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This Jack-O’-Lantern Carving Of Selena Quintanilla Will Make You Regret The Day You Didn’t Do This For Día De Los Muertos

Fans of the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla have found creative ways to immortalize and pay tribute to her in various ways since her death. From beautiful ofrendas for Día de Los Muertos to traveling Instagram Pages, Selena devotees continue to prove that there’s no keeping the reina’s legacy from living on. Arthur Alaquinez, a San Antonio-based artist, is just one of the many championing this effort but his recently shared photo of a jack-o’-lantern featuring the Queen of Tejano’s face. If we were having a contest, we’d pick this one as the winner.

Alaquinez’s intricate carving depicts a smiling Selena in the style of a Día de los Muertos design. 

The artist, who describes himself as “self-taught” in the bio of his Instagram profile shared the image of his fascinating pumpkin carving on Instagram. “Worked on this for a couple days, Artificial pumpkin Carving,” he wrote in the caption for the post. According to the site MySanantonio.com, this isn’t the first time Alaquinez has worked his magic on a pumpkin and turned it into a piece of art. Each year, the artist attempts to observe the passing of people near and dear to him for Día de los Muertos. 

“Arthur Alaquinez’s artistic talents wow each year with his pumpkin portraits of retired Spurs,” says the site. “Using a Dremel rotary tool, the artist carved away at a recreation of a photo taken of Selena in 1994 during a school visit. In the original photo, the Queen of Tejano is wearing gold hoop earrings and a necklace, has her hair pulled up in a cascade of curls and is holding a bouquet of roses. Alaquinez remembered all the details in his work and used paint to emphasize shadows and texture in her face.”

The portrait of Selena might have captured the most attention from Alaquinez’s pumpkin collection this year, but his jack-o’-lanterns of 2019 include others.

A recent rendering includes a portrayal of former Spurs player turned assistant coach, Tim Duncan.

He also recently did an image of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle who passed away this year.

The American rapper and entrepreneur died in Los Angeles this past Spring after he was shot multiple times at a store he owned in South Los Angeles. Alaquinez’s decided to beautifully pay tribute to the artist and immortalize him an untraditional way by using an artificial styrofoam pumpkin.

“My 1rst portrait done on a Artificial styrofoam pumpkin,” he wrote about the piece earlier this month in a post to his Instagram page. “Only right I do Hustle, Was not easy! I was tired of doing real pumpkins & them going to waste lasting only a couple days, Now they will last Forever!!” 

After the image of Alaquinez’s Selena went viral, he shared a post explaining his inspiration for his work.

“To think it all started only a couple years ago coming across a pumpkin on the internet, & saying to myself Cool!, I bet I can do that!, I’ve always been artistic but never pursued it, that 1rst pumpkin I did went viral from there ppl started asking me do you do paintings, do you do this, can you do that? I would tell them no but i bet i can. learning on my own along the way tried it got better little by little and by word of mouth I got commissioned to do different projects.. Extremely Humbled!. Big Shout out to @thepumpkingeek for when I reached out to him recently because I wanted to change from real to artificial pumpkins, wanted to know what type he used, I wanted for ppl to get more for their $ & the Art last forever! Thank you for that tip!” he wrote.

In an article by the Houston Chronicle, it was revealed that Alaquinez got a big break last year when he was hired by San Antonio Spurs to create figures of the players. 

Alaquinez was hired to create images of players such as LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, Dante Cunningham, Rudy Gay, and Bryn Forbes. At the time he told the Chronicle that the request for his work by the team put him “cloud 9.”

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

“Selena” is one of the most influential and impactful movies of our generation. We all remember watching Jennifer Lopez embody the Tejana queen of music. The 1997 biopic is a classic and there is finally talk of including it in the National Film Registry.

“Selena” is one of the most impactful movies of our childhoods.

The 1997 movie was something that we watched over and over when we were younger. We sang the songs and basically learned all of the lines of this movie. It is arguably one of the first times we saw our culture and one of our icons’ stories told for the masses.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing for “Selena” to officially be recognized.

Movies are a crucial part of telling the full story of American life. The National Film Registry is a list of movies that are honored for their cultural impact. “Real Women Have Curves,” “West Side Story,” and “Zoot Suit” are all part of the National Film Registry. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote a letter asking for the consideration of “Selena.”

“As a next step, we also wish to formally nominate the 1997 film ‘Selena’ for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2021,” reads the letter. “Directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos, the film depicts the life, remarkable rise, and tragic death of Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla.”

There is a lot of hope that the Library of Congress will make this happen.

Selena represents that first major and successful jumps from the Latino market to the mainstream that many of us can remember. We finally had someone who looked like us and understood our cultural struggles in a real way. Our story was being told and the film about the music icon was so important in guiding some of us through our own cultural struggles.

“The film also touches on important themes of cultural identity and assimilation faced by Mexican American communities as they navigate their personal connections to two cultures and languages,” the letter continues to explain. “The film has become a beloved icon of Latino culture and has found widespread mainstream success, proving once and for all that Latino stories are American stories.”

Selena is the kind of cultural phenomenon that comes once in a lifetime.

The singer was able to build an impressive legacy that has endured for longer than she was alive. We were raised with her music and told her story over and over to keep us all tuned in to the fact that we could do anything. If Selena could break into the mainstream audience, we could all be that successful.

“Given its importance as a work of Latino cinema, we believe it is deserving of preservation at the Library of Congress. We trust you will give ‘Selena’ careful consideration, and hope to see it included in the titles added to the National Film Registry in 2021,” Rep. Castro further explains in the letter. “We also expect to identify other films which feature the American Latino experience and urge you to devote careful consideration to Latino films when considering films for the registry as well.”

Here’s hoping that “Selena” gets the official recognition it clearly deserves.

We all have our fingers crossed that this movie will earn its place in the National Film Registry because it deserves that kind of praise.

READ: Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’ Leads To Massive Increase In Spotify Streams Of La Reina’s Music

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Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’ Leads To Massive Increase In Spotify Streams Of La Reina’s Music

Selena has been dead longer than she was alive, yet her legendary status is only strengthening. La Reina de Tejano Music continues to reign supreme and the latest Spotify Wrapped proves it. Streams of Selena’s music skyrocketed this year and we love to see it.

Selena’s music continues to spread around the world in 2020.

Selena’s music is timeless. Her heartfelt music, in English and Spanish, has transcended culture and race to speak to people around the world. Twenty-five years after her death, Selena fans are still going strong and passing that legacy down to the younger generations. The new Netflix series has reignited that love of Selena to incredibly high proportions.

Streams of Selena’s music on Spotify increased 260 percent.

That’s not a typo. People streamed Selena’s song 260 percent more than the month before because of the timelessness of this singing queen. The spike in Selena streams come after “Selena: The Series” was released on Netflix. The family-approved tv show received a lot of backlash from Selena fans because of the wigs and storyline. However, the show did bring music lovers back to her.

Fans are proud to have helped Selena break this record.

According to Spotify, three songs were the most loved by Selena fans. Two of the songs had the biggest growth in listeners. Those two songs are “Como La Flor” and “Amor Prohibido,” which saw 250 percent and 150 percent increases, respectively. “El Chico del Apartamento 512” joined in to be the three Selena songs to break into the top 200 Spotify songs.

Once again, Selena proves that she is more than a queen of Tex-Mex, she is a queen of music.

The lasting legacy of Selena is something we are still talking about because it still matters. She has remained relevant decades after her death and that is not an easy feat. As 2020 comes to a close, it is impressive to know that Selena is still going strong.

READ: As The New Selena Series Comes Under Scrutiny, People Are Asking Where Is Selena’s Husband Chris Pérez Now?

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