Three years after the tragic plane crash that took the lives of Jenni Rivera and four members of her entourage, a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge has ruled that the families are entitled to a $70 million settlement. The court ruling comes after Starwood Management LLC, the company responsible for the upkeep of the Learjet involved in the crash, abandoned their defense, leaving them subject to the default ruling. While no amount of money can fill the void that comes from the loss of a family member, the verdict means the families can now hold accountable those responsible.
“Now, the next chapter begins to recover the substantial damages caused by this loss,” said Paul R. Kiesel, the attorney who represented the families.
The case against Starwood Management LLC showed that the company had a pattern of neglect when it came to the maintenance of the Learjet 25 that crashed. Built in 1969, the jet had suffered numerous minor accidents over the years, some of which were alarming enough to ground the plane permanently. In addition, Christian E. Esquino Nuñez, an executive with Starwood, has been investigated for his role in falsifying the records of many of the company’s planes. The process of getting Starwood to hand over the $70 million payout now begins.
We love the holidays as it is the one time of year we truly embrace being home for the holidays and taking in all of our favorite Latin traditions. Tamales, check. Atole, check. The Loteria cards, check. Drunk Tío Juan in the corner, check. Now you cannot forget the tunes. While we most definitely have Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and Wham’s “Last Christmas” on the holiday playlist, we will certainly include our favorite Latin music artists as well. To make your life easier we made a list of the most beloved Latin holiday music.
Los Lobos have just released a brand new Christmas song, and it’s so good!
Our favorite East L.A. rock band just released “Christmas And You” and it will make you so very nostalgic and teary-eyed. The music video was also shot on the streets of East Los. The holiday ballad was written by band members David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez. Los Lobos, who went mainstream for their recording of “La Bamba,” is back with a new album perfect for Christmas that the whole family will love.
The album is titled “Llego Navidad” and it includes holiday music from all over Latin America.
According to a press release, Los Lobos started with 150 selections and narrowed their way down to a tracklist that includes a regional folk song from Veracruz in Mexico (“La Rama”), a rework of ’70s South American salsa hit “La Murga de Panamá,” the 1958 novelty song “Dónde Está Santa Claus” and the Tex-Mex border classic “Christmas Time In Texas.” It’s surely will be a classic for years to come.
Juanes — “Mi Burrito Sabanero”
This is one of our favorite holiday songs from our childhood, so this new-ish version from 2009 is a family pleaser. There are lots of artists that cover this song, but Juanes by far is one of the best.
Celia Cruz — “Campanas De Navidad”
If you’re throwing a real fiesta, your party playlist must include this salsa holiday song by the one and only Celia Cruz.
Jenni Rivera — “Amarga Navidad”
Now we don’t wish a bad Christmas on anyone, but sometimes sh*t happens. It’s no secret that people typically break up during the holidays, so this song by Jenni Rivera will help somewhat. Let’s face it, you’re going to get tipsy anyway, so you might as well do it while listening to a song that you can relate to.
José Feliciano — “Feliz Navidad”
José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” goes hand-in-hand with Christmas just as much as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Heck, everyone knows the words to this song, especially non-Latinos. So, we’re lucky that we Latinos can basically assume all rights to this song at every holiday function — even that work office party.
Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon – “Aires de Navidad”
With a glass of coquito, grab your favorite relative and get down to Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon’s “Aires de Navidad.” This song just speaks to our festive family that can be simultaneously bickering over politics and dancing at the same time.
Yuri — “Eterna Navidad”
Now, if you really want to go old-school your holiday playlist must include this ’80s retro version of Yuri’s “Eterna Navidad.” The video will literally drive you mad, so just to stick to the song and forget this dizzy video.
Alejandro Sanz — “Noche de Luz”
For those romantical folks who want to get in the holiday spirit but also want to secretly daydream over the lustful Alejandro Sanz, his “Noche de Luz” song will melt your heart.
José Alfredo Jiménez — “Se Va Diciembre”
Your abuelitos will love that you included a lovely ranchera ballad from their heyday. The inclusion of José Alfredo Jiménez’s “Se Va Diciembre” will perhaps score you an extra present this year. You’re welcome.
Luis Miguel — “Santa Claus Llego A La Ciudad”
After watching the life story of Luis Miguel on Netflix we can’t help but feel a little closer to the crooner. So here he is doing what he knows best, singing his heart out.
Prince Royce — “Mi Regalo Favorito”
This Christmas playlist would not be completed without the addition of Prince Royce’s “Mi Regalo Favorito” from 2013. It’s got everything you could possibly want: that bachata beat, Spanglish lyrics, and Prince Royce’s lovely voice.
We hope you liked our holiday roundup. If there’s anything we missed let us know in the comment section below!
Jenni Rivera, the famed Mexican-American singer-songwriter, TV star, and activist who died tragically in a plane accident in 2012, is the latest star to get the biopic treatment.
Her incredible life story and Latinidad will be brought to the big screen by Mucho Mas Media, which acquired the rights from Jenni’s family.
The banda-ranchera mega-star will be immortalized in film form.
Kate Lanier, the writer behind the Angela Bassett-starring Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, has been hired to write the screenplay.
Jenni’s story is one that people have wanted told for a very long time.
Jenni Rivera’s story is one that many of us can identify with. She was born in Long Beach, California – after her mother came from Mexico, crossing the border on foot while pregnant with her.
She began recording music in 1992 and quickly went onto become a top-selling artist in Regional Mexican music with multiple Billboard Music Awards, twenty-two Billboard Latin Music Awards, eighteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and four Latin Grammy nominations.
She’s also known for her role in helping change the culture of Mexican music by crossing into Banda, a male-dominated music genre, and eventually into pop-music.
Rivera was outspoken about her life and the challenges of being a woman in the male-dominated world of music and entertainment, along with her own personal experiences dealing with domestic and sexual violence. She was a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Her family is 100% supportive of the film.
“My sister dreamt of a biopic of her life for many years, we are thrilled it will come to fruition. We never imagined such an amazing producing and writing team like Donald De Line and Kate Lanier would join together with us to help make her dream a reality,” said Rosie Rivera, Jenni Rivera’s sister, in a statement. “It’s taken time to get here because we had to trust Jenni’s story in the right hands — and we are confident that we made the best partnership with Mucho Mas Media and this creative team.”
“Jenni’s story is one that deserves to be told and will resonate not only with those who continue to call themselves fans, but with those who are passionate about stories that address the struggles and triumphs of women — across cultures — who are pursuing their best lives,” said De Line.
“The film will honor her artistry and commitment to inspire and help people of all cultures to accomplish their dreams,” they added.
While fans across Twitter have come out to voice their support for what many consider a long overdue project.
Many are happy to see the story of a trailblazing Latina shared with the world – especially at this time in our history.
Though not everyone has been supportive of the announcement.
Many are accusing the family of continuing to milk the dead star for more money while others can’t imagine how the story will play out on the big screen.
Her story has been told many times before on the smaller screen and it seems that most fans don’t have any appetite left for a Jenni Rivera biopic.