwind. A resident of Palmarito del Cauto, Santiago … Continue reading “Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

The Three Kings Are Also Sexist / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Havana, Luz Escobar, 6 January 2016 — Half a hundred people crowded around the outside of the store. Some shelves display dolls, play tea sets and teddy bears: an explosion of pink and lilac. In others, plastic wagons, swords and firefighters’ equipment appear darker and bluish. There is no other occasion like Three Kings Day – Epiphany, when … Continue reading “The Three Kings Are Also Sexist / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Old Havana, Internet Territory / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 7 January 2016 – A few lights blink in Julian’s living room, on San Ignacio Street between Teniente Rey and Amargura in Old Havana. This week he was given a router to connect to the internet, as a part of a pilot project being carried out in the area. However, the … Continue reading “Old Havana, Internet Territory / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Cuba’s ‘Weekly Packet’ is Caught in the Crossfire / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 23 December 2016 – “Over my dead body!” echoes across a living room in Florida, Camaguey, Cuba, the day Jorge Angel discovered his family absorbed in the weekly packet. Now the wife sneaks to watch the reality shows that come in the weekly audiovisual compendium so as not to annoy the … Continue reading “Cuba’s ‘Weekly Packet’ is Caught in the Crossfire / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

The Film ‘Santa and Andrés’ is Excluded From Havana Festival / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 23 November 2016 — The film Santa and Andrés will not be screened at the 38th edition of the Havana Film Festival, to be held between 8 and 18 December. Sources from the industry guild commented to 14ymedio that the exclusion of the independent film, directed by Carlos Lechuga, could be motivated by its theme, focusing … Continue reading “The Film ‘Santa and Andrés’ is Excluded From Havana Festival / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Cubans Directed To Be Sad / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario Penton

14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 29 November 2016 — Women crying on camera, Facebook profiles turned into portraits of Comandante Fidel, long lines to bid farewell to his absent ashes. No reggaeton in the streets, no “good morning” from the announcers on national television. For a tourist, the people, Cuban and devoted to Fidel, transfixed by pain, have … Continue reading “Cubans Directed To Be Sad / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario Penton”

When Bread Is Also Medicine / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 20 November 2016 — The corner of Infanta and San Lazaro just awoke from its always busy Friday night. In the bakery of the El Biky restaurant, Carlos Bernabé tastes one baked treat after another. Faced with a delicacy filled with coconut, the demanding eater suggests “only the madeleine could be improved.” … Continue reading “When Bread Is Also Medicine / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Trump in Miami, Clinton in Havana / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario Penton

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 November 2016 – With the presidential election this Tuesday, not only is the fate of the United States in play. Its results will also affect the future of the island. In Miami, the South Florida city that Cuban exiles have turned into their capital since the sixties, the … Continue reading “Trump in Miami, Clinton in Havana / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario Penton”

Repatriating, Yes. Settling In Is Another Thing / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 2 November 2016 — “I swore I would never set foot in this country,” recalls Lazaro, age 48 and from Camaguey, who emigrated in the late nineties to Miami. However, a few months ago he changed his mind and began the legal process to return to Cuba. “The land pulls me,” he says … Continue reading “Repatriating, Yes. Settling In Is Another Thing / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Cuba’s Private Restaurant Owners are Worried / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana 20 October 2016 — Chinese, Italian or international food fill the menus of Cuban paladares, but lately fear has starred as the main dish on the menu of these private restaurants. The jewel in the crown of entrepreneurship on the island is experiencing moments of uncertainty after the government froze the … Continue reading “Cuba’s Private Restaurant Owners are Worried / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Omega and Odyssey Compete for ‘Weekly Packet’ Audience / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 29 September 2016 – Two young men wait on the centrally located corner of San Lazaro and San Francisco in Havana, at the door of the private business Copypack. They have in hand a hard disk to get the ‘Weekly Packet’ without knowing that through this compendium of audiovisuals a discrete battle is … Continue reading “Omega and Odyssey Compete for ‘Weekly Packet’ Audience / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

“Cubans Like Everything Forbidden” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 22 September 2016 – He is a self-confessed “son of television,” but he also admits that Cuba “is a bit behind” in the last decades with regards to innovation and quality in this medium. To catch up, Rolando Lorenzo León has created an entertainment program focused on the lives of artists … Continue reading ““Cubans Like Everything Forbidden” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

“My song seeks to pick up the pieces” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 31 August 2016 — Passing through Havana to record a CD in the EGREM studios in Miramar, along with several singers, the troubadour Roland (Roly) Berrio spoke with 14ymedio about the beginnings of his career and health of Trova in Cuba. Luz Escobar. Together with other troubadours you are currently working on an album … Continue reading ““My song seeks to pick up the pieces” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Tarará’s Thousand And One Stories / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 17 September 2016 – “This was my house,” says Elena, a Cuban-American who returned to the island this week and visited the place where she spent her childhood. In Tarará she took her fist steps, but the place barely resembles the residential neighborhood of her memories. In five decades it has … Continue reading “Tarará’s Thousand And One Stories / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”