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Beyond Maná: 9 Mexican Bands The White House Should Have On Its Radar

Once again, Mexican rockstars Maná have been invited to perform at the White House for Cinco de Mayo, making this the third time they played for President Obama (who happens to be a huge fan of theirs).

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It’s an awesome opportunity for any band, but seriously? Again? Is the White House unaware of just how many awesome Mexican and Mexican-American bands there are out there? We love Maná just as much as the next person, but here are nine other bands who should totally be on the White House’s radar. (And not just for Cinco de Mayo, either. Because, believe it or not, Mexican-Americans exist in the U.S. all year ’round!)

1. Molotov

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Maybe the reason the White House hasn’t invited Molotov to play is because they can’t handle those GUITAR RIFFS!?! Talk about badass rock & roll. Molotov, whose songs blend Spanish and English, have been around since 1995 and would totally rock it out with their energy and guitar skills.

2. Café Tacuba

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A staple of the Latin American rock scene, Café Tacuba could easily get an invite to perform at the White House. Their 2013 Coachella performance (featured above), is pretty magical, and their alt-vibes/style has been beloved since the ’90s.

What we’re saying is GET ON IT, WHITE HOUSE.

3. Carla Morrison

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OK, so she’s technically a solo artist, but still, she’s iconic and deserves a spot on this list. We believe the phrase here is, “YAAAS, SLAY QUEEN!” This indie-pop artist is pure heaven. It’s impossible to listen to her ethereal tones without feeling so many things. We’re pretty sure she’d crush it at the White House, leaving everyone teary-eyed for days.

4. Zoé

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Come on now! These guys are incredible live. Don’t believe me? Just watch the above video. The White House better wake up and invite Zoé to hang sometime soon. Their rock music is top notch, and they have the Grammys to prove it.

5. Caifanes

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Caifanes’ unique and iconic sound would make them an excellent musical guest at the White House, especially because, you know. That place can get pretty tense, and Caifanes’ music would help everyone chill a little. Politics could use a little new wave-y vibes!

6. 3BallMTY

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A Mexican pop DJ trio?! YAAAS. These dudes have been around since 2009, and their sound is super catchy. The kind of catchy that you can’t get out of your head for a very long time, but it’s totally worth it. Not only are they so freaking cute, but their music is addicting. INTO IT.

7. Sin Bandera

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Have you ever listened to music that made you say DAMN? Sin Bandera is that band. Are those vocals carved from sunshine and angel tears? Who knows. All we know is Sin Bandera #can #get #it. Plus, performing at the White House would be a great time to announce the band is officially back together and touring again. Hey, we can dream.

8. Jesse & Joy

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Hiiiii. Yes, this is our ghost typing these words because we are dead over how much we love Jesse & Joy. A brother and sister pop duo?! What more could we ask for? I guess them performing at the White House. Yes, that’s exactly what we’re asking for. SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

9. Mint Field

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While Mint Field hasn’t been around for long at all, they’re definitely on the rise and absolutely worth keeping an eye on. Having recently performed at the 2016 Coachella music festival, this Tijuana-based indie trio is making quite a name for themselves.

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Who are some of your favorite Mexican and Mexican-American bands you’d love see play at the White House? Comment – mitú wants to know!

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Barack Obama Opened Up About How The White House Strained His Marriage To Michelle— “my heart would suddenly tighten”

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Barack Obama Opened Up About How The White House Strained His Marriage To Michelle— “my heart would suddenly tighten”

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In Barack Obama’s newest 768 page memoir, A Promised Land, the former president sheds some light on his covetable marriage to his wife Michelle Obama. In the honest memoir, the former president recalls the moments that threatened the strength of his marriage to the former first lady recalling how he consulted with his wife about running for president when it was already too late; he’d already done quite a bit of work without telling her.

“She gave me a hard look and got up from the couch. ‘God, Barack…When is it going to be enough?'” Obama explained in the memoir. “Before I could answer, she’d gone into the bedroom and closed the door.”

Speaking about their marriage in the memoir and with People Magazine for a new interview, Obama explains how his role as president created a rift in their relationship that he thought was once impossible to repair.

Obama explains that his time in the White House was wracked with marital tension.

“Michelle very much believed in the work I did but was less optimistic about what I could get done. … She’s more skeptical about politics and more mindful of the sacrifices to the family,” he revealed.

Still, Obama says “I think we came out of it whole… There were great joys in the White House. There was never a time where we didn’t recognize what an extraordinary privilege it was to be there. Most importantly, our children emerged intact and they are wonderful, kind, thoughtful, creative — and not entitled — young women. So that’s a big sigh of relief.”

In an interview with People, Obama opened up about the part his role as president had on affecting the happiness of his wife and the former first lady.

People describes politics as “a blood sport” which Michelle Obama always hated and how Obama’s “preternatural ease” contributed to the feelings of loneliness she felt while in the White House.

“There were times where I think she was frustrated or sad or angry but knew that I had Afghanistan or the financial crisis to worry about,” Obama explaned, “so she would tamp it down.”

Addressing a passage in his latest memoir, Obama recalled “There were nights when lying next to Michelle in the dark, I’d think about those days when everything between us felt lighter when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered,” he writes, “and my heart would suddenly tighten at the thought that those days might not return.”

Fortunately, People asked if they ever found their way back to those days.

“We did,” Obama told the magazine. “It was like a big exhale right after we left office… It took some time to talk about how she had felt… Once [the presidency] was done, there was possibility of her opening up … but more importantly, just her being able to let out a breath and relax.”

Obama shared that these days the former First Lady is “more relaxed and more joyful since we left office.” The resulting effect has been that it has allowed the Obamas “to just enjoy the deep love that comes with a marriage this long. But also to be friends again.”

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Change Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner With These Latin American Substitutes

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Change Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner With These Latin American Substitutes

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Thanksgiving is almost here and the pandemic is changing things for the holiday season. One of the biggest changes is that it is not advised to gather in person for the celebration. This might seem like a bad thing but it does give you the chance to mix things up before a Zoomed Thanksgiving feast. Here are some Latin Americans substitutions you can make to your Thanksgiving table as a test run for next year.

Turkey is great but give some lechon a try.

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Lechon is a Cuban pork dish made for big celebrations. Thanksgiving is a big celebration the revolves around food. Lechon is already the meat of choice at a Cuban Thanksgiving and is usually the star of the plate. You can spend hours dealing with a turkey for the tenth year in a row or you can be a little more excited and make this delicious Cuban meal.

Tostones (patacones) are the perfect replacement for potatoes.

Tostones, also called patacones, are made using green plantains. They are tough and starchy so they make a great savory side dish. make sure you double fry these bad boys. Once when they are chopped and a second time after smashing them to their iconic flat shape. If you let the plantain ripen, you can use it to make maduros instead, which are sweet.

Or, take those plantains and make mofongo.

Mofongo uses the same green plantains except they are fried once then mashed. It goes great with pork so this is a perfect little dish to pair with the lechon if you really want to go for it. The Puerto Rican dish is something that will forever change your mind about what you’d like to see at Thanksgiving.

Causa rellena is a Peruvian take on the classic mashed potatoes.

If you want to stick to the potatoes you are used to buying, Peruvian causa rellena will given them a Latin American spin. The dish does not take long to make and requires minimal cooking. The most you have to really cook is boiling the potatoes so you can mash them but the way the dish ends it by popping it in the fridge. Just layer the cooked ingredients and set it in the fridge overnight to save on Thanksgiving Day cooking time.

Corn is always a hit, especially as esquites.

Esquites is one corn dish everyone needs to try at least once. It is a neater version of elote because it is all the same ingredients but in an easier to eat way. Better yet, you can make a big batch or opt for personal servings to make it all cleaner and easier for everyone involved.

Guava con queso pastelitos are the dessert everyone is really asking for.

This little Cuban pastry is probably one of the best desserts ever created. This is not up for debate. It is just a simple fact of Latin American desserts. Honestly, when you taste the sweet and tangy flavor of the guava wrapped in the flaky, buttery pastry, your life will change. Drop the pumpkin for one year and give this Cuban dessert a try.

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