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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.

M.A.C Cosmetics’ Second Selena Quintanilla Collection Is Set To Bring Up Your Quarantine Game This Month

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M.A.C Cosmetics’ Second Selena Quintanilla Collection Is Set To Bring Up Your Quarantine Game This Month

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It’s been four years since MAC launched its capsule collection inspired by the late Tejano icon, Selena. Now, all of these years later, the bigtime cosmetics company is set to release a second collection, this time sooner than you thought.

The Quintanilla family and MAC announced the second launch of Selena La Reina Collection back in late February.

Translated as Selena the Queen, MAC’s updated collection is setting out to revisit the singer’s legacy.

Speaking to Allure magazine about the launch, Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla explained that the new collection is meant to the side of the singer that didn’t sport the signature red lipstick as she did on stage. “Whenever she was offstage, she had her hair pulled into a low bun and very light on the lip, just being Selena as a person. The red lipstick was definitely performance mode,” Quintanilla explained.

Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla announced the collection’s launch date earlier this week in a statement.

This collection is so special to me because it celebrates Selena’s 25-year legacy, and I wanted the packaging to be fun and memorable. The true inspiration behind the packaging is Selena’s iconic rhinestone bra and really led to the holographic feel for the rest of the collection, so it pulled everything together,” Suzette Quintanilla explained in a statement after revealing that the line will appear on April 21 on maccosmetics.com and in select retailers on April 23!

The new collection is set to include makeup from the original line including the beloved Bidi Bidi Bom Bom Lipglass.

For Suzette Quintanilla and the rest of her family, the updated collection is a chance to help younger Selena fans connect with the singer. “We’re in a whole new generation, and they’ve embraced her and they talk about her not just as an artist, but as a role model and what she represents to who we are as Latinos. She was an amazing artist, a great role model, a sweet person, and a real person,” Quintanilla told Allure. “People, especially Latinos, can look at her and think ‘she’s me.'”

Selena Is The First Latina Inducted Into Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail Of Fame

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Selena Is The First Latina Inducted Into Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail Of Fame

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Selena Quintanilla has been a very important part of the Latino community since she first started to record music. Her sound is something we all know and grew up with. Finally, after so many years, the Tejano singer is finally being honored by the Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail of Fame.

Selena Quintanilla made history when her name was added to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Star Trailer of Fame.

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Selena performed at this venue three times throughout her career. However, it was her last performance on Feb. 26, 2020 that left a lasting impression on fans. The show was made famous by her iconic purple jumpsuit. It was her last concert and it will live in the memory of her fans forever.

Twenty-five years after Selena performed at the iconic venue, the Tejano singer was finally given a top honor.

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Of course, Selena’s sister Suzette and brother A.B. III were there to revel in the accomplishments of their sister. Selena’s induction to the Star Trail of Fame is historic because she is the first Latina ever inducted into the trail. Other members of the Star Trail of Fame are Elvis, Reba McIntire, and George Strait.

Selena is the second woman ever inducted to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Star Trail of Fame.

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Selena was inducted on two very important days for her induction. It was both International Woman’s Day and Go Tejano Day as the late Tejano singer was honored by the group. Despite having been dead for two decades, Selena continues to inspire Latinos through her music.

It might have taken a very long time, but the honor is one that Selena definitely deserves.

With a handful of English-language songs, Selena made the jump from Latin music to mainstream pop. Her influence is still seen today when celebrities wear clothing with her image keeping her memory alive with more than just Latino music fans.

Congratulations, Selena.

We still love and admire you. You deserve all of this recognition, mija!

READ: MAC Cosmetics Is Launching A Second Selena Collection