Transgender 20-somethings say life in Cuba has improved recently, but harassment and discrimination persist. "People think we are ... that we are the bubonic plague," says Yessi Castro, 28.
The renewal of diplomatic ties with the U.S. was a victory for Cuba, but the socialist government faces a challenging future as President Raul Castro reaches his twilight years.
Yarisley Rivero, of Havana, talks about what it's like to be separated from her husband, Yoandri, who emigrated from Cuba to the United States this fall.
The biggest wave of Cuban migration since the 1990s has divided families, causing anguish and uncertainty. Cubans say they don't expect to see their relatives back home for at least a year.
The Dominican Republic has more road deaths per capita than any other nation in the Western hemisphere.
Inflatable Santas and other trappings of Christmas have sprung up all over Havana. Many Cubans making less than $20 a month say they can barely afford gifts, but have plenty of holiday spirit.
Pope Francis called for a “revolution of tenderness” while in Cuba in September. Dissidents say arrests of human rights activists have increased in the months since and violence is up.
Human rights activists want to meet with Pope Francis when he visits Cuba in September. Government supporters fear dissidents will try to disrupt the pope's visit.
Teenage pregnancy rates in the Dominican Republic are booming, and for many of the girls who live there it's about learning to become young mothers.
Photographer Yana Paskova, who grew up in communist Bulgaria, is attuned to the echoes and shadows of her own childhood in today's Cuba.
Yana Paskova witnessed communist Bulgaria's transition to capitalism after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now, she chronicles Cuba's recent slow evolution, noting parallels to her own youth.
Government supporters call her a "mercenary," but Arelys Blanco, 22, says she's only fighting for a free Cuba. "I'm a girl who has never agreed with the regime that's running this country."
WINSTON-SALEM -- Poetry, music and photography combine to explore HIV/AIDS in Jamaica and the experiences of Southern black women in "Wisteria & HOPE," a dual production tonight at the National Black Theatre Festival.
The evening opens with "Wisteria," based on a series of poems that Kwame Dawes, the University of South Carolina distinguished poet, wrote in 1995 to document the lives of African-American women.
HOPE is a multimedia performance based on poems by Kwame Dawes, poet in residence at the University of South Carolina and set to music by composer Kevin Simmonds. The work grew out of a Pulitzer Center commission to report on the impact of HIV/AIDS on Jamaica, the country where Kwame Dawes grew up. While in Jamaica Dawes wrote poems in response to the stories he heard.
When: August 6 and 7, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Hanes Auditorium, Salem Fine Arts Center, Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sponsored by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, in partnership with the National Black Theatre Festival
featuring light supper, wine and beer
Published: July 30, 2009
Images, music and the words of poet Kwame Dawes will be featured in two multimedia productions being shown together as part of this year's National Black Theatre Festival.
Wisteria is about a group of women who grew up in the American South in the years before the civil rights movement. HOPE: Living & Loving With HIV in Jamaica follows people coping with HIV/AIDS in modern day.
Join Kwame Dawes on July 12 to celebrate the launch of his new book of poetry, Hope's Hospice, inspired by the people he met while reporting on HIV/AIDS in Jamaica for the Pulitzer Center. The event will be held at 11 am at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.
Kwame Dawes' work will also be showcased at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC on August 6 and 7. Learn more about this event and how to attend.
By Lam Thuy Vo
Dawes traveled to Jamaica in the winter of 2007 to record — in both poetry and prose — the lives of Jamaicans living with HIV/AIDS. "Hope" feautures recordings of Dawes' poems and the video, images and voices of those who inspired his writing.
Alex Amend, Pulitzer Center
To help celebrate Poetry Month the Pulitzer Center will be posting poems from one of our grantees, Kwame Dawes. These poems come from the project Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica.
How Magazine awarded LiveHopeLove.com, the interactive website based on Kwame Dawes' reporting project HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica, with its highest "Outstanding" rating in its Internationl Design Annual Issue. HOW is one of the big three design publications. Download a PDF below to read HOW's take on LiveHopeLove.com.