HUffington post: Let's trade with Cuba!
Rep. Charles Rangel: I am pleased that the first U.S. cruise ship to make a voyage to Cuba in almost 40 years arrived in Havana, Cuba, yesterday morning carrying 700 passengers, including Cuban Americans on board. This is an exciting development since my historic trip with President Barack Obama who led a small bipartisan delegation to the Island Nation.
New York governor, Andrew Cuomo went to Cuba last April leading one of the first American trade missions to the country since the U.S. shifted its policy toward the communist-governed country in December of 2014. Cuomo is the first sitting governor to visit since the shift.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: ‘CONCRETE CUBA’ VISITS A QUIETER PERIOD OF LATIN AMERICAN MODERNISM
The Latest arrival in New York comes in the form of ‘Concrete Cuba,’ a riveting exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery about a little-known branch of modernism. It adds to the history of postwar abstraction by providing a first glimpse of what a small group of Cuban artists were up to in the 1950s and early ‘60s, the tumultuous years leading up to, and just after, the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power. … Cuba was introduced to nonobjective or abstract art in 1949, with a Havana exhibition of works by Sandú Daríe, a Romanian who emigrated to the island in 1941 and became a crucial force among the artists of the 10. The show’s eight works by Daríe, who forged ties with the Madi group, make an especially strong impression.”
The U.S. trade embargo on Cuba remains in place, but the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations has spurred a steady stream of state and local officials to visit the island nation in search of economic opportunity. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York was the first state chief executive, in April, to visit Cuba after President Obama announced plans to ease relations with Cuba. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a Democrat, went in June and Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas went in September. A group of Iowa legislators and businessmen plan to go in December. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia hosted José Cabañas, Cuba’s ambassador to the U.S., in September as well.
The New York Times: Chocolate Armenteros, Trumpeter in Afro-Cuban Tradition, Dies at 87
Chocolate Armenteros, a Cuban trumpeter who was a standard-bearer of the Afro-Cuban musical tradition for almost seven decades, died on Jan. 6 in a nursing home in Mohegan Lake, N.Y. He was 87. … ‘For me, a solo is like a letter,’ he told the musicologist Isabelle Leymarie. ‘In a letter there is the date, the name of the person it’s being sent to, the usual greetings, the content and the ending. There has to be a complete structure.’ Alfredo Armenteros was born on April 4, 1928, in Ranchuelo, in the Villa Clara province of central Cuba, where his father, Lazaro Alfredo Armenteros, who had been a trombonist in his youth, owned farmland and a grocery store.”
Amsterdam News: Direct from Cuba, Septeto Nacional makes debut at Lehman
Music genius Ignacio Pineiro formed Septeto Nacional in 1927 in Central Havana. … The wildly prolific Cuban bassist and composer known as ‘El Poeta del Son’ (‘The Poet of the Son’), Ignacio Pineiro Martinez passed away in 1969. Since then, the group has seen an array of Cuban musical superstars pass through its ranks, including Carlos Embale, Bienvenido Granda, Abelardo Barroso and Miguelito Valdes. … Septeto Nacional de Cuba Ignacio Pineiro and Orquesta Broadway will be appearing on the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts state in the Bronx Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.”
USA TODAY: NEW YORK PLAYS CATCH UP OPN TRADE WITH CUBA
During his 24-hour tour of Cuba this past week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo bragged to anybody he met that his state was the first to visit the island since the two countries agreed to begin reestablishing diplomatic relations. "It's … a special honor to be the first governor representing the first state to be here. And I would say it's only fitting that it's New York," he told a group of Cuban officials at the start of his trip.
WORLD POLICY JOURNAL: CUBA TRADE IN A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
On April 20, Andrew Cuomo became the first U.S. governor to lead a trade mission to Havana since the renewal of U.S.-Cuban diplomacy in December 2014. Though the half-century-old U.S. trade embargo remains firmly in place, Cuomo arrived in Havana from New York with representatives from JetBlue, Pfizer, and MasterCard, among others, to lay the groundwork for an historic economic partnership.