Here’s what life is like when you’re undocumented…
At 16, you’re supposed to drive. You’re supposed to be able to get a job. You’re supposed to work toward college. But when you’re undocumented, all these things become impossible.
This young woman was rejected from every college she applied to because of her status – until finally she was accepted by one. Given this newfound opportunity, she slayed and graduated.
But it wasn’t just her graduating because when an immigrant graduates, or the child of an immigrant graduates, the entire family walks down that stage. It’s a victory for everyone. It’s reassurance that every sacrifice you and / or your parents made; leaving your country, your job, your life, being called all those names… All those moments were validated.
Here’s what her dad said weeks leading up to her graduation:
“Para mí, va a ser el premio mayor. Va a ser algo por lo cual yo trabajé. Mi esposa a mi lado siempre trabajando y va a ser la graduación de nosotros… Va a ser lo máximo para mí.”
When you grow up watching telenovelas, all you need is the first few seconds of a familiar theme song to take you right back to the chisme of your childhood friends like Luz Clarita and Teresa. Here are some of the best:
The theme song for Thalía’s final role in the “Trilogia de las Marias” is a salsa anthem for the young and humble Maria. It was an upbeat number from the telenovela that catapulted villain Soraya Montenegro into legendary meme status. ¡Maldita lisiada!
The techno beats! The huge-ass barrette clip in Aracely Arambula’s hair! The front-wedgie bikinis! Everything about the theme song from the “Soñadoras” telenovela screams ’90s – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
You KNOW the moment the first beats of this song kick in, all you want to do is this. #JudgementFreeZone
Teresa’s conniving ways lead multiple men to fall in love with her, made her the perfect muse for Gloria Trevi, whose song features the lyrics “esa hembra te miente, esa hembra es mala, trae veneno en los labios.” ? ?
7. “Carrusel” by Astrid Morales, Jessica Morales and the Cast of Children
Ok, so if we casually ignore the fact that the relationship from “Mi Pequeña Traviesa” should never have happened in the first place (reality check: Michelle Veith’s character was in her teens when Héctor Soberón’s 30-ish character fell in love with her), the lyrics for this theme song are actually very sweet. Who wouldn’t want someone telling them they are falling in love with them more and more each day?
“O vuelveeeee, que sin tu la vida se me va” just makes us want to bust out our cell phones (or lighters if you are old-school) and start waving them slowly from side to side. Lyrics like “he intentado encontrarte en otras personas, no es igual” and “nos separa un abismo” are what dream telenovela theme songs are made of. #Classic
Both “Rebelde” the telenovela and theme song launched the careers of one of Mexico’s most beloved pop groups, RBD. The song was the soundtrack for teen memories in the 2000s, cementing Dulce María, Anahí and Maite Perroni as the #squadgoals for lots of girls.
Let’s take it waaay back to 1993, when Erik Estrada was cruising off his “CHiPs” motorcycle fame into telenovela stardom, canas and all. Although the song lyrics pretty much tell you everything you need about the telenovela’s plot, audiences could not get enough, making it one of Televisa’s most successful telenovelas in the past 20 years.
Even if you have never watched a second of the telenovela “Quinceañera,” believe us, you WILL know the beginning notes of this telenovela theme classic. It has been used millions of times for real-life quince waltzes and grand entrances.
Who else but Thalía would rise out from the sea like a Latina Aphrodite and wear leis in one of the most iconic openings of a telenovela? As soon as the queen of telenovelas starts dancing and squeals “Ay!” in the opening notes of the song you’re in for some DRAMA. Bring out the popcorn and get the marathon started!
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