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Remembering Selena 20 Years Later

In observance of the 20th anniversary of Selena’s death, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles hosted “A Tribute to Selena.” An estimated 2,000 people attended. The Friday event included live performances from Selena impersonators, Selena screening and an appearance from Selena’s husband, Chris Perez.

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A fan mimicking Selena’s style heads to the tribute at LA Plaza.

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Selena’s husband, Chris Perez, took photos with fans.

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A young woman shows off her Selena-inspired outfit.

More than 30,000 people showed up to the Corpus Christi Convention Center to mourn Selena’s death in 1995. Selena was only 23 years old when she died.

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Dozens of fans dressed in a Selena-inspired outfits and hairstyles.

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Fans, who still adore the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” singer, picked up Selena memorabilia at the event.

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The screening of the 1997 movie Selena was part of the tribute. More than 20,000 aspiring actresses were screened for the role of Selena Quintanilla before Jennifer Lopez was picked.

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A woman mirrors the dance moves of a Selena impersonator.

READ: How Selena Got Us Through Heartbreak

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Signed Selena posters were among the memorabilia that fans brought and bought at the event.

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In 2013, Chris Perez told the San Antonio Current: “Her legacy is going to live on for a long time, and I’m very proud of that and I want to help it move forward.”

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A woman dances and sings while she watches a live performance. Selena was the first Latina to hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart with the album Dreaming of You.

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Hundreds danced throughout the live performances.

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This fan chose the 1992 hit “Como la Flor” to express her devotion to Selena.

READ: Selena Fans Who Nailed the Look At Fiesta de la Flor

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Dressed in Selena-inspired outfits, fans celebrated the singer’s life, music and fashion. According to Martin Gomez, who worked on Selena’s clothing line, the young singer would buy bras at Victoria’s Secret and glue Swarovski crystals to them.

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A large group of children and adults work together in the arts and crafts area.

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Five friends pay their respect and celebrate the Tejano singer who was killed by the president of her fan club.

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A group of friends walk toward the Selena tribute event.

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A performer poses in a Selena-inspired outfit.

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A group of friends chat after a series of live performances.

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A couple smiles as they watch a live performance of the Tejano music star’s music.

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Selena stickers and jewelry were among the souvenirs sold.

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One of many women dressed like the singer, who was known for her fashion flair and powerful ballads.

In 2014, Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, told NBC News: “It makes me feel good that after so many years people still remember my daughter. But at the same time I would rather that she be here.”

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture.

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Latin music is something we all grew up with. Our parents raised us on the voices of Celia Cruz and Vicente Fernandez. We cleaned the house and entertained ourselves on road trips to these artists and they are ingrained in our DNA. Billboard recently released a list of the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some are undoubtedly iconic and others just aren’t Latin music.

Billboard dropped their list for the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some of them are truly classics.

Amor Prohibido” by Selena, “Guantanamera” by Celia Cruz, “El Rey” by Vicente Fernandez, and “El dia que me quieras” by Luis Miguel are just a few of the songs on the list that deserve all the praise. They are songs that transport us to our childhoods and cherished family memories.

The list also includes some newer songs that have rocked out adult worlds. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Mi Gente” by J Balvin, “El Farsante” by Ozuna, and “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj all made the list. Not only do these songs speak to the Latino audience, they have been able to go mainstream sharing our musical culture with the world. That’s something to admire and respect because it gives our community representation like never before.

The list has proven to be just want some people have been asking for.

Tbh, this would make a pretty amazing road trip playlist if you need to pass the time. Nothing like a mix of Latin music songs playing along to give you a big, inclusive sabor of Latin America through music. A little be of Mexico and a little bit of Puerto Rico mixed in with a little bit of Colombia is pure joy and magic.

However, a lot of people are questioning the list’s inclusion of Spanish artists.

The list has various artists who are not Latino, but Spanish. There seems to be an unspoken rule in the music industry that music in Spanish is automatically Latin music. Fans have long been arguing against the industry’s blanket label of Spanish-language music automatically being considered Latin music.

Rosalía, who has arguably become the face of the debate, is listed as having one of the best Latin music songs of all time.

While Rosalía does make some good music, there is a real push to make sure the artists of Latin American roots are uplifted in Latin music. There is nothing wrong with including Rosalía in your Spanish-language playlists but Latin music fans want the distinction made that some artists aren’t Latino.

You can check out the rest of the Billboard list here.

READ: Vogue México Put A Spanish Music Artist On Their Cover And Called Her Latina And Latinos Almost Set Twitter On Fire

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato is hardly a stranger to opening up about the things that have plagued her. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer has long used her voice and platform to shed light on the issues that so many young girls struggle with. Namely body image. Like many young girls across the country (who are reportedly more likely to suffer from the pressures of our society’s pressure to obtain the “ideal body”) Demi Lovato has been open about her years struggling with eating disorders. Moreover, in recent years Lovato has positioned herself as an advocate for young girls suffering from similar issues.

In a recent music video, Lovato is opening up about her pain by doing so with a girl she can relate to on a completely different level: her younger self.

Lovato’s newest song comes with a heartwrenching and brilliant collab with Marshmello.

In her latest video, Lovato finds herself transported to her childhood bedroom, waking up in her old bed. When she looks in the mirror, she finds herself staring straight into the face of her younger self (a la Camp Rock). Marshmello also wakes up in his own childhood room, and the two artists end up settling with their past demons throughout the rest of the video. 

The lyrics of the song detail the process of coming to terms with dark emotions and mental health struggles. “Don’t get lost in the moment, or give up when you’re closest,” Lovato sings in the new music video. “All you need is somebody to say, it’s OK not to be OK.”

Throughout the video, the teenage and adult versions of Lovato and Marshmellow rage in their bedrooms in the video before ultimately finding a balance. The video concludes with both versions of Demi holding hands and meeting up with the teenage and adult versions of Marshmello while dancing down a street.

“I think it’s just such an important subject,” Marshmello said about the song’s release on World Suicide Prevention Day. “I think a lot of people, about negative feelings and negative thoughts that are affecting them are kind of scared to bring it up, scared to talk about it. When in reality, they’re scared because maybe the person won’t relate or the person won’t understand, when in reality most of time the person that you could bring it up to, will most likely has felt like this or will understand or can relate as well. So I think it’s very important to talk about it.”

Check out the music video below!

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