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These Latinas’ Graduation Caps Prove That The Future Is Definitely Female And So Empowering

There’s no question: from the moment we’re born, our parents dream of the day we walk across the stage with a diploma of any variety. Education is everything, and this graduation season, we’re loving all the creative grad cap decorations that Latinas are designing to express themselves.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

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“First generation graduate making her parents extremely proud.” We can all agree that she is definitely making her parents proud. Just look at the smiles on their faces. Those are the biggest smiles you’ll see on a Latino parent’s face.

We’re excited to see you walk, too, mija.

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The whole community is feeling #proudmom vibes as we see Latinos beat the odds and earn their bachelor degrees. Even more challenging and gratifying is seeing Latinas become educated AF.

Daughters of immigrants are penning emotional thank you letters to their parents.

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“Mami y papi ???? thank you for your patience and encouragement. As the first in my family to attain a bachelors degree it’s been the most frustrating and rewarding process. I spent so many nights crying over the piles of bills and exam grades I made. My experience is different than most and I am proud to say I have grown through it all. Gracias por mis alas ???????? “

Because it’s no secret that Latino parents have to sacrifice triple to get their kids an equal education to white America.

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“And I’m officially done ✊???? thank you to everyone for all the nice comments and most importantly thank you to my parents for making the biggest sacrifice of leaving everything they know for me. Without even knowing the language they managed to create a whole life here. I hope I made I made you proud ????”

Their kids are taking their moment on the stage to broadcast an important message about immigration.

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It’s all for this one moment that many other parents and grads might take for granted. The grad cap has become a signature move for grads to raise awareness for the immigrant struggle.

This graduate shared how her family had to separate to give her the opportunity for a better life.

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“Who are these people: ❤️
Due to life circumstances and the love my parents had for my brother and I, they had to make difficult decisions. My brother and I were left under the care of these loving people when mom left. My grandparents (center photo) and my uncle. They raised us to practice the most important things about humanity: kindness, love, giving to others in need, service, an attitude of gratitude, spirituality, and much more.”

First generation graduates are walking in style.

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“For my parents and grandparents! If it wasn’t for them- none of this would have been possible! Gracias… Si Se Pudo!!!! Los Amo!!!! ❤️ ???? ???????? ???????? ????????‍???? ???? So much sacrifice for this very moment! I am proud to say that I am a first generation college graduate!!! Gracias!!!”

Undocugrads are making an even bigger statement by going public with their momentous accomplishment.

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“I’m annoying I know but got more pics because ITS TODAY!! thankful for Meredith and the family I have created because of it. It’s been a long and crazy journey but I leave college a better person. I have been so blessed with a community filled with love and support who believed in me even when I couldn’t. This is because of them, and for them.”

The hard work for students is worth it to make their parents proud.

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It’s no secret that education is everything to Latino parents. It’s been statistically proven that among demographics, Latinos value education more than almost any other ethnicity.

We know it wouldn’t be possible without our parents and their sacrifices.

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Including that little Pomeranian dog who seems to be at the top of that collage pyramid. ????

Even las madres have been sharing their emotional journey to get their kids to the stage.

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“I hand painted these caps personally for my children. I had my two babies at a very young age. But I fought against the statistics of being a young Latino mom and not only graduated from high school but graduated from college as well. My son graduated in 2017 & on Thursday my baby girl graduates. This was a long tough road for the 3 of us but it’s not over. I can’t wait to attend Lizzy’s college tour in June and send her off in to the world as I did her brother.”

This Latina gave tribute to her parents alongside Selena, AOC and other feminists.

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“Glad I got to spend Mother’s Day with my heroes!! Better yet, I was blessed enough to have them with me while I walked on stage at graduation… a day I often thought was impossible. Me puse las pilas y con tu ayuda, este sueño se hizo posible ????????????????”

While others are owning up to all facets of their chingonidad.

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“???????????????????????????????? pero ℭ????????????????????????????! Por mi mami y papi!” Way to go, mija! We are all so proud of you!

We love this lotería inspired cap!

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You’re winning. You’re really winning, @jjacquelinecampos. Look at our babies grow!

The Mexicana pride is everything we need right now.

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“Vuela alto sin olvidar de donde vienes// Fly high without forgetting where you came from ✊???????? Gracias a mis padres ????. Graduation is 1 week away!”

This grad’s mom hates her grad cap. ????

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“Graduation day is almost here! It’s starting to hit me that I’m not going to be seeing the same people again like I’m used to. I’m starting to hit “the last of” things like meetings and study sessions. Idk my emotions are every where right now. Also my mom hates my grad cap. Oh well. ????????‍???? “

Some Latinas are making a full-fledged business out of designing grad caps for the Latinx community.

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We’re here for any Latina starting their own business, especially when it’s directly lifting up other Latinas. Check out @sushiq80 for some of her designs.

@facepaintbymangandii is creating beautiful caps for this year’s grads.

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So if you’re not the creative type but there’s no way you’re walking across that stage without sending a message to the haters, your familia or the pedestrian xenophobe, you have options.

Al fin, graduation day is for all the Latino parents out there who made el sueño la realidad

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“Para mis padres, llegaron sin nada y me dieron todo.”???????????? “For my parents, they arrived with nothing and gave me everything.”

Felicidades to all the grads.

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Future Biology Teacher ???????????? I’ll be teaching your children ????????‍???? 

The time has come for y’all to take over the world.

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Whether you’re trying to become the first Latina CEO at a company and give access to other Latinas, or become a teacher and show young Latinas an exemplary example for their future, we support you. Go get that happiness your whole family has worked so hard for.

READ: Here Is Some Inspiration For Your Own AOC-Themed Graduation Cap For The Powerful Chingonas Graduating

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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

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“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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Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’ Leads To Massive Increase In Spotify Streams Of La Reina’s Music

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Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’ Leads To Massive Increase In Spotify Streams Of La Reina’s Music

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Selena has been dead longer than she was alive, yet her legendary status is only strengthening. La Reina de Tejano Music continues to reign supreme and the latest Spotify Wrapped proves it. Streams of Selena’s music skyrocketed this year and we love to see it.

Selena’s music continues to spread around the world in 2020.

Selena’s music is timeless. Her heartfelt music, in English and Spanish, has transcended culture and race to speak to people around the world. Twenty-five years after her death, Selena fans are still going strong and passing that legacy down to the younger generations. The new Netflix series has reignited that love of Selena to incredibly high proportions.

Streams of Selena’s music on Spotify increased 260 percent.

That’s not a typo. People streamed Selena’s song 260 percent more than the month before because of the timelessness of this singing queen. The spike in Selena streams come after “Selena: The Series” was released on Netflix. The family-approved tv show received a lot of backlash from Selena fans because of the wigs and storyline. However, the show did bring music lovers back to her.

Fans are proud to have helped Selena break this record.

According to Spotify, three songs were the most loved by Selena fans. Two of the songs had the biggest growth in listeners. Those two songs are “Como La Flor” and “Amor Prohibido,” which saw 250 percent and 150 percent increases, respectively. “El Chico del Apartamento 512” joined in to be the three Selena songs to break into the top 200 Spotify songs.

Once again, Selena proves that she is more than a queen of Tex-Mex, she is a queen of music.

The lasting legacy of Selena is something we are still talking about because it still matters. She has remained relevant decades after her death and that is not an easy feat. As 2020 comes to a close, it is impressive to know that Selena is still going strong.

READ: As The New Selena Series Comes Under Scrutiny, People Are Asking Where Is Selena’s Husband Chris Pérez Now?

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