Dr. Eva Silot Bravo
Oral history interview of Eva Silot Bravo by Tom Matityahu
Dr. Eva Silot Bravo spoke about her experience as a former diplomat, international negotiator, and representative in Cuba. She discusses her journey to the United States starting in 2003 after she defected from the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in New York to Mexico and ending in California. The bulk of the interview focused on her experiences in Miami where she started her business Alafia Creative Entertainment. Despite having various connections with people within her community, Dr. Eva was unable to successfully launch her business. She struggled under the brunt of financial costs needed to start her business. Dr. Eva mentions that she sought financial support from various organizations over the years but had been turned down several times. She discusses her Afro-Cuban descent and her position as a former Cuban diplomat as potential reasons businesses declined her request for support. The lack of support from organizations and her experience with unemployment were issues that spawned from the wealth gap, causing Dr. Bravo to leave Miami.
Cuba, Havana, United Nations, Mexico, United States, Wynwood, Little Havana, The Catalyst of Miami, University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami Wealth Gap, Arts, Art Scene, Entrepreneurship, Florida International University, Support, Lack of Support, Financial Institutions
Economic Policy | Public Policy | Social Justice
Bravo, Eva Silot and Matityahu, Tom, "Dr. Eva Silot Bravo" (2022). Miami's Wealth Gap Collection. 5.
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Length: 32 minutes
Dr. Eva Silot Bravo was born in Havana, Cuba to a mixed family of Afro-Cuban descent in April 1971. She studied international political relations and music from an early age and served her country as a diplomat in the United Nations and as an international negotiator. In 2003, due to the impact on her family of the economic difficulty and the political situation in Cuba, she decided to defect, leaving New York for Mexico. From there, she moved to Miami in search of a better livelihood.