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This Mom Made A Selena Costume With Only 50 Cents

When it comes to Halloween, no one slays harder than Selena Quintanilla fans.

People LOVE to dress up as la Reina del Tex-Mex because the costume options are fabulous and endless! Even Chris Brown’s daughter got the memo this year.

As dozens of people channel their inner Selena last Halloween, the Internet was obsessed over a particular costume a Latina mom handmade for her daughter for less than a dollar. Goes to show our parents see no limits when it comes to making us happy ❤️.

Putting together this iconic costume was a piece of cake for Noel’s mother, Maria Luisa Garcia. “My mom has made clothes for us since we were little,” said Noel Garcia to mitú. “Making my sister’s costume took her like five days I think,” he added.

“With just 50 cents my mom spent days & nights working hard to make my sisters Halloween costume,” posted Noel Escobar on Twitter. “She’s Selena Quintanilla.”

***My heart is going “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” right about now***

As Mexicans who reside in Sylmar, Calif., the Garcia’s are huge Selena fans. “I was the one who actually told my sister to dress as her and she did!” said Noel, 21, emphasizing that he and his twin sister, Dalia, grew up listening to Selena’s music.

The end result was FLAWLESS and people didn’t hesitate to praise this woman’s dedication and creative skills because anything for… moms who do everything for their children.


I mean, emotions were real.



So real it even made them appreciate their own mom.


Some are even encouraging this mom to start her own business, because with those skills YAS.


Dalia, Noel’s sister and whom the costume was made for, totally agreed with everyone.

The tweet has been retweeted more than 74K times since it was posted on Sunday night.

“I did not think it would blow up this big honestly!,” said Garcia to mitú. “My mom is so happy especially since they are saying really nice things about her. She’s such a hard worker, she deserves it,” he added.

As for mamá García… You da real MVP!

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Moms have a way of being your biggest fans, harshest critics, best friends and worst nightmare at the same time. They will make you so happy and feel so validated when they yell at other people for coming for you but that same anger can backfire at you if you act up. While there might be some moments where you wish that you didn’t have to deal with your mother, there are just so many things that only our mothers do that keep us around.

1. They rage for you.

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Someone bullied you at school? She’ll go old school and corner that 12-year old until he gets his mom on the phone. The intimidation tactics are everything.

2. They push you…and push you…and push you.

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They claim to just want what’s best for us, but sometimes it is questionable. Raise your hand if your mom has ever asked you what happened to the plus at the end of your A+?

3. When food is love, it’s platos llenos all around.

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My non-Latinx friends would fast before coming over for dinner because turning down seconds just falls on deaf ears. “Tan flaca, mija, eat.”

4. Even when they’re enojada af, you know you’re in the clear when food arrives.

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There really is such a thing as comfort food and it’s virtually anything your mom brings you. We all have an emotional relationship with food.

5. No, seriously, food is the tie that keeps the bond alive.

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It would be more painful to not be invited down for la cena than it would be to be chewed out. Food=self-worth, and it’s a problematic concept to grow up with.

6. They will hunt you down if you go dark for five minutes.

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It’s like in all those movies where a girl gets kidnapped and she’s like, “My ~boyfriend~ will find me!” All hundreds of millions of us would say the same about our moms. They’re probably tracking us right now.

7. They keep you rooted.

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There is no end of the “When I was your age…” and the rest of those sentences are usually pretty unbelievable. I actually didn’t believe them growing up and would roll my eyes like, “yeah, right.” Now, I’m just all respect.

8. They always know what’s best for you.

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And they’ll tell you it over and over again, even if the timing is less than sensitive. Other things they know: Don’t go outside in the rain; Put hydrogen peroxide on all your pimples; Make him meet me before he takes you out.

9. They’ll also save your soul from el diablo.

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Not going to church is not even an option in my house. The day I broke my ankle, I was forced to hobble in there. Gimme a mom that reads me Bible pages. ????

10. They will respond to a post like this with…

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“In no world am I una nana, so no. There is no resemblance.”

11. They will teach that para limpiar es vida.

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No matter what the house is “dirty” with. And that “one day we’ll thank them.”

12. They’ll give you body image issues, but it’s out of love.

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You’re always too fat or too thin, and she’s always at the ready to tell you.

13. They’ll teach you candid honesty until you want to scream.

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All her hopes and dreams are on you, so you might as well just expect to be in the spotlight. Behave yourself, siempre.

14. They worry over nothing because of how much they love you.

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They will worry themselves sick and then expect you to “know what you did.” We can only assume motherhood makes your mind go to crazy places.

15. They will also shit talk you, but with love.

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One of my first words as a kid was puta and I had no idea why I got smacked for saying it. I thought it was a term of endearment! HA

16. They inspire us to get loud for what we believe in.

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And I mean LOUD. Every step of the way, our moms are speaking up and out, and as kids, it embarrassed us. Now, their fire burns in us.

17. They teach us tough love.

CREDIT: mitú

They’re never going to comfort you after you take a fall because you should have known better. And now you do. #parenting

18. They will fuss over you until you want to cry.

CREDIT: mitú

Stop plucking my eyebrows. Stop fiddling with my hair. JK-you’ll never actually tell them to stop unless you want to be smacked or make them cry.

19. There’s a reason they deserve two Mother’s Days.

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Latina moms lecture us, scold us and love us twice as much. So heap praise twice as often as you think you need to, because she needs to hear it, every day of the year.


READ: Selena’s Hometown Crowd Couldn’t Get Enough Of Jojo’s ‘Dreaming Of You’ Cover

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#CancelHamilton Trended Over The Weekend And It Wasn’t Fans Tweeting

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#CancelHamilton Trended Over The Weekend And It Wasn’t Fans Tweeting

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Families across the nation celebrated their 4th of July weekend watching “Hamilton.” The musical is one of the most celebrated musicals in recent history. Yet, some people have a problem with the musical and its debut on Disney+ has angered some Twitter users.

“Hamilton” is currently streaming on Disney+ and fans are so excited.

The very popular musical is a Broadway sensation. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play is one of the most celebrated shows in recent history with sold-out shows across the country. The play tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

The play has been celebrated because the actors cast in the production are all actors of color. It took a white story and was filled with people of color showing a side of Hamilton people don’t often address. Miranda admitted that he didn’t know much about Hamilton until reading a biography about the man while on vacation. He felt the story of Hamilton is inherently an immigrant story and deserved to be told with a twist.

#CancelHamilton started trending over the weekend and a quick search shows that most of the tweets are from conservatives.

There is a movement happening right now in the U.S. with people tearing down statues honoring Confederate soldiers and leaders. The Confederacy is the side of the Civil War fighting to preserve slavery and lost the war. The hashtag is filled with people complaining that other Confederate monuments are being torn down, so why not cancel “Hamilton.”

One argument being made against canceling “Hamilton” is that it is fiction. Those for the cancellation of “Hamilton” claim that is should be torn down like Confederate statues. Yet, those against the cancellation claim that the show is a fictitious account and not the same as monuments and statues built to celebrate a legacy steeped in slave ownership.

Some of the people defending the show are pointing to the cast of filled with people of color.

The show made history with its diverse cast offering a glimpse into history through the voices of people of color. This kind of representation gave young people of color a chance to see themselves represented in history. It might only be a play but it is a play that has captivated an audience of Black and brown people who can see people who look like them representing U.S. history.

It has reignited the debate about cancel culture being weaponized and weakened by bad actors.

The cancel culture has come after several celebrities and businesses calling out bad practices. It seems though that every week there is a new attempt to cancel someone or something. Cancel culture has come under fire for cutting people before giving them a chance to learn from their mistakes.

Some people want to cancel cancel culture instead of “Hamilton” and that thought is spreading.

Cancel culture has claimed a lot of people. It started to grow in prominence as social media became more and more popular and far-reaching. What do you think about Cancel Culture?

READ: ‘Hamilton’: Disney Plus Drops Trailer For Musical Film — Watch Now!

Military Members Are Sharing Stories Of Sexual Assult In The Military Using #IAmVanessaGuillen

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Military Members Are Sharing Stories Of Sexual Assult In The Military Using #IAmVanessaGuillen

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Vanessa Guillen went missing on April 22 from a parking lot at Fort Hood. Before going missing, Guillen confided in her family about alleged sexual assault and harassment she faced at the U.S. Army base. Her story sparked an online movement to talk about sexual assault in the military.

Women are using #IAmVanessaGuillen to talk about sexual assault in the U.S. military.

It wasn’t until recently that movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp made it clear that society was done with making excuses for sexual assault. Powerful and influential men have fallen because of their behavior. The disappearance of Vanessa Guillen is shining a renewed light on sexual assault in the military.

The stories range from inappropriate behavior from superiors to rape from fellow soldiers.

Women see themselves reflected in Guillen and her story. Former military women are shedding the shame and fear of coming forward to tell their stories in a public space. The unity on social media is offering women comfort and support as they open up about the most personal thing someone can talk about.

Some of the stories are absolutely heartbreaking.

According to a report from the Defense Department, sexual assault in the U.S. military went up 3 percent between fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The department reported 7,825 reports of sexual assault on service members. However, Pentagon officials assert that the change cannot be characterized as an increase in assaults. A prevalence survey on sexual assault in the military is conducted every other year.

According to some women, the assault and harassment started quickly.

The same study found that sexual assault at the 3 military academies saw a spike of 32 percent. The figures show an increase of 117 reported sexual assaults in 2018 compared to 149 sexual assaults reported in the academies.

“Our Academies produce our future leaders. At every turn, we must drive out misconduct in place of good order and discipline. Our data last year, and the findings from this year’s report, reflect the progress we have made in some areas, and the significant work that remains,” Elizabeth Van Winkle, the executive director of the Office of Force Resiliency, said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “We will not falter in our efforts to eliminate these behaviors from our Academies and to inculcate our expectation that all who serve are treated, and treat others, with dignity and respect.”

Some men have also used the hashtag to share their own experiences.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 1 out of every 10 rape victims is male. The study also shows that 1 out of every 33 men will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault.

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, you can call 1 (800) 656-HOPE (4673) or visit RAINN by clicking here.

READ: Partial Human Remains Found Near Fort Hood During Search For Vanessa Guillen