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Gloria Estefan Honored At The Kennedy Center

Gloria Estefan became the first Cuban-American and one of the first Latinas to win The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honor. She was celebrated for her forty years as both a singer/songwriter, producer, and activist. As a Cuban-American myself, I can’t remember a time when Gloria Estefan wasn’t a giant part of my life. My father went to high school with her and my parents used to see her perform with The Miami Sound Machine in the early days. Would I exist had they not courted to her and Emilio’s music?

I met her once. My cousin was friends with her son and we went to her mansion. She gave me a cookie and was super nice. Lord knows Gloria has had a lot of adversity. She recently lost her mother and then there was the bus accident that left her almost paralyzed. Still, she’s resilient as she is a great performer. It’s a richly deserved honor.

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