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Even If You’re A Maná Fan, The Fact That They’re Playing At The White House Might Annoy You

Maná, the biggest and most successful Latin American rock band, were invited by President Barack Obama to perform at the White House’s annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration.

Our reaction?

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Seriously, ¿porque?

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According to Buzzfeed, the Obama administration sees their Cinco De Mayo celebration “as a way to unite the community and show support for Mexico, Mexican-Americans and Latinos at large.”

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To the White House’s credit, Maná does have a history of activism, whether it be on environmental issues (they have a foundation called Selva Negra) or just telling people not to vote for Donald Trump.

Let’s be honest, though, picking Maná to play at your Mexican/Latino-themed event is about as original… well, a Maná song.

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Before y’all start grabbing for the pitchforks, here us out: the reason Maná has had success for nearly 30 years (yes, they’re old AF) is that they’ve done the same couple of songs over and over and over again.

Even the Steve Aoki remix of one of their songs sounds EXACTLY LIKE EVERY OTHER MANA SONG. 

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This isn’t a bad thing, and it’s not like we dislike Maná. In fact, they’re the only band that our entire family can agree on. “Cuando Los Angeles Lloran” (the album, not the song) helped us get through our first breakup. Our mom likes to clean the house on weekends with “while writing this, and it still holds up.

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with sticking with a formula that works.

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Coca-Cola tried to change their formula and backfired on them. People love the familiar, which is probably why Carlos Santana asked Fher & Co. to collaborate that sounds like pretty much a lot of Mana songs.

The decision reeks of tokenism. It’d be like inviting U2 to perform during St. Patrick’s Day because, hey, it’s an Irish holiday and they’re from Ireland!

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I mean, just look at that picture of the two lead singers. Can you tell which one’s which? Dem shades! Seriously though, our big issue isn’t with Maná, but rather with the White House clearly doing the bare minimum on a holiday that’s not even that big of a deal.

Here’s a thought, Obama: Instead of phoning it in (let me guess, you’re gonna serve tacos, aren’t you?), how about bringing a fresh and new band? Here’s a very helpful list.

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READ: A New Documentary About The Latino Music Scene Born In The Streets Of NYC

What are your thoughts on Cinco De Mayo? Are you a fan or nah? Hit us with your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to hit the share button below!

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Barack Obama Says He Had To Quarantine With Malia’s British Boyfriend

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Barack Obama Says He Had To Quarantine With Malia’s British Boyfriend

If you’re not living alone in quarantine-life, you know that these months indoors have made it nearly impossible to NOT get to know the people around you better. Tight quarters and days on end together have made some couples and broken others. Fortunately, it seems for the Obamas quarantine has done the latter.

Former President Barack Obama shared the lessons he’s learned in quarantine after giving some very rare insight into what it was like in his family’s household during the beginning of the pandemic. According to Obama, the quarantine didn’t just include him and his wife Michelle. Or even just their daughters Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19.

Malia’s British boyfriend also joined in for the self-isolation period.

In an interview with Bill Simmons podcast this week, Obama opened up about his favorite part of COVID-19 isolation with his family.

“I think, [like] a lot of families, we went through that first month where we were playing games every night and doing little arts and crafts projects and then slowly, you know, they started to get a little bored with us,” he explained. “Maybe teaching Malia and Sasha, and Malia’s boyfriend who was with us for a little while, spades.”

The former president went onto add that Malia’s boyfriend is “British…wonderful young man, and he was sort of stuck because there was a whole visa thing and he had a job set up. So we took him in and I didn’t want to like him, but he’s a good kid. The only thing you discover—this is not a surprise to you, Bill, because you’ve got a son—young men eat. It’s weird to watch them consume food. My grocery bill went up about 30 percent.”

Speakingto InStyle last month, Obama opened up about his daughters’ personalities.

“Sasha is, as Malia describes it, completely confident about her own take on the world and is not cowed or intimidated—and never has been—by anybody’s titles, anybody’s credentials,” he said. “If she thinks something’s wrong or right, she will say so. When she was 4, 5, 6 years old, once she made a decision, she would dig in and couldn’t be steered off it. I write about it in the book, how we were trying to get her to taste caviar when we were visiting Russia. She was like, ‘Mnn-nnh. No. Sorry. That looks slimy. It’s nasty. I’m not going to do it—even if I’ve got to give up dessert.’ And that part of her character has always been there.”

“And Malia, she is just buoyant,” Barack he went on to share. “She’s somebody who enjoys people, enjoys life, and enjoys conversation. She’s never bored, which is a badass quality that can take you places.”

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Sasha and Malia Obama Participated in Black Lives Matter Protests Over the Summer, According to Their Dad

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Sasha and Malia Obama Participated in Black Lives Matter Protests Over the Summer, According to Their Dad

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Barack Obama continues to spill tea about his life in his book tour for his recently-released memoir, “A Promised Land”. Previously, the former president revealed that he and Michelle Obama struggled with “tension” in their marriage due to the stresses of the White House. Now, Obama is opening up about his daughters.

In an interview with People magazine, Obama revealed that Sasha and Malia Obama (19 and 22) participated in Black Lives Matter protests over the summer.

“I didn’t have to give them a lot of advice because they had a very clear sense of what was right and what was wrong and [of] their own agency and the power of their voice and the need to participate,” Obama said. “Malia and Sasha found their own ways to get involved with the demonstrations and activism that you saw with young people this summer, without any prompting from Michelle and myself, on their own initiative.”

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Obama went on to say that his daughters didn’t join in on the protests for publicity’s sake, but actually quite the contrary. “They didn’t do it in a way where they were looking for limelight. They were very much in organizer mode.”

And indeed, there were no photos or videos of either of the Obama girls protesting, so it appears that their desire to mobilize was prompted by purely altruistic reasons.

Obama reiterated that it was completely Sasha and Malia’s ideas to protest.

“They didn’t need to be encouraged,” he said. “Their attitude was: we’ve seen something wrong and we want to fix it, and we think we can fix it. And we understand that it’s not gonna take just a day or a week or one march to fix it. But we’re in it for the long haul.”

Obama went on to talk about how impressed he is about how the younger generations are so involved with activism–especially compared to when he was younger, when he and his peers were more focused on “finances and the perks of a job”.

“And these kids are really focused on: how can I do something that I find meaningful, that resonates with my values and my ideals?” he said. “And that I think is an encouraging sign for the country.”

Since the Obama family left the White House in 2017, both Sasha and Malia have remained relatively under the radar.

Both girls attended college after graduating from high school. Malia Obama took a gap year before deciding on Harvard University. She is set to graduate in 2021. Departing from her family of Ivy League attendees, Sasha Obama landed on the University of Michigan for her undergrad, where she is still attending.

We hope the Obama girls continue to have private and peaceful lives and have the opportunity to actively be involved in the issues that are closest to their hearts.

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