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Ally Brooke Sings Selena Tribute Medley For Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Universe 2019 was held in Atlanta Sunday night and one of the most talked-about moments was a special Selena tribute during the evening gown portion of the pageant. Former Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke sang “Dreaming of You” and “I Could Fall In Love” as the contestants showed off their evening wear.

Selena fans watching the global pageant were so grateful to see the singer represented.

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Selena continues to be one of the most influential and well-known performing artists since she died 24 years ago. This year, Selena songs were streamed 163 million times in 79 countries on Spotify.

The tribute was a medley of two of her English-language hits “I Could Fall In Love” and “Dreaming of You.”

The Miss Universe pageant was held in Atlanta, Georgia this year and the top ten contestants were Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, Miss Colombia Gabriela Tafur Nader, Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Peru Kelin Rivera, Miss Indonesia Frederika Cull, Miss France Maeva Coucke, Miss Iceland Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir, Miss Thailand Paweensuda Drouin, and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon.

People were tagging Chris Perez so we could know that his late wife was being honored during the pageant.

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The Miss Universe pageant is aired around the world as women from 90 different countries and territories compete for the crown. This gave the Selena tribute global exposure with Ally Brooke bringing the Selena classics to the pageant stage.

There was truly so much appreciation to the Miss Universe Organization for including a Selena tribute into their night.

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It isn’t every day that a Latino icon like Selena gets a tribute on a global stage. Seeing one of the Latino music greats remembered at the pageant made fans celebrate the pageant.

Social media was filled with people who did not like the choice of Ally Brooke to since the medley.

There was a lot of disappointment from Selena fans about Brooke’s performance. The “No Good” singer wore a one-shoulder black sequin dress and as she performed the late Tejano singers songs.

Miss Universe 2019 is Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi.

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson came in first runner-up and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon rounded out the top three.

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There Might Be A Selena Funko Pop Doll Coming Out In 2021 And It’s About Time

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There Might Be A Selena Funko Pop Doll Coming Out In 2021 And It’s About Time

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Funko Pop dolls are a major part of American pop culture. We all have friends, family members, and coworkers who are avid Funko Pop collectors. Every major celebrity and character has been made into a Funko Pop doll and finally, at very long last, Selena is joining the lineup.

There is allegedly a Selena Funko Pop doll coming next year and fans are here 👏🏼 for 👏🏼 it. 👏🏼

A list of all the Funko Pop dolls coming in 2021 has been released and it seems like Selena fans will finally be in the lineup. The Queen of Tejano music, who still rocks our playlists, will soon be available for you to buy and have sitting on your desk with all of your other Funko Pop friends.

Some people have already created what they think will be the Funko Pop Selena doll based on the description.

It is kind of amazing how we never, ever get tired of seeing Selena in that glittered purple jumpsuit. Her AstroDome concert will forever be one of the most iconic outfits ever worn by anyone ever. That is just a fact. We all recognize that specific purple jumpsuit as one of Selena’s most important looks of her career.

Fans are ready to pony up the cash for these dolls.

Businesses have learned in recent years just how important Selena is to the Latino community. She represents the first time we saw people who looked like us making a big name for themselves. Media had been so white for so long that it was incredible to see Selena taking the stage and breaking into mainstream culture.

The excitement to own the Selena Funko Pop doll is very palpable.

The entire fandom just screamed “Me siento muy…excited!” How is it that one of the most iconic singers of all time hasn’t been made into a Funko Pop doll yet? One question that is likely on everyone’s mind is how closely the Quintanilla family is to the project. We all know that they have to be involved in all things with Selena’s likeness so we all just want to know what’s up.

The 21st century has shaped up to be a major moment for Selena.

Her impact on the Latino community has far exceeded her time alive. She showed us that brown girls can do anything they want to do and that we belong. Selena’s legacy has transcended generations and is being passed on to younger Latinos and Latinas. It is something that we love to see because all of us deserve to know that we can do anything we put our minds to.

READ: Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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She’s A Black Woman Singing Regional Mexican Music With A Perfect Accent, So Why Are People Upset?

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She’s A Black Woman Singing Regional Mexican Music With A Perfect Accent, So Why Are People Upset?

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Before you even hear her voice, you’re wrapped up in the imagery. But then you hit play and all you can done is, who is this woman with a voice like the late Tejano star Selena? And what’s her story?

Thankfully, we finally have a story behind the woman taking regional Mexican music to new heights with her perfect renditions of top Mexican classics, hits by Selena and Jenni Rivera, among others.

Sarah La Morena is making headlines for her perfect renditions of popular Mexican classics.

Sarah Palafox, aka Sarah La Morena, has become a phenomenon on social media because of her performances of Mexican songs in a perfect Zacatecan accent. 

In her videos uploaded to Instagram, which have already generated thousands of views, you can see 23-year-old Palafox holding her iPhone while singing ‘Qué me vas a dar’, by Jenni Rivera, accompanied by a mariachi band, as well as other songs she performs with her regional music band from southwestern Mexico. 

The clip of Palafox singing with mariachis spawned a half of million views on Instagram and another 200,000 on Twitter. Other videos of her singing banda — another form of regional music from Mexico’s southwest coast — also have been shared thousands of times.

Palafox’s story represents the American story, one of diversity and overcoming immense challenges.

For Sarah, born in California but raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, by a family of Mexican immigrants, the controversy and burden is nothing new. She’s had to live with it for much of her life.

Like other children born into troubled families, Sarah was separated from her biological mother and placed in a foster home until a Mexican couple offered to give her a home and eventually officially adopted her and moved to Zacatecas, where the girl spent a happy and rural childhood. 

Once in high school, Palafox and her parents returned to California, and there she faced similar disdain because she was a Black girl who did not speak English and felt Mexican. That feeling of others wanting to scrutinize her race and her dual roots led to depression and a suicide attempt a couple of years ago, the artist explained to the Associated Press. 

But there are those who think that an African-American woman cannot sing mariachi and they have made that known.

While some Black users have criticized her for “being ashamed of her Blackness,” Latinos have not been far behind, and Palafox has received all kinds of racist insults and accusations of cultural appropriation in both Spanish and English. 

For California State University Chicano Studies professor Alexandre Jose Granadilla, Sarah La Morena “takes authenticity to a whole new level. Not only is her Spanish better than most Latinos, but she identifies with a town in Zacatecas. She is Mexican and this music is hers,” he told the AP.

Granadilla also emphasized that her music not only represents the shared historical experiences of Mexicans and African-Americans in the United States, but breaks down apparent dichotomies about race.

Palafox confirms that she is working on new music after having signed with LA-based Silent Giant Entertainment and we can’t wait to hear what she puts out next.

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