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Suzette Quintanilla Tried Distancing Herself From A Man Who Revitalized A Selena Mural But He Had The Receipts

If you’re paying attention to all things Quintanilla, you know that the family is fiercely protective over the late Selena’s image and trademark. That fight has recently erupted over Eric Lee Tunchez’s promotion and revamping of the Molina Selena mural. Tunchez is the founder of non-profit Stop Bullying Inc. and planned to pass out backpacks and school supplies at the event. The Quintanilla’s legal team sent a cease and desist letter to Stop Bullying Inc. accusing the organization of ‘unauthorized and unlawful marketing and promotion’ of the Selena themed Fiesta de Selena Mural.

The whole ordeal has boiled down to a he-said, she-said, but Tunchez has recently responded with screenshots of the email from Suzette, and now the Internet is outraged.

On July 31, 2018, Tunchez posted to Facebook that he got “blessings” from “Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham, to re-do the neighborhood mural on Elvira and Bloomington.”

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It seems as if Tunchez has been earnest in his year-long effort to unveil this mural for his community. In a Facebook post, Tunchez wrote, “I would like to share with everyone that I have been working hard to revitalize my old neighborhood Molina. Today, I got the blessings from the store owner of the Times Market and Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham, to re-do the neighborhood mural on Elvira and Bloomington.”

The day before the event, August 2nd, Tunchez was promoting the event as expected.

Credit: Eric Lee Tunchez / Facebook

“With the Quintanilla family collaboration and my passion to carry on the Selena mural tradition in the Molina neighborhood, the revitalized memorial will influence Latinos for generations to come,” Tunchez posted. He consistently has thanked and credited the Quintanilla family for the cooperation.

Then, the day of the event, Tunchez told folks that he “received a love letter (cease and desist letter) by the estate of the Selena Quintanilla.”

Credit: Selena Mural in Corpus Christi‎ / Facebook

“I understand, respect, and agree that people should not profit from Selena. It is very important to keep Selena clean,” Tunchez posted. “I’ve been inspired and she is a local icon and I in no way want to disrespect the family of Selena. My intent for today’s event is benign and is for the community of the Molina neighborhood.”

Then, he blamed “the corporate powers” that “want to stop today’s event, which I planned to hand out backpacks to disadvantaged families.”

Credit: Eric Lee Tunchez / Facebook

“Today, I received a love letter (cease and desist letter) by the estate of the Selena Quintanilla,” he continued. “We may need to go through a legal battle to compromise something for the community in which where this mural stands.”

Abraham Quintanilla told the Caller-Times that Tunchez did reach out about a year and a half ago about updating the mural, but “never collected money for the project.” The Quintanilla family then hired New York artist San Sigüenza to do the work. Tunchez “didn’t pay one penny … and is taking credit for everything,” Abraham said. 

Then, Suzette went on public television to denounce any contact she may have had with Tunchez.

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Tunchez tried to clear his name on Facebook with a rebuttal post. “Suzette Quintanilla went to public television and said she had no association with me in regard to the mural. She reached out to me about my project. I didn’t ask them for anything.”

Tunchez went on to say that “they want the credit for my efforts and work to revitalize the Molina. I think that is pure greed. I still hope we can compromise to keep this event at the Selena mural every year to promote education and give out school supplies. My energy and motivation will propel me to continue to create something that will last forever because my neighborhood would not like to take down this mural that inspires many generations of Tejanos.”

Buckle up, because Suzette released all hell and fury at Tunchez on her own Facebook platform.

Credit: Suzette Quintanilla / Facebook

This is getting heated. “Now lets talk facts,” Suzette’s post continues. “FACT: This Mural was for the Molina Neighborhood, NOT to help promote anything you do sir. Never has been about you making money, its about you trying to use this mural for self glorification and wanting to use the Selena Trademark name and likeness to promote yourself. Our local newspaper failed to add the rest of the wording for the cease and Desist letter… AND /OR PROMOTE AND EVENT. thats a really important part. last thing I wanna share with everyone is my family and I have protect what is ours from day one and will continue to do so. This legacy Selena has left behind for all future generations is due to all of my family, we were a team. We created music from day one together since Sel was 9, I was 13 and AB 17. So we have all rights to do what we want what is ours.”

Tunchez then posted some receipts backing up his claim.

Credit: Eric Lee Tunchez / Facebook

Within hours of her Facebook post, Tunchez kept it simple. “Hey Suzette Quintanilla,” he writes. “The fact is your father gave me the blessing to find an artist to re-do a mural that was neglected. The fact is I wanted to make things better for my neighborhood Molina. The fact is Sandra Gonzalez was going to do the mural with West Oso art students. Fact is you denied that opportunity for our community and went with your artist San Siguenza from New York. The fact is we can take down the current mural in Molina and give our community the opportunity to do so still. I will leave that up to my community.”

He then included attachments of the email where he claims she “reached out… so please do not call me a liar. I’ve been really nice to you and you have been real mean to me. I don’t need your money. Let me know.”

People have opinions about all of this.

Credit: Eric Lee Tunchez / Facebook

Jesse Lino Villareal commented, “At the end of the day this was sopose to be a community thing and it has blown up to an Quintanilla thing…..this is about the Westside Molina not them folks….Selena was apart of this neighborhood he just wanted to honor her by helping revitalizing the mural……at the end of the day this is about the community not them other folks”

When someone replied with some legal facts like they can sue because they “own Selena rights,” someone else responds in all caps, “NO ONE OWNS A FOLK HERO LIKE SELENA. NO ONE.”

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Never-Before-Seen Selena Portraits On Exhibit At San Antonio Art Museum

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Never-Before-Seen Selena Portraits On Exhibit At San Antonio Art Museum

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If you’ve already given up on 2020, you’re wrong. This year will mark 25 years since beloved Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar. Of course, knowing the singer would have turned 49 years old this year is horribly tragic. However, the legal magic of ’25’ means that copyright law from her last year of life is about to expire. For the first time, some of the last photos taken of Selena are on public display at a San Antonio art museum. Photographer John Dyer had the privilege of photographing Selena for her cover shoot for Más Magazine in 1992 and again for Texas Monthly in 1995. Dyer has allowed for both sets of photographs to be put on display, and the contrast in her mood is striking. 

The second set of photographs was taken just months before her murder. 

Book your flights to Texas, and buy your tickets, mi gente!

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There isn’t a look or photograph of Selena that a child hasn’t dressed up as for Halloween, that a Guarcado plushie hasn’t donned, or that the public hasn’t revered. From Selena’s purple jumpsuit to her fire red lipstick, everything the artist has done has become part of the Mexican-American zeitgeist. And yet… Selena is still giving us more to take in. The signature piece of the exhibit features the 23-year-old star wearing a sequined bustier and high waisted black pants, black patent leather heels firmly planted on a black and white tile checkered floor with a red curtain in the backdrop. 

The photo is so iconic that the museum has reconstructed a look-a-like set for visitors to take their own Selena-inspired photos.

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The exhibit, named in both English and Spanish “Selena Forever/Siempre Selena,” is on view at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio’s first modern art museum. “The exhibition pays tribute to ’90s icon, singer, designer, and Texas legend—Selena Quintanilla-Pérez—with a series of five photographs by award-winning San Antonio photographer John Dyer. Selena was the subject of Dyer’s photo assignments for the cover of Más Magazine in 1992 and again for Texas Monthly in 1995, just months before she was tragically killed at age 23,” the museum states.

The photographer noticed how much more muted Selena was in the shoot months before her death compared to three years prior.

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In an interview with Heidi Vaughan Fine Art, Dyer recalls how “she drove up by herself in her little red hatchback and parked in front of my studio” the first time they met in 1992, as Selena’s career was beginning to take off. “She jumped out of her car with a big smile,” and brought in her hand-made, self-designed performance costumes. The checkered floor print was taken during that first shoot. He recalls that “Selena’s quick smile, infectious laugh, and unending energy made her a pleasure to work with. This was in 1992.”

By early 1995, Selena was at the peak of her international fame when Texas Monthly hired Dyer to do another photoshoot. “She had just finished two exhausting days of shooting TV commercials for a corporate sponsor. She was tired. I had brought a beautiful hand-made jacket for her to wear. I posed her in the alcove on the mezzanine of the theater where the light is particularly nice. She was subdued and pensive. A far cry from the ebullient, excited young singer I’d photographed 3 years earlier. Later I thought her mood might have been an eerie harbinger of what was to come,” Dyer concluded. We may never know what was going on in the emotional world of Selena on that day — if tensions were rising with Saldivar, or if she was simply an exhausted superstar.

Between the time of the shoot and the magazine cover release, Selena was murdered.

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The magazine decided to use “one of the more somber shots” Dyer captured for the magazine cover which ended up becoming a story that chronicled her death. “It’s a cover I would rather not have had,” Dyer recalled. Tejanos and Selena superfans alike, Selena is waiting for you.

The “Selena Forever/Selena Siempre” exhibit is on display at San Antonio’s The McNay Modern Art Museum for the price of general admission ($20). The exhibit dates are Jan. 15, 2020, to July 5, 2020. Selena Forever/Siempre Selena is organized by the McNay Art Museum, curated by Kate Carey, Head of Education.

Pro tip: The museum is open for free on Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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The Super Bowl Just Hit The Latina Trifecta Thanks To This Big Announcement

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The Super Bowl Just Hit The Latina Trifecta Thanks To This Big Announcement

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Looks like the Super Bowl is officially going to be fire. Late last year it was announced that , Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would headline the halftime show. News of their duo performance sparked both delight and, in light of the NFL’s anti-Black Lives Matter stance, some controversy. Still, whether you love it or hate, the show will go on and Demi Lovato is now taking part.

On Thursday the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer announced that she will be performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. 

In a post to her Instagram account, the singer shared an official photo and a caption that read, “Singing the National Anthem at #SBLIV See you in Miami @NFL.”

The announcement is proof that Latinas and Demi in particular are setting 2020 on fire.

After all, Lovato’s announcement comes just two days after she announced that she had accepted an invite to performat the 2020 Grammy Awards at the end of this month. The news sparked excitement amongst Lovato’s fans particularly because the singer hasn’t performed live since 2018 when she was hospitalized for a drug overdose. 

This year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will also headline the halftime show.

Super Bowl LIV will be played on February 2. Fox will televise the game starting at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff shortly thereafter.

We don’t know who will face off in the 54th Super Bowl but we know who will be serving up delicious cuisine at Hard Rock Stadium the day of the big game and the big performance — a dominicana chef.

Chef Dayanny de la Cruz the Centerplate Executive Chef of the Hard Rock Stadium will be feeding guests with delicious sazón on Super Bowl Sunday. 

The woman responsible for coordinating the food experience for Super Bowl LIV is Dayanny de la Cruz. The mom of three is the executive chef of the Hard Rock Stadium. FIERCE recently spoke to Chef Dayanny about her beginnings, her connections with the world of food, breaking through the glass ceiling and what it’s like to design a menu that matches JLo and Shakira’s superstardom. 

Chef Dayanny was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and grew up in a home where everything happened around the kitchen table. It was the kind of childhood where her mother always insisted she eat before she play and she was able to run outside and pick ripe mangoes straight from surrounding trees. Chef Dayanny credits this early association with fresh foods and the warmth of a lively kitchen with her decision to enter the culinary world. 

She first went to school to get a degree in hospitality management from Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. It was here that she decided to move to the United States with her parents and pursue a career in culinary arts. After getting her degree in Grand Rapids, MI, the newbie chef accepted her first position in a kosher kitchen at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chicago — an experience that she says was one of the most difficult and rewarding of her career. 

It was during this time in Chicago that Chef Dayanny was exposed to the world of sports luxury entertainment. She quickly started building her resume with some of the most elite sports events in the US, such as the US open in New York, the Kentucky Derby and the NBA All-Stars. Chef Dayanny explained to FIERCE, the experience was a different challenge than what she was used to, but she was drawn to that difficult task.

Her experience eventually led her to Miami and the Hard Rock Stadium.

 As the executive chef, this means she would be in charge of the kitchen staff for each of these locations. Chef Dayanny also oversees the menus for each concession, kitchen and restaurant at the stadium, and ensures the quality of the food leaving the kitchen. Currently, the stadium has 7 kitchens, 167 suits, 7 all-inclusive clubs and 25 concession stands.

Among those responsibilities is a self-imposed rule that Chef Dayanny expects of her kitchens: to keep them extremely diverse. Listing Central America, South America, Africa and other countries as some of the sources of inspiration for the cuisine she serves, the chef explained to FIERCE that she not only includes her own Dominican flavors into her kitchens but she encourages the native flavors of her kitchen staff to be utilized as well. 

The road leading up to her high-profile career hasn’t been easy. Unfortunately, Chef Dayanna also experienced something many women — Latinas especially — experience coming up in her career.

Like in many industries, the culinary world is still very much a boys’ club. As such, women are given an especially difficult time when they enter the industry to gain experience. Sometimes the interactions are so traumatizing that women leave their industry completely to avoid facing more injustices. 

Chef Dayanny confirmed that as a Latina she bumped into the infamous glass ceiling several times before climbing up the ladder. However, it wasn’t her own struggle she was concerned about, but the struggle of the next generation of women. Acknowledging that we still have a ways to go in making strides in equality, Chef Dayanny explained, “If we are standing still, not moving forward, we aren’t clearing the way for the next generation.” 

As thrilled as she is about the upcoming Super Bowl, when asked how she feels knowing that she is somewhat responsible for feeding JLo and Shakira, Chef Dayanny left us with a reminder of what’s most important. 

Anyone who talks to Chef Dayanny can hear how much she loves to cook and how she adores food in general. So, to reach this point in her career where she receives this honor is obviously a big deal for her. In her interview with FIERCE, we hear in her voice how proud she is to land this role. While Chef Dayanny admitted she is excited about organizing the menus at the Super Bowl, for her, the real excitement comes when the party is over.