Did you know that Cuba recently opened an embassy in Washington D.C. after not having one in the USA for 50+ years?! This is very important history, especially for Latin American people.
My parents and older siblings were immigrants in Miami, Florida once upon a time due to communism in Nicaragua. Cuba had a great influence in our country since Fidel Castro and our president of that time,Daniel Ortega were really good friends (Daniel Ortega is also our current president. How?! I ask myself the same question!) Due to the revolution & dictatorship of these two countries in the 80’s, I ended up being born in Miami, so I feel really connected to the history of Cuba. I also made a lot of Cuban friends and family while living in Florida through out college.
“It was during the presidency of Gerardo Machado in the ’20s that Cuba’s tourist trade really took off. Hotels, restaurants, night clubs, golf clubs and casinos sprung up in Havana catering to the rich jet-setters seeking luxury. Socialites, debutantes, celebrities like Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, and American mobsters came to play in the Cuban paradise.
Tourism, and the growing and selling of sugar, was making some Cubans rich, but not all Cubans. What the tourists didn’t see, or didn’t want to, was the underclass, people of poverty like the macheteros — sugarcane cutters — who worked only during the four month season, and the rest of the year were unemployed, and angry.
That degree of income inequality as well as accusations of corruption within the government of President Fulgencio Batista laid the groundwork for the Cuban Revolution, prompting an enduring economic embargo by the United States and the rapid end of Havana’s high-life. ” – via @Mashable
Below are images of Cuba’s luxurious lifestyle before Castro took over Cuba.
So what does Cuba have to do with MY BIG BREAK? Well because I just shot for Travel Channel’s Mysteries at The Museum for a Cuban special episode with Optomen Productions. I got to play Evangelina Cisneros, an incarcerated young Cuban woman that hit headlines in NY newspapers as a damsel-in-distress story that happened in Victorian times. In the same episode, there will be a secret story of Fidel Castro, interesting stories of Ernest Hemingway while visiting Cuba, and about the chocolatier, Mr. Hersey. It should air in 2-3 months, but here are behind the scenes photos.
Why am I dressed like a boy? Watch to find out!
We shot at Bailey’s Farm. Same place we shot for my episode of Scorned:Love Kills
Shooting Ernest Hemingway story as I watch from the 2nd floor windowRead more "Cuba’s COME BACK & Where I Come In Telling Part Of It’s Mysterious History"