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August 14th, 2013  /  Jessica

When Elliot Stabler departed the Special Victims Unit, he left a ripply, bicep-sized hole in our hearts. No one can truly fill Christopher Meloni’s shoes, of course, but Danny Pino’s Detective Amaro does a darn good job. He’s got all of Stabler’s passion (and good looks), but none of the occasionally over-the-top aggression. We’re pretty sure he’s what’s been keeping the show going these last couple seasons.

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August 8th, 2013  /  Jessica

A mi abuela le daría mucha pena y tristeza saber que yo escribí estos pensamientos sobre su vida en inglés. Siempre pidiéndonos, rogando, “Por favor, hablen español.” A la misma vez, le daría orgullo que yo lo pudiera traducir al español. Al fin, una de las realidades y ventajas del exilio es la asimilación. Gracias y perdóname, Abuelita.

Her hands were powerful, large and utilitarian, yet had the dexterity, wisdom and sensitivity to feel the surface of a fabric, identifying the ideal entrance point for her needle and envisioning the precise target for its exit. Her expansive and dense nail beds were rarely glossy or painted. Despite the functional visage of her digits, they remained feminine, tender and healing.

During the workweek, those same hands skillfully and rapidly took shorthand, typed and multi-tasked, carrying out her various secretarial duties. Adorned only with a thin gold wedding band, the clone of which was worn by her husband, her hands steadily and diligently worked weekends and into the night measuring, cutting, sewing, hemming and embroidering fabric mostly for the adornment and enjoyment of her family. The intricate designs, choice of color and the amount of time she dedicated to her craft reflected her artistry; every stitch communicating her pride and love for her family.

Many recent deaths have been symbolic of the passing of the generation who made the pivotal, gut-wrenching decision to leave a Cuba politically, economically and socially embattled by a violent, totalitarian, revolutionary regime; uprooting their families, separating loved ones, having businesses shuttered or nationalized, and abandoning homes and motherland — the Cuban exile generation. These emblematic deaths have mostly been public figures, entertainers, athletes, writers, politicians, celebrated or reviled by the media and the Cuban diaspora.

In mid-June, the passing of a generation became more tangible, more personal, with the quiet death of a figure who never appeared in the public eye. Her meaningful work carried out away from probing cameras, glowering pundits and cheering crowds, and yet she is a personage as representative and significant as any who has died in exile, the Cuban abuela; more specifically, my Cuban abuela, María Consuelo “Cuca” de León Vd. de de Armas.

Other than being an inspired seamstress, Abuela Cuca was a devout Catholic. Everything was, “Si Dios quiere“, “Con el favor de Dios“, “Que Dios te guarde“, “Gloria a Dios“, “Que sueñes con los angelitos.” Every trio of sneezes was accompanied by the mandatory, “Jesús, María, José.” Nary an ambulance blared by or a steeple or cemetery driven past without a perfectly executed sign of the cross. She seemed to pray a rosary every day, sometimes several times a day. Her interests, equal parts elegant fashion, Mother Teresa, Princess Grace and Princess Diana. She either had a sewing machine, a prayer book or a three-month-old copy of “Vanidades” or “Hola” under her nose.

Before she was silenced by time, she would sing at full voice from her pew at church, competing with the choir — one versus 20. Her high soprano and arcing vibrato were reminiscent of voices resonating from a Victrola in her small rural hometown of Unión de Reyes, Matanzas. She was not without her contradictions. Arriving home from mass with holy water still on her forehead, she would watch the melodramatic, sexual escapades of her favorite Spanish-language novelas, always disregarding them as “basura“, but rarely missing one.

No matter what drama or difficulty was happening in the world, my four brothers and I knew Abuela to be the symbol, the beacon, the keeper of unconditional love. We were convinced we could burn the house down and be totally forgiven by morning. She would just start over. Like she did in 1937, when her father died unexpectedly. She was 17 years old and, along with her older brother, immediately began working to support her mother and younger sisters. She started over.

When her older brother died of cancer two years later, she started over, shouldering the entire burden of supporting her family. In early 1961, those same stout hands began sewing her 11-year-old daughter’s name into her clothing, in fearful anticipation of sending her out of the country on the largest exodus of unaccompanied minors recorded in the Western Hemisphere, Operación Pedro Pan. When instead, she, her husband, Pedro Gonzalo de Armas, and my then-11-year-old mother were exiled together from revolutionary Cuba, in September of 1961, with not much more than a dime in their pocket, a ubiquitous story in Miami, she gratefully, but resentfully, started over.

Instead of resuming their professional careers, my abuelos, like many, took survival jobs; Abuela Cuca working in a sweatshop making cookie-cutter dresses, while my Abuelo Gonzalo, once a sugar chemist and vice-mayor of Unión de Reyes, worked washing dishes, doing odd jobs and ultimately as a security guard at the Miami Seaquarium. When my Abuelo Gonzalo, being 14 years her senior, passed away in 1983, she started over. When she broke her hip and was relegated to a walker, then a wheelchair, then a bed, she endured.

Her unconditional love was built on a foundation of strength, patience and sacrifice learned through faith. The strength of having the solid evidence that everything you own can be taken, but as long as you have love, faith, family, education and freedom, you can nurture hope and survive, even thrive. The patience to refrain from spewing hurtful words said in anger, instead waiting to gather herself, using thoughtful, clear dialogue once things had settled. The sacrificing of her comforts, ambitions and desires for that of her daughter and grandsons. The faith to know, no matter what empirical proof or scientific theory, there was nothing that can override her belief in God and the power of prayer. Strong faith. Faith tested by age, adversity and loss.Though her daughter and grandsons traversed the world in situations foreign to her, her belief that prayer could help protect and guide them, kept a rosary in her hand and a prayer book within reach.

She, infamously, did not like to cook. She traded her culinary responsibilities with her younger sisters in exchange for sewing and mending their dresses, hence, her acumen with a needle and thread. Nevertheless, she was burdened with the cross of being one of the best Cuban cooks known to mankind. God is not without a sense of humor. Her legendary frijoles negros were passed down from her mother and are being prepared now by her grandsons and their wives and devoured by her great-grandchildren. She would spend half a day ripping meat apart to make a ton of her triumphant vaca frita, which is precisely the amount of fried cow it takes to feed five growing grandsons.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s accomplished something Castro’s Revolution denied her, travel back to the Cuba of her youth, surrounding herself with family and friends long passed or left on the island. She would ask from her beige, automated, medically prescribed recliner upon my return to Miami, “¿Cuando llegaste a Unión?” On several occasions I would spy her manipulating the fabric of her nightgown. Her once-taut skin on her robust hands, now slackened and revealing the bone structure beneath, quivering and shaking, attempting to sew the air, showing the same deliberate intentions, only with a cruel loss of function and orientation.

When Cuca could no longer read, sew or communicate, I like to think she lived freely within herself, reaching the far walls of her imagination, indulging in her creativity by creating lavish gowns, revisiting long-forgotten memories, praying for each of her loved ones, breaking the rules of physics, flying effortlessly, traversing time, the Gulf Stream and any other barrier.

She died on Father’s Day, June 16, at approximately 1 p.m., in a home for the elderly, along a stagnant canal off of 87th Avenue and Southwest 8th Street in Miami. She passed in my mother’s arms while having her favorite baby food lunch. We suspect, in her weakened state, she suffered a heart attack and slowly, painlessly, stopped breathing. She was 93.

It brings me solace to think of her departure as the ultimate Father’s Day gift for my Abuelo Gonzalo. After years of watching my Abuela suffer in a stale bed, he had the orchestra strike up “Almendra” and Gonzalo, el danzonero de Unión, led her around the dance floor, celebrating her arrival, showing off his beautiful wife and congratulating her on a job well done, a life well led, children well raised and faith well tended.

It seems counterintuitive that a person who lived so stoically, without highlighting her challenges or trumpeting her triumphs and with virtually no self-pity, should receive, once deceased, any remembrance or acknowledgement. She would have, in fact, cringed at such a thing. However, as her generation waxed poetic and nostalgic about the Cuba they left behind, “The sky was bluer, the air cleaner, the fruit sweeter, the water wetter…” we, their beneficiaries, focus our reverence and nostalgia toward them.

I, along with many Cuban-American grandchildren, am grateful for my inheritance: learning the importance of family, having pride in our culture and artistry, knowing the significance of hard work, the value of a dollar, education, sacrifice and striving for faith. However, there is no more treasured inheritance than the hope that comes with freedom. A freedom afforded us through sacrifice and being rooted in the fertile soil that is the United States of America.

It was a peaceful passing by all accounts, but when compared to how monumental a figure she was in the lives of her daughter and her grandsons, bells from every church should have resoundingly announced her ascension, business as usual halted, people taken to the streets, flags lowered at half mast, rifles fired, canons roared, bagpipes whaled and a national day of mourning announced — not for the singular death of María Consuelo “Cuca” de León Vd. de de Armas, but for the passing of this stalwart generation of Cuban grandmothers.

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July 4th, 2013  /  Jessica

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit begins its gripping fourteenth year with a scandal that erupts at the heart of the squad, and the resulting investigation unearths past secrets that threaten the entire department. After the case surrounding Captain Cragen (Dann Florek) is closed, the workload gets more explosive as a brash new assistant DA (Raúl Esparza) comes onto the scene.

Challenging mysteries involve a sniper that targets cops, escort services in murderous competition, high-tech kidnappings, and a wily predator who games the justice system. Primetime Emmy Award Winner Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Richard Belzer, and Ice-T also star in producer Dick Wolf’s award-winning drama. Featuring guest stars Marcia Gay Harden, Patricia Arquette, Scott Bakula, Tom Sizemore, and Nia Vardalos, watch all 24 suspenseful episodes of this riveting series back-to-back and uninterrupted.September 24th is the release date for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – The 14th Year on DVD, according to today’s announcement by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The 5-disc set will sell for $44.98 SRP, and includes English subtitles. You can pre-order it from Amazon right away, too! Above right you’ll see a small look at the cover art; we’re still waiting on a larger look at it, so stay tuned.

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June 21st, 2013  /  Jessica

TV Line is reporting that SVU will return for season 15 on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 9/8c! They are also reporting that it is scheduled for a two hour season premiere!

8 pm Revolution
9 pm Law & Order: SVU (two hours)

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May 23rd, 2013  /  Jessica

Fortunately for “Law & Order: SVU” fans, the end of the long-running series isn’t in sight yet. NBC recently renewed the drama for a fifteenth season and series star Dann Florek has an idea why the show is still so successful.

“Great storytelling. Great writing. I think we have a terrific cast and great guest stars,” Florek told The Huffington Post on the red carpet of NBC’s 2013 upfront in mid-May. “It’s important subject matter that really needs to be addressed. The fans are very loyal.”

Florek has been a part of Dick Wolf’s NBC franchise since the beginning. After three seasons on “Law & Order,” Florek’s Captain Cragen moved over to “SVU,” where he’s stayed for 14 seasons.

Richard Belzer has also been along for the ride for quite some time, playing Detective Jon Munch for more than 20 years across multiple iterations of “Law & Order” after originating on “Homicide: Life On The Street.” Munch has also appeared on “The Wire,” “Arrested Development” and “The X-Files.”

Will Belzer be hanging up those tinted glasses and putting the conspiracy theories to bed anytime soon? Don’t bet on it.

“I’d be a fool to say I didn’t want to do it anymore and I’m certainly not bored with the character because the writing is so good,” Belzer told The Huffington Post. “He’s very close to how I would be if I were in that situation, so it’s a dream.”

“Law & Order: SVU” is known for taking stories from the headlines and putting news spins on the real-life situations. “Our show reverberates throughout the community … it’s more than a television show,” Belzer said. “It meets the needs of the audience as a dramatic series, but also affects the community, which is just a great plus for us.”

Danny Pino, who joined “SVU” in Season 13, said “SVU” is “life-affirming.”

“I think one of the best things the show does is it shines light on the darkest part of the human condition and in doing so, I think it also is life-affirming. It’s not just exploiting it or trivializing it,” he told The Huffington Post.

Florek echoed Pino’s sentiments. “[‘SVU’] stimulates conversation, it makes people aware of issues they should be aware of. I find parents talk to their kids and address things,” he said. “I think it’s one of the reasons we’re still around.”

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May 15th, 2013  /  Jessica

Question: Do you have any spoilers for Law & Order: SVU? There’s loads of rumors going around that Olivia might die in the finale. —Kayley
Ausiello: OK, so… apparently Mariska Hargitay has not yet inked a deal to return next season, despite my earlier assertion to the contrary. (In my defense, this is the only time I’ve ever been wrong about anything ever in the history of everything.) So, that little development, coupled with Kelli Giddish’s promise that the May 22 finale is “insane,” makes me wonder if the rumors might be true. “I cannot believe they ended it this way,” Giddish adds. ”I gasped, myself, when I finished reading it. The fans are going to go nuts. It’s jarring and emotional, because so often our detectives never, ever let the perp get the upper hand, and that happens in this episode.” The episode opens with the detectives enjoying “a day off,” elaborates co-star Danny Pino. “It’s a very unusual way to go into an episode, where we’re all relaxing, doing our own things. And then it does this slow descent into a very dark place. It’s probably one of our darkest. And by the end of it… I mean, I really don’t know how we’re going to get out of it. I feel like the writers have really painted themselves into a corner.” As to whether Benson makes it out alive, all I can tell you is what Warren Leight tells TVLine: that the finale is “a struggle for survival between Benson and [a perp nicknamed] the Beast… I guess it can go one of three ways, you know?” Not exactly comforting, is it?

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May 14th, 2013  /  Jessica

Danny Pino is an actor who seems to have made his career of playing smooth, oh-so- charismatic, good-guy characters. You might remember him from CBS cop drama “Cold Case” and these days you can catch him on the small screen on perennial fan favorite, “Law & Order: SVU.” As Detective Nick Amaro on the show – now in its 14th season – Pino is a warm, likeable guy, but one whose background and personal story always seem to take second seat to the job at hand. But in real life, that couldn’t be farther from the truth, as Pino – named for his grandfather Pedro Gonzalo de Armas – is passionate about his Cuban heritage.

“To give your children the opportunity to not live under a communist dictatorship and to be able to realize their full potential is very specific to Cubans,” says Pino, who was born and raised in Miami. “It’s something that I am direct beneficiary of.”

Pino – the second of five brothers – explains that because his parents fled their native island with nothing, family and tradition quickly became the focus of the Pino home. That emphasis on family is something Pino wants to pass down to his two boys with wife Lilly; through language, food and culture he says, he wants them to feel proud of their roots.

“I hope my kids are able to be proud of who they are,” says Pino. “That they are, in fact, the beneficiaries of people who worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a lot – who sacrificed everything except their family …that’s something we’re determined to pass on to them.”

“So I’m hoping and working towards that.”

Watch Pino talk more about his Cuban roots and learn why he feels empowered by Miami’s Cuban every time he walks into a casting office.

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