When discussing today’s volatile state of our country, the racism, the violence, the injustice, people often say “it’s never been this bad.”
How do we truly know for sure that something we are experiencing today, as a minority, as Latinos, is something, unlike anything previous generations have experienced before. We certainly cannot tell from history books mainly because history books often omit the Latino experience altogether. We sometimes only have oral histories to rely on. The stories elder Latinos share with us about what life was like in the past, before social media, before cell phones, and before the media ever reported about injustices against our community.
Those special individuals are typically our grandparents, tias, la vecina, and more importantly activists that continue to fight for the cause today. Recently presidential candidate, Julian Castro said that he stands on his important platforms today primarily because of his mother Rosie.
As a lifelong Texan, Rosie said the racism in 2019 is more evil than anything she has ever seen.
In an interview with NBC News, Rosie who’s not only grown up in Texas but has also worked her adult life as an activist for Latinos said that she knows racism well because she has lived through it her entire life but what is happening today is extremely different from the past.
“When I was in the movement, I knew the racism was out there and it was institutional. This kind of racism is different,” she said to the network. “That rhetoric has gone on for three years now, and I think we’ve all seen the rise of the hate groups and then even the rise of just ordinary people in a store that feel empowered to say something to a person who is speaking Spanish or is dark-skinned.”
Rosie said the racist words from President Donald Trump has single-handly inspired white supremacists to target Latinos.
She said he is the catalyst to our current crisis.
Rosie said that when Trump first got elected she immediately felt like she was back in time, as if it were the ’60s all over again, but adds that this time it feels much worse. She said back then, President Nixon and California Governor Ronald Reagan had a campaign against Latinos too. However, it does not compare to the injustices against Latinos today. She points out that Trump claims to be a Christian yet can spew such vile words. “He’s just allowed that to become a blatant racist part of our reality,” Rosie said.
As a former community organizer in the ’60s and ’70s, Rosie said Latinos had a mission to work at making the country a better place.
Now, Rosie said that Latinos are fighting for their lives. She also attributes a huge difference between then now on gun violence. Children today are afraid to go to school because mass shootings happen so frequently.
Her son has always had a strong position against guns. He has spoken about it extensively during his presidential campaigning. Julian has said he will push for renewing the assault weapons ban, as well as limiting high-capacity magazines and, naturally, requiring background checks.
One thing that is inspiring Rosie — aside from her son running for president — is that so many organizations today are rising up to fight for equality and against racism.
Rosie said the organizations she sees today does remind her of her time as an activist back in the day. While the injustices and crimes against Latinos is a stark difference, one thing that feels familiar is the energy from young Latinos rising together.
Rosie has long been credited for influencing her sons’ work as public servants, to fight for Latinos and all people in the U.S.
Both Julian and Joaquin had attributed their rise in politics to their mother. It was her work as an activist and in education that made them both want to strive to make the United States a better place to live.
In 2012, Julian gave his now-famous keynote address at the Democratic National Convention where he introduced then-President Barack Obama. In a few words, Julian not only paid tribute to the women in his life but also the American Dream that they worked so hard for.
“My grandmother never owned a house,” Julian said back then. “She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.”
It is because of women like Rosie that we have a platform to stand on as well.
Since the death of Selena Quintanilla in 1995, new generations of people have come to know of her in the various ways others have celebrated her. Some may have discovered Selena through the 1997 film starring the incomparable Jennifer Lopez or by attending the Fiest de la Flor festival. Perpahs even newbie fans discovered Selena recently through the special collection created in her honor by Forever 21. Well, in the coming months, there’s going to be another wave of Selena projects that will surely get the next generation of Selena fans doing the washing machine dance in no time because there’s also no age limit to Selena fans either.
They come in all sizes — even little tiny ones because it’s never too early to become a Selena fan.
A new album of Selena classics is set to be released all in the form of lullabies.
Courtesy of Rockabye Baby Music
The Rockabye Baby! label has released lullaby renditions of Bob Marley, The Beatles, Coldplay, Adele, and now Selena is next! The label takes the music parents love and transforms it into soothing instrumental lullabies. So instead of guitars and drums, the label uses xylophones and bells. They’re actually really beautiful and relaxing songs that are great for adults too! So how did Rockabye Baby! convert Selena cumbias and rancheras into sleepytime music?
“With the passionate sounds of her popular music transformed into soothing, beautiful instrumentals, using woodblocks, glockenspiels, xylophone and more, your baby is sure to fall asleep snuggled by the soft melodies of one of the greatest Latin artists of all time. As you gaze at your sleeping angel, your heart will melt con tanto amo,” Rockabye Baby! said in a released statement.
The album, titled “Lullaby Renditions of Selena” drops on Sept. 20, and includes 12 Selena classic songs.
Here’s a sample below.
Here’s the entire tracklist:
Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
Como La Flor
Baila Esta Cumbia
El Chico Del Apartmento 512
Si Una Vez
No Me Queda Más
Fotos y Recuerdos
Tứ, Solo Tứ
I Could Fall in Love
Dreaming of You
This isn’t the first time Rockabye Baby! has released a Spanish-language album. Earlier this year, they also released lullaby renditions of songs by Juanes.
Their award-winning rock lullaby series consists of more than 90 releases to date, and more than 1.8 million CDs sold and over 567 million streams. The albums are available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify, and other music streaming services.
We’re certain this album is going to be a hit with most parents (and kids), especially because this Selena children’s book was a best-seller last year.
Last year, the creators of Lil’ Libros released The Life of/La Vida de Selena and the book was an instant hit on Amazon.
“This is our way of saying thank you, Selena. Thank you for your music, energy, and love. The love you had for us – your community. But most importantly thank you for allowing us to dream just like you did. This is how we can thank you,” creators of Lil’ Libros’ said on Instagram after the release of their book. “By never forgetting you; by sharing your smile, music, and life with our children. By reminding them that you were us. That you loved and sang in two languages. That wherever you went you were proud of who you were and where you came from. By keeping you part of our family just like our parents did when you were here. This is for you. Thank you.”
It’s been well-proven that babies and children need music stimulation to strengthen cognitive and sensory development, and also grow a healthy sense of self.
There’s a reason why parents play music to their babies even before their born, and not just so they can listen to some cool tunes. It’s actually to help them grow and develop in a healthy way.
A 2016 study conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, their results showed that a “series of play sessions with music improved 9-month-old babies’ brain processing of both music and new speech sounds.”
Music simply helps with babies cognitive skills, which means it is up to the adults to nurture these artist forms of development. Without music, a child’s growth could be hindered dramatically and cause irreversible damage.
How can we be truly sure that babies will love Selena as much as we do?
It’s been certified and tested at least by one Twitter user. We can’t wait for this album!