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Snoop Dogg Is Happy Latin Music If Finally Getting The Respect It Deserves And He’s Also Planning A Collab With Bad Bunny

Snoop Dogg is a proven fan of reggaeton music as he has previously collaborated with artists like Daddy Yankee in the past. He’s also posted regular videos of himself on Instagram listening to banda music. So it’s no surprise that in a new interview he shared the news that he’ll soon be collaborating with Bad Bunny.

Snoop Dogg is showing love to the rising Latin rap scene.

In an interview with Ultra Fiesta, a Spanish-language music channel based in Miami, Snoop discussed the rising Latino music movement. He says he’s keeping an eye on some of the biggest Latin trap artists like Ozuna and Bad Bunny.

“Latin artists deserve respect, they make great music,” he said in the interview. “So it’s overdue, it’s long overdue, and I’m happy that a lot of artists are working with them because they make great music and it’s about time for the world to know that.”

When asked if there are particular artists that he’s listening to, he dropped a big announcement about an upcoming collab with Bad Bunny.

Snoop Dogg confessed that he will soon be recording a collaboration with Latin Trap star Bad Bunny. “Yeah, me and Bad Bunny finna do one real soon.”

He literally dropped one sentence and walked away with a smile on his face. Like, we need more details. When is the collab coming out? Who initiated the collab? We need answers and we need them now.

While no other details have been revealed about the collaboration or when it will be released, fans already can’t wait for it to drop.

“No way Snoop Dogg is going to do a collaboration with Bad Bunny, that is perfect,” @Arearagon tweeted.

Snoop Dogg has had some great collaborations in the past with artists like Pharrell and Akon. I don’t think we’re prepared to see what he’ll drop with an artist like Bad Bunny. It might just be a match made in heaven.

This musical combo has the makings of a huge summer hit.

Fans are excited about this upcoming collaboration and rightfully so. It seems like Snoop has been behind some of summers biggest hits like “Drop it like it’s Hot” and “I Wanna Love You.”

Some are wondering if the collaboration will inspire more rappers to work with some of the rising Latin artists.

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It’s no surprise that Snoop Dogg has started many music trends. In 2011, Snoop broke the mold and worked with pop-star Katy Perry in the song “California Girls”. He showed it doesn’t matter how “tough” you are, it’s always possible to reach across the musical aisle to make some great songs.

Here’s hoping this is just the start of more Hip-hop artists working and producing music with some of reggaeton’s biggest stars.

READ: Bad Bunny Is The Modern Icon The Queer Latino Community Needs And Deserves Right Now. Here’s Why

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.

Read: Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

A Latina Shared A Photo Of Her Taylor Swift ‘Love Story’ Quinceañera Dress And It’s The Dorkiest Thing

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A Latina Shared A Photo Of Her Taylor Swift ‘Love Story’ Quinceañera Dress And It’s The Dorkiest Thing

Everyone remembers what it was like to be a teenage girl: the agony and ecstasy of thinking everything was permanent and the biggest deal in the world. Every crush was the only guy you’d ever love. Every song was the best song ever written. That’s why Taylor Swift’s style of songwriting is perfect for teenage girls’ psyches. Swift’s songs paint the world in black and white, good and bad, love and hate. 

Not to mention, they’re catchy AF. 

One Latina, in particular, seemed to be affected more than the average girl by the fairytale nature of Taylor Swift songs. 

Swift-stan Paola Andrea (who goes by the name of @goodgirlfaith13 on Twitter) is a superfan that puts everyone else to shame. The Orlando-based Latina not only has an Etsy shop called Stitch It Up by Paola in which she sells stickers and other crafts dedicated to T-Swift fandom, but she also runs a Tumblr blog dedicated to Swift and her artistic genius. 

And Andrea’s devotion to Swift runs deep: on her Twitter page, she revealed that she dedicated her entire quinceañera party to a single Taylor Swift song.

Andrea explained that when she turned fifteen, she convinced her parents to let the theme for her quinceañera be Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. For those of you who forget, the video features a teenaged Taylor Swift, dressed up in intricate ballgowns, waltzing with a hot male model who looks to be dressed up as  Mr. Darcy. The video flashes between Taylor daydreaming on her highschool quad and singing from the top of an isolated tower. So, yeah–you could call the video “a mood”. Naturally, Andrea shared an adorable #TBT photo of herself dressed in a ballgown identical to Swift’s costume in the music video.

But when we think about it deeper, this quinceañera theme makes complete sense. Taylor Swift songs ruminate on true love, innocence, fairy tale endings, and the sting of growing pains. What could be more perfect for a celebration of a young woman’s coming-of-age?

In the caption, Andrea shares that she was “so obsessed with the Love Story music video” that she “chose it as a theme for [her] quinceañera”. 

It all makes sense, actually. Taylor Swift’s songs are tailor-made for 15-year-old girls with a princess complex. In Swift’s “Love Story” music video, she channels a princess trapped in a tower in a long, flowing gown. Naturally, she’s waiting for her Prince Charming to come and save her (as every 15-year-old girl with a pulse is doing too). Thankfully, Taylor Swift’s songwriting has evolved since then and she no longer identifies with the “damsel in distress” narrative. Still, this young Latina’s commitment to her fandom is quite inspiring. 

In that same vein, Paola Andrea isn’t the only Latina who used her quinceañera as an opportunity to stan a favorite piece of pop culture.

Twitter, as well as the rest of the internet, is full of Latinas sharing hilarious #TBTs of the unique themes of their quinceañeras.

This girl shared photos of her “Beauty and the Beast”-themed quince:

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Back in 2017  when the Emma Watson-starring “Beauty and the Beast” Disney remake was dominating the box office, 15-year-old girls everywhere were snatching up yellow ballgowns en masse at the nearest mall. Who doesn’t want to be a princess who’s both beautiful and smart? We could take or leave The Beast, however.

This “Harry Potter” fan who convinced her entire Quince party to dress in Hogwarts-style house robes:

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If you see the video from this Latina’s quinceañera, you’ll see that this birthday girl went all-out on her chosen theme. Not only was the entire quince venue decked-out to resemble the Hogwart’s dining hall, but every dinner plate came with a wand and a golden snitch. Not to mention. the guest of honor also had her face photo-shopped onto the movie posters. Now that’s dedication. 

The Latina who loved “The Phantom of The Opera” enough to dedicate a milestone birthday to it:

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Cleverly enough, this quince was held at a theater. We hope there was no actual phantom waiting in the wings to crash the party.

And last but not least, this Birthday Girl who proved what real love is by devoting her entire Quinceañera theme to the cult-favorite fast-food restaurant, “Whataburger”

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This Chicana’s Quinceañera theme was so iconic that Whataburger apparently reached out to her directly to thank her and sent her a gift in the mail as thanks for her loyalty! We don’t know about you, but our madres would’ve whooped our behind if we tried to eat a burger like that in our brand-new quince dress. 

Here’s to all the young Latinas who march to the beat of their own drum! May your quince themes always reflect your unique personalities!