From hip fashion trends to the revolution of digital technology, the 1990s was a real game changer for everyone. The decade introduced us to some of our favorite Latino artists, telenovelas and trends that still have us swooning today. Don’t believe me? Here’s a small reminder of some things we were obsessed with in the early ’90s. In case you somehow forgot.
1. Let’s take it way back to 1990 when “Nubeluz” was the ultimate children’s TV show.
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.
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.
“I work at a women’s prison as a corrections officer in Gatesville Texas,” wrote the Reddit user “All of the inmates are on death row for murder including Yolanda Saldivar (Selena’s killer), Darly Routier, and many more. Since there are some things I can’t disclose for legal reasons this will be more of an ask me almost anything.”
Check out a few of the intersection questions and responses below.
Q: Have you seen anything in her or heard anything about her that suggests she’s sorry?
“Selena’s shooter has always maintained she never wanted to kill Selena and that it was an accident. From the interviews I’ve seen, Saldivar doesn’t have too much remorse for what she’s done. Have you seen anything in her or heard anything about her that suggests she’s sorry?” asked cracksilog.
A: “I don’t see her everyday, but from what I’ve seen/heard she doesn’t feel any guilt or remorse. There was one day that I wasn’t working where there were 2 other CO’s working and they happened to be fans of Selena, and while they were working they were singing her songs out loud. Saldivar heard them singing and she completely lost her shit. So from that I’d say she doesn’t feel sorry for what she did.”
q: Not really a question. But on Sunday, Univision aired a special on Selena and her murder. I kinda wish Yolanda was obligated to watch every time Selena was on TV or her music is played on the radio. –
A: Me too honestly. Idk if you saw this in the comments but she heard 2 CO’s singing her songs one day and she flipped shit. Like you murdered her and took away one of the greatest singers this country’s ever had, you don’t get to be angry. I’m actually a Selena fan myself so this still kinda grinds my gears.
Q: Do you feel sorry for most of the inmates (for example maybe their past dictated why they ended up in crime) or do you think they deserve to be there?
A: “There is one in particular that I do kind of feel sorry for. She’s in prison for murder and robbery. She told me that she had a pimp and one night he was beating the crap out of her so she killed him in self defense. But they also got her on a robbery charge and that’s why she’s currently in prison. She told me she admits to killing her pimp because she said “if one of us has to die tonight it’s not gonna be me”. She swears up and down that she didn’t rob him though. In some ways I believe her and if she wasn’t in prison I would honestly want to be her friend.
As for the other inmates, some of them have killed their children. They tell me they’re innocent of that, but if it involves children I tend not to believe that they’re innocent. Especially if there’s decisive evidence agaisnt them.”
Q: Have you seen any escape attempts and were any of them successful also do people freak out because their there everyday all day out of nowhere?-
A: In the year I’ve been here I’ve never seen any escape attempts myself nor has anyone else I work with because we would all know about it. We have watch towers in the field and the inmates wear white. We’re ordered to shoot if we see anyone. So far no one’s had to shoot anyone nor have they seen anyone try to escape. Plus it’d be pretty hard since we’re a high security prison (although I know that’s not always a valid excuse. Where there’s a will there’s a way).
I have seen a few people snap or have mental breakdowns but they were never too crazy. They’re mostly just crying or shouting or both. People who do that mostly are the ones on suicide watch so sometimes that’s what we expect.
Q: “What is the most chilling thing you’ve heard/witnessed, and how long have you been working there?”- couervide
A: I’ve been working here since August of 2018 so a little over a year now.
Honestly the only thing that gives me the chills is what the inmates did that landed them in prison. Especially the ones that murdered their children. We’re technically not allowed to know all the details as to why they’re in prison, we just know they’re there for murder. But a few of the inmates have their own documentaries on Dateline or Investigation Discovery and I’ve watched them.
Another thing that sometimes gives me the chills is that Darly Routier’s youngest son still visits her in prison since he’s the only one she didn’t kill. There’s also another inmate, Debra Jeter who’s in the same prison for murder. She slit both of her daughters throats in an attempt to kill them both, but only one of them died. The other daughter that survived still visits her mom in prison. She says she forgives her for what she did but I don’t know how she can still look at her. The 911 call she made after she slit their throats is just bone chilling since she admitted to the dispatcher that she did it. No guilt. No remorse. Here’s the 911 call:
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