In 1982, during Guatemala’s civil war, more than 200 people from the village of Dos Erres in the town of La Libertad, were killed in a massacre carried out by government forces. The soldiers, who were under the command of Guatemalan President General Efraín Ríos Montt, spared nearly no one, killing women, children and the elderly. Many of them were of Mayan descent.
A new documentary, “Finding Oscar,” chronicles the search of two boys who escaped death during the Dos Erres massacre. The boys, named Oscar and Ramiro, were kidnapped and raised by soldiers who participated in the massacre. The feature-length documentary follows the people from both Guatemala and the United States who spent years digging up proof that the government was involved in the massacre. Their hard work led to an official acknowledgement in 2011 from then-President Alvaro Colom, who apologized to the relatives of the victims.
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.
Selena was part of the newly inducted class of the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
“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.”