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Dying Over This OTT Selena-Themed Birthday Party That Had Yolanda Saldivar Present

Thanks to social media, we get to see all kinds of pictures from awesome parties. The food, the piñatas, the dancing and the guests; seeing these videos and pics on Twitter and Instagram makes us feel like we were actually there to enjoy the festivities, too.

However, we think we recently found the party to end all parties and the theme was fit for Tejano royalty.

Back in July, Texan Jesús Antonio Sanchez threw himself a Selena-themed birthday party and the pictures of his fiesta are amazing!

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Sanchez is a Houstonian who works as an emergency dispatcher for an energy company. For his 32nd birthday, he decided to do it big and throw himself a party themed after his favorite singer. He started planning the big event two months prior to the party — his first since his 12th birthday. Sanchez spoke with MITÚ about his big day.

“Selena holds a special place in my heart,” the Texan explained. “She was the first singer/person I idolized growing up. I actually attended her Rodeo concert when I was 8 where she wore the famous purple jumpsuit!”

The party came complete with custom made Selena themed decorations and goodies.

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For the party, Sanchez used his own creative skills to add to the decor with a custom drawn Selena cardboard cutout, a Selena Snapchat filter and Selena-themed centerpieces. We can only imagine how flattered the Queen of Tejano would be if she saw these innovative details.

“I actually drew the cutout on my iPad Pro (with the exception of her face, I didn’t want to draw her incorrectly and insult her beauty) and had it sent to be made,” Sanchez shared. “I also drew the Selena Snapchat filter used for the day of the party. Snapchat sent me the statistics and says it was viewed more than 7,000 times! I didn’t get to take a picture but the centerpieces were empty Mexican Coca-Cola bottles with a white rose inside.”

The party food was pizza, Selena’s favorite, and Sanchez played the entire Rodeo Houston soundtrack during the party.

“I was happily surprised when my friends and family erupted in cheer when she asked the famous words upon hitting the stage; ‘How you doing, Houston, Texas!?’”

Sanchez also used the expertise of cake masters in order to get his microphone-shaped cake pops and Astrodome cake.

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Richmond cake studio, Epiphanies Dessert Studio, took care of crafting the cake pop microphones for the Selena fan. Ruby Cakes, a Houston bakery, was commissioned to make the cake for the birthday party. Sanchez opted to get a cake in the shape of the Houston landmark, the Astrodome, to commemorate Selena’s iconic final appearance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

“I didn’t want to get a cake in the shape of her just to cut [Selena] up, Sanchez told MITÚ. “So I got it in the shape of the Astrodome since it’s already the perfect shape of a cake.”

While these touches are incredibly original, we have to say the party’s piñata is our favorite detail. 

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Just as Sanchez didn’t want to cut up his icon, he didn’t want a Selena shaped piñata that would eventually get beat up by his party goers. So, he came up with a better solution — a piñata shaped like Selena’s murderer, Yolanda Saldivar.  
“The piñata was made by this talented lady who owns a business called Piñatas Crystal. People usually get piñatas made of their favorite characters. But it makes no sense that you would want to beat up your favorite character. The adults who attended the party and grew up listening to [Selena] wanted to be the first ones to hit the piñata!”

The incredible pictures of his party received lots of attention when Sanchez posted them on his Twitter account.

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This Twitter user expressed exactly what we were all thinking when we saw that piñata. They shared this gif of Beyoncé from her “Hold Up” music video and we definitely feel this energy. We’re just waiting for our time up at bat.

This tweet pointed out that the party theme was super creative and had just the right levels of disrespectful towards Saldivar. 

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We can’t think of a more touching way to honor Sanchez’s love for Selena than to make her the focus of a celebration of his life. As for Saldivar, she should be so lucky to even be included in the same breath as La Reyna.

We have to say that we L-O-V-E Sanchez’s theme and are super impressed by the effort he put into the party. Here’s hoping we get an invite to his next fiesta!

Whitney Houston’s Estate Released Images Of Her Hologram And Basically It’s As Scary As Seeing La Llorona

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Whitney Houston’s Estate Released Images Of Her Hologram And Basically It’s As Scary As Seeing La Llorona

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Last year when the world learned that the estate of the later singer Whitney Houston planned to send her hologram on your, there was a mass of objections and outcries. Now that a sneak peek of the tour has been released, fans have dug in their heels.

“An Evening With Whitney : The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” will begin on February 25 in the UK.

While Houston’s death occurred eight years ago, her estate has decided to bring her back to life for fans by giving her a new tour experience. According to The New York Post, “‘An Evening With Whitney’ was designed with Whitney’s image in mind, Pat Houston, the singer’s former manager and head of the Whitney Houston estate, said. Whitney planned on giving a more intimate, unplugged-esque tour before she died. And while that never took place when she was alive, the production team behind the hologram has ensured her vision will happen posthumously.”

“We had a discussion about her doing ‘Whitney Unplugged’ or some type of ‘Evening with Whitney,’ and that was really her idea,” Pat Houston said according to the Post. “It’s a dream that was realized by her. So that’s the production. This isn’t something that we’re just putting together. This is something that she wanted to do, and I get very emotional watching this because it is so close to what she wanted. The only thing missing was her, physically.”

Whitney fans have taken to Twitter to voice their horror over the hologram which, in all honesty, is alarming to see at first.

Literally so many fans have been left speechless.

And so many of u shave too many questions.

In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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Long before shops the likes of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 began to bank on her image to sell $54 shirts to non-Latinx hipsters, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an icon and legend for young Latinas living across the globe. Ask a Latina and no doubt she has some sort of connection the Tejano singer whether its coordinating sons to “Baila Esta Cumbia” with her primas or playing her VHS biopic on repeat until the tape ran thin. The queen of Latinx music will always be an influential personality in Latino culture in the United States. Her music and the tragic circumstances of her death made her a pop culture phenomenon that escaped the niche Hispanic market. After her death, Hollywood studios furiously vied for the rights to adapt her incredible rags-to-riches story to the big screen. Selena is a fundamental Latino icon even 23 years after her death in 1995, at the tender age of 23.

Next time someone asks you at a party why you tear up listening to the late great Selena, be sure to serve them with these facts:

1. She brought Tejano music to mainstream America and proved women are capable of anything.

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Before Selena Mexican-American music was considered an eccentricity and was definitely not played in non-Hispanic clubs and radio stations.  Speaking about the experience of being a Latinx signer, Selena once said “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!” No doubt the Texas-born singer changed these harsh attitude during her life and after her untimely death.

2. She valued family

Selena might have gained worldwide notoriety in her own right, but long before she was just Selena she had a career as part of the Quintanilla family group Selena y Los Dinos, where her two older siblings also made pompas shake. Like the rest of us, familia was always important to Selena and she never forgot her origins and the role that her family had in her success. Speaking about the struggles she was grateful for enduring with her family, Selena said “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.”

3. She was proud of her heritage

Singing in Spanish when you’re not fluent can be a pretty challenging act in itself if you want to break into the mainstream, and Selena was unapologetic about her efforts to do so. “I feel very proud to be Mexican,” Selena once said in an interview about her culture. “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.” Many singers and actors of Latino origin change their names for a more English-sounding or a more neutral one. But not our Selena. She didn’t look for a fancy name and good on her: Selena is such a powerful, defining name that shines on any billboard.

4. She knew that not all women are straight-sized and many have curves

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, but it has long been dictated by mass media which has, in so many cases, severely distorted our perceptions of women’s bodies. Selena was proud of her curves. Eso mija, eres una fregona.  “I’m very real, very sincere, and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be,” the star once said in an interview. 

5. She had a unique style

Amidst the customary images and selling points of whitewashed media and the current political turmoils of today, it can be hard for a Latina to feel confident in her identity. Selena did so with aplomb. Her wardrobe choices were interesting and daring in equal measure, which is probably one of the reasons behind her success as a pop culture brand.  She was criticized by more conservative audiences for “revealing too much”. We say al carajo con sus juicios.  Still, the Tejano singer stayed strong her opinions about her self, saying once, “Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

6. Because she showed that Latinas can be captains of their fate as well as the fiercest activists.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better,” Quintanilla once stated in an interview.  Her posthumous campaign with cosmetics giant MAC demonstrated that Latino women in particular and women of color, in general, could and should carry campaigns. She was beautiful and the world needed to see that.

7. She was active in her community “All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do”

As a minority, solidarity is key for the Latino community in the United States, particularly today. Selena embodied community values and never forgot her fellow Mexican-Americans. Certainly an example we should all follow. She grew up in Texas, where migratory patterns and backwards thinking about race make various segments of the Hispanic population feel vulnerable. Power to the people!

8. She urged children to stay en la escuela (don’t drop out, escuincles!)

“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.” Selena knew how important education is for minorities in the United States, and that hard work and academic development are the only way for the community to strive. She constantly visited schools and urged young chamacos not to drop out. Respect.

9. Because she was an independent self-made woman “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away”

She was young but life taught her that all you have is yourself. We can’t believe she was just 23 when she died. Truly wise beyond her years.

Read: Mariah Carey Got Real About Being Biracial And Her Words Will Undoubtedly Have Afro-Latinas Feeling So Seen

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