These Selena Quintanilla Quotes Are Perfect For Your #MotivationMonday

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There’s nobody else in history like Selena, and that’s because she made history. She broke past gender norms and essentially took her rightful throne as Queen of Tejano music, an otherwise male-dominated genre. The only records she was ever competing against were her own. Her last live televised concert broke all records (which was her own record the year before) with a sold-out Houston Astrodome 24 years ago this February.

While her life was violently ended much too soon, she had accomplished lifetimes of achievement by the time of her death at just 23 years old. Why? Her positive mental thinking and gratitude. Keep Selena’s spirit alive and rise up, mija. These quotes are going to get you going.

“I feel very proud to be Mexican.”

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She told Los Gruperos, “I feel very proud to be Mexican. I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but … it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Who knew?

“Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl.”

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Her most iconic quote of all time is probably via Orale Primo:

“Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But … wrong!”

“We got laughed at…”

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In a 1994 interview, Selena confessed that “we got laughed at. My father was told that we would never make it. It’s gradual, a growing process. It’s not like it came overnight.”

“When you get hard work you get success, and we put a lot of years into it.”

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In an interview with KZTV, Selena emphasized the importance of perseverance. Even when people laugh at you.

“If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away.”

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Selena only became so successful because she didn’t take people’s doubt seriously. She just went for it.

“All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do.”

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Y ya. That’s all we can do, and the rest, we can let go.

“Anybody can be a role model, anybody can.”

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In an interview given before her Grammy winning live performance in Corpus Christi 1993, Selena only had warm gratitude to share with her fans.

“I want to be remembered not only as an entertainer, but as a person who cared a lot.”

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“…and I gave the best that I could and I tried to be the best role model that I possibly could.” 😭 😭 😭

“I’m very real, very sincere and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be.”

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Be true to yourself, mija, no matter whether life throws fame, poverty or fortune your way. These are the sacred words of Selena.

“The reason I’m really appreciative of everything that’s going on around me is because of the fact that I never expected it, and I want to keep that attitude.

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In an interview with MTV, Selena shared how she holds onto gratitude. Turns out it’s an attitude of gratitude.

“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.”

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Stay in school, kids! Selena wouldn’t have gotten where she was without her education, and curiosity to get rooted in her culture.

“You shouldn’t care for somebody just because of the materialistic things that they have, and I’m a firm believer in that.”

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Like La Reina says, money comes and goes. You want someone that you’ll want in every season of life.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better.”

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We bet Selena got a lot of that in every world she found herself in. She was criticized by Latin media for not speaking Spanish fluently, and misunderstood by the Anglo world she lived in.

“Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

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Say that three times fast. Now say it in Spanish. K, now Selena is within you.

“We never thought we’d get this far, but we’re here.”

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The band used to be stoked about getting a four hour gig that paid $100. They made it, fam.

“We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table.”

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“We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”

“You have to take what you could get when you’re getting started.”

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If you expect to do something perfect the first time, then where do you go from there? Nobody starts out with everything, except for the Drumpfs.

“I don’t feel pressure because I’m not trying to portray something that I’m not.”

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“… I’m just being myself. All these things that we’re doing and any jobs that we take, it’s because it’s what we believe in.”

“A lot of people may think it’s difficult to work with family, it’s not.”

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“If you have the same love, the same interests, and the same respect for each other, things work out great.” You get to work with you fam? Right on!

“You wish for things to happen when you’re not doing as well…”

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“… and when it comes around, it’s like you wanna slow down. But you have to stop and think [about] where you came from, you appreciate it even more. It’s better to be working than not working at all.”

Hear that? So when you’re feeling bummed about being at work on a Monday, be grateful to be at work on a Monday instead.


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Suzette Quintanilla Tried Distancing Herself From A Man Who Revitalized A Selena Mural But He Had The Receipts


Suzette Quintanilla Tried Distancing Herself From A Man Who Revitalized A Selena Mural But He Had The Receipts

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If you’re paying attention to all things Quintanilla, you know that the family is fiercely protective over the late Selena’s image and trademark. That fight has recently erupted over Eric Lee Tunchez’s promotion and revamping of the Molina Selena mural. Tunchez is the founder of non-profit Stop Bullying Inc. and planned to pass out backpacks and school supplies at the event. The Quintanilla’s legal team sent a cease and desist letter to Stop Bullying Inc. accusing the organization of ‘unauthorized and unlawful marketing and promotion’ of the Selena themed Fiesta de Selena Mural.

The whole ordeal has boiled down to a he-said, she-said, but Tunchez has recently responded with screenshots of the email from Suzette, and now the Internet is outraged.

On July 31, 2018, Tunchez posted to Facebook that he got “blessings” from “Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham, to re-do the neighborhood mural on Elvira and Bloomington.”

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It seems as if Tunchez has been earnest in his year-long effort to unveil this mural for his community. In a Facebook post, Tunchez wrote, “I would like to share with everyone that I have been working hard to revitalize my old neighborhood Molina. Today, I got the blessings from the store owner of the Times Market and Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham, to re-do the neighborhood mural on Elvira and Bloomington.”

The day before the event, August 2nd, Tunchez was promoting the event as expected.

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“With the Quintanilla family collaboration and my passion to carry on the Selena mural tradition in the Molina neighborhood, the revitalized memorial will influence Latinos for generations to come,” Tunchez posted. He consistently has thanked and credited the Quintanilla family for the cooperation.

Then, the day of the event, Tunchez told folks that he “received a love letter (cease and desist letter) by the estate of the Selena Quintanilla.”

Credit: Selena Mural in Corpus Christi‎ / Facebook

“I understand, respect, and agree that people should not profit from Selena. It is very important to keep Selena clean,” Tunchez posted. “I’ve been inspired and she is a local icon and I in no way want to disrespect the family of Selena. My intent for today’s event is benign and is for the community of the Molina neighborhood.”

Then, he blamed “the corporate powers” that “want to stop today’s event, which I planned to hand out backpacks to disadvantaged families.”

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“Today, I received a love letter (cease and desist letter) by the estate of the Selena Quintanilla,” he continued. “We may need to go through a legal battle to compromise something for the community in which where this mural stands.”

Abraham Quintanilla told the Caller-Times that Tunchez did reach out about a year and a half ago about updating the mural, but “never collected money for the project.” The Quintanilla family then hired New York artist San Sigüenza to do the work. Tunchez “didn’t pay one penny … and is taking credit for everything,” Abraham said. 

Then, Suzette went on public television to denounce any contact she may have had with Tunchez.

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Tunchez tried to clear his name on Facebook with a rebuttal post. “Suzette Quintanilla went to public television and said she had no association with me in regard to the mural. She reached out to me about my project. I didn’t ask them for anything.”

Tunchez went on to say that “they want the credit for my efforts and work to revitalize the Molina. I think that is pure greed. I still hope we can compromise to keep this event at the Selena mural every year to promote education and give out school supplies. My energy and motivation will propel me to continue to create something that will last forever because my neighborhood would not like to take down this mural that inspires many generations of Tejanos.”

Buckle up, because Suzette released all hell and fury at Tunchez on her own Facebook platform.

Credit: Suzette Quintanilla / Facebook

This is getting heated. “Now lets talk facts,” Suzette’s post continues. “FACT: This Mural was for the Molina Neighborhood, NOT to help promote anything you do sir. Never has been about you making money, its about you trying to use this mural for self glorification and wanting to use the Selena Trademark name and likeness to promote yourself. Our local newspaper failed to add the rest of the wording for the cease and Desist letter… AND /OR PROMOTE AND EVENT. thats a really important part. last thing I wanna share with everyone is my family and I have protect what is ours from day one and will continue to do so. This legacy Selena has left behind for all future generations is due to all of my family, we were a team. We created music from day one together since Sel was 9, I was 13 and AB 17. So we have all rights to do what we want what is ours.”

Tunchez then posted some receipts backing up his claim.

Credit: Eric Lee Tunchez / Facebook

Within hours of her Facebook post, Tunchez kept it simple. “Hey Suzette Quintanilla,” he writes. “The fact is your father gave me the blessing to find an artist to re-do a mural that was neglected. The fact is I wanted to make things better for my neighborhood Molina. The fact is Sandra Gonzalez was going to do the mural with West Oso art students. Fact is you denied that opportunity for our community and went with your artist San Siguenza from New York. The fact is we can take down the current mural in Molina and give our community the opportunity to do so still. I will leave that up to my community.”

He then included attachments of the email where he claims she “reached out… so please do not call me a liar. I’ve been really nice to you and you have been real mean to me. I don’t need your money. Let me know.”

People have opinions about all of this.

Credit: Eric Lee Tunchez / Facebook

Jesse Lino Villareal commented, “At the end of the day this was sopose to be a community thing and it has blown up to an Quintanilla thing…..this is about the Westside Molina not them folks….Selena was apart of this neighborhood he just wanted to honor her by helping revitalizing the mural……at the end of the day this is about the community not them other folks”

When someone replied with some legal facts like they can sue because they “own Selena rights,” someone else responds in all caps, “NO ONE OWNS A FOLK HERO LIKE SELENA. NO ONE.”

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21 Quotes From Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim That Will Help You Become The Bad Ass You Always Wanted To Be

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21 Quotes From Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim That Will Help You Become The Bad Ass You Always Wanted To Be

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If you haven’t heard of Carlos Slim you might want to do research on one of the most successful and wealthiest people in Mexico. The 79-year-old studied engineering at the National Autonomous University (UNAM) in Mexico before embarking on his own journey and founding multiple companies in the financial, industrial, telecommunications, and media sectors, among others. Slim now controls more than 200 companies in Mexico and is one of the largest stockholders of The New York Times. He was even ranked #5 on Forbes Richest Billionaire list this year, cementing his status as the richest man in Mexico. 

With this much success there is no doubt that Slim has words of wisdom when it comes to making it big. Here are some quotes to help motivate when you need that extra push, enjoy!

1. “Firm and patient optimism always yields its rewards.”

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With everything in life, patience is key. As Latinos we know this too well in different daily scenarios. Whether it’s waiting in long taco lines or simply counting down till the weekend begins, Slim knows there’s a purpose for patience. 

2. “Success is not about doing things well or even very well, or being acknowledged by others.”

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Sometimes success in our lives can be a very tricky thing. We picture things a certain way in our heads of what we expect it to be but few times does the outcome look that way. The only thing we should seek when pursuing our goals is satisfying ourselves and nobody else. But making our mom proud doesn’t hurt either. 

3. “Do not allow negative feelings and emotions to control your mind.”

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Nowadays, it’s hard to deflect negativity out of our lives. Whether it’s coming from social media, friends and even our own family (looking at our tias and tios). We need to learn to block out these bad messages from our lives and not dictate how we act and live our lives. 

4. “If you are in business, you are not enjoying. You are working.”

When Slim was asked if he would ever consider buying the New York Yankees, this was his answer. But Carlos was right. It’s hard at times to separate work from fun but with any type of successes in life, it’s about finding the true balance. 

5.  “Shorter workweeks are a solution to civilization shifts.”

Imagine instead of a 5-day workweek, we got could get an even longer weekend. It makes sense and studies have proven that shorter workweeks lead to even happier employees. We can already imagine those 3-day-weekends filled with more time to grill that carne asada. I think that’s something all Latinos can truly get behind. 

6. “When you give, do not expect to receive.”

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We’ve all been at this point in our lives when we might expect something in return for a good deed. Even in the form of karma or some good positivity our way. But this shouldn’t always be the case. We need to learn to give and help without expecting anything. Doing good things for the sake of doing it is all that truly matters. So when you pick up your little brother from soccer practice, do it because you live him not to get a favor in return. 

7.  “Twitter is not a way to negotiate.”

Social media should not always be our starting point when it comes to communication. Slim said this in regards to Donald Trump and his endless Twitter rants but he also has a point when it comes to the way we communicate. 

8. Any personal crisis – you have to use it to get stronger.

Through any struggle in life we have to try to look at things in a positive way. Whether its not getting your dream job or simply missing out on Taco Tuesday with friends, it’s the tough days that make us stronger in the long run. 

9. “I believe that we have to find means for all desirable things to be universally accessible.”

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There are basic essentials as humans that we should all be able to have access to. That includes healthcare, food and housing. For Latinos this must also include burritos, of course. We can only imagine a world where we have no access to some of our favorite snacks. Quite frankly, we don’t want to live in that world. 

10.”All times are good times for those who know how to work and have the means to do so.”

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People live their lives through certain principles and standards that guide them. This one of Carlos’s most prominent lines in regards to hard work and finding peace through it. Yes that means solace when your mom asks to do do gardening work or mop the floors. It’s just all about finding that balance and purpose. 

11. “Mistakes are normal and human. Make them small, accept them, correct them, and forget them.”

It’s been said time and time again, humans make mistakes. But the hard part is letting it go and learning from them going forward. As Latinos, it’s about pulling up our boot straps and giving it all with ganas. Even if we fail, it’s okay. It’s about how we move going forward. 

12. “The biggest things in life are not materials.”

Yeah that new IPhone or car sounds like a really cool investment but that’s not what life should be about. Carlos knows a bit about investments as one of the most wealthiest guts around. But don’t just take his word for it. Invest in yourself, whether that be a vacation or lunch with an old friend. It’s those things that last a lifetime. 

13. “Guilt and fear make the present difficult and obstruct the future. To fight them, let us have good sense and accept ourselves as we are, with our realities, our merits, and our sorrows.”

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The worst thing is when our heads are clouded with negativity and just can’t seem to shake it off. But that’s the reality some of us face everyday and the best action is reassure where we stand on this planet and accept these bad days from the good days. 

14. “It’s important to give a better country to your children, but it is more important to give better children to your country.”

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Our parents taught us right growing up and that means giving us the knowledge to treat others with respect. The only way we can create an even better world is by teaching our own children the same thing. 

15. “I think that anything that has privileges have responsibility and all people that is clear about their responsibility has compromise.”

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When we assume new responsibilities in life, it can be hard. Like when our parents leave you with their car to take care of or when your boss gives you a new role. It’s all about acknowledging these new roles and learning to compromise with yourself. 

16.  “Staying occupied displaces preoccupation and problems, and when we face our problems, they disappear.”

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Keep busy. That’s the key to staying away from life being stale and running into unnecessary problems. So that means helping our your primo with that project or lending a hand to your abuela in the kitchen. Trust us on this one. 

17.  “Well, when I was very young, maybe 12 years, I began to make investments.”

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It’s truly never too early to make a lifelong investment that will benefit you in the long run. So, yes take up that idea you’ve been neglecting or that job you’ve always wanted to apply to. You just never know what could happen.

18. “At the end we depart with nothing. We leave behind only our work, family, and friends, and, perhaps, a positive influence which we have planted.”

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How do you want to be remembered when you leave this earth? It’s a tough question we all think about at times. In reality, it’s what we do now and today that only matters when we’re gone. 

19.”In this new wave of technology, you can’t do it all yourself, you have to form alliances.” 

Technology is moving quick and at times we forget where we stand in it all. This means reaching out to strangers, making those social relationships and not losing sight of reality.  

20.“Courage taught me no matter how bad a crisis gets… any sound investment will eventually pay off.”

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Ever lose a wallet or even take a financial hit? It happens but it’s all about how we get up from these low moments and getting that courage to bounce back. Yes, getting dumped isn’t the best feeling but we’ve all been there and can assure you there is a tomorrow. 

21.”With good perspective of history we can have a better understanding of the past and present, and thus a clear vision of the future.”

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Our story is our background. It’s important to know this and get a perspective of where we come from. So be sure to listen when your papa talks about his childhood or your tio who won’t stop telling stories of his upbringing. These are the tales of your history that will help you understand the future. 

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