Friday, April 7, 2000

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  • Busting the Embargo: The Growing Bridge Between Hip-Hop in Cuba and the U.S.

    As tensions increase between the U.S. and Cuba over the fate of Cuba shipwreck Elian Gonzalez, today we are going to take a look at embargo-busting by a growing hip-hop movement in the U.S. and Cuba. The 40-year old US-imposed blockade against Cuba has been one of the main culprits for shortages in the country, and the travel ban has stopped many Americans from visiting Cuba. But despite the embargo, relations between Cuban and American citizens have been flourishing in some areas. One of them is music.

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