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Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
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Remembering Selena & Weekly Hot Links

Submitted by on March 26, 2010 – 8:52 amOne Comment

In the early days of our marriage, my husband and I played Selena’s 12 Super Exitos CD a lot. The music was fun, she was adorable and sexy and my husband most enjoyed my melodramatic translations — translations done in my best telenovela star persona.

My favorites were, and are, No Debes Jugar, and La Llamada, video shown above.

La Llamada, partial lyrics:
“Oh, te vi con ella no puedes negar,
Que eran tus labios los que la besaban, Canalla!
No te sirvio de nada, el disimular,
Que solo, charlaban, no mientas mas!
Si me vuelves a llamar,
Yo te vuelvo a colgar,
Ya me canse de escuchar,
Oh escusas, y mas mentiras.
No me vuelves a llamar,
No te voy a perdonar,
Otra oportunidad,
No te la doy,
No vales la pena.”
That CD, from 1994, still gets regular play around here and likely will get spun a lot next week, on March 31 specifically, the 15th anniversary of the talented 23-year-old woman’s murder.

Texas Monthly is honoring Selena Quintanilla Perez with a beautiful cover illustration, feature and never-seen photos and YouTube is full of great videos, if you want to remember too, if you’re looking to remember.

Marching with the Ladies in White
Yesterday, thousands marched in Miami and in Havana. All calling for liberty.
The Havana group is the Ladies in White (Las Damas en Blanco), who have been beaten and harassed, because they regularly peacefully and publicly stand in honor of their relatives, jailed Cuban dissidents. It was the fourth of seven planned marches this week, according to the Washington Post story.
At the same time, singer Gloria Estefan, led the huge crowd of Cuban-Americans in Miami, marching in peaceful support of the Ladies. The Miami Herald posted a great video.

Last week, Americans of all flavors marched in Washington D.C. to call for immigration reform.

Taking Control of Finances and Debt
A national non-profit credit counseling agency, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, has developed an online program to help Latinos learn more about debt and personal finances.
The site, CredAbilityU, offers Spanish language information for navigating the credit system in the United States, said Patricia Jiménez, Hispanic Outreach Manager at the Atlanta-based CCCS. (Courses are available in English too.)
To encourage participation in the Spanish program, the agency is sponsoring the “I Win, You Win,” contest and giving away 20 Netbook computers. Information can be found on the site’s contest box, and you must take a personal finance class on the site before April 5.

Food Find of the Week
I get gigantic kicks out of finding Latino-ish recipes in mainstream cooking magazines.
This month, my beloved Bon Appetit offers up chipotle chicken tacos and quick chicken paella with sugar snap peas. A quick paella? I’m there.

Show us the Love
We wrote about it this week, but a reminder that the Tiki Tiki is nominated in the first Blogs by Latinas Awards, in the Culture category. Have you voted yet? At least go stroll the blogs. There is good stuff in there.

Happy Weekend, y’all.

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