New essay: As Hollywood Turns Its Eyes to Cuba, Will the Island Be More than Just a Prop?

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Check out my new essay, published by Bitchhere. Also pasted below:

Cuba is quickly becoming a trendy playground for the rich and famous.

First came the president. In March, President Obama became the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly nine decades. He met with Cuban President Raul Castro, promised that the embargo would end, and then took his family and Castro out to a ball game to watch the Cuban national team play the Tampa Bay Rays.

Then the fashion folks followed. Last week, Chanel hosted a private fashion show in a public park in Havana, which was attended by a long list of stars, including Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The Kardashians also visited last week, likely shooting for their reality series, and caused a stir, especially when Khloe posed underneath a Fidel sign. (more…)

I GOT THE JOB at CAL STATE LA!!!

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It’s been 10 years since I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a Master’s in Cultural Studies. I’m THRILLED to announce that as of Monday, I get to return to campus as the Communications, Marketing and Technical Coordinator for Housing Services. This new role will allow me to use all of my favorite skills — writing, editing, researching, web design and some teaching — while giving back to the community that truly nourished and challenged me, and provided me with multiple opportunities for personal, academic and professional growth. I’ve always felt at home at Cal State LA and I’m so excited to return! 

I Made My Debut on Rising Up With Sonali! listen in and watch! #thejunglebook #ruwithsonali

 

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I’ve made my debut as the Film Critic and Pop Culture Correspondent on Rising Up with Sonali! We discussed the colonial and racist past — and present — of The Jungle Book. You can see the video here. If you’re in the LA area, the radio interview will be aired on KPFK 90.7 FM on Monday 4/18 at 8:20 AM, and online at kpfk.org

I’m Reading Tomorrow Night! Come Join Us! #AWP16 #WRITER #LIVINGTHEDREAM

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Come out tomorrow night from 7 to 9PM to rub elbows with writers and literature lovers! I’ll be reading my essay “After Your Great-Grandmother Tita” and we’ll be celebrating the launch of Exposition Review. This is an off-site event kicking off AWP, which is the largest literary conference in North America.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 7 to 9PM
Hennessy + Ingalls, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave. Suite M, Los AngelesCA 90013. There is ample parking in the lot north of the bookstore and across the street to the south.
Hope to see you there!