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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!

Latino Students In The US Will Soon Be Able To Get A Scholarship For College Thanks To Maná

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Latino Students In The US Will Soon Be Able To Get A Scholarship For College Thanks To Maná

You could say “Oye Mi Amor” is a Latino theme song just as much as Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and Juan Gabriel’s “Amor Eterno.” The song is a musical staple in Latino households because we’ve grown up listening to Maná. For anyone not familiar with Maná, they’re basically the Bon Jovi of Mexico. This rock band from Guadalajara could be considered an extended part of the family because they’re always being played a quinceñearas, parties, weddings, you name it. So, it’s only natural that Maná helps to pay for important milestone moments in our lives since they are a part of the family.

Maná announced that they are giving away a $10,000 scholarship to 15 Latino students between the ages of 18 to 35. 

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The band, along with Selva Negra Environmental Foundation, and the Univision Foundation, has started the Maná Scholarship Program. As we said, the scholarship will benefit up to 15 Latino students between the ages of 18 to 35 by helping them achieve their dream of furthering their education. 

So who can apply for this scholarship? Anyone who has contributed in a positive way to their community. 

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According to the site, “These scholarships are intended to help applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to positive change in their communities; specifically, those who have chosen to help clean up or otherwise improve the environment around them.” They also state that the “scholarship is open to high school seniors or graduates and to current college undergraduates who are either U.S. citizens, legal residents of the U.S., or undocumented residents of the U.S., including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and applications will be received and reviewed from September 9th through October 23rd, 2019.”

Yes, undocumented immigrants will be considered for this scholarship!

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The only documents students should submit to be eligible is “current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.” 

While there’s certainly a lot of scholarships available for Latinos, it’s so rare to have those options available for undocumented people. They’re in this country too, and contributing in so many ways. 

There is one issue that people on social media have with this scholarship. It is only available to Latinos in the United States and not in Mexico.

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As we noted before, in order to be eligible for this scholarship, they must be “U.S. citizens, legal residents of the U.S., or undocumented residents of the U.S., including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.” One person on Instagram said, “But why only the USA? In Latin America, we also have young people wanting opportunities.” Another said, “Why does Mana make more noise in the Latino population of the U.S than in Mexico?” One added, “They should have done this in first in Mexico.”

We do think it’s highly odd that a Mexican band would not have a separate scholarship for Mexican students. However, who knows, the more people inquire about it, there could be a chance that the band will see that it would only be fair to offer a scholarship to Mexican fans too. We’re certain they, Selva Negra, and Univision has more money to spare especially if that means giving the opportunity of higher education. 

Some people are already applying and showing Maná what they’re all about. 

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We think this is a great opportunity for Latinos in the U.S. who have been working hard to make a positive difference in their community and give their all every day. There are so many young people who have done an incredible amount of work especially within the activism realm who should show off their accomplishments. 

If you really want to get the attention of Maná we would highly suggest going to their next concert with a sign that says “I deserve your scholarship!”

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It doesn’t hurt to try. 

The band is currently on tour in the United States, so here’s your chance! They have several dates coming up in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Jose, San Diego, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, El Paso, Houston, Fresno. They are seriously touring nonstop. Click here to check out their next tour dates, and for more information on the scholarship, click here

READ: Here Are Maná 13 Best Songs To Celebrate Their Upcoming Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award

[Video] Bolivian Family Members Captured Video Of The Man Who Set Himself On Fire In Front Of The White House

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[Video] Bolivian Family Members Captured Video Of The Man Who Set Himself On Fire In Front Of The White House

A man set himself on fire in front of the White House Ellipse Wednesday afternoon. According to the Secret Service, he was provided aid on site and soon after rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The incident occurred in the early afternoon by 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW.

According to the Washington Post, D.C. fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo confirmed that a burn victim had been transported. There are no reports on the man’s condition at this time.

Alina Berzins, a 17-year-old girl living in Alexandria, Va. was sight-seeing with cousins from Bolivia captured the incident on video.

Berzins told CNBC that she and her cousins “saw this man” on the Ellipse and that eventually, he started “running, and then we saw him covered in flames.”

Video of the man burning, shows him walking on the green while inflamed and smoke billowing from the lawn.

The White House has made no comments on the incident at this time.

Watch a video of the event below.