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03/21/2022

Today in UFW History: March 17, 1966: 56 years ago today, 77 Latino and Filipino grape workers led by Cesar Chavez—six months into their five-year-long strike—set off from Delano on a 340-mile march, or pilgrimage, to place generations of farm worker grievances before the governor and Legislature in Sacramento. By the time they were greeted at the state Capitol by 10,000 people 25 days later on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1966, the marchers—or peregrinos (pilgrims)—had also placed the farm workers’ plight squarely before the conscience of the American people. / Hoy en la historia de la UFW: 17 de marzo de 1966: Hace 52 años del día de hoy, 77 trabajadores latinos y filipinos, que trabajaban la uva eran liderados por Cesar Chávez—con seis meses de lo que sería una huelga de 5 años—partieron camino desde Delano en una manifestación, o peregrinaje, para presentar generaciones de quejas de trabajadores campesinos ante el gobernador y la legislatura en Sacramento. En el momento en que fueron recibidos en la capital del estado por 10,000 personas, 25 días después, el domingo de pascua del 10 de abril de 1966; los manifestantes, o peregrinos, también habrían presentado de frente la difícil situación de los campesinos ante la conciencia del pueblo estadounidense.

02/26/2022

Our Lady of Kyiv, pray for us.

02/24/2022
Out of the many talents of Aurelio de la Vega, his friendship came to be his most appreciated virtue to me.Working with ...
02/18/2022

Out of the many talents of Aurelio de la Vega, his friendship came to be his most appreciated virtue to me.
Working with Aurelio was a blessing. From the creation of the Echo Park Cuban Festival a professional bound developed between Aurelio representing Patronato José Martí, myself as producer of Stage of the Arts, Inc. and 1980’s leaders like Adolfo Nodal (16 years manager of L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs); and Sotero Machin, owner of Alamar enterprises, with a block comprised of business from a furniture store, to a travel agency. We used to call Machín “the Echo Park Mayor” because how influential he was in the community at large, including not only a strong Cuban community but the Pilipino community as well…
But my most dear experience with Aurelio came out in 2006 went I wrote and directed the multimedia play CUBANS IN HOLLYWOOD at the Ford Amphitheatre, featuring musicologist and composer Aurelio de la Vega and master drummer jazzman and composer Francisco Aguabella, a production were the Afrocuban and the Spaniard heritage of the Cuban Nation celebrates the Cuban American legacy of The Old Man and the Sea.
A great art video made by Angel Marrero and Carlos Leon run in a large background screen during the performance of “Cubans in Hollywood”. Actors and singer legendary Tropicana’s Cecilia Paneque and her son Miguel Paneque (“Cartas en el Parque”Gutierres Alea film) join in the cast of the play.
The fifties passed away, Hemingway passed away, and Cuba remains floating there like the old fisherman: alone with the Beast in the meddle of the Sea.
Forty five years later we gather at the Ford Amphitheatre of Hollywood to re-stage the carnival of history starting with a flashback to 1953 when Aurelio de la Vega, one of the greater Cuban composers of all times came out with “The Legend of the Ariel Creole”, the same year that American writer and adventure Ernest Hemingway received the Novel Prize for his novel The Old Man and The Sea.
Glory and deep memories may celebrate the legacy and personality of his eternal soul.
Jorge Luis Rodriguez
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Saturday we lost a Cuban Treasure; a much respected and admired member of our Community. Maestro Aurelio de la Vega was a composer, lecturer, essayist, professor, and poet. To all of us at Cuban Heritage LA, he was a friend and hero. In 2019, we had the privilege of honoring him as the "Heroe de la Comunidad" of Cuban Heritage Day for his amazing career in music and his love for our community. Maestro de la Vega was truly one of a kind and a real treasure. Our condolences to his beautiful wife Anne Marie, his family, and countless friends. Rest in peace Maestro!

Hoy es un día especial para la cultura matancera pues  celebramos el 162 aniversario de la Proclamación de Matanzas como...
02/18/2022
Matanzas: más allá de ser la Atenas de Cuba | Revista Bohemia

Hoy es un día especial para la cultura matancera pues celebramos el 162 aniversario de la Proclamación de Matanzas como La Atenas de Cuba.

La historia de la ciudad yumurina, llena de notables figuras artísticas, literarias y patrióticas, adquiere en su trayectoria tintes universales. Celebramos este 17 de febrero el aniversario 162 de su proclamación como la Atenas de Cuba

02/18/2022
Abuelita rechaza vender su casa por millones y obliga a centro comercial a construir alrededor
02/17/2022
Abuelita rechaza vender su casa por millones y obliga a centro comercial a construir alrededor

Abuelita rechaza vender su casa por millones y obliga a centro comercial a construir alrededor

La auténtica historia detrás de Up que toca el corazón de quien la sabe. La película de Disney donde se relata cómo un anciano viudo es acompañado de Russell, el niño explorador que nos desesperó pero también se ganó nuestro corazón, para realizar el último deseo de la esposa Mr. Frederi...

02/17/2022
El origen de la palabra CHUSMA es mucho más interesante y ‘fino’ que lo que quizás usted crea?El diccionario de la Acade...
02/17/2022

El origen de la palabra CHUSMA es mucho más interesante y ‘fino’ que lo que quizás usted crea?
El diccionario de la Academia lo registra como sustantivo colectivo femenino y lo define como ‘conjunto o multitud de gente grosera y vulgar’ y el ‘conjunto de los galeotes que servían en las galeras reales’.
El vocablo empieza a aparecer en textos castellanos en la primera mitad del siglo XV, como en este fragmento de la Traducción y glosas de la Eneida, publicada en 1427 por Enrique de Villena:
“E, surgidos los navíos, salieron en tierra Eneas e Ancchises e las personas señaladas que con ellos ivan, por ver la disposición de la tierra antes que la chusma de la flota saliese.”
Corominas la define como ‘conjunto de galeotes que servían en las galeras reales’, ‘conjunto de gente soez’, del genovés antiguo ciüsma, procedente del latín vulgar clusma, contracción del griego κέλευσμα (kéleusma) 'canto rítmico del remero jefe para estimular el movimiento de los remos' propiamente 'voz de mando', derivado de κελεύεινν (keleúein) 'mandar, ordenar'.
En resumen chusma designó primero al canto rítmico de los galeotes dirigidos por su jefe, después a los galeotes mismos, y finalmente se extendió su significado para referir a la ‘gente grosera vulgar’ que aparece en el diccionario académico.

Elena Poniatowska: 'Escribir es alejar la muerte'
02/16/2022
Elena Poniatowska: 'Escribir es alejar la muerte'

Elena Poniatowska: 'Escribir es alejar la muerte'

Conversó con estudiantes sobre su amor por el periodismo, que todavía ejerce, a poco de cumplir 90 años.'Escribir te pone en tu lugar, es una gran lección de humildad', dice.

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02/15/2022

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Harriet Tubman was around twelve years old, enslaved, when a fellow enslaved man attempted to run away. After being found and brought back, Harriet and a few others were instructed to help tie him up to be whipped. She refused, and when the man attempted to run again, she blocked the doorway to help him escape. An overseer threw a two-pound weight at the man but hit Harriet instead, fracturing her skull. Throughout her life, she suffered from severe headaches and narcolepsy from this incident.

A petite woman of only about five feet, Harriet was strong-willed and courageous, and as she grew older, she became determined to escape to the North. Upon learning in 1849 that she would be sold, Harriet, now in her mid-20s, decided the time was right. One night, she, along with two of her brothers, ran away. Her brothers soon turned back, and for the rest of her journey, Harriet was alone without friends. She walked at night, hid during the day, didn't know who to trust, where to eat, at times she had shelter, often she slept outside on the ground overlooked by the stars. After about ninety miles of travel, she crossed into the North to freedom.

Reflecting about making it into the North, she said, "I looked at my hands, to see if I was de same person now I was free. Dere was such a glory over everything, de sun came like gold trou de trees, and over de fields, and I felt like I was in heaven."

Soon after her escape, Harriet went back into the South to help some family members to escape. After getting them North, she went back to the South to help more family members. Then she went to help others. Harriet would make many trips over the years, rescuing approximately seventy people. Of the experience, she would say, "I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger." #blackhistorymonth #harrietTubman #blackhistory

Cubanos en Italia denuncian realización del San Remo en La Habana
02/08/2022
Cubanos en Italia denuncian realización del San Remo en La Habana

Cubanos en Italia denuncian realización del San Remo en La Habana

Asociaciones de cubanos residentes en Italia se unieron a la protesta contra la realización del “Sanremo Music Awards” en Cuba a través de una carta que fue entregada vía correo postal al ministro de Cultura de Italia, el señor Dario Franceschini

It’s believed that the first Cuban sandwich was made more than a quincentenary ago the by Taíno tribe in Cuba. They were...
02/07/2022
How the Cuban Became History's Most Contentious Sandwich

It’s believed that the first Cuban sandwich was made more than a quincentenary ago the by Taíno tribe in Cuba. They were one of three different cultures that inhabited the island before Europeans arrived. Jorge Astorquiza, a food chemist in Tampa, says the Taínos used casabe bread, made from yucca, to make the dish. Instead of pork -- an unavailable meat at the time -- the Taínos stuffed fish and bird meat inside the center of two thin, crunchy slices of casabe, which would taste more like a cracker than a slice of dough.

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02/07/2022
Lovie Yancey (1912–2008) •

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HERStory Matters: Lovie Yancey, founder of the Fatburger chain of restaurants, was born on January 3, 1912.
Lovie Louise Yancey was born in Bastrop, Texas, one of eight children of Clayborn and Minnie Yancey. Very little is known about her early life in Texas. Yancey and Rawlings Colquitt Green had a daughter, Gwendolyn Green, in 1931.
Yancey and her daughter moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1940s. At the age of thirty-five, she and her friend, Charles Simpson, decided to partner in a business venture. Simpson built a three-stool hamburger stand on Western Avenue, near Jefferson Boulevard in South Central Los Angeles in 1947, with scrap materials from his place of employment. They called the business Mr. Fatburger.
That first burger stand became so successful that Yancey and Simpson opened three more locations over the next five years. In 1952 when the two decided to end their partnership, Simpson and his wife took control of the other Mr. Fatburger locations while Yancey retained ownership of the original business. She dropped the “Mr.” and the original Fatburger was born. From the beginning, Yancey was a daily part of the business. She worked up to sixteen hours a day at times to ensure things ran smoothly and the burgers were cooked “just right.”
In 1973, Yancey opened a Fatburger on La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills, which became a popular place for entertainers such as the comedian Redd Foxx, singer Ray Charles, and others to custom order their burgers. By 1980, Yancey began to grow the business through local franchising and by the end of 1985, the chain had over fifteen franchise sites throughout southern California. In 1986, Fatburger was named number five among the fastest growing burger franchise chains by Entrepreneur magazine in its annual Franchise 500 list, trailing behind the likes of McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s.
Over the years, Fatburger has been immortalized in a string of songs, movies, and TV shows, including the sitcom "Sanford and Son", the film "The Fast and the Furious," and the Ice Cube single, “It Was a Good Day.” Fatburger even once made Late Night talk show host David Letterman’s Top 10 list of things he’d miss most about leaving Los Angeles. Eventually, Yancy encouraged celebrities, including Queen Latifah, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams, to open Fatburger franchises.
Beyond her Fatburger legacy, Yancey also established a $1.7-million endowment at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, in 1986 for research into sickle-cell anemia. She created the endowment in dedication to her twenty-two-year-old grandson, Duran Farrell, who had died of the disease three years earlier.
Lovie Yancey died of pneumonia on January 26, 2008, at the age of ninety-six at the Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She is survived by her daughter Gwen.
Source: http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/lovie-yancey-1912-2008

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Lovie Louise Yancey was the African American founder of the Fatburger restaurant chain. She was born in Bastrop, Texas, on January 3, 1912, one of eight children of Clayborn and Minnie Yancey. Very little is known about her early life in … Read MoreLovie Yancey...

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01/03/2022

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We’ve shared this before but always so poignant for SA expats who hope to fill that void with new memories, new connections and new joys.

El 27 de diciembre de 1874 se desarrolló el primer juego oficial de baseball en Cuba, precisamente en el estadio de béis...
12/27/2021
The history of Cuba's Palmar de Junco goes back to 1874.

El 27 de diciembre de 1874 se desarrolló el primer juego oficial de baseball en Cuba, precisamente en el estadio de béisbol activo más antiguo del mundo, ubicado en la provincia de Matanzas, el Palmar de Junco.
👉Declarado Monumento Local en 1979 y Nacional en 1991.
https://www.aplussportsandmore-fanshop-baseballfield.com/the-history-of-cubas-palmar-de-junco-goes-back-to-1874.html

If Canada's Labatt Park, has a history going back to 1877, there is a stadium in the city of Matanzas, Cuba that is even older. That stadium is called

12/24/2021

Feliz Navidad 2021...

EE.UU. prohíbe fondos para programas educativos y culturales con Cuba
12/24/2021
EE.UU. prohíbe fondos para programas educativos y culturales con Cuba

EE.UU. prohíbe fondos para programas educativos y culturales con Cuba

La orden responde a la preocupación de Estados Unidos en relación con la trata de personas y la manera en que afrontan este flagelo determinados gobiernos en el mundo, entre ellos el cubano, al que señalan por el modelo de contratación de las misiones médicas internacionales.

Boric, la nueva cara de la izquierda en América Latina
12/21/2021
Boric, la nueva cara de la izquierda en América Latina

Boric, la nueva cara de la izquierda en América Latina

Surgido de las protestas estudiantiles de 2011, el ganador de las elecciones en Chile encabeza la irrupción de una generación de menores de 40 años que no vivió los ho...

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