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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.

Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer

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Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer

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Hold on to your heart, chica. Netflix is coming for it and your tears.

Fans of Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla are used to talk of production studios wanting to tell her story. Since the “Baila Esta Cumbia” singer’s death in 1995, fans have seen her story retold as a movie starring Jennifer Lopez and a 2018 series by Telemundo. Recently Netflix announced that they were going for the grab on her story, this time with a biographical drama web television series. While fans were treated to updates for “Selena: The Series” throughout the summer and earlier fall, Netflix officially dropped its biggest news yet with a teaser.

And there’s no doubt the nostalgia and passion of it all will make you tear up and ready for some cumbia.

Released on Tuesday, the Netflix series’ trailer teased a first look of actress Christian Serratos as the Tejano Queen in all of her jumpsuit glory.

This past August, Netflix announced that they had cast Serratos, best known for her roles in “The Walking Dead,” “Twilight,” and the Nickelodeon show “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” as the beloved Mexican-American singer. In the newly released one-minute trailer, Serratos can be seen channeling Selena’s classic looks as she looks over a script and practices some of the singer’s most recognizable dance moves. Donned in red lipstick, feathered bangs and later Selena’s iconic purple jumpsuit,  Serratos can also be seen greeting the two stars, Ricardo Chavira and Seidy Lopez, playing her parents Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla.

The Netflix teaser trailer ends with someone out of frame calling, “Alright, Christian, We’re ready to shoot” before Serratos gives a smirk to the camera and stepping on stage to sing “Como La Flor.”

The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online.

 Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.

Family Members Of A Selena Tribute Artist Say That She Has Been Detained By ICE Despite Her DACA Status

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Family Members Of A Selena Tribute Artist Say That She Has Been Detained By ICE Despite Her DACA Status

In a sad turn of events this past Saturday, a vital supporter of a Latino community on the west coast of the United States has been detained by ICE.

Karol Posada, 28-year-old tribute artist of Selena Quintanilla captured the artistry and vocals sounds of the Tejano singer, carrying on her legacy by wearing her famed outfits. In an interview with VICE in 2015, Posadas said that she started signing because of Selena. ” Every Latina that was born with a Latina mom — you know, you see the movie and you get inspired. She was like an idol, the person that you always want to be when you grow up if you’re a singer,” she told the site.

According to reports, Posadas was returning from a performance tour in Texas on Nov. 2 when she was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers at the airport in Harlingen, Texas.

Posadas– who is a participant of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals– moved from Guatemala as a teen.

She was raised in the San Fernando Valley and lived there at the time of her arrest. A GoFundME page launched in an attempt to raise money for the singer’s release says that she fled from Guatemala “escape the dangers and threats of her home country.” The site also says that Posadas was detained on Saturday while attempting to return home from a tour in Texas. It is unclear as to whether own not Posadas still has DACA protection.

Thus far, the GoFundMe page created in her honor has raised over $4,000. The site does not detail what the funds are for, but they are likely to help cover her legal fees.

Posadas’s GoFundMe page says that she is currently being kept at an overcrowded ICE facility in El Valle, Texas.

On Friday, the Los Angeles Daily News reported that the GoFundMePage had alleged that she is being forced by the facility in El Valle to “to sleep on the floor, denied access to basic personal care products, and denied medical attention for her heart condition.”

The GoFundMe page for Posadas reads says that “Posadas is a Selena tribute artist, who has been helping in keeping her image, music, and likeness alive, as well as a singer in her own right. On Saturday 11/2/19 while returning from a tour in Texas,  she was detained by immigration at Harlingen airport. Karol is a DACA recipient, she is an outstanding person, with no criminal record, who was brought to this country by her family at a young age, to escape the dangers and threats of her home country Guatemala. She has been kept at an overcrowded facility in El Valle, and forced to sleep on the floor, denied access to basic personal care products, and denied medical attention for her heart condition, that jeopardizes her health and for which she needs treatment. We are running against time. Please help us cover the legal fees and expenses necessary to have her released. Please help us free Karol Posadas. We are working-class people, with no influence or money, so for society, our voices do not matter, and the human rights violations that she has been subjected to will go unheard. Help us change that!”

Fans of Posadas have been sharing the news of her detainment and using the hashtag #freekarolposadas to demand her release.

In a post to Instagram, a fan of Posadas shared the hashtag and wrote that it was “crazy how we see all this in the news you never think it will hit close to home in this case the #selenaquintanilla community I will be trying to coordinate a raffle/ sale or auction in the next 24-48 hours all proceeds to benefit to #freekarolposadas link in my bio let’s keep @karolposadasofficial in our prayers.”

Another user who goes by the name of @simepreselenass on Instagram wrote that they were “so saddened by this news, and I pray that she is at least well, since I can imagine just how unsafe those detention centers are. I don’t know her personally, but she messaged me a few times and is the most wonderful woman.”

“My heart is in pieces from this situation, especially because the people that support her including her husband are working class folks with no real influence who can only do so much to overcome these tragic circumstances. She needs our help. Please click on the link on my bio and help me free Karol. Time is ticking and especially because of her medical condition we must all come together and help this beautiful soul gain a chance at standing up for herself against the injustices of this current administration and the steps it has taken to marginalize and disenfranchise OUR people. Thank you everyone in advance,” wrote @rainbisour in a post to her Instagram page that also used the #freekarolposadas hashtag which has so far only been used 28 times.

An article by the Houston Chronicle reported that the manager of Posadas band: Roberto Cadilha, claimed that she was in fact a DACA recipient.

 According to the report, Posadas DACA documentation was in the process of renewal at the time of her arrest, but she had not yet received her physical document. Cadilha also told the Chronicle that she was holding up alright, but because of her heart condition she is currently experiencing “pain in her chest, constantly.” He also added that she had been sleeping on the floor but was eventually given a bed.