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Sesame Street’s New Resident Speaks About Being Latina, Bilingual, And Proud

For a lot of us, “Sesame Street” was our first teacher and the show introduced us to many kinds of people (and muppets) living all over the world. So we were obviously excited when it was announced that TV’s most famous street was getting a new Latina resident to introduce to kids. Suki Lopez is now speaking out about how her Latina pride will be featured in the show.

Originally from Miami, Cuban-American Suki  grew up among many other Latinos and has always been proud of her heritage, something that seemed to confuse people outside of her hometown. As she told The Miami New Times, “I once had somebody comment to me: ‘It’s funny — you’re so proud to be Latina. I’ve never met somebody who’s so proud.'” Her reaction is one that many of have: “Why wouldn’t I be?” She hopes pride comes through in her character,  a bilingual college student named Nina. You can get a peek into Nina’s world (including the bike shop where she works) on Suki’s Instagram. Warning: There will be monsters.

Sesame Street’s other notable Latino residents have included the Delgado family (Luis, Maria, and Gabi), lovable monster Rosita, and – fun fact –Boricua actor Raúl Julía, who played a handyman in the ’70s!

Below, check out Suki talking to “American Latino” about her Cuban background (which includes having lots of café con leche and tostada for breakfast – she’s legit) and what it’s like working on “Sesame Street”:

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READ: How Sesame Street’s Maria Schooled Us on Dreaming Big

Did you watch “Sesame Street” growing up? Who was your favorite character? (Ours is Maria, obviously. Also, Oscar the Grouch.) And remember to click to like us on Facebook!

Selena’s Last Concert Was A Spectacle That’s Gone Down In History As Her Best Show —And Now You Can Stream It On Amazon

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Selena’s Last Concert Was A Spectacle That’s Gone Down In History As Her Best Show —And Now You Can Stream It On Amazon

Selena’s 1995 Houston Astrodome concert is iconic for so many reasons. It was during this show, that the queen of Tejano wore that beautiful sparkly, purple jumpsuit that every little girl that grew up in the 90s wanted to wear. She rolled into the stadium riding a white horse-drawn carriage like the total diva that she was. But most importantly, that night turned out to be the last concert that Selena would ever give, before her life was cut short in March of 1995. These are just some of the reasons why we’re very excited to know that the show is now available for streaming on Amazon.

The Queen of Tejano’s last concert is a gem that all her fans keep close to their hearts.

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Selena’s last show at the Astrodome holds a special place in all her fans’ hearts because it was the last time she was seen doing what she loved. During the concert she sang all her hits and some classic disco songs in English like  “I Will Survive”, “Funkytown”, “Last Dance”, “The Hustle”, and “On the Radio”, by Gloria Gaynor, Lipps Inc., and Van McCoy. 

Selena sang a selection of classic Disco songs as well as her own hits.

The show opens with a disco tune that morphs into “Amor Prohibido,” which in turn fades into “Baila Esta Cumbia.” Selena then went on to perform more of her own classic songs like “Tus Desprecios,” “Cobarde,” “Techno Cumbia,” “La Carcacha,” “No Me Queda Más,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Si Una Vez,” “El Chico Del Apartamento 512,” “Ya Ves,” and, of course, “Como La Flor.” 

Her 1995 concert would turn out to be her last, and a recording of it was released posthumously.

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Selena’s last concert took place in February 26 of 1995. It was televised live on Univision and a live album was recorded by EMI Latin which was released posthumously six years later, in March 27 of 2001. The singer shared her stage with fellow Tejano singer Emilio Navaira and they both performed in front of nearly 67 thousand people. 

The posthumous album was on top of the charts and garnered the artist many awards.

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The album recorded during the show “Live! The Last Concert,” peaked atop the US Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart in 2001, becoming Selena’s second number one on the chart since Dreaming of You in 1995. It also earned her a nomination for Female Pop Album of the Year, at the 2002 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Her performance at the Astrodome of Houston, Texas received  rave reviews.

Journalists at the time gave Selena great reviews. Critics have since regarded the concert as one of her best performances. The show was taken to the big screen in 1997 as a part of Selena’s biopic starring Jennifer Lopez. The famous jumpsuit is currently on display in a museum the singer’s family owns and operates in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.

The show broke ticket sale records that hadn’t been beaten even by Country music idols.

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Her Astrodome show in Houston went down in history for selling more tickets than any country legend ever had —including idols like Vince Gill, Reba Mcentire and George Strait. Even today, other celebrities continue to pay homage to the queen of Tejano’s show at the venue where she gave her last concert.  

Singer Kacey Musgraves famously sang “Como La Flor” earlier this year at the Houston Rodeo, and Prince Royce covered “No Me Queda Más.” Other artists like Cardi B and New Kids on the Block have also paid tribute during concerts in Houston. 

Although the concert is available for free on Youtube, the show that will be up for streaming on Amazon is a re-mastered ad-free version with great quality and no interruptions. Sounds way better right? So we’ll try the Qello subscription for a month, just to watch our Tex-Mex queen and we’ll take it from there. “Selena —The Last Concert: Live From The Astrodome” is now available for streaming on Amazon via de Qello channel. What’s more is that you can watch the concert for free with a 7-day subscription of the Qello streaming channel.

Another Celia Cruz Musical Is Coming To New York And Her Ex-Manager Said This Show Will Be Authentic To Her Story

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Another Celia Cruz Musical Is Coming To New York And Her Ex-Manager Said This Show Will Be Authentic To Her Story

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When the legendary Celia Cruz died at the age of 77 on July 16, 2003, it felt as if we hadn’t honored her enough. The Cuban singer had been celebrated in several ways, including receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987, earning countless awards, and not to mention three doctorates from Yale University, Florida International University, and Miami University. For younger generations, Cruz was like folklore, a mythic woman with a powerful voice that made the world dance. Now, a new celebration of her life awaits for news fans to learn all about the pioneer of Latin music, and for fans that have loved her all of their lives. 

A musical based on the life of Celia Cruz is coming to the Bronx.

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Presented by Goya Foods, “Celia Cruz – The Musical” will hit the stage at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. It will be a coming home of sorts because Cruz is buried not that far away at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. The show, however, will only be on stage for one night only: Nov. 16. Click here to get tickets. 

Actress and singer Cuban artist Lucrecia will star in the role, which she premiered in Spain two years ago. 

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Since its debut in Spain, Celia Cruz – The Musical has played in several Latin cities around the world. Now she’s coming to the Bronx! Celia conquered the world with her voice and her huge heart,” Lucrecia said in an interview with Billboard back in August. “She was noble, a woman of the old school. She remembered everyone’s name. You’d meet her once, and she’d be sending you postcards for the rest of her life.”

The show is the brainchild of Omer Pardillo-Cid, Cruz’s manager and executor of her estate.

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The 2-hour show will be done all in Spanish and will feature 30 cast members and 18 costume and wig changes. Impressive! In 2017, Pardillo-Cid spoke at length with El Nuevo Herald about his disappointment with previous portrayals of Cruz’s life, including the series about her that aired on Telemundo and another play — an Off-Broadway show, which also played in New York City in 2007. 

“The series has been very successful, but since it is full of inaccuracies, I decided to produce a show that focused on the story of Celia, a black and poor woman who left Cuba and conquered the world with her voice and her charisma,” Pardillo-Cid said in 2017. One of those inaccuracies portrayed in the play, Pardillo claims, showed “a relationship between Celia and a bearded Fidel Castro army that never existed.”

I saw that 2007 at the New World Stages. Singer Xiomara Laugart Sánchez portrayed Celia Cruz, and I thought she did the role phenomenally. The play was very emotional and powerful, so I, for one, am interested as to how this new show will depict the incomparable Celia Cruz. 

According to the program, the show will feature her biggest musical hits. 

The theater’s website shares a synopsis: “Her life, her music, her legend. A new and original theatrical experience that puts Celia’s music front and center while tracing her life and times. The two-hour multimedia show features Celia’s signature style and biggest musical hits like Quimbara, La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Tu Voz, Bemba Colorá, and La Vida es un Carnaval. This unique experience will showcase the beautiful spirit of Celia Cruz on stage once again!”

Naturally, Celia Cruz fans are rejoicing over the news that another play on the life of Cuban legend is coming to the East Coast. 

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No better time to visit the Big Apple, am I right? But you better get those tickets first before they sell out. Tickets range between $45-$100 and there are only a few more seats left!

You know everyone in the theater is going to be on their feet all night. 

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I can imagine how electric it’s going to feel in the Bronx that night. 

A dark-skinned Cuban singer is playing a dark-skinned Cuban singer. 

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You can’t get more authentic than that. 

It’s pretty admirable that her former manager is keeping her story alive. 

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She must have really trusted him. 

Hey, Mr. Pardillo-Cid can you make this a nationwide tour, please?

People outside of New York love her too. 

READ: How ‘Guantanamera’ Sung By Celia Cruz Helped Me To Better Understand My Abuelo’s Exile From Cuba