We'll be back on Thursday with (hopefully) several posts on recent news stories from around the Americas.
In the meantime, we ask that all those who can please rise for the singing of the U.S. National Anthem:
The above rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was by ten-year-old Mexican-American singer Sebastien De La Cruz before the third game of the NBA Finals. The San Antonio native has been hailed as “The Boy With the Golden Voice” after his recent appearance on a nationally televised singing competition.
In the aftermath of De La Cruz' performance, several twits on Twitter aired their disapproval of him using racist and vulgar language. De La Cruz replied by noting, "My father was a U.S. Marine for a long time and they think I'm Mexican. I'm not from Mexico. I was born and raised in San Antonio and I'm a Spurs fan".
Video Source - YouTube via use Xsounders
Online Sources - El Diario/La Prensa; Salon.com