This is a great video of skateboarders just doing their thang! The music is awesome and brings you back to a time when skateboarding was for the cool and rebellious. Skateboards For Hope is always looking for talented skaters to show their style. Reach out to us and meet us in Havana!
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Can an act of kindness of a recylced skateboard translate into hope and stop the cycle of poverty? That is the quest Betty Esperanza is trying to achieve by building sustainable skateboard communities in impoverished territories in Cuba and First Nations.
Watch Betty Esperanza tell her story on TEDxYouth YouTube here: TEDxYouth@Montreal YouTube Video of Betty Esperanza


About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)



Posted: October 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Uncategorized






What`s in a name?.

Cuba Cardboard Challenge- A Global Day of Play

Children of Buena Vista participate in the first global day of play inspired by Caine’s Arcade and Imagination Foundation to foster creativity and entrepreneurship. Check for your city event at

Image  —  Posted: September 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Recycle Reuse Revolution

Skaters in Havana built their skate park with recycled materials. All the ramps are metal. Landing is brutal and noisy but the skaters practice taking risks which lead to injuries. The day we shot these photos, Yoan and Hernandez skated for 45 minutes in 40 celcius and fell hard a couple of times. Hernandez even cut his finger on the edge of the metal ramp. The motto shared by these courageous Cubans is “Patina o Muerte”. (Havana, Cuba, September 6, 2012 Photos by Betty Esperanza © 2012)

Diego, a cultivated, homosexual and skeptical young man, falls in love with a young heterosexual communist full of prejudices and doctrinary ideas. First come rejection and suspicion, but also fascination. Fresa y chocolate is the story of a great friendship, that is, a great love between two men, which overcomes incomprehension and intolerance. Written by
Diego, a cultivated, apolitical, sceptical young artist living in Havana initiates a friendship with fiercely communist homophobe David with the intention of seducing him. David, knowing this, allows the relationship to build so he can spy on a person he sees as aberrant and dangerous to the communist cause. Despite their conflicting sexualities and political ideologies the two slowly build a relationship out of their differences, proving that camaraderie and friendship can overcome the most divisive superficialities.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea y Juan Carlos Tabío .
Año: 1994
Starring: Jorge  Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz,  Mirta  Ibarra, Francisco Gattorno,Joel Angelino,Marilyn Solaya,Andrés Cortina,Antonio Carmona.

La Habana, 1993.  Dos seres  humanos buscan su verdadera  identidad, David,  estudiante de ciencias sociales en la universidad  de  La Habana,  y Diego, un homoxesual obsesionado de la cultura. El encuentro  entre ambos  da lugar  a  un complejo mundo de relaciones  interpersonales,entre las que se mezclan la amistad y la pasión,que llega a poner en grave riesgo la libertad de ambos.

Ahi na`ma!

Major media attention has been given to Cuba’s version of Hip Hop culture-a culture originally developed in the Bronx, New York in the late 1970’s as a vehicle of expression for disenfranchised youth. Serving the same purpose within the socialist Cuban society, Cuban Hip Hop is both defying numerous misconceptions anti-Castro propaganda has lead foreigners to believe about censorship in Cuba (via its highly critical lyrics), and also reaffirming certain limitations the Cuban society faces under Castro’s regime (i.e. the lack of commercial success for artists). International attention to Cuban Hip Hop grew after the first annual Cuban Rap Festival, held in 1995, however this film indicates that the foundation for the growth of Hip Hop in Cuba was set in the 1970’s, contemporaneously with the US. Based on first-hand investigation carried out over the course of four years, including observation of and participation in Cuban Hip Hop concerts and colloquiums at the eighth annual Cuban Hip Hop Festival in Havana, and interviewing the most influential Cuban Hip Hop artists and producers, this documentary traces Cuban Hip Hop step by step in a way that has yet to be formally recorded or published.