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20 Things CubaRicans Are Tired Of Hearing

Being a CubaRican (Cuban and Puerto Rican) comes with double the amazing food, culture, language, and fierceness, but there are some things CubaRicans are tired of hearing from fellow Latinx and Non-Latinx that drives us bananas! Here are some things we CubaRicans want you to know we’re tired of hearing of.

1) What’s a CubaRican? 


Okay, this one we let slide more often because people generally don’t hear the word “CubaRican” often. But it is annoying when it’s asked over and over even after we explain it. Look at the context clues of the name, it’s got Cuba and Rican…but what’s worse is when you explain it everyone goes “Why can’t you just say Cuban and Puerto Rican”. Because that’s too long and CubaRican is cute! Let us have this! 

2) How are your parents still married? 


I’m not sure if it’s still like this today for CubaRicans, but growing up I learned that Cubans and Puerto Ricans generally didn’t like each other so when people found out I’m a mix they would ask if my parents were still married. Seriously, who asks that? It’s so rude, don’t be asking people that no matter what stereotype you hear about a person’s mix. And for the record, yes my parents are and it’s gross just how much in love they are. 

3) You don’t sound Puerto Rican or Cuban 


I get it, when we speak Spanish it can get confusing for you. We don’t sound fully Cuban or Puerto Rican with our accent. But that doesn’t make us any less of what we are, we just have a beautiful and unique accent of our own. Tu sabes? 

4) Do you feel more Cuban or Puerto Rican? 


Um…no? Some of us, like me for example, grew up in a more Cuban household but that doesn’t mean I feel less Puerto Rican. It just meant where I grew up I was around more of that side of the family but when vacations came, I was constantly surrounded by my Borikén!  But like many of us, I feel just as much Cuban as I do Puerto Rican. 

5) Why do the flags look the same? 


I’m sure there’s an actual answer as to why the flags look alike but I honestly never have an answer to this one. This question is usually the second thing asked to CubaRicans and it’s annoying. Google it okay, or just accept you may not get an answer and admire our pretty flags with all the confusion that comes with it. 

6) CubaRicans are so sexy 


This isn’t a compliment, it’s fetishizing. Don’t do this, don’t pass go, don’t collect the dinero. You will not get a date, just leave. Goodbye. 

7) You say weird words in Spanish  


The Caribbean has some creative words and honestly, it’s what makes being CubaRican great. But like can you stop telling us we sound weird for our words? Spanish isn’t the same in every country and because we’re mixed, we take words from both islands and use them together. You may not be familiar with all of our words but instead of calling it weird, just ask what it means and we’ll be happy to explain! 

8) Are you parents US citizens? 


First off, don’t be asking anyone this. It’s none of your business of someone’s status. People tend to ask CubaRicans this a lot because of their misunderstandings about how older Cubans came to the US and the fact that stateside born Americans still don’t understand that Puerto Ricans are US Citizens. Regardless though, stop asking people this. It’s rude and none of your business. 

9) Don’t Cubans and Puerto Rican make the same food? 


While Cuba and Puerto Rico share similar ingredients like plátano, coco, and arroz. And dishes that are prepared different but have the same ingredients like fufu and mofongo…we don’t make the same food! Both islands have dishes that are creative and specific like ropa vieja for Cuba and tembleque for Puerto Rico. Don’t be fooled, and also eat the food in front of you because it’s all delicious. 

10) Wait, I thought you were Puerto Rican or Cuban? 


We’re both! You’d be surprised how many times people forget and when you remind them. Sometimes in passing they’ll tell a new friend to the group “Oh they’re Cuban” or “OH they’re Puerto Rican” and then you awakwrdly add I’m (which ever they forgot). It’s a lot. 

11) Is your family communist? 


Y’all, just stop this. For a lot of CubaRicans, talking about certain things about that side of the family may be a sensitive subject. Not all Cubans are communist but also why are you bringing up politics when meeting us? There are better things to talk about than focusing on the one specific detail of half of our culture. 

12) I bet you go to Cuba and Puerto Rico all the time. 


WE FREAKING WISH. Flying to both islands can be expensive and for a lot of us, Puerto Rico has been a sensitive place for us considering all the murder and injustice committed to our isla thanks to the US Government. Also many Cubans like myself, we’re not allowed to visit Cuba because of how our family left the island. No no, we don’t go all the time, but we’d love to if we could. 

13)  You must be amazing at dancing with your mix 


So not all Latinx can dance nor do they have to be amazing at it. That’s a harmful stereotype we project onto Latinidad. But we will take credit that our islands have been your source of bomb styles of dance all thanks to the Afro-Cubans and Afro-Puerto Ricans living on the island. 

14) Why do you speak so fast? 


In a CubaRican home, if you don’t get to the point quickly you won’t be heard. So from birth, we’re taught to speak fast okay? Either keep up or get left behind, we got a lot to say! 

15) If you marry a Cuban or Puerto Rican, won’t your kids be less of the other 


Ugh, why are you so worried about our kid’s mix? It doesn’t matter percentage wise what they’ll be more of. They’ll always be 100% Cuban and 100% Puerto Rican because we will raise them the same way we were. Learning and loving both their islands and culture, so stop worrying. 

16) Do you only listen to Celia Cruz and Marc Anthony? 


Nothing’s going to stop a CubaRican from listening and dancing to the two icons of our islands but come on! Our islands offer so many other great artists like La India, La Lupe, Tito Puente, and Gloria Estefan just to name a few. But…I mean there is some truth though we do listen to a lot of Celia and Marc, stop asking us! 

17) I thought you were Puerto Rican, how come you had a quinceanera? 


Okay, while there may be some Puerto Ricans who have quinceaneras, it’s not common for the island and at least that side of my family doesn’t do it either. But did you forget we’re half Cuban? Cubans do quinceaneras, and they do it big! Come on meng, remember we got two cultures here! 

18) CubaRicans are the ultimate cr*zy 


Ah, another harmful stereotype but also extremely ableist. I’m not sure why people have this assumption that Caribbean people are cr*zy but if you think this stop. By saying these things you’re not only harming and invalidating Latinas for expressing themselves based on your patriarchal views, but you’re also harming Disabled Latinx by insinuating disability/mental illness is bad. 

19)  Which island do you like more? 


To continue off from number 12 on this list, many CubaRicans haven’t been to their islands. But for those that have, how can you even ask which do we like more? CubaRicans experience double diaspora for this homelands and it’s hurtful when you’re asking us to pick one over the other. 

20)  Why are the flags trying to copy the US? 


This will be the last time I ever answer this question, Cuba and Puerto Rico are not coping the United States flag! I’m not sure why all the flags look similar but CubaRicans know we’re not coping and we’re tired of you asking!

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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


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.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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