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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.

Tejano Music Icon Selena’s Murderer Is Asking For A New Trial After Accusing Prosecutor Of Hiding Evidence

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Tejano Music Icon Selena’s Murderer Is Asking For A New Trial After Accusing Prosecutor Of Hiding Evidence

Yolanda Saldívar, the woman convicted of killing the iconic singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, is demanding a new trial. In an exclusive interview with Radar Online, the late “reina de Tejano music’s” former fan club president alleges there is evidence that could free her from her lifetime sentence for the 1995 murder.

Saldívar claims that the prosecutor in her case, Carlos Valdez, has been holding exculpatory material evidence.

According to Saldívar, it is proof that is favorable to the defendant and shows that Valdez did not disclose to the defense or the jury in the trial for Selena’s 1995 murder more than two decades ago. She says that Valdez discussed the alleged evidence, a pair of high top white Reebok sneakers and a black baseball cap, during an interview with Spanish-language media.

“The Petitioner paraphrases Mr. Valdez’s media interview where he stated that he and the defense counsel, the late Mr. Douglas Tinker, discussed what [evidence] would or would not be introduced to the jury,” reads court paperwork of a Second Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by Saldívar on March 28, 2019.

“How could this be? It is the jury, no less, that would decide the fate of the Petitioner, between [life] in prison and [freedom]. The jury, NOT the defense or the prosecutor is the trier of fact of all relevant material evidence and they alone should and DID determine between conviction and acquittal,” she writes.

In layman terms, Saldívar contends that allegedly relevant evidence in her case wasn’t presented to the jury.

This information is obligatory, and suggests that leaving out the information was “a nefarious attempt to obscure a verdict against the Petitioner.” According to her, including the hat and shoes in the evidence could impact the case against her.

In the interview, Valdez passively says that Saldívar was wearing the bloody hat and sneakers. He attests that Saldívar stepped in Selena’s trail of blood as she followed the late singer running for her life. However, Saldívar, who claimed the shooting was accidental, asked that if the shoes and bloodstains on them could prove she committed the crime, then why did the prosecution exclude them as evidence.

“The prosecutor, Mr. Valdez, presented evidence of the trail of blood he states the victim left behind as she ran 130 yards (390 feet) from the room to the front lobby of the motel,” the court papers read. “The ‘withholding’ of the victim’s shoes (i.e. White Reebok Tennis Shoes) are of a great consequence because if it is as Mr. Valdez claimed in his March 16, 2018 interview that the Petitioner ‘stepped’ on victim’s blood as she followed the victim, then ‘intent’ would have been proven or disproven. For 23 years, the jury nor the defense knew that such shoes existed.” 

She continued, saying she had “no doubt” the prosecutor “impaired the verity of the evidence by not only withholding the evidence but claiming that those tennis shoes belonged to the defendant, inciting and infecting the public’s sediment even more against the Petitioner before, during and now with his recent media interview.”

Saldívar went as far as accusing Valdez of knowing “those tennis shoes belonged to the victim” and said “withholding them helped get the conviction of the Petitioner practicing a travesty of justice to the rule of law and violating the constitutional rights of the Petitioner.”

Despite her demands, however, Saldívar’s case was dismissed without prejudice because the Petitioner filed the petition in district court and must seek permission from the Fifth Circuit.

Saldívar, a former nurse, founded Selena’s fan club in San Antonio. She became the club’s president and was later also promoted to manager of the late artist’s clothing boutiques, Selena, Etc. 

In 1995, six years after Saldívar had started the club, Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, was receiving complaints from fans that they weren’t receiving their paid items and heard rumors from fellow employees that Saldívar had been embezzling money from both the fan club and the boutiques. As a result, Saldívar was fired. 

On March 31 of the same year, Selena met with Saldívar at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi to retrieve financial records Saldívar had been refusing to give to the Quintanilla family. While the “Como La Flor” singer was leaving the motel room, Saldívar shot her in the back, severing an artery. Selena, in critical condition, ran toward the motel lobby. Before collapsing, an employee claims the songstress named Saldívar as her shooter.

Selena was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. 

At the time, she was 23 years old. Soon after, at the Days Inn, Saldívar was in a nine-hour-long standoff with the police, calling the shooting an accident and threatening to kill herself before she was arrested.

On October 23, 1995, jurors found Saldívar guilty of first-degree murder. Three days later, she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole in 30 years — the maximum prison term in Texas at the time. She is currently serving her time at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas. She will become eligible for parole on March 30, 2025.

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Here’s The Breakdown Of Selena’s Relationship With Chris Perez That You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Here’s The Breakdown Of Selena’s Relationship With Chris Perez That You Didn’t Know You Needed

Selena Quintanilla is a pop music icon. Nicknamed the “Queen of Tejano music,” the Mexican American singer, songwriter, and fashion designer was one of the top-selling Latin artists of the 1990s. After winning Best Mexican American Album at the 1994 Grammy Awards and releasing another critically-acclaimed album, Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar at the height of her success. 

While many are familiar with the story of Selena and her sordid romance with her guitarist Chris Perez from the hit film Selena, we thought we’d break down their relationship timeline. 

Chris Perez joins Selena y Los Dinos.

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In 1989, after lead guitarist Roger Garcia departed Selena y Los Dinos, A.B. Quintanilla III asked Chris Perez to join the band. Chris admired A.B.’s musical arrangements and Los Dinos’ fresh take on Tejano music. 

At first, Selena’s manager and father did not like Chris’s hard rock image and feared it would ruin Selena’s “perfect image.” But with bandmembers defending him, and as his tastes evolved, he was welcomed into the band; eventually co-writing some of Selena’s music. 

Selena and Chris realize they have feelings for each other. 

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In 1989, Chris co-wrote Selena’s Coca-Cola commercial jingle. While on vacation with the band in Acapulco, Mexico, Chris and Selena realized they had feelings for each other. However, Chris had a girlfriend in San Antonio at the time. The pair tried to stay away from each other but eventually gave in to their impulse to be together. The two confessed their love at Pizza Hut, which is adorable. 

Was Chris bad for Selena’s wholesome image?

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In 1991, Chris was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding in Texas leading to a physical altercation between him, his cousin, and the police. Chris was arrested but later released without charge. When he confessed the incident to Abraham and Selena it helped him build their trust, but only aided in cultivating his “bad boy” image. 

That same year, Chris and a couple of road crew members of Selena y Los Dinos began drunkenly wrestling in a hotel room. The three of them trashed the room. Selena was so furious she broke off her relationship with Chris, but she and Abraham forgave him. 

A secret relationship. 

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Selena and Chris knew they had to hide their relationship from her disapproving father, Abraham Quintanilla. However, Selena was resistant and wanted to tell her family. When Selena’s sister Suzette told Abraham about their relationship, Abraham kicked Chris off the tour bus. Despite the drama, Selena and Chris stayed together in secret.

Chris is fired from the band.

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One day, Abraham ambushed Chris and Selena while they were alone on the tour bus. He told Selena they had to break up, but Selena fought back with Chris’ help. Abraham threatened to disband the group but just fired Chris instead. Selena wanted to run off with Chris, but her father thwarted her efforts. 

Selena and Chris elope.

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On April 2, 1992, Selena barged into Chris’ hotel room. The “Dreaming of You,” singer couldn’t stand to be without Chris and demanded they get married. Chris didn’t think Abraham would approve, but Selena was adamant her father would never attend a planned wedding anyway. Selena believed getting married would show Abraham they were serious about each other. The two eloped that day in Nueces County, Texas. 

Abraham finds out about the secret wedding.

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Selena hoped to keep their marriage a secret, but it was announced on the radio within a few hours of the ceremony. The two ran away together. At first Abraham was furious, but eventually, as Selena predicted, he accepted that two were husband and wife. He apologized and asked Chris to rejoin Selena y Los Dinos.  

Selena’s death.

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In 1995, Selena was murdered by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar. After becoming one of Selena’s closest confidantes, Saldívar embezzled money from the boutique and fan club. She denied the accusations after meeting with Selena and Chris. 

When Selena discovered Saldívar had given her incorrect documents, she arranged to meet with her the next morning. On March 31, 1995, Selena met Saldívar at her motel where the thief falsely claimed she was raped, a fact that was proven when Selena had her examined by doctors. The two returned to Saldívar’s motel room where Selena fired her. As Selena turned to leave, Saldívar shot her in the back. 

The aftermath of losing his wife.

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In 2017, Chris shared a copy of his marriage license with Selena to commemorate their 25 year anniversary. 

“Obviously, Selena’s impact on the world is still being felt today…as it deserves to be. Thanks for sharing your pictures of the event to my messages and on my timeline. On another note, it’s hard to believe that today marks 25 years since Selena and I decided that the only way to be together…was to run away and get married (at 20 and 22 years old) in secret,” he wrote.