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Great Tribute to the Guarachera de Cuba

Jennifer Lopez paid a magnificent tribute to the Guarachera de Cuba and World’s Salsa Queen Celia Cruz at the 2013 American Music Awards on November 24, 2013. To view it, click on

Arturo — He Did It His Way!

President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom on November 20, 2013, to one of our own -- Jazz Legend Arturo Sandoval. Congratulations to him as he makes us very proud. This celebration is a special one as we celebrate this year the 50th anniversary that the late President John F. Kennedy established this prestigious […]

Our Day Will Come!

Every time that I lose faith that there is a chance for a better Cuba AC (After the Castro’s), I gain hope when I see these two giants together – Willy Chirino and Dr. Guillermo Fariñas. Willy is a giant in the music arena, while Guillermo is a giant in the battle for human rights […]

Lack Of Civil Liberties For Afro-Cubans In Cuba Today

My good friend Silvio Canto asked me yesterday to do a radio show on the hunger strike of Cuban dissident “El Critico del Arte,” and on the letter published in the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson in support of the Afro-Cuban dissidents in Cuba.   My first reaction to Silvio’s […]

The Road Less Traveled

Most of us are bombarded since an early age with what others want us to be, instead of what we want for ourselves. Read my latest op-ed on this topic at

Happy Birthday Cubana!

Happy Birthday to Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz who would have celebrated her 88th birthday today. Google honors Celia every time that you click on today. See write-up at

Are We The Center of the Universe?

  The following op-ed has special significance for me as it was an old college professor who triggered it. It'll mean a lot to him to see it published. Some think that we lose relevance when we age. And, yet, those who have made a difference continue to live on. See

Mambo King Dead

Cuban-American author Oscar Hijuelos, the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died today at age 62.   All mambo kings and queens will play songs of sadness today.   Hijuelos indicated, in his  2011 memoir “Thoughts without Cigarettes,” the barriers that he had to overcome to succeed as an aspiring Hispanic writer […]

Cuban-American on the Rise

Cuban-born Rafael Piñeiro finds himself in an enviable position. He’s the number one choice from Hispanic police groups that want to see him become the next commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) when the next mayor takes over for Michael Bloomberg. Ray Kelly currently occupies this position. If selected, Piñeiro would become […]

A Celebration Day for Cuban-Americans!

We celebrate today, October 9th, the 46th anniversary of the death of Ernesto "Che" Guevara at age 39 in 1967. Following is an article and interview with fellow Cuban-American and former CIA operative Felix Rodriguez, who played a crucial role in the capture and death of Che in Bolivia. On this day, I offer a […]

Here We Go Again with the U.S. Embargo!

There are many uninformed and naïve Cuban-Americans who claim that it's time for the U.S. Government to lift the embargo that it's had against Cuba since 1962. They base their arguments on the fact that the embargo has been ineffective in restoring democracy to Cuba, as the Sierra Maestra actors still run the country. But, […]

The Diversity of Cuban-Americans

I’ve often said that the Cuban-Americans from the Historic Exile (1959-1979) don’t have anything in common with Cuban-Americans who left Cuba after the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. Culturally and politically, they are like two people from two different planets.   Ones are political refugees who have not returned to Cuba (except some who have returned […]

The Trials and Tribulations of Becoming an American

To read my latest op-ed on captioned subject, click on  I want to clarify that the only way that I would travel to Cuba would be once it was free.

Hispanic or Latino or Cuban-American?

We’ve spent innumerable hours arguing whether it’s more correct to use “Hispanic” or “Latino.” Well, when it comes to the Federal Government, the correct term is “Hispanic.” To read about it by someone who knows, read the article at   And, you’ve also heard many of us complain that elected representatives did not want […]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

This year's White House Proclamation to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month includes the following language: "Whether our ancestors crossed the Atlantic in 1790 or the Rio Grande in 1970 ..." What are they talking about? Just on September 17, 2013, we celebrated the 226th anniversary of our Framers' signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. […]