Writings

Books

I co-authored a “people’s history” of Little Havana (A History of Little Havana) published by The History Press in 2015. This book is the first to provide an in-depth history of the neighborhood, with a focus on the contributions of Cubans and later Latino residents. 

A History of Little Havana

My co-author is Dr. Guillermo Grenier, a professor of Sociology in the Global & Sociocultural Studies department at Florida International University and a fellow expert on the Cuban diaspora. He is co-author of This Land is Our Land: Newcomers and Established Residents in Miami (2003, University of California Press), A Legacy of Exile: Cubans in the United States (2002, Allyn and Bacon) and author of numerous other books and articles. 

I also wrote a selection included in the anthology Punto de Partida: Stories of Truth and Hope, edited by longtime El Nuevo Herald columnist Daniel Shoer Roth, published in 2007.

I am currently working on two books: a book based on my Ph.D. dissertation, which examines the racial politics involved in development of Little Havana’s heritage tourism district, and a memoir that delves into my relationship to eco-spirituality and ideas about race.

Articles

Orisha Dances in Little Havana” Cuban Counterpoints

I am a columnist for Little Havana’s community newspaper, Calle Ocho News. You can find my articles for the paper here. All of them have also been published in the print version of the newspaper.

On this site I will also be posting some of my previous unpublished articles and other writings.

Recent Blog Posts

  • The Tiger King, the Electronic Panopticon and the Human Zoo
    The Tiger King documentary series on Netflix allows viewers to gaze into the unsettling world of tiger-breeding. It also reflects legacies of white supremacy. How? Read further. The Electronic Panopticon According to anthropologist Andrea Friedus, the “electronic panopticon” allows the public to view the actions and behaviors of working-class people. It enables people of higher […]
  • Roots and Connections
    From as early as I can remember, my mother taught me to have a deep reverence for nature, and to see myself as part of the natural world instead of separate from it.
  • Viral White Supremacy and the Racialization of a Pandemic
    Before we all became aware of COVID-19, we were already suffering from another kind of pandemic–one that has lasted centuries. White supremacy is itself like a virus, infecting hearts and bodies with hatred and fear and infecting systems, practices and policies in ways that maintain body-breaking inequalities. The opportunists who profit politically and economically from […]
  • Inlakech and “Tu Eres Mi Otro Yo”: You Are My Other Me”
    A “lesson of love” I learned years ago was shared with me by Javier Gomez, a Chicano educator in Oxnard, California. He taught me about the Mayan expression of Inlakech. In 2007, Javier was inducted into the Ventura County Educators’ Hall of Fame. Below see an interview with Javier Gomez on the Dr. Dan Show. […]