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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

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Trump Finally Got His Wall And It Is Going Up Around The White House To Keep Him Safe

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Trump Finally Got His Wall And It Is Going Up Around The White House To Keep Him Safe

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President Donald Trump has not handled the unrest against police brutality well. He has inflamed racial tensions and used coded language to side with the police officers over Black Lives Matter protesters. The president had to hide in a bunker at the beginning of the unrest and now he wants a temporary wall built to keep him safe.

The White House has a new fence being constructed to increase security.

Protesters have been organizing in Washington D.C. for days demanding police reform and justice for George Floyd. The protests have reportedly left President Donald Trump uneasy while in the White House. It has been reported that the protests so startled President Trump that he was moved to the bunker under the White House.

Some people witnessing the rapid, temporary fencing are just stunned by the metaphor.

President Trump has continued to promise and failed to deliver on a wall along the southern border. Now, Americans are considering the security fencing around the White House as a clear metaphor of the presidency. President Trump has been accused of being out of touch with a majority of Americans most of his presidency.

The fencing is bringing back memories of his campaign rally chants for some.

President Trump made the wall on the southern border pivotal to his campaign. Over time, it became clear that President Trump would not be able to follow through with his promise to build the wall. Instead, people on social media are pointing out that the wall he has been able to build is around the White House.

White House officials haven’t given any reasoning for the emergency fencing.

According to reports, White House officials refuse to comment on security measures. While there hasn’t been any reason given for the emergency fencing, protest organizers and political pundits believe that the fencing is in response to the protests.

READ: The Police’s Reaction To The Black Lives Matter Protests For George Floyd Vs. Anti-Quarantine Demonstrators Says A Lot

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Vanessa Bryant’s Daughters Threw Her The Sweetest Cinco de Mayo Birthday

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Vanessa Bryant’s Daughters Threw Her The Sweetest Cinco de Mayo Birthday

Every year since they first got together in November of 1999, Vanessa Bryant and her late husband, basketball great Kobe Bryant, have celebrated her birthday. That’s 21 years of birthdays and looking to the future. This year, Bryant celebrated her birthday, not alone, but also not with the longtime partner she has called the love of her life.

The mother of four rang in her 38th birthday alongside her three remaining daughters.

Bryant’s daughters Natalia, 17, and Bianka, 3, and Capri, 10 months surprised their mother with flower arrangements and an abundance of piñatas.

“#CincodeMayo #TacoTuesday #micumpleaños 🎂 Thx to my girls for ordering these flowers and piñatas for mama. ❤️😘,” Vanessa captioned the photo featuring her celebrations with her daughters on Instagram.

Vanessa shared more of the sweet celebrations on her Instagram Story and boy, did her daughters go all out for her birthday.

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No doubt, Bryant, who is is of Mexican descent, has an undeniably special birthdate considering it lands on Cinco de Mayo.

Bryant also shared a photo of a sweet card from her oldest daughter, Natalia that hints at the closeness of their relationship.

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“You are strongest person I know and I am so grateful to have you as my mom! I will always be the Ethel to your Lucy!” Natalia wrote on the note.

It’s been nearly five months since the tragic death of NBA great Kobe Bryant and his similarly talented daughter Gianna. Grief still lingers for their loved ones left behind however and recently, Vanessa Bryant was reminded of her tragic loss once more as she was forced to celebrate her own birthday without her late husband and daughter.

Still, despite their noted absence on her big day, Bryant was given an emotional surprise that, while bitter, seemed very sweet.

On May 5th, Bryant celebrated her birthday and shared a special surprise from her day on Instagram.

In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant revealed that before her birthday, she found an envelope addressed to her and from her late husband.

“Yesterday I found an envelope labeled To: The Love of my Life. From, Tu Papi I waited to open one more letter on my birthday. It gave me something to look forward to today. The irony is that Kobe had a photo of me drawn with an Angel holding me up by an artist on the cover. Missing the Love of my Life and my sweet little Mamacita- my fellow Taurus. Grateful to wake up to my 3 sweet girls today. Wish we were all together,” she wrote in the caption.

Bryant kept the message left behind for her private, but we can only imagine how emotional her experience in reading it was.

Bryant’s surprising post comes just a few days after she celebrated her deceased daughter Gigi’s birthday. In a caption about her birthday, Bryant encouraged Instagramers to “consider wearing red, caption an act of kindness or show how you will play Gigi’s way since she always gave everything she did her all and led with kindness.” She also asked fans to use the hashtag #PlayGigisWay to join in celebrating her daughter while also sharing an image of a special bracelet with her daughter’s nickname on it. “We are in the process of making this bracelet available for proceeds to benefit our Mamba and Mambacita foundation. I will update you with a post when we have them available for purchase),” she wrote.

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