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20 Things That Make It Great To Be CubaRican

CubaRicans are unique and amazing. We’re a mix of two cultures, two islands, two ways of speaking Spanish and much more. There are so many things that make being CubaRicans amazing and why we’re so thankful we were born like this!

Here are 20 things that make it great to be a CubaRican!

1) Platanos for every meal 

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Platanos maduros, Tostones, Mofongo, Fufu, pasteles, CubaRicans know their way around those delicious platanos. And because both sides have their own unique way to cook these guys, we get double the goodness! And before you ask, no platanos are not bananas! They’re better than bananas okay! 

2) We Got A Word For Everything 

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CubaRicans got a whole dictionary of Cuban and Puerto Ricans words and if we don’t know how to say something when we’re talking to Ricans, we can just use a Cuban word! And on top of that, for things you’re use to hearing like “autobús” for bus, Cubans will say “guagua”. Don’t know a word for anything or a name of a person you met…Puerto Ricans have the word “deso” which can literally be used for anything. It’s safe to say, CubaRicans will never be at a loss for words. 

3) The Caribbean Pride 

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No one has pride or love for their islands the way a CubaRican does! Cubans are known for getting the pots and pans and making a beat to celebrate in the street over anything having to do with being Cuban and Puerto Ricans will chant “Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tu lo sepas!”. When you combine this pride together, CubaRicans are the loudest and best to be around when celebrating where we come from! 

4)  Double The Beaches 

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Because we’re from two beautiful islands, that means we get all the beaches you only dream about. Tans all year round, music and the nice ocean breeze, it’s the perfect thing we have being CubaRican. No matter which island we go home to, to visit family, we always have a beautiful beach waiting for us. 

5) SO MANY WAYS TO MAKE BEANS 

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CubaRicans know beans. We’re 99% made of arroz con frijoles negros, arroz con gandules, potaje de garbanzos, and potaje con frijoles blancos. CubaRicans get double the beans thanks to both islands loving and living off of them. And thanks to beans being so cheap, we get to enjoy them any time we want without hurting our budget! 

6) The flags compliment each other 

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A lot of people can’t tell the difference between the Cuban flag and Puerto Rican flag, and for the most part I get why. But honestly the flags being so similar makes them compliment each other when we combine them. Mixed Latinx like to combine the flags of their homelands but I gotta say for CubaRicans, our combined flags just look so good and fills us up with so much pride! 

7) We Got A Sharp Tongue 

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If you ever get into an argument with a CubaRican, prepare to lose. We have an arsenal of curse words from our islands that will make you wish you never came for us. We’ve had a lot of practice with our primos and siblings so we’re ready to tell you off and then continue on being great. 

8) There’s a reason Cardi B likes her Bacardi 

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CubaRicans know that we got the best drinks in all the Caribbean. Mojitos, Coquito, pina coladas, rum, you name it we got it. Our drinks are what keeps the party going! Also fun fact, Bacardi is a Puerto Rican rum that’s distilled in Cuba…all I’m saying is Bacardi is CubaRican! 

9)  The loudest parties ever! 

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Does this even have to be explained? You all know how Puerto Ricans get down and Cubans as well, so it’s no surprise that if you’re from a CubaRican family it’s going to be loud. But the good kinda loud ya know? So just sit back, eat some lechon cooked to perfection in La Caja China and have fun! 

10) We Speak Fast 

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CubaRicans are passionate man and we got a lot of things to say. You know Cubans and Puerto Ricans have a track record of speaking fast Spanish. And in our family, if you don’t say it fast you’ll get spoken over. So keep up with us when we talk to you or just nod and pretend you understand because we won’t stop. 

11) Coconut Everything 

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Ready for your mouth to water? CubaRicans get all the coconut dishes the Caribbean has to offer. Arroz con coco, flan de coco, tembleque, and coquito. We get a never-ending supply of coco and we are LIVING for it. 

12) The best flan 

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Cuban and Puerto Ricans pretty much make flan the same way, which means CubaRicans get to have the best flan in the world. While many Latinx make flan CubaRican flan uses certain ingredients other counties don’t which gives our flan it’s unique and best flavor. So if you’re unfortunate enough not to be CubaRican or have never had our flan, you better find one of us and have us make it for you. 

13) Primos, primos everywhere! 

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I will make this quick, you know Cuban and Puerto Ricans have a lot of cousins, basically for CubaRicans it’s doubled. And while that seems overwhelming it just means for us we have more family to love us and bail us out of trouble! 

14) Chisme to last a lifetime 

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My Abuelas on both sides were the biggest chismosas on the planet. And what they passed down to their CubaRican grandkids is a love for chisme. With as much family CubaRicans have, there’s always something to talk about. For us the chisme will never end but we wouldn’t have it any other way because hey at least we don’t have to pay for cable with all this entertainment. 

15) NOCHE BUENA IS LIT 

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CubaRican food on Noche Buena is the best night of the year for us. We have pernil, ropa vieja, yuca, arroz con salchichas, arroz con frijoles negros, you name it! And on top of that we’re drinking coquito, a CubaRican house is the best place to be at while you wait for baby Jesus to be born! 

16) Singing, lots of singing 

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CubaRicans love music and as you know, our islands create the best artists and songs. One thing many CubaRicans know is that we will sing anything and everything. We’ll be cleaning, doing homework or just watching TV, and we can make a word into a song. Our songs are second nature to us as a Coqui singing on the island. And it’s one of the purest thing about being CubaRican. 

17) Violetas & Pilones 

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The two most nostalgic things for Cuban and Puerto Ricans are Royal Violets (Violetas) and the sesame seed lollipops Pilones. As a kid nothing felt as great as getting out of the shower and putting Violetas in my hair and finally getting to eat pilones. The smells and tastes are my childhood and make me so happy to be CubaRican. 

18) LA MUSICA! 

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Our island has produced icons! Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, La India, La Lupe, Tito Puente and Gloria Estefan and many more. We know music and we live music in a CubaRican home. Whether we’re cleaning or having a party, our islands have our back in keeping the heartbeat of Cuba and Puerto Rico in our home. 

19) Aguacate for life! 

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While I personally may be shunned for being the only CubaRican who doesn’t like avocados, my family and other CubaRicans can’t get enough of them. I know a lot of Latinx cultures love them but CubaRicans take their love of avocados to whole other level. We eat them with literally everything. Doesn’t matter if it’s a rice dish, soup, salad or just a snack, we will consume them. I’m pretty sure if CubaRicans were to create a flag for our identity, an avocado would be part of it. 

20) A strength unlike any other 

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Cubans and Puerto Ricans have been known to have a strength unlike any others in the Latinx community. We have faces so much with the mistreatment of our islands and our people. But the one thing I’ve learned as a CubanRican is that I have a strength like no other thanks to where I come from and my ancestors. CubaRicans are an amazing mix of history and love and CubaRicans have everything to be proud of.

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

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