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

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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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It Took A Presidential Order For Lin Manuel Miranda To Make His "Hamilton" Return In Chicago

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It Took A Presidential Order For Lin Manuel Miranda To Make His “Hamilton” Return In Chicago

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If Lin-Manuel Miranda was looking for a reason to dust off his Alexander Hamilton costume one last time, he’s finally found it. Earlier this week, President Obama commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who was serving 70 years in prison for his 1981 conviction of “seditious conspiracy” against the U.S. government. Since Rivera’s sentencing, activists and politicians have led the charge to see him released. In celebration of the commutation, Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has announced that he will reprise the award-winning role in an upcoming Chicago production of “Hamilton,” the Chicago Tribune reports. No date has been given, but Rivera is expected to be in attendance.

When news broke about Rivera being granted clemency, Lin-Manuel Miranda was one of the many who tweeted their love and support.


There are many parallels between the “Hamilton” musical and Oscar López Rivera’s story. After serving in the U.S. military in Vietnam, and earning a Bronze Star Medal, Time reports, Rivera turned his attention towards the struggle of Puerto Rico and its fight for independence. Though Rivera was convicted in 1981 for charges related to his role with the Puerto Rican Nationalist group FALN, Rivera has maintained that he was a political prisoner. He previously rejected clemency from President Bill Clinton, because the terms of the commuted sentence violated Rivera’s beliefs, according to the New York Times.

Rivera’s life definitely captures the spirit of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” which chronicles the fledgling days of the U.S., when its forefathers fought against tyranny and oppression in favor of freedom.

This isn’t the first time Miranda has shown his pride in Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico’s future, which has long been on the edge of financial ruin, is a topic of concern for Miranda. Just last year, Miranda appeared on “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” to perform a heartfelt, original song highlighting just exactly what’s at stake for the unincorporated territory.


[h/t] Lin-Manuel Miranda says he’ll play ‘Hamilton’ in Chicago for Oscar Lopez Rivera


READ: President Obama Just Pardoned This Puerto Rican Political Prisoner After 35 Years

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