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These Selena-Themed Parties Will Inspire You To Rep La Reina On Your Next Birthday

It has been almost 24 years since the tragic death of our queen Selena on March 31, 1995. At the time of her untimely death, she was only 23 years old. During her short but eventful life, she became an icon for Mexican-Americans and Latinos all throughout the globe. She also helped bring genres such as tejano, cumbia, and grupero to mainstream American popular culture. Today, she is still an eternal icon and the epitome of what it means to be a contemporary Latina power player: generous, fearless and proud of her roots. 

Let’s leave sad memories behind and witness one of the ways in which Selena Quintanilla continues to be a source of inspiration and joy for millions. What better way to do it than showing you the lengths that Selena fans go through to honor their beloved singer in birthday parties! Yes, Selena-themed parties are still in and will never go out.

This birthday cake that looks like more like an altar to la reina del Texas.

We love the elegant arrangement in this cake. Selena looks ravishing in that picture, and the roses give an extra touch of nostalgia to the piece. It looks too pretty to eat, but we are sure it was delicioso

What about this fantastic recreation of one of Selena’s most iconic looks? 

Selena could rock basically any style, from grupero outfits to more rock-n-roll classics like leather jackets. This Insta user copied Selena’s look for the 1994 Tejano Music Awards and she did a great job. More on her party below.

Como la flor. Now, that is one chingón party desserts spread! 

This desserts table is a true homage to the late Grammy Award winner. Como la flor… one of the phrases most tightly attached to the great Miss Quintanilla. 

This woman has the best friends ever. They all played along with her Selena-themed cumple!

Does she look familiar? A woman called Arienne had an amazing party. Her friends dressed all in white, letting her shine in the stunning black outfit.  

Seriously, look at her smile… good for you, Arienne! 

She even looks a bit like Selena. It verges on the uncanny and a little unsettling. She should probably play Selena in the upcoming Netflix show.

Lipstick, purple sexiness and cookies. What better way to celebrate Latina power?

We are all over these sweet treats with the iconic purple outfit and the red lipstick. We are sure Selena would have approved. A que no puedes comer solo una

Ay Dios! These Selenitas son la onda.

OMG! These tiny Selenas are so cute and amazing. Good to know that these young Latinitas have such a great and empowering role model 🙂 

Little Aubrey is having the time of her life and it’s tots adorbs.

Look at this birthday girl. Seriously, she is so lucky her family has put so much effort into making her birthday dreams come true. 

We can’t even. This is so amazing and empowering.

One of Selena Quintanilla’s beliefs was that anyone can achieve their dreams, regardless of their particular skills. This birthday party just nos pone la piel chinita and reminds us that music is what brings us all together and that being different is amazing. Uniqueness is our most precious treasure. 

These centerpieces are magnificent, the little girl’s friends will all be ready to cumbia all morning.

Honestly, these centerpieces would look amazing at a wedding… if the bride is a Selena fan, why not? La novia manda. 

Pastelinos de Selena… para chuparse los dedos.

Purple glitter and a Selena cartoon that is cute as hell? Yes, please. Tbh, we are all feeling like we got cheated since we never had our own Selena-themed parties.

Or if you want something a bit more sophisticated, what about these?

But well, to be honest, these cupcakes are a bit more stylish and creative. They use the iconic belt, bra, red lips and red car that made Selena a brand of transcultural appeal. 

Eliana and her Selena bestie will make you jealous.

When you find a friend that shares your love for Selena and is willing to help you explore your fandom, you have struck friendship gold. 

Aw, bien tierno! This 7-year-old has a magnetic smile that reminds us of our fave Latina diva

What an amazing smile on this little diva so happy and sweet. We all know that feeling because we have all been that girl at our own birthday parties.

This rose is as big as her. *searches Pinterest for instructions on how to make it*

Roses will always remind us of Selena. This little chiquita de seis añitos is just loving her huge rose. Can we take home one of those gift bags, pretty please? Sing with us: 

Como la flor (como la flor), con tanto amor (con tanto amor)
Me diste tu, se marchito
Me marcho hoy, yo se perder
Pero, Aaaayyy! Como me duele
Aaaayyy! Como me duele

OK, then… this is… interesting…

Ay, santo Cristo! This is as funny as it it a bit disturbing. But we are sure these two were the talk of the party. What size is that bra anyway? ZZ? This couple must enjoy a fantastic amor, even if it is prohibido for any reason. 

Estamos muy excited about these balloons. Seriously.

Muy excited is one of Selena’s iconic phrases. These globitos look elegant and cute at the same time. If you are planning a Selena-themed party after reading this post, these can’t be missed. 

A Selena-themes party wouldn’t really be complete without a Selena piñata, o no?

Some stereotypes are true: us Latinos do love a good old-fashioned piñata, o no? This community party at Los Feliz had a great one with the now eternal purple conjuntito coqueto

We like this meticulous creation a bit better, though.

But to be honest we think this one is much better. Look at all the details, like those huge earrings and the belt. It takes real craftsmanship to pull that off! Little Vali must have been over the moon. 

But let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The one we really wanna use as a piñata is evil Yolanda.

But if we wanna sacar nuestra ira against someone, it is against Yolanda Saldivar… Dale dale dale, no pierdas el tino!

Last but not least, a good Selena-themed party requires some sequin bra shopping 

Want to organize a Selena-themed hen’s night? Well, take all your amigochas shopping and get sparkly bras to dance the tecnocumbia and just let yourselves loose in honor of our reina por siempre. Ready to partayyy? Sing with us.

READ: This Woman Had A Selena-Themed Party For Her Daughter’s Birthday And Our Hearts Can’t

Chiquis And Becky G Release Video For Spanish-Language Version Of Dolly Parton’s Hit Song ‘Jolene’

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Chiquis And Becky G Release Video For Spanish-Language Version Of Dolly Parton’s Hit Song ‘Jolene’

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Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is arguably one of the most iconic songs in American music. We have all heard bits and pieces of the song growing up because it is just that iconic. After almost 50 years, “Jolene” has another Spanish-language cover brought to us by Becky G and Chiquis.

Spanish-speaking country music fans have a new cover to celebrate.

Becky G and Chiquis have released the music video for their Spanish-language cover of the American classic song “Jolene.” Originally released by Dolly Parton in 1973, “Jolene” is one of those songs that have become a timeless classic of American music.

Country music is quickly becoming a favorite genre in the Latino community. There has been a 25 percent increase in Latino support of country music. When you consider how many Latinos live in the south in states like Texas, it kind of makes sense.

Rolling Stone magazine claimed that it was the first Spanish-language cover of the song.

The magazine got called out on Twitter after claiming that this was the first Spanish-language cover of “Jolene.” The cover by regional Mexican music divas Becky G and Chiquis is good but it is not the first.

The first Spanish-language cover of “Jolene” is by Las Chicas del Can.

The Dominican group recorded “Youlin” in 1985 and the merengue take on the song is really fun to listen to. The version from the girl group is a very different take and feel on the song as compared to Becky G and Chiquis. The two songs are very different and both are very fun to listen to.

Either way, fans of country and regional Mexican music are here for this.

The music video is an animated rollercoaster with Becky G and Chiquis playing tough mujeres doing their thing. The music video is set up like a comic book because we all know that the most amazing superhero stories are comic books. Tbh, these two looked perfect in their tough acting roles.

If you want to listen to the original “Jolene,” here it is.

Truly, this will probably remain one of the greatest American classics of all time.

READ: Becky G Performs Tribute To Selena At San Antonio Concert

Conciencia Collective Is Bringing Together Artists To Tackle The Real Issues

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Conciencia Collective Is Bringing Together Artists To Tackle The Real Issues

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Conciencia Collective is bringing together some of the biggest names in entertainment to tackle some of the biggest issues. The Black Lives Matter protests have led to some long-needed change to police in Black and brown community. Afro-Latinos have been in the fight against the police brutality mixed with the anti-Blackness from fellow Latinos. On June 26, three Afro-Latinos will discuss the movement and the need to ensure that Black Lives Matter.

Check out the discussion today on YouTube, Conciencia’s Facebook, or mitú’s Facebook.

The death of George Floyd has ignited a fight for Black lives that we haven’t seen in a long time.

Thousands of people have been protesting against police brutality and are demanding a change to policing in the U.S. The protests have been ongoing for weeks and they are creating change. States and cities across the country have started to reduce funding for police departments. Congresspeople and senators are calling for a federal change to policing in the U.S. through legislation.

Major corporations have joined social media solidarity in support of Black Lives Matter. People are now holding those corporations accountable. Protesters want to see these same corporations follow through and offer resources to help in the fight.

Gloria “Goyo” Martínez, the Afro-Colombian singer, will be there to discuss the movement in Latin America.

The singer from ChocQuibTown wrote an open letter addressing the death of George Floyd. She did not hold back when she talked about the racism she was seeing from people in Latin America in the face of the violence.

“The great reality is that there is no racial equality in the United States or Latin America,” Goyo wrote. “I saw many comments, hundreds of people normalizing the subject saying, ‘But this also happens to white people,’ ‘But black people are criminals,’ ‘Maybe if they dressed like normal people,’ ‘They’re just hurt’ or ‘You are the racists by posting messages that only produce more pain.'”

Goyo is a big proponent of education leading the way to an anti-racist and more accepting future.

“It’s clear to me that ethno-education (or cultural and intercultural education) is the path to becoming antiracists. Learning about other cultures is important for understanding the context in which we are living,” Goyo says. “There are Afro-Latinxs, who because of a lack of education on this subject, don’t know their history, nor do they identify as Afros until they leave their countries and are discriminated for being Latinxs and for being Black. If many Afro-Latinxs are unaware, imagine a white/mixed music industry making decisions based on misguided marketing studies, which exclude and stereotype based on skin color. In Latin America, there aren’t real statistics on the Afro population. Knowing the situation that more than 100 million Black people live in would help in understanding the issue, there is a lot of history and many organizations have been working on racism. Today continue to raise their voices. Continuing to speak openly would help industries not to reinforce racist stereotypes, to continue to close the doors that are opened thanks to talent.”

Rafa Pabón is another voice on the panel this week.

The trapero is calling for a unity in the Latino community to fight against the racism that is plaguing every aspect of society. Pabón wants to know that protesters and BLM supporters are not backing down from fighting against racism.

“It is important that we mobilize and use our voices. We cannot normalize this kind of situation. Racism is inhuman and I have never understood it. We have to fight together against institutional racism,” Pabón says. “There is still so much to do, Floyd is one of so many cases, we cannot stop fighting for justice.”

Sociologist Aurora Vergara-Figueroa will be the moderator of the event.

Aurora Vergara Figueroa is the director of the Afrodiasporic Studies Center (Centro de Estudios Afrodiaspóricos) at Icesi University in Cali, Colombia. The Afro-Colombian scholar holds a Ph.D. from the Sociology Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She concentrated on the sociological study of Afro-Colombians deracinated from the Colombian Pacific coast and the long durée of land dispossession in the world-system. Recipient of the LASA/OXFAM America 2014 Martin Diskin Dissertation Award, Vergara-Figueroa develops research on the Afrodiasporic feminist movement in Colombia. Vergara-Figueroa is currently working with Doctor Carmen Cosme Puntiel on a co-edited volume tentatively titled: Challenging Enslavement: Black Women’s Strategies of Resistance in Nueva Granada (Colombia), Venezuela, Brazil, and Cuba 1550-1900.

Her main research interests are Feminist Critique, African Diaspora Studies, Sociological Theory, Critical Race Theory, Political Economy, Political Sociology, and Comparative Historical Sociology.

We are Conciencia Collective, an alliance against racial and social injustice conscious of the need to create long-lasting and impactful changes. Comprising of +35 executives from the Latin music industry including activists, journalists, managers, publicists, lawyers, directors, on-air talent, and content creators who came together in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement to create awareness about racial and social injustice with the intention to educate our colleagues, artists, and peers of influence in order to gain their advocacy. Our ongoing initiatives also focus on the many issues affecting our Latin community.

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