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A 21-Year-Old Book About Selena Is Being Turned Into A TV Series

Earlier this week, TV news anchor María Celeste Arrarás announced via Facebook that Disney had purchased the rights to her book “El Secreto de Selena” and plans to adapt it into a TV series.

“For many years, I’ve tried to bring “Selena’s Secret” to the screen, but it took me two decades to find the right team to do it,” wrote Arrarás on Facebook. According to NBC News, both Univision and Telemundo were interested in developing the book into a series, but both deals fell through.

The book, released in 1997, is Arrarás’ investigation into the tragic death of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla. The book, which features an interview with Selena’s killer, Yolanda Saldivar, implies that Selena was not as happy as she was letting on and may have been involved in an affair with a doctor. According to the New York Daily News, Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, felt the book made him look like a “money-hungry control freak.”

Many Selena fans have written off the book as gossip, as evidenced by the dozens of one-star reviews you’ll find on Amazon. After the announcement of the TV series based on “Selena’s Secret,” a popular Selena fan account posted this on Instagram:


Selena.Daily wrote: “As many of you probably already know, Spanish News Anchor María Celeste is planning to do a TV series based on her garbage of a book “Selena’s Secret”. The book is filled with nothing but lies & fabrications from a pathetic cold blooded killer who has nothing else to do but sit in her cell & create lies to try & tarnish Selena’s reputation! This woman should honestly be ashamed of herself! Selena has been gone for 21 years! She is no longer here to defend herself! And shame on Disney for backing this! Please sign the petition to stop the series from being made!”

In a recent interview with La Opinion, Arrarás said she stood by the book: “The book is the result of a serious journalistic investigation and it was done with lots of respect for the memory of Selena.”

Last month, Abraham Quintanilla sued Chris Perez to block the production of another Selena mini-series based on Perez’s book, “To Selena, With Love.” According to the Quintanilla estate lawsuit, Chris Perez signed an agreement promising that he would not profit from Selena’s name “by way of a book, television series, movie, or any other motion picture medium.”

Arrarás’ Facebook post did not reveal a date for the debut of the TV series.


READ: Lawsuit Between Selena’s Father And Chris Perez Puts Miniseries On Hold

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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