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National anti-racism program advances during first year

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One year after its approval by the Council of Ministers, in November of 2019, the National Racism and Racial Discrimination Program has outlined a plan to address the problem, the success of which depends on the integrated, comprehensive nature of its proposals and the shared responsibility of all involved.

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Havana celebrates with tribute to Eusebio Leal

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President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel attended the gala celebration last night of the 501st anniversary of the Villa de San Cristóbal in Havana, at Martí Theatre, where the capital city’s government and the City Historian’s Office paid a heartfelt tribute to Eusebio Leal.
The Presidency’s Twitter account reported that the event featured the creations of prolific pianist and composer José María Vitier, accompanied by the interpretative excellence of the Niurka González on flute, violinist Javier Cantillo and soprano Bárbara Llanes.

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Redemption song

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The song of all Cubans, yesterday of Bayamo, today the National Anthem, will always enjoy the greatest respect among the people who sing it with our heads held high and voices afire; because with it we declare our principles, intone our culture, and reaffirm our sovereignty. Among the dates key to the nation’s founding is October 20, 1868, when the Cuban soul was captured in song, when in a burst of emotion the lyrics of an anthem sounded, like a bugle.

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Good health to art!

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President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez tweeted his congratulations “to our young artists and creators” in the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS), which this October 18 celebrated its 34 years of healthy existence. Deputy Prime Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda likewise welcomed the anniversary of “the Association of the intellectual and artistic vanguard… the standard bearer and guide of young art,” and “a key part of the cultural life of our country.”

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Alexander Abreu: Good music for his people

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The popular singer, trumpet player and composer, leader of the group Havana D’Primera, offers a tribute to Cuban music of the 1980s and 90s. A tribute to artists and Cuban music of the 1980s and 90s, is what the popular Cuban singer, trumpet player and composer Alexander Abreu, leader of the group Havana D’Primera, offers in his most recent production. Será que se acabó should be released before the end of 2020.

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Cuban music and musicians shine in Latin Grammys

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Cuban music and musicians garnered most of the nominations in the 2020 Latin Grammy’s Best Traditional Tropical Album category, announced September 29. Of the five phonograms competing, three feature groups from the island and two are from Cuba’s Egrem studios, but all are connected to the cultural resources that have made Cuba one of the most fertile territories in the continent’s musical tradition. ‘Este es nuestro changüí,’ recorded at Egrem’s Siboney Studios in Santiago de Cuba, founded 40 years ago.

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The book “Dialogue with dance”, autobiography of Alicia Alonso, is published in Spain

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On the occasion of the centenary of Alicia Alonso , the Cumbres publishing house published in Madrid the book Dialogue with Fance, by the prima ballerina assoluta . The volume becomes an autobiographical record of her eminent career and includes fundamental texts on her artistic concepts from her position as a dancer, choreographer and trainer of the new generations of ballet on the island, stated the Cuban National Ballet (BNC). According to the BNC, this edition deserved the praise of the Codalario magazine.

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Flavor and Tradition: Spinach

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A reader asks me for recipes with spinach, those that the cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar made so fashionable in 1929, with his character Popeye, one of the most characteristic and popular in animated films. For the advertising of canned spinach, Popeye, among other things, showed off his strength. Many of those who comb gray hair will remember him.

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Cuba faces violence and silence in social media

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On Sunday, September 13, going viral on social media were condemnations of the verbal violence suffered by poet Teresa Melo, sociologist Mariela Castro and journalist Paquita Armas, who were attacked for their political positions and statements supporting the Cuban Revolution and the country’s institutionality.

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Benedetti, compañero and friend

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No, one, except perhaps a few infected with the virus of envy and mediocrity, question the poetic stature, the narrative depth (La tregua, Montevideanos and Gracias por el fuego, among other titles) or the brilliance of the essays of Mario Benedetti, the writer from Uruguay, or better, Our America, whose life we celebrated September 14.