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Selena Vive: 24 Years Gone, More Alive Than Ever

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Over the weekend, I drove from Miami Beach, Florida, to my father’s house in Delray. Feeling nostalgic, I scored the hour-long drive to the melody of Selena’s Amor Prohibido, one of the most important albums of my life, and one I still know by heart after 25 years.

It’s hard to believe this week marks the 24th anniversary of her death.

After all these years, the feeling her music still elicits in me is uncanny, and yet I know it is understood by millions. Selena was so much more than a singer. Her joyful spirit was infectious and devotion to her family and community embodied the essence of Latinx culture.

She was as distant as a pop star can be and somehow made you feel as if she were your best friend. She helped me understand the complexities of classism, embrace my Latinidad and explore my femininity.

No one could have predicted Selena’s tragic murder. Nor could anyone have imagined the scope her legacy would amass, the likes of which only Elvis and Lennon could rival, since the time of her passing. Our reverence for the Queen of Tejano, has only grown, and she’s as alive as ever in our hearts.

Rest in power, Reina. Te amamos hoy m√°s que nunca y para siempre.

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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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