The legendary group Obiní Batá is celebrating 30 years of music and women’s empowerment in Cuba. But the road to acceptance and success was not easy.
Since the time of former President Fidel Castro’s revolution, women have been banned from competitive boxing. Starting this month, though, women are now allowed to work and compete as professional boxers, ushering in a new era for the sport.
Rapper Maykel Castillo “El Osorbo” and visual artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara were sentenced to prison by a Cuban court last week for his involvement with an opposition movement on the island.
The Cuban government recently lifted a decadesold ban on professional boxing imposed by then-President Fidel Castro in 1962. This year, the Cuban boxing team “Los Domadores” made a triumphant professional debut on May 20 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Thousands of tourists from Ukraine and Russia are stuck in popular destinations around the world as many countries suspended air traffic with Russia or banned Russian aircrafts from flying over its territory.
Schools and colleges in India's capital are shut down indefinitely due to heavy smog. Also, thousands of homes are evacuated after severe storms in western Canada. And, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visits Kenya for talks on regional issues.
Lillian Guerra, a professor of Cuban history and the director of the Cuba Program at the University of Florida, described the culture of repudiation in the country to The World's host Marco Werman.
After spending time in a maximum security prison in Havana, artist and activist Hamlet Lavastida has been exiled to Poland by Cuba's government. Tania Bruguera, a senior lecturer in media and performance at Harvard University, joined The World's host Marco Werman to discuss the plight of Cuban artists.
UN food agency head warns against a famine in Yemen that would affect 16 million people. Also, new discriminatory COVID-19 travel rules by the UK anger India and some African nations. And the European Union wants smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile and other electronic devices.
Recorded in Havana, Cuba, 25 years ago, the Buena Vista Social Club drew together many older musicians and gave their careers a second life. The album quickly became an international sensation.
July 26 celebrations in Cuba were dampened by protests, communication shutdowns and COVID-19 restrictions — a completely different experience from previous years' fiery speeches and street parties. Former Florida Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia has been watching events in Cuba closely.