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This Elementary School Held A Flash Mob Where Kids Dressed Up And Danced To Selena And Celia Cruz And I’m Crying At My Desk

The fear of losing our Latinidad as our kids learn to assimilate to American culture is very real. As new and older generations come and go, younger Latinos born in the U.S. are less likely to speak Spanish, and know how to cook certain recipes or the moves of certain dances. Fortunately, one elementary located in the city of Los Angeles, California is taking literal steps and classes to ensure la cultura never dies.

In a recent post to the elementary school’s Facebook page, little kids are seen putting on a performance of Selena’s “La Caracha.”

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In the video posted to Facebook, dozens of kindergarten students from Euclid Avenue Elementary are seen dancing along to “La Carcacha.” While the boys wear leather vests, the girls are suited up in outfits that channel Selena’s purple jumpsuit.

But the display of vida did NOT stop there.

The event soon turned into a display of Afro-Latina celebration when the school’s second graders turned up for Celia Cruz

Like just LOOK at all of those little Celia’s in training dancing to “La Vida Es Un Carnaval.”

And because the party could just not stop the school’s First Graders danced to “Un Poco Loco” from Coco.

Honestly, my heart is about to burst watching these little guys expertly dance to the “Coco” theme song. And not only are the kids wearing the sweetest traditional outfits the little boys are wearing fake guitars!!!!

Guys!! And The Third Graders Dance the Tarantela!

And there goes my heart. Bursting into a million little pieces and being simultaneously full again.

The Comments in This Photo That Chris Perez Shared of Selena Proves That Her Fandom is Truly Timeless

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The Comments in This Photo That Chris Perez Shared of Selena Proves That Her Fandom is Truly Timeless

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It’s been 24 years since the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla, died. But, that doesn’t stop fans from continuing to honor the legacy of one of the most influential Latina singers in history. On Saturday, Selena’s widower Chris Pérez took to Facebook to share what looked to be a candid photo of Quintanilla dancing on stage with Los Dinos.

The photo shows La Reina de Tejano dancing on stage in full Selena regalia. Decked out in a sparkling green jumpsuit, her hands are raised in the air, clapping along to the beat of the music. In the background of the photo, Pérez is pictured playing his guitar in his signature 90s hairdo and leather pants. 

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This candid snapshot is one of many that fans continue to circulate long after the Latina music superstar has passed. 

In an emotional caption, Pérez expressed his gratitude to the Selena fans who keep her memory alive through sharing memories like the aforementioned photo. Under the post, he waxes nostalgic, writing that “sometimes I come across some fan pics and it feels like this all happened a whole other lifetime ago…on a whole other planet”.

He goes on to praise the legion of Selena fans, saying that he is “grateful” to have shared “moments like this with her, the band, and especially her fans who continue to love her and pass that love on down to the younger generations.”

Pérez finished off his post by telling loyal Selena fans that they kick major ass!”

Pérez’s post obviously resonated with fans. The post racked up almost 30,000 likes and, as of Wednesday, has received over 900 comments. Lifelong fans of Selena’s took to the comments section to share memories of growing up listening to Selena. Some even shared pictures of their own children dancing to Selena’s music or celebrating Selena-themed birthday parties. 

Pérez and Quintanilla’s relationship was complicated from the start, with Selena’s father Abraham famously disapproving of her choice in a boyfriend. Abraham believed that Chris’s bad-boy, hard rock image had the potential to damage Selena’s squeaky-clean image. He even kicked Pérez off of the Selena y Los Dinos tour bus when he found out they were secretly dating. 

The comment section is full of people sharing touching stories about Selena, and the memories they made and continue to make thanks to her. 

All the love in the comments section was further proof that the admiration for Selena Quintanilla is trans-generational. Fans shared all of the powerful ways Selena’s music has touched their lives. One fan wrote, “My younger Daughters requested on Thanksgiving to listen to Selena with their Dad. He played ‘I Could Fall In Love’ and ‘Dreaming Of You’ and they said, ‘I love Selena so much!’. And their Dad said, ‘Daddy does, too! If it wasn’t for Mommy, [we] wouldn’t know of or love Selena, we know of her because Mommy loves her.’”.

This isn’t the first time Chris Pérez has expressed his gratitude for Selena fans. In 2012, he published a book titled “To Selena With Love” that detailed “the touching and sometimes painful memories of their very private bond”. In the book, he wrote that he “knew on some level how popular Selena was, of course, but when she passed away, the outpour of love and support [they] got from the fans stunned [him]”. In “To Selena”, he wrote “Her fans have continued to keep Selena’s memory alive and I am grateful to them for that.”

Selena fans have never been shy about expressing their admiration for the strong and passionate relationship Chriz Pérez and Selena Quintanilla had.

You could even say there are two Selena fan groups: one for her music and another for her relationship with her husband. 

This fan has some thoughts about Pérez’s undying devotion to his late wife: 

It’s true that his actions over the years prove that there will always be a place in his heart for Selena. 

This Selena fan knows what she wants when it comes to #boyfriendgoals.

Girl, same.

This fan is dedicated enough to have looked at both of their astrology charts.

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Further proof that their love was written in the stars. 

This Latina can’t contain her emotions over the story of these star-crossed lovers.

At least we know that Selena’s memory will always live on in her music as well as the hearts of her fans.

Amid All The Drama Of The Latin Grammys And Urbano Music, Here’s What Happened At Last Night’s Latin Grammys

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Amid All The Drama Of The Latin Grammys And Urbano Music, Here’s What Happened At Last Night’s Latin Grammys

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The 2019 Latin Grammys hosted by Ricky Martin kicked off yesterday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There were some big wins for Juan Luis Guerra, Mon Laferte, Christian Nodal, Bad Bunny, Luis Enrique and — much to many Latinxs’ chagrin — Spanish singers Rosalia, who won Album of the Year, and Alejandro Sanz.

However, there were many highlights of the evening as well. Legends Celia Cruz, Juan Gabriel, Joan Sebastian, and Gustavo Cerati received a lavish tribute. Vincente Fernandez made his story when he brought his son Alejandro and grandson Alex Jr. on stage to perform. Bad Bunny gave a disruptive speech about the Latin Grammys snubbing reggaeton artists, and strangely enough, a member of Metallica showed up. These are the 2019 Latin Grammys highlights. 

A tribute to late Latinx legends ushers in a star-studded 2019 Latin Grammys. 

Brazillian singer Anitta was accompanied by merengue veterans Olga Tañon and Milly Quezada to perform a samba and merengue infused version of “La Vida es un Carnaval,” to honor Celia Cruz. Then Mexican crooners Carlos Rivera, Reik, and Leon Garcia came on stage to perform JuanGa’s “Querida.” 

Natalia Jimenez, Calibre 50, and Prince Royce performed Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian’s “Secreto de Armor.” Ricky Martin was joined by Draco Rosa, Fito Paez, and Beto Cuevas to honor Gustavo Cerati with their rendition of Soda Stereo’s “Musica Ligera.” 

Miguel sang in Spanish and everyone lost their minds.

Miguel performed a Spanglish version of “Show Me Love” with Alicia Keys. After the Mexican heartthrob sang his parts in Spanish, people on Twitter kind of lost it. 

“Miguel singing in Spanish is making me feel some type of waaaay *heart eyes*,” one user wrote. 

“Seeing @Miguel sing during the Latin Grammys with @aliciakeys was something else. Sensual and romantic at the same time,” another Twitter user wrote.

“My parents are watching Latin Grammys and I look up to see Miguel and Alicia Keys performing I was likeajxjdjxj,” a stunned user wrote. 

Mon Laferte bared her chest on the red carpet for Chilean rights.

We can’t exactly show you the full photo, but Chilean musician Mon Laferte, who won Best Alternative Music Album, bravely exposed her breasts to get the public’s attention about human rights in Chile. Written across her decollete in black ink were the words “En Chile Torturan Violan,” which translates to “In Chile They Torture, Rape, And Kill.” 

At least 20 people have been killed during protests in Chile about wealth inequality (the nation is one of Latin America’s wealthiest) and better social services following the government’s announcement of higher subway fares. Tens of thousands of protesters set up fiery barricades and confronted riot police in October. 

Vincente Fernandez showed three generations of Mexican artistry. 

“I’m a grateful man for my family and my music,” Vicente Fernandez said as he was joined on stage by his son Alejandro and grandson Alex. “When you listen to the voice of who has your blood, you feel immortal.” 

Alejandro performed his latest single “Caballero.” Throughout the tear-jerking performance by the trio, family photos were displayed in the background. 

 “I still needed to sing 50 more songs but I owe it to you. All I want to say to God and my public is that you know you are a part of me until the day they bury me. Thank you,” Vincente said after receiving a standing ovation. 

Bad Bunny stood up to the industry while accepting his reward. 

Bad Bunny scored his first Latin Grammy for Best Urban Album for X100Pre. Bunny was one of many artists to join Maluma in defending reggaeton against the industry’s consistent snubbing of musicians of the genre.

 “Reggaeton is part of Latin music,” he said. “To my colleagues, let’s give it our all. The genre has become about views and numbers but we have to bring different things to the table.”

Nella won Best New Artist. 

Venezuelan artist Nella, a Berkeley College of Music alumni, won Best New Artist. She snagged the tile from Paulo Londra, Greeicy, Aitina, and Cami. 

“This is for everyone who, like me, comes from another country looking for new opportunities,” she said.

Juanes win Person of the Year and gets a surprise from Metallica.

Colombian rock musician Juanes won Person of the Year after performing a medley of songs including “A Dios Le Pido” and “La Camisa Negra.” He was surprised by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich who presented him the award. 

 “You guys changed my life,” Juanes told Ulrich. The drummer says he met Juanes ago while performing in Mexico. 

“Tonight we come full circle. I proclaim myself a Juanes fan, my friend, my parcero, I’m proud to recognize you as Person of the Year for the Latin Recording Academy,” Ulrich said.