Fidel Díaz Castro

Fidel Díaz Castro

Eve changed the rules

Interview with Mariela Castro The idea of interviewing her came up between songs, knowing that she loves the trova genre and that it is advisable to address a woman of such fearless ideas—and actions—poetically. Here are a few of our moments with Mariela Castro Espín, a woman from a historic family who, as director of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), is proposing important changes for Cuban society. “On any given morning I wake up, still alive/ and my thumb skims over you, I untie your hair with pleasure/ and then I say looking without looking: you are woman…” Silvio Rodríguez says it in a song, what does it mean to be a woman? Being a woman is a wonderful identity, a challenge. You wake up every day with the lessons that you have drawn from life, because not everything gives you that; you have to draw it out, built it, elaborate it, discover…and discovering yourself as a woman every day is fascinating. It is a challenge, because the history of women has featuread a lot of discrimination and because men still have to learn how to coexist with women, not just as their romantic partners, but also as...

Silverio’s El Mejunje

Silverio’s El Mejunje

Photos: Carolina Vilches There is no corner of the island more bohemian than El Mejunje in Santa Clara. At El Mejunje, which means “concoction” in English, lovers of all types and creeds converge every day, seeking the ideal place — Silverio’s kingdom. I do not say “kingdom” in a pompous sense; as soon as you walk through the doors, you have the sensation of arriving in a different world.

The Latino, a stadium where baseball is life

The Latino, a stadium where baseball is life

Photos: Ricardo López Hevia It is the Latinoamericano stadium on Sunday, January 19, 1986, and the 25th Cuban National Baseball Series is being decided. The Industriales have gone 15 years without winning the championship and the Vegueros are defending their crown. It is the bottom of the 12th inning in this never-ending game.

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