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Their Love Pushed Them To New Artistic Heights, Now She’s Carrying On Prince’s Legacy

Love is a wonderful thing, right?

But what about heartbreak? For Shelia E., love and heartbreak have been two of the main driving forces throughout her illustrious music career. Her talents as a drummer and her love of Prince, who died just over a year ago, helped create some of that generation’s most important music. Their love was so strong, Prince once famously proposed to Sheila E. while onstage, during a performance of “Purple Rain.” The heartbreaking end to their relationship, however, pushed Sheila E. to pursue her own musical projects, where she could continue to grow as an artist. And in the end, both Sheila E. and Prince had a connection that few people are lucky enough to find during their short time on Earth.

On what would have been Prince’s 58th birthday, Sheila E. has released cover of Prince’s “America.”


When Prince died, Sheila E. put her music projects on hold and began working on an album of covers. In Sheila E.’s words, she “wanted to create a music project that speaks to our confusing time and draws on the music of the past.” Sheila E., as Rolling Stone reported, believed Prince’s “America” was relevant because it was a “response to Reagan-era paranoia over nuclear war during the mid-Eighties.”

The project is so important to her that she reached out to fans to help pay for the album. For Sheila E., money isn’t an issue. As she once told Prince, Rolling Stone reported, “I’m not here to play your music to get paid because it’s money, money has nothing to do with it, I’m here because I love you. I don’t care about your money.” For Sheila E. “Iconic” is about love.

Check out Sheila E.’s cover of Prince’s “America,” available exclusively at Rolling Stone.

(H/T: Rolling Stone)

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An Artist In Indiana Is Drawing Iconic Singers And Actors As Aztec Characters And It Is Amazing

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An Artist In Indiana Is Drawing Iconic Singers And Actors As Aztec Characters And It Is Amazing

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For the last few years, Jorge Garza has been making a name for himself in the world of art with his Aztec-inspired drawings infused with pop culture figures. Garza’s Instagram page is a showcase of his unique work that includes illustrations of Latin figures like the Chapulín and luchador fighters. He goes by the artist name Quetza as a nod to his Aztec work that he’s heavily influenced by. 

Whether its the graphics, colors, and finishes in his work, Garza’s work is a testament to his knowledge and passion for Aztec art. His work showcases many sharp details and takes a classic process, from pencil sketches to digitization. While his style is varied in some ways from original Aztec style work he still includes details like the use of skulls, snakes, and details of Mexican culture. Garza also has his own online store where he showcases and sells many of his own original designs. Currently, he is working on an art book that will be focusing on his passion of Aztec/Pop Culture. 

While the Northwest Indiana artist has been around for quite some time, he might have gotten his biggest moment yet as his drawing of the “Queen of Tejano” got quite the attention online. Within hours of posting his “Aztec Selena” illustration on Facebook, the image was met with overwhelming attention from fans and strangers alike.  

Anytime you can pay tribute to the queen Selena you’re going to get love on social media.

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His Selena artwork was quickly shared and spread across social media with many in return getting to look at Garza’s overall portfolio of work. Upon first posting the sketch on Facebook Wednesday, Garza had no clue that it would receive more than 5,000 shares and well over 3,000 likes.

“I love Aztec artwork and its been a big influence in my work,” Garza told My San Antonio. “I respect Selena and the influence she has had on Mexican-American culture so I uploaded it … and I did not expect the feedback I had. It’s overwhelming.”

He says his viral drawing is a testament to the love and adoration that Selena fans still have even after all these years after her passing. Garza had planned to draw this specific piece for years and felt like now was the perfect time to put together this tribute to the “Como la Flor” singer. 

His collection of Aztec-inspired illustrations come from a special place in Garza’s heart. He grew up with a love for Mexican pre-Hispanic art that he learned about at a young age.

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As a young boy living in Indiana, Garza learned about Aztec culture and the complexity of the civilizations during that time period. But it was the artwork during that time that truly inspired him to become an artist. Since then, Garza has devoted himself to learning more about Aztec graphics and culture. 

While he gets inspiration from Aztec history, Garza has also thrown in a bit of his personal for pop culture into his artwork. Whether that’s including characters from X-Men, Batman, Marvel or Transformers, it’s his way of staying true to himself all while paying tribute to the past. 

Besides just illustrations, Garza has shown his versatility as an artist when he previously released a horror comic called Wrath of the Giver. He’s also put out a compilation book of Aztec art and pop culture with some of his best work so far. 

Fans of his work took to social media to share their appreciation for Garza’s latest illustration. 

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Garza has proven to be an artistic inspiration to some on social media who are praising him for his work and his tribute to Latin art. There is a growing market for pop culture-inspired work like Garza’s all over the internet and with his latest piece blowing up we’re sure this isn’t the last time we see one of his pieces circulating on social media. 

For fans of Garza’s work, he’ll be at the Big Texas Comicon at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from Sept. 20-22. 

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Remember The Song “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” Prince Wrote About A Latina

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Remember The Song “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” Prince Wrote About A Latina

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Prince, 57, died unexpectedly in his Paisley Park home in Minnesota. But, perhaps, no one is more shocked and saddened by his death than his ex wife, Mayté García.

“I can’t even think of the words of what I’m feeling. This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated…” García said on her Instagram account.

The former dancer of Puerto Rican descent met Prince in 1990. She later joined the singer on tour as a backup dancer. They became a couple and married in 1996. He released an album inspired by her that included the hit “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Watch below, but make sure you have a couple tissues around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmqSi7lulMM

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After their wedding, the couple lost their only son a week after he was born due to Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare disease that affects the skull and bones.

“I loved him then, I love him now, and will love him eternally…He’s with our son now,” García added.

Read more about Mayté García’s reaction here.

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