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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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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

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

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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