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The Responsibilities of Tourists

Cuba seemed to be positioned similarly as Americans have poured into the country in the last few years. As I was driven around the streets of Havana in their iconic vintage cars, we passed areas of construction. “A new hotel. It will be beautiful and facing the Malecon too,” my driver explained. The Malecon, considered the family sofa of Old Havana, is a low bearing stone wall that separates the streets from the bay. Every night that I passed by the mile long Malecon, people gathered in large numbers, enjoying a beer, the simplicity of the stars sparkling on the water and music playing in the distance. It was prime real estate for new hotels and more tourist traps, but commercialism tends to drive local traditions away. I let out a heavy sigh, grateful that I had, at least, successfully beat McDonalds to Cuba. But, once I finally return again,

To Be ___________ in America

I bet you like that flag,
Blue-blooded lover of a guns,
Oh how beautifully, it waves for you.
Should I keep running this race while tied to a tree?
Seeing my peers pass me up never acknowledging their head start.
So focused on their privilege,
I forgot whats special about me.

WanderLust (or Love), a Curly-American Walks into a Spaniard Bar… (Segunda Parte)

“Another round?” Shamelessly, I wanted to visit with Enrique again and of course claim my 3rd glass of his velvety port. 
”Guapa. You are having fun?”
Call me guapa one more time, I thought mischievously. “Yes! And I’m going dancing with you tonight!” His eyes widened as he smiled. “Bryan me invita!” I explained in my broken Spanish.

ART: Un-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 20FEB17

UN-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 20FEB17 To hear the same quotes from the “I Have a Dream” speech year after year, shooting after shooting, is to feel the color draining from your face and that of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. History has a way of editing itself, compounding down to the most digestable

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ART: Un-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 10FEB17

UN-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 10FEB17 To hear the same quotes from the “I Have a Dream” speech year after year, shooting after shooting, is to feel the color draining from your face and that of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. History has a way of editing itself, compounding down to the most digestable

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UN-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 06FEB17

UN-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 06FEB17 To hear the same quotes from the “I Have a Dream” speech year after year, shooting after shooting, is to feel the color draining from your face and that of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. History has a way of editing itself, compounding down to the most digestable

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ART: Un-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 02FEB17

UN-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 02FEB17 To hear the same quotes from the “I Have a Dream” speech year after year, shooting after shooting, is to feel the color draining from your face and that of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. History has a way of editing itself, compounding down to the most digestable

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ART: Un-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 01FEB17

UN-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 01FEB17 To hear the same quotes from the “I Have a Dream” speech year after year, shooting after shooting, is to feel the color draining from your face and that of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. History has a way of editing itself, compounding down to the most digestable

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