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‘Amor Eterno’ Trended On Twitter After A Mariachi Band Sung The Classic Ballad For Kobe Bryant Outside Staples Center

“Como quisiera, que tu vivieras, que tus ojitos jamas se hubieran cerrado nunca, y estar mirandolos.” The words sung by a mariachi band moved fans to tears outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles for its performance of the classic ‘Amor Eterno’ to honor Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. 

Crowds gathered outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor Kobe Bryant. 

Among the many memorials and tributes that fans offered, to honor of the basketball star and his daughter, were several mariachi bands, who sung Juan Gabriel’s classic ‘Amor Eterno’ and brought everyone to tears. 

Among the hundreds of people who gathered Wednesday evening at the makeshift memorial near Staples Center were more than a dozen mariachi musicians from throughout Los Angeles.

The 1984 song by Juan Gabriel, the late Mexican singer-songwriter, is commonly played at Mexican funerals, vigils and memorials. The lyrics capture the sadness felt by many around the world. Some of the lines of the song translate to: “You are the sadness in my eyes, that weep in silence for your love, I look at myself in the mirror and see my face, the time I’ve suffered because of your goodbye.

“How I wish that you lived, that your little eyes never had closed, and to be looking at them… Love eternal and unforgettable, sooner or later I will be with you, to continue loving each other.”

The mariachi left such an impression on fans, that ‘Amor Eterno’ trended on Twitter.

Several fans have been flooding social media with messages expressing how moved they were by the performance of the song using the term “Amor Eterno” which has been trending on Twitter. “Yesterday banda & today they sang “amor eterno” w/ mariachi. This song is so beautiful but so heartbreaking at the same time. For those that don’t know this is a very popular song usually played at a funeral in the Hispanic culture. it’s translates to eternal love,” wrote @_claarisaaa.

The death of Bryant and his daughter has caused a shock wave of devastation across the globe.

Fans have been gathering outside the Staples Center for days since the news broke, mourning the loss of the NBA legend and a budding basketball star that his daughter was poised to become.

“He really embraced the Latino community. He did interviews in Spanish,”

Mariachi band member Santiago Alberto explained the support and love that the Latinx community has for Kobe Bryant.”L.A. is a mostly Latino community and they welcomed him with open arms when he came to L.A.” Alberto put out a call to local mariachi performers online. Members of different bands, they played together for the first time Wednesday night.

“This is how we mourn our people, with mariachi, with live bands,” Moorpark resident Ramon Avila said. “We mourn him, but we also gratify him for everything he did for us.”

Kobe Bryant holds a special place in the Latinx community of L.A.

This particular demographic feels that he embodied many of our cultural symbols: “Black Mamba” was a practicing Catholic, he was married to a Mexican American woman, he spoke Spanish, dreamed big and worked tirelessly toward his goals. Many Latinos in L.A. have a special appreciation for the basketball star. 

Several celebrity friends of the basketball champion have been paying tribute to Kobe Bryant, including fellow NBA player LeBron James.

”Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! Man I love you big bro…” he wrote.

Even Latinx stars paid tribute, saying his legacy went beyond the United States.

“I would have never imagined that this would hurt me so much!” wrote Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny. “I’ve never mentioned it because it doesn’t necessarily have to do with music, but this man has been an inspiration in many ways for me to be what I am today.” Ivy Queen, Anuella AA, and J Balvin, were among others who paid tribute to the NBA star.

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Latinas Share The Movies They Love To Watch With Their Friends

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Latinas Share The Movies They Love To Watch With Their Friends

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Sure, we’re still in quarantine but that doesn’t mean all female bonding goes out the window! Cuddling up with your friends and staying in for a good movie is still totally possible thanks to Zoom and wine. And while our options of views might seem to be dwindling thanks to a lack of content on streamers…

Fortunately, Latinas are coming together to share the best movies to watch.

Check them out below!
“Practical Magic” –jessica_546

“Birds of Prey.”- brainsbeastbeauty

“Bridesmaids.” –

“Mean Girls” –dominiricanmarie


Paramount Pictures


“13 going on 30!” –_mariaaceves

“Twilight.” –vivaloscupcakes

“Moulin Rouge.” –ninasandra

“Practical Magic. “ isabel__maria__

Warner Bros.
Roadshow Entertainment

“Selena.” –momma_bear_of4

“Bridesmaids & Mean Girls.” –glamit_gabby

“Romy & Michelle, Legally Blonde, Devil Wears Prada, How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days, the Wedding Planner, Sex & the City.”- mixtapemcgee

“Aquamarine.” –itz_me_otra_vez

“Hustlers.” –mellowagrelo


STXfilms

“Legally blonde!! HELLO!! My big fat Greek wedding, anything hallmark.” –luvgabz

“Coyote ugly.” –sugarandstorytime

“Now & Then.” –l.a.momma

NOW AND THEN, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffman, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Christina Ricci, 1995


“Riding in Cars with boys.” –mrs.ssg415

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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In 2009, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that almost 5.4 million people in the United States live with paralysis. Still, despite how common this is, few people understand the condition of paralysis and how it affects a person’s daily life. Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Tawil, of New Jersey, recently set out to explain the experience on TikTok last year.

Since her first post in November, the TikToker has garnered over 1 million followers with content that focuses on her experience of being paralyzed from the waist down.

In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil explained an exercise that might give people a chance to understand the sensation of being paraplegic.

@jesstawil

#foryoupage #fyp #foryou #whatilearned #stemlife #needtoknow #weekendvibes #bekind #spinalcordinjury #productivity #disability #medical #paralyzed

♬ Epic Emotional – AShamaluevMusic

In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil shared an exercise with her followers that demonstrates how it feels to not be able to move a ligament. In this case, it’s your finger. According to Buzzfeed, Tawil came across the exercise after looking through posts related to disabilities. “I remember feeling so blown away because my legs felt the exact same way as my finger did,” she said.

“Not many people know too much about paraplegics and their capabilities, so I wanted to be that light to inform, educate, and even entertain people,” Tawil explained to BuzzFeed. “I want people to know what it’s like to be paralyzed … so that they can be a little bit more appreciative of what they have and remain humble.”

Tawil’s video demonstration currently has over 12 million views.

Tawil explained that a kidnapping and car accident led to her paralysis when she was in her teens.

Tawil explained that the accident took place on Nov. 15, 2014, when she went to a friend’s house in high school. When she arrived, Tawil discovered that men were present and instantly felt uncomfortable when she further learned that they had brought drugs and alcohol.

“When I eventually asked them to take me home, they took me to an abandoned road instead. When we got to this road, the driver stopped the car and put his foot on the gas and brake at the same time, doing a burnout with his wheels. He lost control of the car and crashed into a tree,” Tawil explained. “It was at this moment that I got whiplash, split my head open to the point where my skull was exposed, and sustained a spinal cord injury — leaving me paralyzed the moment we crashed,” she said. “Paramedics said that I lost the equivalence of a ‘Coca-Cola bottle of blood’ out of my head, and didn’t think I’d make it if they drove me to the hospital. So they drove me to a nearby soccer field where a helicopter airlifted me to the ICU. From there on, I went through seven months of rehab and remained permanently paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.”

Speaking about her injury, Tawil says she was “robbed of my ability to use the bathroom normally (I depend on catheters and enemas).”

Sadly Tawil says her experience led to her reclusiveness and weariness to trust others. Still, she finds that her disability comes with positives. “On the positive side, I have become a lot more spiritual and grateful to have been given another chance at life,” she told BuzzFeed. “My accident has emphasized the fact that we are not promised tomorrow, and that we should always be grateful for the simplest things in life… I also want to show people how I live my life in the present day — what is life like as a wheelchair user? — and devote my channel to being a blog where people can get to know me on a lot more of a personal level.”

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