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On Selena’s Birthday: Cheers to the Queen

Selena, one of the most important Latinx icons of all time, was born into a musical home on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, TX. Her father Abraham, a musician, identified her immense talent right away and recreated his former band, Los Dinos, with his children when Selena was ten years old.

Selena was a sensation from the start winning Best Female Vocalist And Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards in 1987 and produced the first Tejano record to go gold. She won her first Grammy for Selena Live in 1993. Amor Prohibido, only garnered a nomination, and was widely regarded as controversial to the Tejano music patriarchy of the time. But despite the generational resistance, Amor Prohibido‘s revolutionary sound and production gained massive popularity in the U.S. and catapulted the singer to international stardom.

Selena was poised for a major cross-over with limitless potential and mass appeal, when she was taken from us 24 years ago. She would have been 48 years old, today. Her legacy is one that cannot be encapsulated in words, luckily we’ll always have her music.

Feliz Cumpleaños Reina! Como te extrañamos!

Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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