Celebrating Selena

March 31, 2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Selena Quintanilla Perez.


Growing up as a half Cuban, half Irish American in a predominantly hispanic community in Florida made it a guarantee that Selena was being played on our radios. I remember getting out our blank cassette tapes and waiting for her songs to come on so we could record them. (Yes, cassette tapes!) When we learned of her death at such a young age, I remember my best friend and I being shocked.

In 1997, just two years after her death, they released a biographical film dedicated to the fallen star, showing her life as a young girl to the incredible woman she’d become at the time of her death. Jennifer Lopez portrays Selena perfectly in this film and, despite early protests regarding Lopez (Puerto Rican) being cast to play the star (of Mexican descent), many also agree. Some protestors even recanted their statements once they saw the finished film. The film also has Edward James Olmos portraying Selena’s father, Jon Seda as her husband, Chris Perez and Jacob Vargas as her brother, A.B. Quintanilla. It also featured many of Selena’s songs throughout the film.

Feel free to read the following article, found on CNN, regarding Selena

Selena: 20 years after her death

Also, check out the trailer for the film ‘Selena’ below: