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Even If Younger People Weren’t Alive During Selena’s Time, 2016 Kept Her Alive

This year has been rough. However, the one bright spot on 2016 is the fact that Selena Quintanilla has been honored time and time and time and time again. There really is no other way to say this other than that 2016 was definitely the year of La Reina.

Corpus Christi honored the queen of Tejano with her very own buses.

On April 18, the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority debuted two buses with special wraps with Selena’s image. The wraps were designed by the Iconic Sign Group with the guidance of the Quintanilla family and CCTRA and were donated to that community.

“I hope everyone here in our city and all those who are visiting will look at the buses and benches with a smile on their face and a sense of pride knowing Selena was one of their own”, Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga said in a press release.

It was officially announced that Selena would finally be getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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“The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected a great group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” director and producer Vin Di Bona announced on June 28. The news left many Selena fans saying finally!

Madame Tussauds gave the late singer a nod by unveiling a Selena figure at their Hollywood location.


And they totally nailed it.

Twenty-one years after her death, Selena’s dream of having a makeup line came true.


The line was launched to much fanfare with sites crashing and places selling out faster than they could process orders. The demand was so great that MAC recently announced that they are going to be providing more product just after Christmas. The different colors were named after her greatest hits, obvi.

Selena’s newfound popularity was the source of so many Halloween costumes.


Not only did the world fall in love with the mother who created a Selena costume for her daughter with only 50 cents, people even made Selena + MAC costumes.

Selena was part of the newly inducted class of the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

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“I am honored to welcome these five extraordinary women into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame,” Governor Greg Abbott said in a press release. “Whether in public service, the arts, business or education, these leaders have inspired generations of Texans to reach new heights, achieve new goals and elevate the Lone Star State. I would like to thank each of the honorees and their families for their enduring contributions to the State of Texas.”

And, of course, there have been so many covers of Selena that it was hard to keep count.


Play-N-Skillz covered “Si Una Vez.” JoJo (yes, that JoJo) gave a Corpus Christi crowd a wonderful rendition of “Dreaming Of You.” But, the most iconic would probably have to be Elia Esparza’s cover of “Como La Flor” on “The Voice.”


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

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There Might Be A Selena Funko Pop Doll Coming Out In 2021 And It’s About Time

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There Might Be A Selena Funko Pop Doll Coming Out In 2021 And It’s About Time

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Funko Pop dolls are a major part of American pop culture. We all have friends, family members, and coworkers who are avid Funko Pop collectors. Every major celebrity and character has been made into a Funko Pop doll and finally, at very long last, Selena is joining the lineup.

There is allegedly a Selena Funko Pop doll coming next year and fans are here 👏🏼 for 👏🏼 it. 👏🏼

A list of all the Funko Pop dolls coming in 2021 has been released and it seems like Selena fans will finally be in the lineup. The Queen of Tejano music, who still rocks our playlists, will soon be available for you to buy and have sitting on your desk with all of your other Funko Pop friends.

Some people have already created what they think will be the Funko Pop Selena doll based on the description.

It is kind of amazing how we never, ever get tired of seeing Selena in that glittered purple jumpsuit. Her AstroDome concert will forever be one of the most iconic outfits ever worn by anyone ever. That is just a fact. We all recognize that specific purple jumpsuit as one of Selena’s most important looks of her career.

Fans are ready to pony up the cash for these dolls.

Businesses have learned in recent years just how important Selena is to the Latino community. She represents the first time we saw people who looked like us making a big name for themselves. Media had been so white for so long that it was incredible to see Selena taking the stage and breaking into mainstream culture.

The excitement to own the Selena Funko Pop doll is very palpable.

The entire fandom just screamed “Me siento muy…excited!” How is it that one of the most iconic singers of all time hasn’t been made into a Funko Pop doll yet? One question that is likely on everyone’s mind is how closely the Quintanilla family is to the project. We all know that they have to be involved in all things with Selena’s likeness so we all just want to know what’s up.

The 21st century has shaped up to be a major moment for Selena.

Her impact on the Latino community has far exceeded her time alive. She showed us that brown girls can do anything they want to do and that we belong. Selena’s legacy has transcended generations and is being passed on to younger Latinos and Latinas. It is something that we love to see because all of us deserve to know that we can do anything we put our minds to.

READ: Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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She’s A Black Woman Singing Regional Mexican Music With A Perfect Accent, So Why Are People Upset?

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She’s A Black Woman Singing Regional Mexican Music With A Perfect Accent, So Why Are People Upset?

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Before you even hear her voice, you’re wrapped up in the imagery. But then you hit play and all you can done is, who is this woman with a voice like the late Tejano star Selena? And what’s her story?

Thankfully, we finally have a story behind the woman taking regional Mexican music to new heights with her perfect renditions of top Mexican classics, hits by Selena and Jenni Rivera, among others.

Sarah La Morena is making headlines for her perfect renditions of popular Mexican classics.

Sarah Palafox, aka Sarah La Morena, has become a phenomenon on social media because of her performances of Mexican songs in a perfect Zacatecan accent. 

In her videos uploaded to Instagram, which have already generated thousands of views, you can see 23-year-old Palafox holding her iPhone while singing ‘Qué me vas a dar’, by Jenni Rivera, accompanied by a mariachi band, as well as other songs she performs with her regional music band from southwestern Mexico. 

The clip of Palafox singing with mariachis spawned a half of million views on Instagram and another 200,000 on Twitter. Other videos of her singing banda — another form of regional music from Mexico’s southwest coast — also have been shared thousands of times.

Palafox’s story represents the American story, one of diversity and overcoming immense challenges.

For Sarah, born in California but raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, by a family of Mexican immigrants, the controversy and burden is nothing new. She’s had to live with it for much of her life.

Like other children born into troubled families, Sarah was separated from her biological mother and placed in a foster home until a Mexican couple offered to give her a home and eventually officially adopted her and moved to Zacatecas, where the girl spent a happy and rural childhood. 

Once in high school, Palafox and her parents returned to California, and there she faced similar disdain because she was a Black girl who did not speak English and felt Mexican. That feeling of others wanting to scrutinize her race and her dual roots led to depression and a suicide attempt a couple of years ago, the artist explained to the Associated Press. 

But there are those who think that an African-American woman cannot sing mariachi and they have made that known.

While some Black users have criticized her for “being ashamed of her Blackness,” Latinos have not been far behind, and Palafox has received all kinds of racist insults and accusations of cultural appropriation in both Spanish and English. 

For California State University Chicano Studies professor Alexandre Jose Granadilla, Sarah La Morena “takes authenticity to a whole new level. Not only is her Spanish better than most Latinos, but she identifies with a town in Zacatecas. She is Mexican and this music is hers,” he told the AP.

Granadilla also emphasized that her music not only represents the shared historical experiences of Mexicans and African-Americans in the United States, but breaks down apparent dichotomies about race.

Palafox confirms that she is working on new music after having signed with LA-based Silent Giant Entertainment and we can’t wait to hear what she puts out next.

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