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It’s been 17 years since Tex-Mex singer-songwriter Selena Quintanilla died. She sold over 60 million albums worldwide thanks to her massive appeal and popularity in the United States, Central and Latin America. At the height of her music career, fresh off winning a Grammy, Selena was tragically killed. The Corpus Christi native was only 23 years old.
I grew up listening to Selena, tried to emulate most of her looks and memorized a handful of her songs from Bidi Bidi Bom, Como La Flor, Amor Prohibido, Fotos y Recuerdo and the list goes on. Two years after her death, Warner Bros. decided to make a movie about the late singer, starring an unknown fly-girl with little acting experience named Jennifer Lopez. Directed by Gregory Nava, Selena received positive reviews, earning six ALMA Award nominations and a Golden Globe nom for JLO.
15 years after the release of Selena, fans, including myself, are still proudly remembering her enormous talent. Here’s what some fans had to say via Twitter –
@TheRealDjCasper: Selena 17 years has gone by but you will never be forgotten you’re a true singer RIP.
@Tr3s_LQTP: RIP Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995). Your music will live on with us forever!
@NicieLadyRebel: She was so beautiful. She didn't deserve to die. RIP Selena Quintanilla-Pérez <3 Cause I'm dreaming of you tonight.
@insanel0veee_Reply: I ALWAYS tear up at the end of Selena :/ omg.. She was so beautiful, RIP. <3
@yakimoch: Chicas aprendan de una artista en toda la expresión de la palabra UNICA.
@badgalBri_Bri: Selena is ultimately my favorite singer of all times #rip
For fans looking to get their Selena fix, People en Español is currently featuring her top 12 music videos and never before seen family pictures of the star.
Wondering what’s in store this month in the Latino film front? Well, keep an eye out for Bad Ass, Penumbra and The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
Bad Ass - Danny Trejo, with his tough-as-nails exterior, returns to the big screen in Bad Ass. He plays a Vietnam veteran shunned by society until his luck changes when he saves an elderly black man from two skin heads and becomes the local hero. The film opens on Friday, April 13th.
Penumbra - The follow-up to Adrián and Ramiro García Bogliano’s thriller Cold Sweat, delivers plenty of chills. The horror follows Marga, a high-powered attorney who needs to rent out her apartment. But her life is about to change when a wealthy potential tenant steps into her life. In theaters April 20th.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits - As the bearded Pirate Captain, Hugh Grant voices his first-ever animated role in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, directed by Aardman co-creator Peter Lord. With a rag-tag crew at his side, and oblivious to the odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the coveted Pirate of the Year Award. It’s a quest that takes this pirate from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. In theaters April 27th.
Bonus: Salma Hayek’s Got Milk Commercial
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