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

Selena is and will always be La Reina in our hearts. We literally can’t think of a time when she wasn’t a major part of our lives. From our childhoods to our college days and right into adulthood, Selena has been a moment of pride in the Latino community. So, it just makes sense that we would throw Selena-themed birthday parties for our kids. That’s exactly what Lily Martinez, aka @lilylove213, did for her daughter, @selibeliloves.

Lily Martinez gave her daughter the birthday party of a lifetime.

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Martinez told mitú that her daughter’s favorite song is “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by the timeless Selena. Martinez was able to take that fact and turned it into an entire party. Honestly, why couldn’t our parents think of the same kind of party for us? Who wouldn’t love a Selena-themed party?

First of all, the backdrop for the cakes was everything.

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Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by metallic fringe in their special day? It just really adds that pizzazz factor that every party needs in order to really make it top notch. Bravo.

Obviously, Selena’s favorite flowers made their appearance in the cake.

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Roses are always a good idea, tbh. But to put them in a cake to celebrate the one and only Selena is something magical. Clearly, La Reina would have been muy excited to see this cake.

Martinez says she and her daughter sat down and created the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” sign together. They got some letters from the craft store, painted them then added glitter and created an iconic cake topper.

What’s for lunch? Pizzas, of course.

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You can’t throw a Selena party and not use her favorite food. Not having pizzas would be a crime against La Reina and her devoted fans. Gotta represent in the most authentic way.

Oh. @selibelilove definitely had some outfit changes because, duh.

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Little girl slayed all of her looks. Now, we all remember how embarrassing and frustrating it was when mom took thousands of photos of us at out birthday parties. However, who doesn’t want their own Selena photoshoot?

She was an icon in Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” outfit.

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That’s how to nail a look. It isn’t all about the clothes. It is clear that this little fashionista is ready to serve looks no matter where she is.

And, of course, no Selena party is complete without a purple jumpsuit.

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Sure. It isn’t part of the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” music video but the look is the look. Everyone knows that this is the most iconic look to ever be associated with Selena.

Mommy was even dressed up for the party in her own Selena t-shirt.

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Talk about an adorable mom and daughter duo. Mom supporting her daughter’s love of all things Selena. Daughter letting moment take thousands of photos. Truly incredible.

Happy birthday, you little Selenita, you.

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Keep on slaying and keep on serving those looks. Selena would be proud.

READ: Here’s Why One Professor In San Diego Started A Course On Selena And Latino Media

From Mordida To Having Enough Beer To Fill A Stadium, Mexican Birthday Parties For Kids Are Where The Real People Turn Up

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From Mordida To Having Enough Beer To Fill A Stadium, Mexican Birthday Parties For Kids Are Where The Real People Turn Up

There are tons of perks to getting older. You’re finally allowed to do all the things you couldn’t wait to do when growing up. You have more personal freedoms and — with every year you get another opportunity to celebrate your birthday. As awesome as these events can be, they never quite live up to the birthday parties of our childhoods. 

The piñatas, the presents, the pastel — these celebrations were really one of a kind and have set the standard for all the merry-making of our lives. There’s really nothing like the gatherings of our early years and we have plenty of fond memories that prove that our childhood birthday parties really couldn’t be beat when it came to food, fun and family.

1. Getting to go all out with your birthday outfit.

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Just like our parties nowadays, birthdays are an occasion to show out with our best looks. Back then it might have meant appearing in your prettiest princess dress or whatever outfit you had to grab everyone’s attention. Whatever it was, it needed to let the whole party know that they were there for your big day. 

2. Having your party be an excuse for a mini-family reunion. 

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Your birthday party was basically an excuse for your parents to invite every adult they knew. That mostly meant an invite to family members you couldn’t really remember. This wasn’t a problem, though. After all, more guests means more presents. 

3. Getting cash slipped to you as you greet all your tias and tios.

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Speaking of presents, remember when your older family members would causally slip you the best birthday present there is. We’re talking about cold, hard cash. Your birthday party was the one day of the year where your mom didn’t have to nag you about saying “hi” to everyone. You were already ready to get that green even if it meant letting all the tias pinch your cheeks. 

4. Going wild with your primos in the bounce house.

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The bounce house is a staple at any birthday party but they really posed an opportunity for us to go wild as kids. This wasn’t meant to be a relaxing jump; most of the time we were honestly trying to tip this thing over.

5. Taking that same energy to the dance floor when your favorite song came on.

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Another place that we were able to let loose was the dance floor. Back then, it didn’t matter if we didn’t know the dance moves or didn’t have the rhythm down. All that mattered was that we were tiring ourselves out and working up an appetite. 

6. The overwhelming amount of food your family prepared.

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Speaking of being hungry, if there’s one thing that our culture appreciates, it’s food. Back in the day, we all had bottomless stomachs and didn’t have to worry about la dieta. Those were the days. 

7. Having more beer than kids at the party.

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It didn’t seem strange when we were kids, but it definitely makes us laugh now. Growing up, there was always an excess of cerveza at every party we went to. Be it baby shower or christening, beer was always in supply but no time more than during our childhood birthday parties. Now we’re the one’s bring the six-packs into the parties.  

8. Whacking that piñata filled with all your favorite candy.

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No party is complete without a piñata. Who among us doesn’t have a picture like this from one of our parties. While most of us are now on piñata duty, back then we got to take out our aggression by whacking the candy out of these party staples. 

9. Having all your drunken tios singing “Happy Birthday” to you.

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Back during these childhood birthdays, we would have to sit through “Happy Birthday” in both English and Spanish. Sometimes, “Las Mañanitas” was also brought out depending how drunk the tios were. Now, when we suffer through that as adults, it’s usually our friends drunkenly singing to us. 

10. That one family member that just had to smash your face into the cake. 

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Some things you never grow out of and this is one of them. We call this a birthday facial and the sooner you get it over with, the sooner we can eat some cake. 

11. Surviving a cascarones battle with all the other kids (and some of the adults).

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Cascarones are the colorful, confetti-filled eggs that Mexicans have during Easter and at birthday parties. You definitely don’t miss these if you were the kid all the other kids targeted. We’ve still got confetti in our hair from our last cascaron battle. 

12. Having tons of pictures taken of you all throughout the party.

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Having a whole group of people yell at you to smile while blinding you with flashes doesn’t seem like it would be a fond memory but it is. Maybe that’s why we love taking selfies so much.

13. Planning next years party before your last guest even leaves the house.

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One year down and, hopefully, many more to go. When we were kids, we never minded growing older. Catch us at the next children’s birthday party, reliving these memories as adults.

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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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