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Here’s Why One Professor In San Diego Started A Course On Selena And Latino Media

Students at San Diego State University might want to brush up on their Selena history as a new class focused on the Late Tejano star is set to be offered next spring. Tuesday, on what would have been her 48th birthday, SDSU announced it will offer a new course dedicated to Quintanilla and her influence on Latino culture. The class will be called “Selena and Latinx Media Representation”and students can begin registering for the course on November 1.

The course will explore Latino identities and socio-cultural representations through Selena’s music and career.

The class will be a celebration of Latino culture and what the Tejano Queen means in terms of representation.

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Dr. Nathian Shae Rodriguez, an assistant professor of digital media at SDSU, advocated for the course and will be the one teaching it. He says the class is more than just about Selena but an overall exploration of her influence on Latino culture.

“She just has this influence on different generations that is still being felt today,” Rodriguez said. “Not just in pop culture but in Latinx culture and I feel that it’s important to have a course that highlights her influence.”

Rodriguez says the class will be divided into two segments, Selena’s life and her influence as a whole. He stresses the cultural impact that she is still having on today’s pop culture scene, most notably in music and in fashion. The timing for the class was also perfect, Rodriguez points out students in this socioeconomic atmosphere are looking representation now more than ever.

“Look at TV and film and she is still being talked about, Netflix is releasing a show on her this year and our students will be dissecting it in real time,” Rodriguez said. “Whether it’s marketing. fashion and music festivals, Selena is more popular than ever.

For students, getting to learn and discuss a star like Selena is important because of the lack of Latino representation today.

Rodriguez, who grew up in Texas just like Selena, says getting to teach the course is special to him. He learned to speak Spanish by listening to Selena’s music and was one of the few mainstream Latinos growing up. The hope is students taking the course will be able to have to critical discussions and lessons on not only Selena but her influence on pop culture as a whole.

Rodriguez adds that the class is important for college-age students, many of them 18-20 years-old, because they didn’t get to experience, first-hand, the peak of Selena’s stardom. He says they may know her music and have seen her film but haven’t had a chance to dissect Selena as an influence on the mainstream scope.

“She was ahead of her time. Her fashion, her music, her personality was so contagious and now people are looking back now and realize how important Selena was,” Rodriguez said. “Her fashion is still relevant now. Cardi B and Bruno Mars just covered her music, She has yet to go out of style.”

This will be the first course in the country that is focused on Selena and her impact.

Rodriguez says the course will be on a trial run next spring will plans to make it a permanent course at SDSU. The class is a collaboration between SDSU’s School of Journalism and Media Studies and the university’s Digital Humanities Initiative.

News of the course being offered has been nothing short of positive from students. Rodriguez says many have told him how important it is to them to see the class being offered.

“People were commenting left and right about how excited they are to learn about themselves,” Rodriguez said. “They’ve basically told me representation matters and this class being offered in a way shows just that. This class isn’t just about a celebrity, its about representation and students being able to see themselves in our world.”

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20 Forgotten Photos Showing Selena With Today’s Biggest Celebrities

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20 Forgotten Photos Showing Selena With Today’s Biggest Celebrities

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During her short life, Selena Quintanilla accomplished more than most manage to do in a lifetime. She conducted hundreds of tours, made performances on TV and movies, and often alongside some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.

Here’s a look at 20 famous stars who met Selena including Garth Brooks and Marlon Brando.

1. Selena and Ricky Martin

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Selena and Ricky Martin presented together at the Premios Lo Nuestro in 1992. In the years since her death, Martin went on to win two Billboard Music Awards in 1993 and 1999, and has even appeared in a few movies and television shows.

2. Selena and Gloria Estefan

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During her life as a performer, the queen of Tejano music expressed her love and admiration for Cuban singer Gloria Estefan. On the same night in that Selena presented with Ricki Martin in 1992, the singer got to meet the former Miami Sound Machine lead. In 2005, Estefan covered Selena’s “I Could Fall In Love” for a tribute. 

3. Selena and Mario Lopez

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In a Twitter post to his account, the former “Saved By The Bell” actor shared a sweet picture of him with Selena writing “#TBT Early 90’s with Selena Quintanilla at a Tejano event. She looked beautiful & I wore a red coat & a hideous tie.”

4. Selena and Lorena Herrera

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The Tejano singer posed next to the Mexican singer and actress after another performance. Herrera has spent most of her career acting in telenovelas and singing. During the 90s, around the time that this photo was taken, the singer was starring on shows like “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” and “El Premio Mayor.” 

5. Selena and Garth Brooks

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The Tejano singer had been a huge fan of country singer Garth Brooks. In 1990 the rising star, took a photo with the singer.

6. Selena & Freddy Fender

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Selena took a photo alongside Mexican-American Tejano country legend Freddy Fender back in the 90s.

7. Selena with Rick Nelson & Freddy Fender

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Selena sang alongside one of her biggest Tejano heroes and the American rock and roll star Rick Nelson. 

8. Selena & Daisy Fuentes

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Cuban American television host and comedian took a photo with Selena back in the late 90s during the height of their careers.

9. Selena and Marlon Brando

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Back in 1994, Selena Quintanilla graced the screen in a cameo appearance in “Don Juan DeMarco.” The film starred Marlon Brando who she is pictured with above as well as Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway.

10. Selena and Ramiro Delgado

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In 1994, Selena made an appearance on the popular telenovela ‘Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.” For two episodes the Mexican-American shared the scene with Ramiro Delgado, Gaby Platas and Lupe Esparza.

11. Selena, Tweety and Bugsbunny

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During a Univision party in Las Vegas, back in 1992, Selena took photos with Tweety and Bugs Bunny. 

12. Selena and Minnie Mouse

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Selena took photos with Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck after a 1992 performance at Disneyland in 1992. Of course, for her big moment she wore her famous jeweled bustier.

13. Selena and Bonnie Brait

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Selena had a long list of celebrities she admired and the legendary definitely Bonnie Raitt topped it. At the 1995 Grammys just weeks before Selena’s death, the Tejano queen got to meet her musical favorite and take this photo.

14. Vicente Fernández

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Quintanilla had long been a fan of the legend, Vicente Fernández when she first took a photo with the Mexican singer and actor back in the 90s. No doubt, by her smile, her moment to shine next to El Rey de la Música Ranchera was a huge one.

15. Selena and El Buki

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These two gave us major hair goals back in the 90s when they posed for this photo.

16. Selena and Grupo Bronco

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Selena posed alongside Selena after performing together on the Televisa soap opera “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.”

17. Selena and Barrio Boyzz

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In 1994, Selena joined forces with the America Latin pop quintet the Barrio Boyzz for the song “Donde Quiera Que Estés.” After recording the song, the Barrio Boyzz joined Selena on a mini tour throughout Mexico and Texas.

18. Selena and Veronica Castro

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During a visit to Monterrey in 1992, Quintanilla did an interview with Verónica Castro.

19. Selena and Cristina Saralegui

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Latinx who think Latinos who don’t speak Spanish better take a moment and learn. Selena struggled to learn Spanish for years until she became an international and decided to learn the language completely. During an interview on Cristina’s show Selena spoke in Spanish and charmed her fans.

20. Selena and Esai Morales

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Years after he played Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic “La Bamba” and years before he went onto act in NYPD Blue, Esai Morales was posing next to Selena Quintanilla as a fan.


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Mac Cosmetics Released A Second Selena Collection And I Have To Say They Redeemed Themselves

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Mac Cosmetics Released A Second Selena Collection And I Have To Say They Redeemed Themselves

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After much anticipation, MAC Cosmetics has officially launched its second collection inspired Selena Quintanilla. Celebrating the Tejano music legends 25-year legacy, the aptly named Selena La Reina celebrates the legend’s signature ’90s beauty style.

The limited-edition line features 15 pieces.

That’s four lipstick shades, three lipgloss shades, two lip pencils, three shades of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour and Extra Dimension Skinfinish, and a Mi Siento…Muy Excited X8 Eye Shadow Palette. Topped off with a Selena Makeup Bag the prices range from $19 to $37 it’s clearly a package deal!

In a recent post to their Instagram page, MAC Cosmetics celebrated the launch with an endearing message.

“Selena still captivates us all. Celebrate 25 years of Selena’s legacy with an all-new collection honouring her iconic life and signature style. La Reina lives on ✨. Available online now in select markets.”

Quintanilla’s beloved sister Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga shared her excitement over the new launch in a press release stating, “This collection is so special to me because it celebrates Selena’s 25-year legacy and I wanted the packaging to be fun and memorable! The true inspiration behind the packaging is Selena’s ICONIC rhinestone bra and really led to the holographic feel for the rest of the collection so it pulled everything together!” 

The new line includes a Selena La Reina Makeup Bag.

MAC Selena La Reina Makeup Bag

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Inspired by Selena’s legendary bustier top – $35


Selena La Reina Extra Dimension Skinfinish in La Leyenda

MAC Selena La Reina Extra Dimension Skinfinish in La Leyenda

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Gold pearlescent highlighter for your cheeks, eyes and nose-  $37

Selena La Reina Eye Shadow X 8: Me Siento…Muy Excited

MAC Selena La Reina Eye Shadow X 8 Me Siento Muy Excited

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An 8-pan eyeshadow palette for every day and full party lewks. – $35


Selena La Reina Lipstick

MAC Selena La Reina Lipstick in Queen of Cumbia

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Selena’s signature deep red lip comes through with this baby. – $20


Selena La Reina Lipglass in Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

MAC Selena La Reina Lipglass in Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

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A shimmery lip gloss to show off that beam. – $18.50


Selena La Reina Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Big Bertha

MAC Selena La Reina Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

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Look like a 90s beauty icon in this matt finish. – $23

Be sure to shop the new MAC Selena La Reina collection before it sells out on MAC’s online store.