Today we bring you a one hour special program analyzing the announcements on Wednesday by US President Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro on the results of secret talks held for months by the two administrations with assistance from Pope Francis.
Today, we approach the new generation keeping the music legacy of a legendary Cuban band alive – a band currently directed by Esteban Bravo. “With those instruments alone, they made the entire world dance.”
People! We bring you…”Las Krudas”. Cuban rappers, part of the exile community since 2006, visiting – as always – their beloved Cuba. These womanists, queer activists and combatants for respect for others tell us of their experiences through their Vegan eyes.
Jose Armando Cabrera Soler, 51 years old, sells coffee at a bus terminal in Pinar del Rio. His business shouldn’t be something “out of this world”, but, in a society like ours, it is.
Young Cuban painter Miguel Angel Quintana Amador has found the visual elements for his works in the legacy of prima ballerina Alicia Alonso and ballet, understood as a world of expression. “I don’t cling to new tendencies, I paint on impulse.”
“Las Krudas” – warriors that never stop repeating” RESPECT! LOVE!” – share with us their experience as powerful Hip Hop musicians, poets and combatants for respect for women, black people, vegans and queers.
Cuban professor Esteban Morales is one of the most reputable experts on the issue of Cuba-US relations. He has just published a book titled De la confrontacion a los intentos de normalizacion (“From Confrontation to Normalization Efforts”), a volume crucial to understanding the bilateral conflict between the two countries.
“Las Krudas!” Female rappers, who have become part of the Cuban diaspora, but who remain in good standing in their native land, reconnect with their memories to tell us about who they were, and who they are today.
We continue interviewing Marina Sitrin, a researcher and activist from the US. “The idea that we can make revolutionary change by taking over the state and then achieving liberation does not resonate with people anymore.”
Juan Triana is one of Cuba’s most renowned economists. Some of his lectures are passed around by Cubans on flash drives. Before Raul Castro’s reforms began, his opinions and those of his colleagues at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy sparked off considerable controversy.