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La Santa Cecilia’s ‘México Americano’ Is The Anthem For All American Latinos Who Love Their Whole Identity

“Por mi madre yo soy Mexicano / Por destino soy Americano.”

La Santa Cecilia has never shied away from examining the complex duality of being a Latino and American. The Los Angeles band has released songs that deal with the fear of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the immigrant community (“Ice, El Hielo“) and they’ve also covered some of the songs that you probably heard your parents listening to as you were growing up. With “México Americano,” La Santa Cecilia celebrates all the things that make Mexican-Americans who they are. For all the non-Mexicans out there, it is really simple to relate, especially if you’ve ever felt like you’ve lived between two worlds. This song is about loving all the different things that make you a unique and multicultural person. As they say in the song: “Dos idiomas y dos piases / Dos culturas tengo yo / En mi suerte tengo orgullo / Porque así lo manda Díos.” “Two languages and two countries / I have two cultures / Luckily I have my pride / Because that is what God commands.”


READ: La Santa Cecilia Are Covering The Songs That Made Your Parents Cry

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Javier Báez Of The Chicago Cubs Shows Off Athletic Physique In ESPN's Body Issue

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Javier Báez Of The Chicago Cubs Shows Off Athletic Physique In ESPN’s Body Issue

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ESPN’s annual Body Issue is here and while every single athlete featured is a beautiful example of the athletic form — strong and powerful — there’s one person, in particular, that is making us go ? and that’s Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Báez.

In his interview with ESPN, the 24-year-old pelotero talked about his family, his Puerto Rican roots, and his inspiration.

“I’m strong as well because I’ve seen all the things my sister, Noely, has gone through. [Noely Baez suffered from spina bifida and died in 2015 at age 21.] But for me, my sister was never a crippled person,” Báez said. “The only thing she didn’t do throughout her life was walk. She is my biggest inspiration. She loved going to the ballpark; she never missed a game. She cheered a lot. We had a lot of fun together. I still cry for her. Whenever I go to Puerto Rico, I go to her grave and I sit there and let it all out. Sometimes I go on my own. I don’t tell anyone. I go there, sit down and talk to her. I laugh out loud remembering everything I have gone through with her. I told her about the World Series.”

In this behind-the-scenes clip, Báez reveals the origins of his tattoos (and how his mom hated them at first) and explains what it’s like being a World Series winner.

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ESPN’s ninth edition of the Body Issue featured athletes from the worlds of baseball, football, skiing, rugby, hockey, basketball, figure skating, track and field, tennis, MMA and adaptive sports. Some of those include UFC’s Michell Waterson, tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki, and figure skater Ashley Wagner.

Previous Latino athletes featured in past editions include Brazilian pro skater Letícia Bufoni (2015), Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz (2009), and former professional boxer Sergio Martínez of Argentina (2011).

H/T: Javier Baez on the art of the tag

READ: Carlos Martinez Is A Real MVP: He Treated 45 Dominican Workers To A Cardinals Game

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