With skateboarding making its Olympic debut in Japan next year, Cuban skateboarders are hoping their sport will finally be accepted at home.
Cuba's relationship with Donald Trump's administration may be worsening, but that didn't stop the island nation from welcoming more than a quarter million US visitors in the first four months of 2019.
Cones of white paper sprout from the seasalt-eroded pillars of one colonial building along Havana's seafront, elaborately painted curtains cascade from another while out front children play with an installation of multicolored hoses.
Dianelys Alfonso has a brassy presence - brightly colored tattoos, spandex bodysuits, Technicolor hair - and a clarion voice that won her the label "Goddess of Cuba" for her turns on songs ranging from ballads to reggaeton.
On Havana's National Theatre stage, where the Cuban American Youth Orchestra has been rehearsing all week, it's difficult to distinguish the different nationalities of the violinists, clarinetists and cellists as they play in perfect unison.
Cuba’s legendary boxing tradition still disallows women from competing, and boxer Idamelys Moreno and her peers are fighting for their place in the boxing ring.
These are some of the last remaining Cuban residents who are 100 percent Chinese. Their descendants have embraced the local culture, and are more Cuban than Chinese.
Cuba may be known now for upbeat salsa, but long before that genre even emerged its Afro beats fed into the melancholic Argentine tango which was widely popular on the Caribbean's largest island.
In the floral valleys of Cuba's Matanzas province, old fashioned farming means bees can swarm without the threat of pesticides that have decimated populations across the world.