Hello, would you like to take a quick break from the smoldering dumpster fire that is the world we live in and just watch something kind of nice for a short slice of time? Me too. Here, then, is “The Voice” contestant Lauren Diaz performing Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.”
It takes guts to perform in front of people, period, but Lauren takes it one step further by performing Alicia’s song IN FRONT OF Alicia. Fortunately, Lauren has the voice of an angel singing lullabies to precious little puppies, and Alicia was the very first judge to swivel around, and even sang along. Here she is the very moment she thought, “Oh, hell yes”:
Miley Cyrus and the dude who poses with Gwen Stefani also turned around and cheered Lauren on, and the audience basically went wild. All of which inspired this amazing response:
The judges got competitive and pretty creative in their attempts to woo Lauren over to their teams, but it was basically all won and done when Alicia began serenading Lauren:
It was beautiful, and Lauren’s family, including her son, basically went wild cheering for their girl. And, of course, she went with Alicia (even though she admitted her son’s favorite is Blake). TOO MUCH CUTENESS ALL AT ONCE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all know by now that is no “one way” to be Latinx. Latinos come in a variety of forms, from Black to white, tall to short, descended from Indigenous, African, and European populations. And while Roman Catholicism may be the dominant religion in most of Latinidad, it goes without saying that Latino culture is not a monolith. Latinos practice a variety of religions, from Islam to Buddhism to, yes, Judaism.
And while most people don’t necessarily think of Judaism when they think of Latin America, there is, in fact, a small but proud population of Jewish Latinos who keep their culture alive through tradition and a strong sense of community. But being a part of such a small community within an already-marginalized community can feel isolating at times. Especially when there are no public role models to see yourself reflected in.
That’s why Tuesday’s news that Disney is debuting a Jewish-Latinx princess sent shock-waves through the internet.
Walt Disney Television Animation News announced via Twitter that an upcoming Elena of Avalon episode in December would be featuring a “visiting princess” from a “Latino Jewish kingdom”.The as-yet-unnamed princess will be voiced by Jamie-Lynn Sigler, the actress famous for her portrayal of Meadow Soprano on HBO’s seminal masterpiece, “The Sopranos”.
The Tweet also revealed that the princess would also make an appearance in Elana’s “royal coronation special” next year. Although we do not know any further details of Sigler’s character or her storyline, “Elena of Avalor” writer Rachel Ruderman gave a small preview of what’s to come. “A little over a year ago, I had the honor of writing an Elena of Avalor episode featuring Disney’s first Jewish princess,” Ruderman said via Twitter. She continued: “Jamie Lynn Sigler knocks the role out of the park (wait ’till you hear her song!) Can’t wait to share this one”.
In a move of conscious-casting on Disney’s part, Jamie Lynn Sigler herself happens to be both Latina and Jewish–a giant step for a media giant that can sometimes miss the mark with casting.
Raised by a Jewish father and a Cuban mother, Sigler grew up in New York City as part of a multicultural family.In the past, Sigler has talked about being raised Jewish–attending Hebrew school, having a Bat Mitzvah, and even going on a Birth Right trip to Israel in 2008.
This episode can serve as an educational experience for many people (including those of Latinx descent) who are unaware that Jewish Latinos even exist. In fact, what some people might not even know, is that the term “Sephardic” (a term used to describe Jewish people of European descent) literally means “of Spain or Portuguese descent” in old Hebrew. In other words, it’s not a stretch to imagine a character of both Latin and Jewish roots on our TV screens. In fact, it’s completely historically plausible!
Naturally, both the Latinx and Jewish Twitter population is super excited at this groundbreaking news.
As we mentioned before, the acknowledgment of Jewish Latinos in popular culture is such a rarity. When the media shines a spotlight on such a marginalized group of people, the advent is worth celebrating. And even though changes are slow in the making, any progress on the representation front is a step in the right direction.
Jamie Lynn Sigler herself expressed her excitement at the news, calling to attention the novelty of her position:
Yes, it’s exciting that the Jewish Latinx population has finally gotten some princess representation, but it’s still a little bit frustrating that we had to wait until 2019 for a Jewish princess. We have a long way to go.
This Latina Jew was incredibly excited at the prospect of having the chance to see her own unique lifestyle reflected onscreen:
The self-styled “Jewyorican” is one of many New York-based Puerto-Rican Jews who identify fully with both cultures. It’s not as rare as people think.
Some Latinx Jews took to Twitter to give some suggestions on how Disney could go about bringing the new character to life:
This Hispanic Linguistics Professor suggested incorporating the ancient Judeo-Spanish language of Ladino into the show.
This multi-cultural woman celebrated the inclusion of multiple cultures in one character:
Families like hers are the way of the future–at least according to statistics. Although many media outlets still see American families in black and white, the rest of us living our lives know that our identities are increasingly a hodgepodge of cultures. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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