Cuban Miami http://blog.wlrn.org en Hackathon For Cuba Developers Try To Free The Island's Internet http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hackathon-cuba-developers-try-free-islands-internet <p>At&nbsp;<a href="http://thelabmiami.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">LAB Miami</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wynwood</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;this past weekend, local</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> software developers and designers formed teams to compete for the best app that would give Cubans on the island uncensored I</span>nternet<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;access,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;calling it the first ever “Cuba Hackathon.”</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 04:31:58 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 27383 at http://blog.wlrn.org Hackathon For Cuba Developers Try To Free The Island's Internet How A Book And A Brain Help Win Lotteries In Little Havana http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-book-and-brain-help-win-lotteries-little-havana <p>In Hialeah’s Power Food Supermarket, a lottery cashier named Isabel takes a pause between customers.<br /><br />In nine years working at the store, she has seen many hopeful people play the different Florida lottery games. The 1 in 10,000 chances of winning big with a Play 4 ticket might seem disheartening, but Isabel knows about a Cuban lottery superstition that ignores the statistics.<br /> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:55:29 +0000 Enrique Torres 26806 at http://blog.wlrn.org How A Book And A Brain Help Win Lotteries In Little Havana Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/poll-findings-cuban-americans-and-elusive-american-dream Among Latinos, no group may have achieved the American dream as fully as Cuban-Americans.<p>Since arriving here, as a community, they've prospered. Surveys show they graduate from college at greater rates and have higher levels of homeownership than most other Latino groups.<p>But <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/01/21/263502571/a-new-poll-takes-a-look-at-views-from-latino-america">a new poll</a> suggests that, for many Cuban-Americans, the dream is becoming elusive. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Greg Allen 26778 at http://blog.wlrn.org Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream' Not Your Grandpa's Dominoes: A New Generation Discovers A Classic Game http://blog.wlrn.org/post/not-your-grandpas-dominoes-new-generation-discovers-classic-game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bruno </span>Poso<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was only seven when he was initiated into his family’s domino clique. &nbsp;</span></p><p>“I didn’t even know what I was doing, but it was the best thing I had ever known,” said Poso, who learned how to play dominoes by watching his father and grandfather. “To be there with the men and being a boy, it was amazing.”</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:47:36 +0000 Paula Callejas 25855 at http://blog.wlrn.org Not Your Grandpa's Dominoes: A New Generation Discovers A Classic Game Forget The Caja China – Give Hallacas A Try This Nochebuena http://blog.wlrn.org/post/forget-caja-china-give-hallacas-try-nochebuena <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gringos like me don’t forget their first </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">hallaca</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Mine was lying on a simple white plate, in the coastal town of Lecherías, Venezuela, on the patio of my future in-laws’ home. It was a soft Caribbean Christmas Eve in 1985.</p><p>The tawny tamal was swaddled in smoked banana leaves that reminded me of the lush, exotic foliage of an Henri Rousseau painting. I unwrapped it, cut into it, took a bite – and rediscovered Christmas.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:57:57 +0000 Tim Padgett 25539 at http://blog.wlrn.org Forget The Caja China – Give Hallacas A Try This Nochebuena The 'Mandela Snub' How I Remember It http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mandela-snub-how-i-remember-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the summer of 1990. I was home, living with my parents, working part-time at&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a Miami television station as a production assistant.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I made an aspiring journalist’s&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wage, $6 an hour.</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:10:43 +0000 Karen Rundlet 24755 at http://blog.wlrn.org The 'Mandela Snub' How I Remember It Cuban Shrine In Miami Celebrates 40th Anniversary http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cuban-shrine-miami-celebrates-40th-anniversary <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-fareast; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">This past weekend The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, or La Ermita de la Caridad, celebrated its 40th anniversary&nbsp;since it&nbsp;opened in Miami with funds fro Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:08:08 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 24463 at http://blog.wlrn.org Cuban Shrine In Miami Celebrates 40th Anniversary Despite All The Latin Flare, Asian Food Thrives In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/despite-all-latin-flare-asian-food-thrives-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/what-lack-asian-americans-says-about-miami" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">less than 2 percent of Miami-Dade County's population is Asian-American</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Danielle Chang, founder of the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.luckyrice.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Lucky Rice Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, decided her party had enough appeal last year to come back to Miami Beach for a second round.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:53:37 +0000 Trina Sargalski 23469 at http://blog.wlrn.org Despite All The Latin Flare, Asian Food Thrives In Miami Cafe Pilon: From Door-To-Door Peddling To The American Dream http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cafe-pilon-door-door-peddling-american-dream <p>Cuban coffee -- in white styrofoam containers, its brown liquid leaking through the lid, accompanied by tall stacks of thimble-like cups -- is everywhere in Miami.<br /><br />If you talk to the drinkers at small cafeteria windows called "ventanitas," the older Cubans will say you’re not Cuban if you don’t drink the coffee. To round out the traditional Cuban look, they pair a cup with a white guayabera button-down shirt.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:22:54 +0000 Wilson Sayre 23242 at http://blog.wlrn.org Cafe Pilon: From Door-To-Door Peddling To The American Dream Was The Miami Trial Of The Cuban Five Fair? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/was-miami-trial-cuban-five-fair <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 17.98611068725586px;">On a special edition of The Florida Roundup, we discuss the controversial case of the Cuban Five,</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 17.98611068725586px;">&nbsp;Cuban agents who were convicted in 2001 of espionage along with other charges.</span></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 20900 at http://blog.wlrn.org Was The Miami Trial Of The Cuban Five Fair? Author Mandy Baca Traces Miami's Sizzling History Through Food http://blog.wlrn.org/post/author-mandy-baca-traces-miamis-sizzling-history-through-food <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Miami, everything has to do with migration, especially our food. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Trina Sargalski 17287 at http://blog.wlrn.org Author Mandy Baca Traces Miami's Sizzling History Through Food Miami Marine Stadium Advocates Win Big With Crucial City Vote http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-marine-stadium-advocates-win-big-crucial-city-vote <p>Advocates for the Miami Marine Stadium have received what they say will be a decisive moment in the effort to renovate and expand the stadium.</p><p>The Miami City Commission has approved a unanimous recommendation from a citizens steering committee, asking that the city designate the needed area surrounding the stadium for a future park's use. Lands are to be under the control of Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium, a group whose sole purpose is to renovate the dilapidated stadium, which has been closed since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:06:19 +0000 Daniel Rivero 17270 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Marine Stadium Advocates Win Big With Crucial City Vote Why Miami's Abandoned National Treasure, The Marine Stadium, Might Be Coming Back http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-miamis-abandoned-national-treasure-marine-stadium-might-be-coming-back <p></p><p><em>This story was originally posted in July. Shortly after, the Miami<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;City Commission voted to allow efforts to save the stadium and <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/miami-marine-stadium-advocates-win-big-crucial-city-vote">designate the surrounding area a park</a>. But the clock's ticking.&nbsp;</span></em></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 17158 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Miami's Abandoned National Treasure, The Marine Stadium, Might Be Coming Back The Life and Death Of Cuba's Largest Counterculture Music Festival http://blog.wlrn.org/post/life-and-death-cubas-largest-counterculture-music-festival <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/on35oMGWXuk" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1998, the cultural climate in Cuba wasn't exactly conducive to artistic freedom. &nbsp;While a thriving underground music scene did exist, official radio and television channels were notoriously selective, only airing artists who echoed the Communist Party line.</span></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:18:13 +0000 Daniel Rivero 13197 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Life and Death Of Cuba's Largest Counterculture Music Festival After Yoani Sanchez: What Changes Linger In The Miami Air? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-yoani-sanchez-what-changes-linger-miami-air <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seven or eight years ago, during a sociology class at Miami-Dade College, the professor&nbsp;asked us&nbsp;to write a sociological history of our lives. It was the first time I thought long and hard about my life in the scheme of history, about the chain of events that brought me to my life in Miami as a Cuban-American.</span></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 12311 at http://blog.wlrn.org After Yoani Sanchez: What Changes Linger In The Miami Air?