Here are 9 Afro-Cuban musicians, filmmakers, artists and intellectuals crossing over racial boundaries to address global audiences.
As many may remember, from March 20th to 22nd of this year, President Obama visited Havana, Cuba with his family. There he addressed the Cuban people in a historic speech at the Gran Teatro de la Habana. For the first time in 88 years, an American president visited the island nation. Towards the end of his speech, he said, "we want our engagement to help lift up the Cubans who are of African descent, who've proven that there's nothing they cannot achieve when given the chance."