I visited family in Cuba over the summer. During that visit, I met professors from Mathematics at Universidad de La Habana who work with writers, actors and musicians to demystify mathematics. In one show that I attended, the former Dean of Mathematics demonstrated how to calculate the number of beats in reguetón songs that are popular but frequently criticized as “vulgar” in Cuba. He demonstrated harmony by showing that reguetón beats followed patterns that could be counted, predicted, and modified with simple arithmetic calculations. The audience was captivated with this musical and fun class on mathematics. Then, he also commented that new acquaintances often grimace or say “pobre de ti” (poor you) when they learn he is a mathematician. I wondered why mathematics is so feared and misunderstood—even in a country like Cuba, where so much effort has been placed on science education. Then I wondered if things are any different here.