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The 2019 Latina Graduates Are Obsessed With Latina More Than Most And Their Caps Prove It

You’ve just spent years slaving away to get that diploma. Late night after late night writing essay after essay, studying for exam after exam. So what do you do now? Decorate your graduation cap, of course! To get you into the spirit of things, we’ve put together some inspiration for you: some snazzy snaps of Selena Quintanilla-themed graduation caps. 

1. Selena says it all.

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It doesn’t get much more exciting than earning that degree! So why not show it on your cap? Clearly, they’re words of wisdom from the OG hard worker herself.

2. “Bye Bye” to study.

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Probably the best thing about finishing study is to say so long, farewell to all of the last-minute cram sessions, the tears and tantrums when the printer doesn’t work, and the terrors of group work. Bidi Bidi bye bye, indeed!

3. When in doubt, go all out in glitter.

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Did someone say eye-catching? It might be hard to tell, but aside from the cute tiny pearls, this cap has little diamantes spread throughout the rest of the decorations. Is it striking? Yes. It is extra? Also yes. 

4. Song lyrics say it best.

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Probably one of the easiest ways to find fellow Selena fans is to just slap some song lyrics on your cap. Maybe spend the day humming the tune and come up with a dance routine to really drive your point home. And of course, put a picture of Selena on your cap, too. Make it clear, babes: you’re not only here to grab that certificate, you’re here to spend the day with kindred souls.

5. Flowers? Check.

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A fake flower or two is bound to complete your cap. But please, for the love of all that is holy and right, avoid using real flowers. It will take less than 0.05 seconds for them to wilt in the sun while you’re getting your photos taken. And while you’re at it, remember that you get bonus points for matching your nails to the color of the flowers.

6. Como la flor.

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Flowers for spring? Ground-breaking. But, in all honesty, if you’re bound to be given flowers to celebrate your educational victory, why not go the extra mile and have them all over your cap? The way to go is to mix it up with sizes – find cute little tiny ones to adorn the cap, and then finish it with a real centrepiece, extra AF, supermassive flower. You’re bound to get some looks. 

7. A sassy wave goodbye is the best kind of wave goodbye.

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After all those years keeping your head down, studying hard … or at least, stressing about studying hard, it’s satisfying as heck to know that you’re not going to have to do it anymore. So why not get Selena to say the goodbye for you with a sassy wave? 

8. Who says that your cap has to be black?

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Because a bright blue is an excellent way to show that you’re anything but feeling blue about graduating! 

9. School colors are the way to go.

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If you’re going to go for the aesthetic, then it’s time to go all out on the school colors and show off your amazing attention to detail. 

10. Wanna say something important? 

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Sometimes the best way to say something is to just cover the cap in words. Because really, you’re going to be surrounded by people who’ve spent the last few years of their life with their noses in books. Would it kill them to read something else, one last time?

11. Red, plus glitter, equals one fab cap.

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Have you got a penchant for drawing people? Then maybe it’s high time you show off your skills, babes. Especially for any of you out there that have just finished studying fine art – because, really, the day isn’t just about bragging about your smarts, it’s also about showing off your creativity.

12. When in doubt, go classy.

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A simple white and cream look can really drive home the fact that you’re one classy babe, and you’ve finally out-classed the education establishment.

13. A ‘90s pinboard look never goes astray.

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Because sometimes, it’s not about being extra, or being classy. It’s about showing that, deep down inside, you value cute kitschy things – and not even a diploma is going to change that about you. We know you’re still Jenny from the block.

14. Reflective décor for a reflective day.

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The reflective look isn’t just for traffic controllers and construction workers. It’s also for babes like you, who know that they’re moving on to bigger and better things.

15. Nothing says empowerment more than saying bye to the establishment.

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And it’s not just you saying bidi bidi bye bye to the establishment. Selena herself was criticised by the establishment for her revealing clothing. And did she let that stop her? No. Instead, she put flowers on her revealing clothing, and kept on smashing records and selling out stadiums. Don’t be like the establishment, be like Selena.

16. Be strategic in your decoration placement.

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Let’s face it, you’ve got to be practical with your decoration placement. You’re going to be wearing your cap for a long time – or, at least, what feels like a long time. And, it’ll feel even longer if you’ve put something heavy on the front of the cap. Stick all of the heavier, bigger things towards the back of the cap, and you’ll be good as gold on the day.

17. Why wear a flower crown when you could wear a flower cap?

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Hey, you can go all out on a flower crown aesthetic, show how much you love Selena, and support a good cause on your cap, too! 

18. Who says you’re limited to decorating only on the cap?

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If you do it right, you can let your decorations hang off the side of the cap. Just make sure they’re not in your face!

19. A play on words can be effective AF.

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Bidi bidi bye bye? More like bidi bidi done done! You’re 10,000 percent done with study and it’s time that the world knows it.

20. Think about balance.

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And no, we’re not talking about finding the right heels for the day – although, that is important too! Here, we can see that Selena’s iconic quote’s been changed just a little bit. But it’s made the cap all the better for it, since the text is visually balanced. Hey, you’ve gotta think about these things! 

There’s no doubt about it: Selena Quintanilla was an icon. So much so, that she still makes waves today! Which means you’ve got a big legacy to live up to – it’s time to take your education and make good use of it! But do you know what you want to do after studying? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

Tejano Music Icon Selena’s Murderer Is Asking For A New Trial After Accusing Prosecutor Of Hiding Evidence

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Tejano Music Icon Selena’s Murderer Is Asking For A New Trial After Accusing Prosecutor Of Hiding Evidence

Yolanda Saldívar, the woman convicted of killing the iconic singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, is demanding a new trial. In an exclusive interview with Radar Online, the late “reina de Tejano music’s” former fan club president alleges there is evidence that could free her from her lifetime sentence for the 1995 murder.

Saldívar claims that the prosecutor in her case, Carlos Valdez, has been holding exculpatory material evidence.

According to Saldívar, it is proof that is favorable to the defendant and shows that Valdez did not disclose to the defense or the jury in the trial for Selena’s 1995 murder more than two decades ago. She says that Valdez discussed the alleged evidence, a pair of high top white Reebok sneakers and a black baseball cap, during an interview with Spanish-language media.

“The Petitioner paraphrases Mr. Valdez’s media interview where he stated that he and the defense counsel, the late Mr. Douglas Tinker, discussed what [evidence] would or would not be introduced to the jury,” reads court paperwork of a Second Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by Saldívar on March 28, 2019.

“How could this be? It is the jury, no less, that would decide the fate of the Petitioner, between [life] in prison and [freedom]. The jury, NOT the defense or the prosecutor is the trier of fact of all relevant material evidence and they alone should and DID determine between conviction and acquittal,” she writes.

In layman terms, Saldívar contends that allegedly relevant evidence in her case wasn’t presented to the jury.

This information is obligatory, and suggests that leaving out the information was “a nefarious attempt to obscure a verdict against the Petitioner.” According to her, including the hat and shoes in the evidence could impact the case against her.

In the interview, Valdez passively says that Saldívar was wearing the bloody hat and sneakers. He attests that Saldívar stepped in Selena’s trail of blood as she followed the late singer running for her life. However, Saldívar, who claimed the shooting was accidental, asked that if the shoes and bloodstains on them could prove she committed the crime, then why did the prosecution exclude them as evidence.

“The prosecutor, Mr. Valdez, presented evidence of the trail of blood he states the victim left behind as she ran 130 yards (390 feet) from the room to the front lobby of the motel,” the court papers read. “The ‘withholding’ of the victim’s shoes (i.e. White Reebok Tennis Shoes) are of a great consequence because if it is as Mr. Valdez claimed in his March 16, 2018 interview that the Petitioner ‘stepped’ on victim’s blood as she followed the victim, then ‘intent’ would have been proven or disproven. For 23 years, the jury nor the defense knew that such shoes existed.” 

She continued, saying she had “no doubt” the prosecutor “impaired the verity of the evidence by not only withholding the evidence but claiming that those tennis shoes belonged to the defendant, inciting and infecting the public’s sediment even more against the Petitioner before, during and now with his recent media interview.”

Saldívar went as far as accusing Valdez of knowing “those tennis shoes belonged to the victim” and said “withholding them helped get the conviction of the Petitioner practicing a travesty of justice to the rule of law and violating the constitutional rights of the Petitioner.”

Despite her demands, however, Saldívar’s case was dismissed without prejudice because the Petitioner filed the petition in district court and must seek permission from the Fifth Circuit.

Saldívar, a former nurse, founded Selena’s fan club in San Antonio. She became the club’s president and was later also promoted to manager of the late artist’s clothing boutiques, Selena, Etc. 

In 1995, six years after Saldívar had started the club, Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, was receiving complaints from fans that they weren’t receiving their paid items and heard rumors from fellow employees that Saldívar had been embezzling money from both the fan club and the boutiques. As a result, Saldívar was fired. 

On March 31 of the same year, Selena met with Saldívar at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi to retrieve financial records Saldívar had been refusing to give to the Quintanilla family. While the “Como La Flor” singer was leaving the motel room, Saldívar shot her in the back, severing an artery. Selena, in critical condition, ran toward the motel lobby. Before collapsing, an employee claims the songstress named Saldívar as her shooter.

Selena was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. 

At the time, she was 23 years old. Soon after, at the Days Inn, Saldívar was in a nine-hour-long standoff with the police, calling the shooting an accident and threatening to kill herself before she was arrested.

On October 23, 1995, jurors found Saldívar guilty of first-degree murder. Three days later, she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole in 30 years — the maximum prison term in Texas at the time. She is currently serving her time at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas. She will become eligible for parole on March 30, 2025.

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An Artist In Indiana Is Drawing Iconic Singers And Actors As Aztec Characters And It Is Amazing

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An Artist In Indiana Is Drawing Iconic Singers And Actors As Aztec Characters And It Is Amazing

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For the last few years, Jorge Garza has been making a name for himself in the world of art with his Aztec-inspired drawings infused with pop culture figures. Garza’s Instagram page is a showcase of his unique work that includes illustrations of Latin figures like the Chapulín and luchador fighters. He goes by the artist name Quetza as a nod to his Aztec work that he’s heavily influenced by. 

Whether its the graphics, colors, and finishes in his work, Garza’s work is a testament to his knowledge and passion for Aztec art. His work showcases many sharp details and takes a classic process, from pencil sketches to digitization. While his style is varied in some ways from original Aztec style work he still includes details like the use of skulls, snakes, and details of Mexican culture. Garza also has his own online store where he showcases and sells many of his own original designs. Currently, he is working on an art book that will be focusing on his passion of Aztec/Pop Culture. 

While the Northwest Indiana artist has been around for quite some time, he might have gotten his biggest moment yet as his drawing of the “Queen of Tejano” got quite the attention online. Within hours of posting his “Aztec Selena” illustration on Facebook, the image was met with overwhelming attention from fans and strangers alike.  

Anytime you can pay tribute to the queen Selena you’re going to get love on social media.

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His Selena artwork was quickly shared and spread across social media with many in return getting to look at Garza’s overall portfolio of work. Upon first posting the sketch on Facebook Wednesday, Garza had no clue that it would receive more than 5,000 shares and well over 3,000 likes.

“I love Aztec artwork and its been a big influence in my work,” Garza told My San Antonio. “I respect Selena and the influence she has had on Mexican-American culture so I uploaded it … and I did not expect the feedback I had. It’s overwhelming.”

He says his viral drawing is a testament to the love and adoration that Selena fans still have even after all these years after her passing. Garza had planned to draw this specific piece for years and felt like now was the perfect time to put together this tribute to the “Como la Flor” singer. 

His collection of Aztec-inspired illustrations come from a special place in Garza’s heart. He grew up with a love for Mexican pre-Hispanic art that he learned about at a young age.

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As a young boy living in Indiana, Garza learned about Aztec culture and the complexity of the civilizations during that time period. But it was the artwork during that time that truly inspired him to become an artist. Since then, Garza has devoted himself to learning more about Aztec graphics and culture. 

While he gets inspiration from Aztec history, Garza has also thrown in a bit of his personal for pop culture into his artwork. Whether that’s including characters from X-Men, Batman, Marvel or Transformers, it’s his way of staying true to himself all while paying tribute to the past. 

Besides just illustrations, Garza has shown his versatility as an artist when he previously released a horror comic called Wrath of the Giver. He’s also put out a compilation book of Aztec art and pop culture with some of his best work so far. 

Fans of his work took to social media to share their appreciation for Garza’s latest illustration. 

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Garza has proven to be an artistic inspiration to some on social media who are praising him for his work and his tribute to Latin art. There is a growing market for pop culture-inspired work like Garza’s all over the internet and with his latest piece blowing up we’re sure this isn’t the last time we see one of his pieces circulating on social media. 

For fans of Garza’s work, he’ll be at the Big Texas Comicon at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from Sept. 20-22. 

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