There hasn’t been a more intimate telling of Selena’s life than what Chris Perez told us in his book “To Selena With Love.”
Now Chris is gearing up to share more personal stories about the life of the Queen of Tex-Mex in an upcoming television series based on his memoir.
Endemol Shine North America and Major TV announced they have optioned the rights to “To Selena With Love” and will adapt the book into a TV miniseries in both English and Spanish. The production company also mentioned a TV movie is also a possibility.
And we’re like…
“Selena is one of the most influential Latin artists of all time, and her legacy continues to live on long after her tragic death,” said Cris Abrego, CEO of Endemol Shine North America and chairman of Endemol Shine Americas.
“Chris Perez’s beautiful book ‘To Selena With Love’ captured their amazing life together and will make for the perfect foundation for a TV series that our team is currently developing for both English and Spanish audiences worldwide.”
From Chris’ book, we learned what Selena was truly like when she wasn’t on sage and saw rare photos of her. We can’t wait to see what else we’re going to learn about our beloved queen in this upcoming series.
Less than a week after Julián Castro delivered a commanding performance at the debates in Miami, yesterday he returned to Texas and walked onstage to Selena’s “Baila Esta Cumbia.”
The former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (under Obama), was in Texas over the weekend and made some critical stops including visiting a detention center. He also spoke to potential voters at St. John’s church in Houston.
This is not the first time Castro has played Selena during a campaign stop. He began this tradition since day one of his candidacy for president.
We love that he’s a fan of Selena! Honestly, it would be more surprising if he wasn’t since he is from Texas, the homeland of the queen of Tejano music. It just makes sense that Selena would be a part of his campaign since she is so important to his home state.
Castro and Selena have a lot in common so it makes sense that the presidential hopeful would play her music.
Yes, they’re both from Texas and are of Mexican descent. Most importantly, they represent a future of their times. Selena gave Latinos a mainstream representation in music they had never seen before. Castro is offering a future that young Latinos want and deserve.
Selena and Castro were not brought up speaking Spanish in their house.
Castro’s speech in San Antonio included several talking points that he made during the debates including that undocumented immigrants should have the right to health care, dealing with climate change, and women’s rights.
“People coming to this country in these ways are desperate. I don’t believe in criminalizing desperation,” he said about immigration reform.
He also added that his first task as president would be to deal with undoing Trump’s mess. “My first executive order as POTUS will be to recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement.”
Like Selena, and many other Latinos, Castro admits that his Spanish needs work because of the need to assimilate.
“I guess the best place to start is to say that there are Latinos who have lived here for generations,” he said. “My grandmother that I grew up with got here almost 100 years ago in 1922. In my grandparents time, in my mom’s time, Spanish was looked down upon. You were punished in school if you spoke Spanish. You were not allowed to speak it. People, I think, internalized this oppression about it, and basically wanted their kids to first be able to speak English. And I think that in my family, like a lot of other families, that the residue of that, the impact of that is that there are many folks whose Spanish is not that great.”
Check out the video below to watch Castro’s Selena entrance.
Honestly, this is the kind of entrance we want more politicians to take part in. Who doesn’t like a Selena jam to listen to?
Latinos can celebrate Selena Quintanilla on any given day. We can honor her legacy on the day of her birth, on the day she left us, and any day of the week. That is why we’re totally down to go on a Selena cruise, or going to Corpus Christie or dressing up as her on Halloween.
But, let’s be real, we don’t need a birthday, or anniversary or Halloween to come around to celebrate the Tejano queen. And that’s exactly why we’re looking forward to an event right here at home.
The sixth annual Selena Fan Gathering is taking place on Saturday, June 1 in Los Angeles.
The day event is filled with so much love for the Queen of Tejano including live performances, vendors, giveaways, contests, raffles, DJ, impersonators, art, and a life-size photo prop.
Special guests includes Mario “Scar” from Cholos Try.
We know what you’re thinking? You want to show up and recreate the “Anything for Salinas” scene, right? Yup, us too. Organizers suggest showing up super early if you want a photo op with Scar.
Muralist Levi Ponce will also be there to talk to fans and create a new Selena mural.
Ponce has created some of the most stunning murals featuring Latino pioneers. Click here to see some more of his incredible work.
The Selinas independent vendors will be there selling the cutest Selena merch.
The Colombian vendors are coming a long way to meet L.A. fans, and we cannot wait to get our hands on these cool items.
The Como La Flor band will also be there.
Saturday’s event will be poppin’ with the best Selena tribute cover bands.
Here’s the break down:
Where: Plaza De La Raza. Park Parking lot on Mission Rd.
When: June 1, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. You are advised to show up early.