Lizette M. Lantigua was born in
Queens, New York, and raised in Miami, Florida. As a newspaper reporter,
writer, and Emmy-nominated television producer in southern Florida,
Lizette has extensively covered the experiences of the Hispanic
community. Mission Libertad
is her first novel for young people. Fact and fiction converge in this
thrilling tale of 14-year old Luisito Ramirez—a courageous boy who
daringly escapes from 1970s communist Cuba—as he becomes immersed in
American culture, and sets out on fulfilling a secret religious mission
under the eyes of spies. Integrating Spanish vocabulary and Cuban
culture, this novel for ages 10-14 provides an exciting story of the
Catholic faith lived out during turmoil. Based on real events, the
historical, political, economical, and cultural realities of the time
period are fused with the fictional story of Luisito.
Lani Nash, a notable singer songwriter known for her poignantly beautiful writing and vocals that linger with a genuine heartfelt quality, moves audiences of all ages. Her musical start came before she was born. Lani’s grandfather, Connie Crunk (stage name Connie Conway), a noted musician, singer, songwriter, music teacher, and producer worked with producer Lee Hazelwood and was a great inspiration for her. Her mother and her aunt, daughters of Connie Crunk, were in a recording singing group called “The Three Teens” as teenagers. Lani has performed, written, produced and released four albums to date and is currently signed to Uh Uh Records, with Steve Durr who co-produced her most recent record “I’m Only Here for the Music” which hit the top 40 on the AMA charts.
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