Latino Issues

What’s behind Airbnb’s overnight success in Cuba?
This past New Year’s was a busy time for Daniella Suarez and her family to visit Cuba. The city was crowded. Restaurants were at or near capacity. One thing she didn’t have to worry about: a room for the week she spent in Havana.

Cuba’s iconic cigars see rise in worldwide sales as US market growsCuba Trade Magazine
For cigar aficionado Jonathan Barbeau, Havana was the place to be in March.

“I knew it would be great, but it turned out to be phenomenal,” Barbeau said of the 19th Festival del Habano (Habano Festival) that attracted some 2,000 cigar enthusiasts and distributors to Cuba. “I found the festival to be the single greatest cigar event that I’ve ever gone to.”

How US Companies are Producing Films in Cuba
For the last half-century, Cuba has been forbidden territory for American film companies. Following the 1959 Revolution, directors who wanted Caribbean settings—or even faux Cuban backgrounds—had to settle instead for the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico.

But since diplomatic relations have eased between the Cold War foes, Hollywood and other media industries are turning their attention—and dollars—to the island. The full-length feature “Papa Hemingway in Cuba,” was filmed on the island in 2015. Discovery Channel’s “Cuban Chrome” depicted its obsessive car culture. Comedian Conan O’Brien and chef Anthony Bourdain both filmed episodes in Cuba for their TV shows. Hollywood blockbusters “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Fate of the Furious,” were also filmed there, as was Martin Scorsese’s documentary about the Rolling Stones concert in Cuba, “Havana Moon.”

Chef Jose Andres’ Speaks (and Wears) His Thoughts on Immigration at SOBEWFF
When it comes to brunch, politics and fried eggs go hand-in-hand for Spanish chef Jose Andres. “I don’t think it’s a political statement. It’s a social statement,” the renowned chef said at a tapas-style Sunday brunch he hosted during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival where he spoke to The Latin Kitchen wearing a black t-shirt that read ‘Immigrants Feed America.’

Venezuela Is Having a Corn Crisis: Chef Miguel Aguilar Explains Why in SOBEWFF Interview
Although rich in oil, Venezuela is being forced to import the most important ingredient in the Venezuelan diet: corn.

“I think it’s a disgrace,” said Venezuelan-born chef Miguel Aguilar of the main ingredient in his beloved arepa, a corn flour patty stuffed with anything from meats to cheeses and vegetables. Corn flour is more expensive these days as the country faces food shortages and high inflation amid an economic and political crisis.

Actress Diane Guerrero shares story of family struggle to encourage Latinos to vote
Television actress Diane Guerrero is using her personal story of her parent’s deportation to rally Latino voters to register to vote. (Fox News Latino)

Rosario Dawson said she was ‘compelled’ to write letter blasting Dolores Huerta