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These Selena Quintanilla Quotes Are Perfect For Your #MotivationMonday

There’s nobody else in history like Selena, and that’s because she made history. She broke past gender norms and essentially took her rightful throne as Queen of Tejano music, an otherwise male-dominated genre. The only records she was ever competing against were her own. Her last live televised concert broke all records (which was her own record the year before) with a sold-out Houston Astrodome 24 years ago this February.

While her life was violently ended much too soon, she had accomplished lifetimes of achievement by the time of her death at just 23 years old. Why? Her positive mental thinking and gratitude. Keep Selena’s spirit alive and rise up, mija. These quotes are going to get you going.

“I feel very proud to be Mexican.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

She told Los Gruperos, “I feel very proud to be Mexican. I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but … it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Who knew?

“Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

Her most iconic quote of all time is probably via Orale Primo:

“Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But … wrong!”

“We got laughed at…”

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In a 1994 interview, Selena confessed that “we got laughed at. My father was told that we would never make it. It’s gradual, a growing process. It’s not like it came overnight.”

“When you get hard work you get success, and we put a lot of years into it.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

In an interview with KZTV, Selena emphasized the importance of perseverance. Even when people laugh at you.

“If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away.”

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Selena only became so successful because she didn’t take people’s doubt seriously. She just went for it.

“All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

Y ya. That’s all we can do, and the rest, we can let go.

“Anybody can be a role model, anybody can.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

In an interview given before her Grammy winning live performance in Corpus Christi 1993, Selena only had warm gratitude to share with her fans.

“I want to be remembered not only as an entertainer, but as a person who cared a lot.”

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“…and I gave the best that I could and I tried to be the best role model that I possibly could.” ???? ???? ????

“I’m very real, very sincere and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

Be true to yourself, mija, no matter whether life throws fame, poverty or fortune your way. These are the sacred words of Selena.

“The reason I’m really appreciative of everything that’s going on around me is because of the fact that I never expected it, and I want to keep that attitude.

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

In an interview with MTV, Selena shared how she holds onto gratitude. Turns out it’s an attitude of gratitude.

“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

Stay in school, kids! Selena wouldn’t have gotten where she was without her education, and curiosity to get rooted in her culture.

“You shouldn’t care for somebody just because of the materialistic things that they have, and I’m a firm believer in that.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

Like La Reina says, money comes and goes. You want someone that you’ll want in every season of life.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better.”

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We bet Selena got a lot of that in every world she found herself in. She was criticized by Latin media for not speaking Spanish fluently, and misunderstood by the Anglo world she lived in.

“Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

Say that three times fast. Now say it in Spanish. K, now Selena is within you.

“We never thought we’d get this far, but we’re here.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

The band used to be stoked about getting a four hour gig that paid $100. They made it, fam.

“We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

“We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”

“You have to take what you could get when you’re getting started.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

If you expect to do something perfect the first time, then where do you go from there? Nobody starts out with everything, except for the Drumpfs.

“I don’t feel pressure because I’m not trying to portray something that I’m not.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

“… I’m just being myself. All these things that we’re doing and any jobs that we take, it’s because it’s what we believe in.”

“A lot of people may think it’s difficult to work with family, it’s not.”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

“If you have the same love, the same interests, and the same respect for each other, things work out great.” You get to work with you fam? Right on!

“You wish for things to happen when you’re not doing as well…”

CREDIT: @VivirasSelena / Twitter

“… and when it comes around, it’s like you wanna slow down. But you have to stop and think [about] where you came from, you appreciate it even more. It’s better to be working than not working at all.”

Hear that? So when you’re feeling bummed about being at work on a Monday, be grateful to be at work on a Monday instead.

 

READ: A Quintanilla Family-Approved Selena Series Is Coming To Netflix And People Are Freaking Out

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Recently, it was announced that this year’s Grammy Awards were postponed until March thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. The news disappointed many Selena fans who were excited to see her posthumously awarded a lifetime achievement award.

However, her family has reiterated their intent to collect the award on Selena’s behalf, with her brother telling TMZ that they plan to make a family affair out of it.

Selena’s brother A.B. says the family is ready to accept her posthumous Grammy.

Selena’s older broth, A.B. Quintanilla recently spoke to TMZ about the family accepting Selena’s latest Grammy on her behalf. He said with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Selena’s parents will most likely stay home and that he and his sister Suzette Quintanilla will be in attendance if there’s an in-person ceremony.

“Coming on the end of [the pandemic], I would say that it’s not safe for my mother and father,” A.B. said. “They probably would be staying in.”

The Academy recently announced that the award show would be a smaller, virtual event taking place in March. But that’s no issue according to A.B. He said that he’s got grand plans to turn his sister’s award into a family affair and that they’ve got their popcorn ready.

He also says it feels like Selena’s still here whenever she wins an award or sets new records, even though it’s been a quarter-century since she was murdered.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because she’s breaking these records and she’s doing wonderful things but unfortunately she’s not here,” he admits. “It’s strange how people in their mindset, and even with me sometimes, it feels like she is here…I’m just happy to have been a part of it and that people are still enjoying the beautiful art that made because those pieces that Selena made, in the music world, those are van Gogh’s.”

A.B. also spoke about Netflix’s Selena: The Series, which debuted last month.

He said the series sheds more light on how their family played a part in Selena’s success. A.B. was Selena’s primary producer and songwriter and Suzette was the drummer in her band.

It would be great to see the whole family [accept Selena’s award],” A.B. said. “As people are seeing in the series, this was a family effort. A lot of people are in shock going, ‘Whoa A.B.! We didn’t know you were the guy that wrote the hits and you wrote the music and you had so much pressure on you.’ I’m very grateful for the series and for people learning from the series.”

The Grammy will not be Selena’s first.

In 1994, she became the first female Tejano singer to win in the Best Mexican-American Album category. During her award acceptance speech, Selena thanked her family. Her brother and sister helped to write, produce, and also played instruments on the album. Selena’s father Abraham worked as her manager.

Selena was nominated after her first Grammy win in 1995 for her fourth studio album, Amor Prohibido. Though she did not win the award, was thankful to be thought of in such high regard. She told a reporter at the time, “Just to be around these artists who are considered to be heavyweights is an honor.”

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

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

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Say the word “Selena,” and your mind is probably filled with the opening beats of “Como La Flor,” the Tejano singer’s famous ballad. Selena Quintanilla’s legacy has been explored in acclaimed movies, podcasts, documentaries, and now, a Netflix show. The first part of Selena: The Series premiered on December 4 and is guaranteed a second season.

But what do we know about part two of the series?

Selena: The Series is reigniting interest in our beloved Selena like never before but what’s next for the series?

Selena: The Series covers the life of the late Selena Quintanilla, so how does Netflix’s narrative compare to the true story? Crucially, the first nine episodes only cover the first 20 years of the subject’s life, which means that Selena part 2 will focus on Selena’s evolution into a Tejano superstar before her tragic 1995 death.

Part 1 of the Netflix series addresses the most relevant events, and tweaks certain facts for dramatic purposes. It’s also being met with mixed responses from both critics and viewers alike. But one thing is certain, the series is helping introduce an entirely new generation to the life of one of Latin music’s biggest stars.

The second season has already wrapped filming and it will focus on a very different part of Selena’s life.

Ever since the project was announced, it was confirmed that it would be a two-part limited series. As viewers already know, part one consisted on nine episodes, but it’s unclear how many will make up the second part.

The initial season has largely focused on the 1990 release of Selena’s album, Ven Conmigo, and her family’s discovery of her secret relationship with Pérez.

The next season will likely feature the release of Selena’s first English-language album and her 1992 elopement to Chris before her death and her ill-fated meeting with Yolanda Saldívar (Natasha Perez), the woman responsible for her 1995 murder.

Netflix has yet to confirm when viewers can expect the conclusion of Selena. However, Serratos confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that production had already wrapped—no COVID-19 delays here! Considering that timeline, season 2 could premiere in the first half of 2021. Worth noting: April 16, 2021 would’ve been Selena Quintanilla’s 50th birthday, an event that may be tied to the season’s release.

Season 2 Selena will be “more of the icon.” 

For all of its flaws, the first season of Selena: The Series has helped introduce a new generation to the iconic Latina. And it’s given viewers an introduction to part of the singer not everyone was familiar with. Fans have explored Selena’s childhood and her introduction to music.

But season 2 will focus more on the singer’s megastardom, according to Serratos. “The first part was nerve-racking because there was less footage for me to base my performance on. But at the same time it was more relaxed, because I got more liberty. People don’t know that version of Selena very much,” she told OprahMag.com. “Our second part we’re going to see a lot more of the icon. I had a lot more to base the performance on—but it was nerve-racking because people know that Selena so well. There was added pressure.”

It doesn’t look like there will be any major changes to the cast for part two.

It looks like much of the same cast from part one will also be featured in part two of the series. The ensemble includes Serratos as Selena, Chavira as Abraham, Posey as Chris, Seidy Lopez as Selena’s mother Marcella, Noemi Gonzalez as Selena’s sister and drummer Suzette, and Gabriel Chavarria as Selena’s brother and producer A.B. Natasha Perez’s Yolanda will also play a larger role in season 2 as she gets closer to Selena’s life and business. 

Moisés Zamora (American Crime) returns as the series creator, writer, and executive producer alongside producers Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, and Simran A. Singh. Members of the real-life Quintanilla family are also involved with both seasons as executive producers, including Abraham and Suzette.

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