Cuba’s COME BACK & Where I Come In Telling Part Of It’s Mysterious History

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.

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It’s a BIG DEAL for Cubans because before the Castro revolution, Havana was living the high life from 1920’s – 1950’s.

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.

Subject: Cuban Socialite party where the Mothers chaperone their unmarried daughters. Party of socialite La Condesa de Comargo. Havana, Cuba 1950 Photographer- Eliot Elisofon Time Inc Owned Merlin-1199928
Subject: Cuban Socialite party where the Mothers chaperone their unmarried daughters. Party of socialite La Condesa de Comargo. Havana, Cuba 1950
Photographer- Eliot Elisofon
Time Inc Owned
Merlin-1199928
Subject: Socialite (debutante) Aileen Johnson Menocal eating breakfast in bed. Painting above her is supposedly her Mother painted as Madonna? Havana, Cuba 1946 Photographer- Nina Leen Time Inc Owned Merlin-1153830
Subject: Socialite (debutante) Aileen Johnson Menocal eating breakfast in bed. Painting above her is supposedly her Mother painted as Madonna? Havana, Cuba 1946
Photographer- Nina Leen
Time Inc Owned
Merlin-1153830
Subject: Outdoor party with silk canopies for socialites attending parties of Cuba's first lady La condesa de Comargo. Havan, Cuba 1950 Photographer- Eliot Elisofon Time Inc Owned merlin- 1199920
Subject: Outdoor party with silk canopies for socialites attending parties of Cuba’s first lady La condesa de Comargo. Havan, Cuba 1950
Photographer- Eliot Elisofon
Time Inc Owned
merlin- 1199920
HAVANA CUBA - 1946: A bartender mixes an exotic tropical cocktail at a bar in 1946 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Earl leaf/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
HAVANA CUBA – 1946: A bartender mixes an exotic tropical cocktail at a bar in 1946 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Earl leaf/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Subject: Cuban Socialite Aline Johnson and friend Nina Gomez de Freyre receiving manicures. Havana, Cuba 1946 Photographer- Nina Leen Time Inc Owned Merlin-1153824
Subject: Cuban Socialite Aline Johnson and friend Nina Gomez de Freyre receiving manicures. Havana, Cuba 1946
Photographer- Nina Leen
Time Inc Owned
Merlin-1153824
All forms of gambling such as: roulette,
All forms of gambling such as: roulette,
Three women perched on the bar at the Cabaret Kursal nightclub in Havana, Cuba, circa 1950. (Photo by Herbert C. Lanks/FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Three women perched on the bar at the Cabaret Kursal nightclub in Havana, Cuba, circa 1950. (Photo by Herbert C. Lanks/FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
September 1958: American cars parked in front of President Batista's palace at Havana. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
September 1958: American cars parked in front of President Batista’s palace at Havana. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
A Cuban rhumba dancer named Zulema performs on stage with a band at the Zombie Club on Zulueta Street, Havana, Cuba, February 16, 1946. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A Cuban rhumba dancer named Zulema performs on stage with a band at the Zombie Club on Zulueta Street, Havana, Cuba, February 16, 1946. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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.

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Cuban Prisoners

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Why am I dressed like a boy? Watch to find out!

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We shot at Bailey’s Farm. Same place we shot for my episode of Scorned:Love Kills

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Shooting Ernest Hemingway story as I watch from the 2nd floor window

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Director, Production & Their Latin Actresses
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