Gloria Estefan: The Queen of Latin Pop

Gloria Maria Millagrosa Fajardo was born on September 1, 1957, in Havana, Cuba. Her family moved to Miami, Florida, when she was sixteen months old following the Cuban Revolution of 1959. During the 1950s, her father, Jose Fajardo, was a bodyguard for the Batista regime, and he was captured in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion that attempted to overthrow the newly supplanted Castro regime. He was part of a prisoner exchange enforced by President John F. Kennedy. Gloria and her younger sister, Becky, were raised primarily in Miami, although during the 1960s they traveled to several military bases where … Continue reading

Selena (1997)

“Selena” is the true story of Selena Quintinalla Perez, a young woman who took Tejano music and made it popular. She is portrayed by Jennifer Lopez, who does a marvelous job with the performance. Selena’s father was in a band as a young man, and when he had a family of his own, he decided they should be a band too. His son and older daughter were reluctant at first, and the only child who went along with his dream was his daughter, Selena, but as they started to perform at more prestigious functions, the whole family got involved in … Continue reading

Politics: The End for Castro?

It is weird as you grow older and things begin to change. This was really brought to light for me when Pope John Paul II died. The media pointed out that because John Paul had been the pope for almost 27 years, many young adults had never known anyone else as pope. And now, something similar is happening to me. I do not know life without Fidel Castro as the president of Cuba. All these years, he has been a feared presence, someone so close, yet so far away from our lifestyle and culture. The failed Bay of Pigs invasion … Continue reading