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The 2019 Latina Graduates Are Obsessed With Latina More Than Most And Their Caps Prove It

You’ve just spent years slaving away to get that diploma. Late night after late night writing essay after essay, studying for exam after exam. So what do you do now? Decorate your graduation cap, of course! To get you into the spirit of things, we’ve put together some inspiration for you: some snazzy snaps of Selena Quintanilla-themed graduation caps. 

1. Selena says it all.

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It doesn’t get much more exciting than earning that degree! So why not show it on your cap? Clearly, they’re words of wisdom from the OG hard worker herself.

2. “Bye Bye” to study.

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Probably the best thing about finishing study is to say so long, farewell to all of the last-minute cram sessions, the tears and tantrums when the printer doesn’t work, and the terrors of group work. Bidi Bidi bye bye, indeed!

3. When in doubt, go all out in glitter.

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Did someone say eye-catching? It might be hard to tell, but aside from the cute tiny pearls, this cap has little diamantes spread throughout the rest of the decorations. Is it striking? Yes. It is extra? Also yes. 

4. Song lyrics say it best.

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Probably one of the easiest ways to find fellow Selena fans is to just slap some song lyrics on your cap. Maybe spend the day humming the tune and come up with a dance routine to really drive your point home. And of course, put a picture of Selena on your cap, too. Make it clear, babes: you’re not only here to grab that certificate, you’re here to spend the day with kindred souls.

5. Flowers? Check.

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A fake flower or two is bound to complete your cap. But please, for the love of all that is holy and right, avoid using real flowers. It will take less than 0.05 seconds for them to wilt in the sun while you’re getting your photos taken. And while you’re at it, remember that you get bonus points for matching your nails to the color of the flowers.

6. Como la flor.

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Flowers for spring? Ground-breaking. But, in all honesty, if you’re bound to be given flowers to celebrate your educational victory, why not go the extra mile and have them all over your cap? The way to go is to mix it up with sizes – find cute little tiny ones to adorn the cap, and then finish it with a real centrepiece, extra AF, supermassive flower. You’re bound to get some looks. 

7. A sassy wave goodbye is the best kind of wave goodbye.

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After all those years keeping your head down, studying hard … or at least, stressing about studying hard, it’s satisfying as heck to know that you’re not going to have to do it anymore. So why not get Selena to say the goodbye for you with a sassy wave? 

8. Who says that your cap has to be black?

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Because a bright blue is an excellent way to show that you’re anything but feeling blue about graduating! 

9. School colors are the way to go.

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If you’re going to go for the aesthetic, then it’s time to go all out on the school colors and show off your amazing attention to detail. 

10. Wanna say something important? 

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Sometimes the best way to say something is to just cover the cap in words. Because really, you’re going to be surrounded by people who’ve spent the last few years of their life with their noses in books. Would it kill them to read something else, one last time?

11. Red, plus glitter, equals one fab cap.

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Have you got a penchant for drawing people? Then maybe it’s high time you show off your skills, babes. Especially for any of you out there that have just finished studying fine art – because, really, the day isn’t just about bragging about your smarts, it’s also about showing off your creativity.

12. When in doubt, go classy.

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A simple white and cream look can really drive home the fact that you’re one classy babe, and you’ve finally out-classed the education establishment.

13. A ‘90s pinboard look never goes astray.

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Because sometimes, it’s not about being extra, or being classy. It’s about showing that, deep down inside, you value cute kitschy things – and not even a diploma is going to change that about you. We know you’re still Jenny from the block.

14. Reflective décor for a reflective day.

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The reflective look isn’t just for traffic controllers and construction workers. It’s also for babes like you, who know that they’re moving on to bigger and better things.

15. Nothing says empowerment more than saying bye to the establishment.

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And it’s not just you saying bidi bidi bye bye to the establishment. Selena herself was criticised by the establishment for her revealing clothing. And did she let that stop her? No. Instead, she put flowers on her revealing clothing, and kept on smashing records and selling out stadiums. Don’t be like the establishment, be like Selena.

16. Be strategic in your decoration placement.

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Let’s face it, you’ve got to be practical with your decoration placement. You’re going to be wearing your cap for a long time – or, at least, what feels like a long time. And, it’ll feel even longer if you’ve put something heavy on the front of the cap. Stick all of the heavier, bigger things towards the back of the cap, and you’ll be good as gold on the day.

17. Why wear a flower crown when you could wear a flower cap?

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Hey, you can go all out on a flower crown aesthetic, show how much you love Selena, and support a good cause on your cap, too! 

18. Who says you’re limited to decorating only on the cap?

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If you do it right, you can let your decorations hang off the side of the cap. Just make sure they’re not in your face!

19. A play on words can be effective AF.

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Bidi bidi bye bye? More like bidi bidi done done! You’re 10,000 percent done with study and it’s time that the world knows it.

20. Think about balance.

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And no, we’re not talking about finding the right heels for the day – although, that is important too! Here, we can see that Selena’s iconic quote’s been changed just a little bit. But it’s made the cap all the better for it, since the text is visually balanced. Hey, you’ve gotta think about these things! 

There’s no doubt about it: Selena Quintanilla was an icon. So much so, that she still makes waves today! Which means you’ve got a big legacy to live up to – it’s time to take your education and make good use of it! But do you know what you want to do after studying? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

Recently, it was announced that this year’s Grammy Awards were postponed until March thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. The news disappointed many Selena fans who were excited to see her posthumously awarded a lifetime achievement award.

However, her family has reiterated their intent to collect the award on Selena’s behalf, with her brother telling TMZ that they plan to make a family affair out of it.

Selena’s brother A.B. says the family is ready to accept her posthumous Grammy.

Selena’s older broth, A.B. Quintanilla recently spoke to TMZ about the family accepting Selena’s latest Grammy on her behalf. He said with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Selena’s parents will most likely stay home and that he and his sister Suzette Quintanilla will be in attendance if there’s an in-person ceremony.

“Coming on the end of [the pandemic], I would say that it’s not safe for my mother and father,” A.B. said. “They probably would be staying in.”

The Academy recently announced that the award show would be a smaller, virtual event taking place in March. But that’s no issue according to A.B. He said that he’s got grand plans to turn his sister’s award into a family affair and that they’ve got their popcorn ready.

He also says it feels like Selena’s still here whenever she wins an award or sets new records, even though it’s been a quarter-century since she was murdered.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because she’s breaking these records and she’s doing wonderful things but unfortunately she’s not here,” he admits. “It’s strange how people in their mindset, and even with me sometimes, it feels like she is here…I’m just happy to have been a part of it and that people are still enjoying the beautiful art that made because those pieces that Selena made, in the music world, those are van Gogh’s.”

A.B. also spoke about Netflix’s Selena: The Series, which debuted last month.

He said the series sheds more light on how their family played a part in Selena’s success. A.B. was Selena’s primary producer and songwriter and Suzette was the drummer in her band.

It would be great to see the whole family [accept Selena’s award],” A.B. said. “As people are seeing in the series, this was a family effort. A lot of people are in shock going, ‘Whoa A.B.! We didn’t know you were the guy that wrote the hits and you wrote the music and you had so much pressure on you.’ I’m very grateful for the series and for people learning from the series.”

The Grammy will not be Selena’s first.

In 1994, she became the first female Tejano singer to win in the Best Mexican-American Album category. During her award acceptance speech, Selena thanked her family. Her brother and sister helped to write, produce, and also played instruments on the album. Selena’s father Abraham worked as her manager.

Selena was nominated after her first Grammy win in 1995 for her fourth studio album, Amor Prohibido. Though she did not win the award, was thankful to be thought of in such high regard. She told a reporter at the time, “Just to be around these artists who are considered to be heavyweights is an honor.”

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

“Selena” is one of the most influential and impactful movies of our generation. We all remember watching Jennifer Lopez embody the Tejana queen of music. The 1997 biopic is a classic and there is finally talk of including it in the National Film Registry.

“Selena” is one of the most impactful movies of our childhoods.

The 1997 movie was something that we watched over and over when we were younger. We sang the songs and basically learned all of the lines of this movie. It is arguably one of the first times we saw our culture and one of our icons’ stories told for the masses.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing for “Selena” to officially be recognized.

Movies are a crucial part of telling the full story of American life. The National Film Registry is a list of movies that are honored for their cultural impact. “Real Women Have Curves,” “West Side Story,” and “Zoot Suit” are all part of the National Film Registry. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote a letter asking for the consideration of “Selena.”

“As a next step, we also wish to formally nominate the 1997 film ‘Selena’ for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2021,” reads the letter. “Directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos, the film depicts the life, remarkable rise, and tragic death of Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla.”

There is a lot of hope that the Library of Congress will make this happen.

Selena represents that first major and successful jumps from the Latino market to the mainstream that many of us can remember. We finally had someone who looked like us and understood our cultural struggles in a real way. Our story was being told and the film about the music icon was so important in guiding some of us through our own cultural struggles.

“The film also touches on important themes of cultural identity and assimilation faced by Mexican American communities as they navigate their personal connections to two cultures and languages,” the letter continues to explain. “The film has become a beloved icon of Latino culture and has found widespread mainstream success, proving once and for all that Latino stories are American stories.”

Selena is the kind of cultural phenomenon that comes once in a lifetime.

The singer was able to build an impressive legacy that has endured for longer than she was alive. We were raised with her music and told her story over and over to keep us all tuned in to the fact that we could do anything. If Selena could break into the mainstream audience, we could all be that successful.

“Given its importance as a work of Latino cinema, we believe it is deserving of preservation at the Library of Congress. We trust you will give ‘Selena’ careful consideration, and hope to see it included in the titles added to the National Film Registry in 2021,” Rep. Castro further explains in the letter. “We also expect to identify other films which feature the American Latino experience and urge you to devote careful consideration to Latino films when considering films for the registry as well.”

Here’s hoping that “Selena” gets the official recognition it clearly deserves.

We all have our fingers crossed that this movie will earn its place in the National Film Registry because it deserves that kind of praise.

READ: Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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