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Cruz, Celia

(Encyclopedia) Cruz, Celia, 1929–2003, Cuban-American singer, b. Havana. The Queen of Salsa began singing as a teenager, and in 1950 joined Sonora Matancera, Cuba's most popular band. She left…

Hialeah

(Encyclopedia) Hialeah hīəlē´ə, city (1990 pop. 188,004), Dade co., SE Fla., NW of Miami; inc. 1925. Its industries include printing, the making of metal and plastic goods, and Spanish-speaking…

Herrera, Carmen

(Encyclopedia) Herrera, Carmen, 1915–, Cuban-American abstract painter, b. Havana. After studying architecture at the Univ. of Havana (1938–39), she trained at the Art Students League, New York (1942…

Fornés, María Irene

(Encyclopedia) Fornés, María Irene, 1930–2018, Cuban-American playwright and director; she emigrated from Cuba with her family after her father's death in 1945. An early experimental work,…

Hijuelos, Oscar Jerome

(Encyclopedia) Hijuelos, Oscar Jerome ēhwā´lōs, 1951–2013, Cuban-American novelist, b. New York City, grad. City College (B.A., 1975; M.F.A., 1976). The son of Cuban immigrants, he typically wrote…

Elián González, 2000 News

6, returned to Cuba in June after the Supreme Court declined to hear an emergency appeal filed by the boy's Miami relatives, who desperately tried to keep the boy in the U.S. The event ended…

Cuba

(Encyclopedia) Cuba kyo͞o´bə, Span. ko͞o´bä, officially Republic of Cuba, republic (2015 est. pop. 11,461,000), 42,804 sq mi (110,860 sq km), consisting of the island of Cuba and numerous adjacent…

Elián and the Cold War

Elián González, a young Cuban boy found clinging to an inner tube off the Florida coast in Nov. 1999, became the subject of an international dispute between the U.S. and Cuba. The boy's…

Daisy Fuentes

A Cuban-American model and personalty, Daisy Fuentes was one of the most visible MTV stars of the 1990s. Born in Havana, Cuba, Daisy Fuentes went to high school in New Jersey and got her start…

Oscar Hijuelos

Oscar Hijuelos was the Cuban-American writer who won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with his 1990 novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. His parents were Cuban immigrants to New York City, where…